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Study MBBS in UK (2024)

February 27, 2020

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is a 5.5 years professional course for which the students are awarded the degrees inmedicine and surgeryupon completion of the course. The eligibility criteria for the course is 10+2 with the subjects – Chemistry, physics and Biology. The historical terminology states that they are two separate undergraduate degrees but, in practice, they are usually combined as one and grant together as a degree in medical schools.

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The degree is awarded almost worldwide in institutions at Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, China, Egypt, Fiji, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Ireland,Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone,Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, and Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Vanuatu, and Zambia.

Medicine is one of the most traditional subjects for international students looking to study MBBS in England or UK.According to the public portal the UK comes second in the world for medical research. More than 70 UK universities are ranked among the world’s best in the university rankings and UK is recognized worldwide for the high quality of both its medical research and teaching. Hence studying medicine from UK is considered to be the most favorable option if you want to study MBBS abroad.

Medicine is one of the most competitive courses in the UK and each year thousands of students are accepted into medical school. A strong well-off degree and a good career record are expected for graduate Medicine and work experience of one day a week for six months in a hospital, or other environment is the sort of evidence of intent the medical schools will be expecting and look for.The entry standards for any medical school are strict, exacting and competitive. Interviews for admission can be difficult and students should expect asking questions on previous work, personal interests, as well as evidence of all the previous achievements, including work experience. A number of medical schools will expect completion of(UKCAT) clinical aptitude test. Understanding of the National Health Service and how it works is also important for international applicants. National Health Service(NHS)  ,in united kingdom, is an extensive public-health service under government administration established by the National Health Service Act in 1946 . The entire population is benefited and aided, and health services are almost free except for certain minor charges.


The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is part of the selection process of many UK medical and dental schools. It is an online test designed to test the cognitive abilities, attitudes, critical thinking, and logical reasoning of applicants. There are four reasoning tests and a situational judgment test in UKCAT.

  • Verbal Reasoning

Assesses the ability to think logically about written information and arrive at a cretin conclusion: 21 minutes, with 11 passages to read and 44 questions.

  • Quantitative reasoning

Assesses the ability to solve numerical problems: 24 minutes, 9 tables, charts, graphs etc. as information and 36 questions.

  • Abstract reasoning

Assesses the ability to infer relationships from information by convergent and divergent thinking: 13 minutes and 55 questions.

  • Decision Analysis

Assesses the ability to deal with various patterns of information on relationships, make informed judgments, and decide on an appropriate response:30 minutes, 1 scenario full of information and 28 questions (basic calculator provided) 

  • Situational Judgment

Measures responses in situations, and grasp of medical ethics: 27 minutes and 67 questions on 20 scenarios


The UKCAT is taken by applicants at the following universities:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Aston University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • Hull York Medical School
  • Keele University
  • King’s College London
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Nottingham
  • Plymouth University
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St Andrews
  • St George’s, University of London
  • University of Warwick

For international students who want to study and make a career in Medicine at undergraduate level, an IELTS score of 6.5 across all four categories are required ie, reading, writing, speaking and listening with an overall rating of 7.0 score generally required at most of universities. In UK, students can choose from one of the over 60 specializations that medicine has to offer.

Some of the most widespread ones are in:

  •  Anesthetics                               
  •  Pathology
  •  Psychiatry                                  
  •  General practice
  •  Radiology                                       
  •  Medicine
  •  Surgery

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Avinash Singh is a study abroad consultant with over 10 years of experience helping students achieve their academic goals. He is an expert in the US, Australian, German, and Canadian education systems and has helped hundreds of students secure admission to top universities around the world. In his spare time, Avinash enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with his family. He is also an avid reader and loves to learn new things.

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