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  • There are over 60 specialist areas within the field of Medicine, including surgery, anaesthesia and psychiatry to name a few.
  • A Medicine degree takes many years to complete. In the UK, you have to obtain a degree in medicine, which usually lasts five years and involves basic medical sciences as well as clinical training on hospital wards. After graduation, there is then a requirement to do a two-year Foundation Programme in order to practise medicine in the UK.
  • Other degrees relating to the field of Health include Dentistry, Radiotherapy, Optometry, Pharmacology, Midwifery and Physiotherapy.

Medicine and Health in the UK

  • The UK has been home to ground-breaking medical research for centuries, and its schools and universities have long been at the centre of this. Huge medical breakthroughs by British physicians include the smallpox vaccination, the discovery of Penicillin and the use of ultrasound technology in Medicine. 
  • The UK has received the second-highest number of Nobel Prizes for medicine.
  • Completing a Medicine or Health-related degree in the UK, and therefore in English, means that you will gain your education in one of the primary languages used by medical professionals globally. 

One of the best global models of healthcare provision

  • The British National Health Service (NHS) has long been considered one of the best models of healthcare provision in the world, and in fact dates back to 1948. It currently oversees the medical, dental, psychological and optical wellbeing of over 60 million people across the UK. Studying in the UK will give you valuable access to this integrated system, as well as the chance to gain insights from excellent private practices.  

Cutting edge resources

  • The UK’s position as a world-leader in medicine and clinical research, means that you’ll have access to cutting-edge equipment, along with the very latest clinical findings.

Globally recognised medical schools

  • Medicine has been taught in UK universities ever since the 13th Century.
  • British medical schools are still counted amongst the best in the world, with the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London all included in the top 20 universities for Medicine in the 2023 QS World University Rankings. 

Typical Medical and Health-related degrees

Kings students have progressed to a wide variety of degrees including:

  • Medicine
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Medical Genetics 
  • Nursing 

  • Nursing 
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Optometry 
  • Physiotherapy

Typical careers in Medical and Health

  • Anaesthetist
  • Doctor 
  • Dentist 
  • Dietician
  • Midwife
  • Nurse
  • Ophthalmologist

  • Pathologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Radiotherapist
  • Surgeon
  • Veterinary surgeon

Useful read from our Kings Life blog:

17 January, 2022
How to Get into a Medical School in the UK: The Ultimate Guide

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