Medicine is where the science of healing meets the art of compassion, and your knowledge becomes a powerful tool to make a meaningful impact on people's lives.
Embarking on a medical journey is like unlocking a world where science meets empathy. You'll dive into the mysteries of the human body, learn about diseases, and explore the latest medical technology. But it's not just textbooks and labs. Studying medicine sets you on a path with many career options. Imagine becoming a specialist in surgery, paediatrics, or even shaping health policies. And you're not just limited to hospitals – there are opportunities for research, teaching, and making a big impact on healthcare. So, if you're up for a journey where every day brings new challenges and opportunities to make a difference in people's lives, medicine might just be your calling.
The impact you could make
  • Play a crucial role in alleviating suffering and restoring health in communities.
  • Through research, have the potential to drive advancement in healthcare that can have a lasting impact on the field of medicine.
  • Directly save lives through accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and surgical interventions.
What you could study
  • Anatomy
  • Clinical testing
  • Diagnosis
  • Epidemiology
  • Molecules to disease
  • Body systems
  • Human reproduction
  • Biochemistry
  • Patient communication

Study options

Options to study in this field include:

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  2. Find out how easy it was for them to make friends on their course.
  3. Do they have any tips on your personal statement?
  4. Did they do anything to prep for uni before they went?
  5. Are there books, podcasts or YouTube channels they would recommend?

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Example module
"Knowledge of clinical practice, [which] teaches more clinical skills in dealing with patients and identifying diseases."
Second year medicine student, University of Edinburgh
Example assignment
"We do assessments called OSCEs which are quite fun sometimes. We basically role play a medical student-patient stimulation and it's good experience practising taking histories."
Second year medicine student, University of Leicester

Subjects it's useful to have studied first

Some medicine courses or apprenticeships will have requirements for previous qualifications in certain subjects. Entry requirements vary, so always check with the provider.

Hard skills you'll develop
  • Ability to gather and interpret clinical data
  • Technical competence in medical procedures
  • Ability to critically evaluate medical literature
Soft skills you'll develop
  • Adaptability and resilience
  • Collaboration with interdisciplinary teams
  • Empathy and compassion

Careers: Where it can take you

Find out more about your career prospects from studying medicine. The following information is based on a specialist medical practitioner role.

Available jobs
162,970 vacancies in the past year
5.90% growth over next eight years
Average salary
Up to £144,687

What is a… medical media producer?

Studying medicine isn’t just for aspiring doctors. You could put your medical expertise to creative use by becoming a Medical Media Producer. In this role, you blend your understanding of healthcare with media production skills, creating engaging and informative content. Whether developing educational videos, hosting health podcasts, or contributing to health documentaries, you're the bridge between medical expertise and public understanding, making complex health topics accessible to diverse audiences.

Getting in: Entry requirements

Find out more about what you'll need to study medicine at university or as an apprenticeship.

Average requirements for undergraduate degrees

Entry requirements differ between university and course, but this should give you a guide to what is usually expected from medicine applicants.

A levels
Scottish Highers

Considering an apprenticeship?

Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a normal job. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Deadline

    Apprenticeships don't follow the same deadlines as applying to uni, the deadline is down to the employer.
  2. Where to apply

    You apply directly through the employer.

  3. No limits

    You're not restricted to one apprenticeship application; you can do as many as you like.
  4. Apply to university and apprenticeships

    There's nothing stopping you applying to university through UCAS, while also applying for apprenticeship vacancies.

Explore further

Go deeper into topics around medicine with the following:

  1. YouTube – Ninja Nerd

    Follow this channel for interesting videos on some of the topics you might study in medicine. 
  2. Podcast

    Ever wondered what it’s like to be a medical student? The Sharp Scratch podcast gives a fascinating insight by talking to real students, junior doctors, and guest experts. 
  3. Netflix series – The Surgeon’s Cut

    This series showcases innovation and compassion in the medical sphere.

Application advice

Whether it's personal statement tips or what to write in a cover letter for an apprenticeship application, our application advice will help you get ahead in your medicine journey.
Skills, experiences and interests to mention
  • Have you ever thought about talking to your GP about their role?
  • Maybe you’ve volunteered in a care home so you’ve seen first-hand the typical needs of residents.
  • Talk about your academic achievements, particularly in the sciences.
  • Demonstrate your problem-solving skills and critical thinking, whether that’s through a school project, extracurricular activity or a real-life experience.
  • Do you have any personal reflections on a particular healthcare experience that influenced your decision to choose medicine?

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