Degrees in medicine can lead to a wide-array of careers. These include professions such as a doctor, surgeon and pharmacist. The type and level of educational training required for such positions would differ. This outline will give you general information on medicine, but there will be more in-depth information provided for related medical positions on this site.

University course

Most professions in medicine will require you to attain a medical degree, most of which would typically last about 5 years. A degree certified by the General Medical Council (GMC) would be a good choice. One specific degree that may be of interest to people wishing to enter the medical profession is the Medical degree (MBChB) offered by The University of Sheffield.

Education pathway

In order to enter a medical degree you will need a minimum of five GCSEs graded (A-C), with subjects including mathematics and science. This will enable you to get onto A Levels courses, in which you will need to attain grades AAB in subjects including biology and chemistry. Different universities will have different grade requirements but such results would typically be enough. A medical degree would provide you with essential personal and professional skills, with the educational process involving both theoretical and practical elements.

Work experience

Work experience forms a great part of any medical degree. However, it is a good idea to get work experience during your time at college as this will demonstrate your genuine desire to succeed. Places where you could attain work experience include nursing homes and general hospitals. You might even consider contacting a general practice to see if you can observe a doctor while they work.

Career pathway after graduation

The route you take after graduation will depend on what area of medicine interests you the most. For example, if you wanted to become a general practitioner then you would need to complete two further units of training to qualify. This would include a two year foundation programme, in which you would work in a clinical setting, and specialist training in a general practice. Ongoing education and training would need to form part of your future career.