Routes into general practice: Attending medical school

“Going to medical school has been one of the most humbling and amazing experiences of my life. It’s allowed me to develop as a communicator, an academic and a human being. I am inspired by general practice and have been able to discover this passion through setting up Glasgow’s very first GP Society - it has been a fantastic experience!”

Mita Dhullipala, University of Glasgow

Study and assessment

During medical school, you will gain relevant skills and experiences in basic medical sciences and practical clinical tasks. You have the chance to experience all aspects of medicine by trying different specialisms.

Clinical placements under supervision form a major part of training. You’ll be spending time in GP practices, hospitals and specialist clinics.

Assessment is by exams, essays and presenting to groups.

Most UK medical schools give you the opportunity to spend time away from your medical school anywhere in the world. This is known as an elective. Many say it’s one of their most memorable experiences as a medical student.


You will have to pay tuition fees of up to £9,000 per year,dependent on your medical school and your country of birth or residency, whilst studying. You will also need to fund your living expenses for the duration of your time at university. However, there is financial help available.

Completing your undergraduate degree

Once you have competed your undergraduate medical degree, the next part of your training involves a two-year foundation training programme. This is in effect your first paid job as a doctor. You’ll apply for your foundation training during your final year of undergraduate study.

Next: Foundation training >


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