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.
The 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 Aberdeen
The University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry finished second in the 2020 Guardian University Guide for Medicine, with its MBChB (hons) medicine course located on one of the largest clinical sites in Europe with superb teaching and extensive research facilities. The University of Aberdeen was named Scottish University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
3. Keele University
The Keele University MBChB (hons) medicine course is designed to ensure you meet the necessary standards in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes that new doctors need, as identified by the GMC in its publication, ‘Outcomes for Graduates’. The Keele School of Medicine is a friendly environment where staff and patients will support you in your learning.
4. Swansea University
The Swansea University Medical School is the best medical school in Wales and research produced by the department is the second best in the UK (Research Excellence Framework). Each of Swansea's six pathway degrees offer graduates a guaranteed interview for Graduate Entry Medicine, whilst the BSc (hons) applied medical sciences (foundation year) will introduce students to the key concepts and knowledge you need to progress to the BSc in Applied Medical Sciences.
5. University of Cambridge
Two types of medicine course are offered at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine; the Standard course and Graduate course. The School aims to “provide leadership in education, discovery and healthcare through inspirational teaching and training, outstanding basic and clinical research".
*All rankings are taken from the Guardian University Guide 2020.
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