Studying medicine

This page looks at the reasons why you might want to study medicine. It mentions the things you should consider and helps you think about whether medicine is the right career for you.

Why study medicine?

A career in medicine can be very rewarding. It may appeal to you because:

The training pathway

After gaining your medical degree, you take a two-year Foundation Programme. This is followed by training either as a GP (currently lasting three years) or in a specialty (taking five to eight years). See diagram below, or download the diagram of the UK medical education and training framework.

medical training time-line
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