Guide to Studying Medicine

What is Medicine?

  • Medical practice is generally defined as being the science and practice of the diagnosistreatment, and prevention of disease. Today it is carried out by doctors, nurses, surgeons and physicians.
  • Medicine is a broad term of a variety of practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness, including pharmaceuticals, psychotherapy, and surgery.

Why study Medicine?

  • After graduation there is a broad range of opportunities for future jobs in all sorts of medical professions. You can mix and match them in your study to come up with a career pathway that's right for you.
  • Medicine is a degree for extroverts. A lot of students name working with people as their primary reason to study medicine. Medicine gets you plenty of hospital work experience.
  • Most doctors agree there is no greater joy than curing a patient, or for a medical researcher than when you discover a new medicine for a certain disease. Medicine makes you, as well as your patient, feel better.
  • People might sneer at an English degree or be bored by Engineering, but everyone will be impressed if you tell them you want to be a doctor. The social cred is big here.
  • If you want a degree - or a future job - where you never stop learning, where new discoveries are being constantly made, and where you can be at the forefront, then medicine is for you.

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • Courses are assessed via a wide range of means across the many years of study. Formative assessments - such as online tests and anatomy practicals - are accompanied by written assignments like reflective essays, verbal presentations, as well as a practical portfolio, and simulation exercises where emergencies are played out.

What degree can I get? 

  • BSc Microbiology with Immunology
  • MSc Dermatology
  • MSc Surgical Practice
  • BSc Cancer Studies

What qualifications do I need?

  • Grade requirements depend on the university, with top grades generally being required. An A level in Biology is usually essential.
  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university and course you are interested in.

Use our Course Chooser to search through Medicine courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include Advanced Audiology, Clinical Practice and Cardiac Care, Neonatal Nursing, Orthopaedics, Applied Epidemiology, Aquatic Pathobiology, Blood Science, and Cancer Studies.

Graduate job prospects



*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Medicine degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as healthcare information, and all the tools needed to work in a difficult and highly pressured environment.
  • Particular job areas, aside from GP or hospital doctor, include genetic scientist, health service management, international aid, scientific research, teaching and lecturing, consultancy, journalism and solicitor.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, such as the NHS.