Entry requirements, skills and interests (urology)
This page provides useful information about the entry requirements needed for this specialty up to and including foundation training. It also includes information on the skills and interests you will need.
Before you train as a surgeon you must complete a degree in medicine and have obtained a MBBS or equivalent qualification. Find out about getting into medical school.
You then need to complete a two-year foundation programme and then two years of core training. After successfully completing your first year of foundation training you become eligible for registration as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC). Foundation training includes undertaking rotations in a range of specialties including surgery.
To find information about the Foundation Programme, visit our applying for foundation training page.
You will then need to undertake core surgical (CT 1&2) and specialty training (ST3-7).
Skills and interests
Urologists need a special blend of skills and personal qualities. These include:
- practical skills such as good hand-eye co-ordination and manual dexterity
- excellent vision and visuo-spatial awareness
- good organisational ability and stamina to cope with a busy and demanding role
- excellent communication skills and the ability to deal effectively with people of all ages
- the ability to lead and manage a team effectively
If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you're applying for a university course funded by the NHS.