If you wish to study medicine in the UK, you will need to pass tough exams, meet strict entry requirements and show you are passionate about health care. Before that though, students need to pick a medical school to apply to.
Medicine graduates can pursue over 50 different professions once graduated, and employability rates are extremely high due to the highly skilled and in-demand nature of the profession. UK medical schools are ranked on a number of factors, including student to staff ratio, student satisfaction and career prospects after six months.
Best Medical Schools in the UK
1. University of Oxford
The University of Oxford Medical School offers separate pre-clinical and clinical courses, enabling students to gain a comprehensive overview of medical science, before applying that knowledge in a clinical setting. Medical Colleges at Oxford offer individual tuition and the very best in pastoral support.
2. University of Cambridge
Four types of course are offered at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine; pre-clinical, clinical, MB/PhD and graduate course. The School aims to “provide leadership in education, discovery and healthcare through inspirational teaching and training, outstanding basic and clinical research".
3. Queen Mary, University of London
Queen Mary’s Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry offers the traditional five-year MBBS Medicine programme, which has completely eliminated the traditional divide between pre-clinical studies and clinical years, which means that you will start seeing patients from the very first term.
4. University of Dundee
The School of Medicine at the University of Dundee is the best medical school in Scotland, and the fifth best in the UK. Dundee medical graduates are consistently rated first among newly qualified UK doctors in their preparedness for their new clinical posts.
5. University of Exeter
University of Exeter students are offered numerous opportunities to gain real-world experience, whether it is part of a professional training year placement on our Medical Sciences programme or as part of our BMBS programme, where students gain placement experience from the first few weeks of the programme.
*All rankings are taken from the Guardian University Guide 2018.
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