5 Reasons To Study Medicine In The UK
May 24, 2016
Boasting state-of-the-art resources, ground breaking research, and tutors with extensive experience, the UK is home to some of the most advanced and prestigious medical institutions in the world. With medical graduates leaving UK universities with a wealth of experience and employment opportunities at their feet, studying medicine in the UK is an attractive prospect for both local and international students. Here are just 5 reasons to study medicine in the UK:
1. High Employment Rate
Whether you choose to stay in the UK or travel to another part of the world after completing your studies, as a medical student you’re unlikely to struggle to find employment upon graduation. With the NHS recently announcing plans to recruit 5,000 new doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical pharmacists and other health staff, if you do decide to stay, as well as study in the UK, you have the potential to earn a great salary with excellent benefits.
2. Doctors’ salaries
Graduates in medicine tend to earn a starting salary upwards of £21,000. Within a few years in the profession this salary has the potential to grow to between £25,000 to £30,000. Doctors training for a speciality can expect to earn a basic salary between £30,000 and £47,000. Although doctors have the opportunity to earn a generous income, medicine is certainly not the type of career to pursue the salary alone. Studying medicine at university requires years of hard work and dedication. Most medical students obtain their qualification within five or six years of starting their course. However, depending on your chosen area of study, your qualification could take over a decade to achieve. Once you’ve found a job, training is likely to continue and the hours can be long and unpredictable. If, however, you’re really passionate about helping people and you believe medicine is your true calling, the beneficial salary can be considered a significant bonus to what can be an extremely rewarding career.
3. Choose your specialist subject
Although all medicine courses are different, most offer students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of subjects such as psychiatry, radiology, surgery, cardiology or neurology. By gaining an understanding of a range of subject areas, you can find the one you enjoy most and specialise if you wish. Alternatively, you may choose to go into general practice.
4. Versatile mix of courses
There are 32 medical schools in the UK that are recognised by the General Medical Council. With each institution offering a number of courses designed to equip students with knowledge of everything from anaesthesia to paediatrics, there’s sure to be a course for you. Although the course itself should be considered the most important part of your time at university, it’s also worth researching different locations to find the right town, city or village for you. If you’d like to immerse yourself in a bustling city, you may enjoy the University of Manchester or The University of Edinburgh. You could also choose to study medicine in London, with the capital providing students with an eclectic mix of schools and campuses. If you’d prefer to study in a smaller, quieter campus-based location, you may favour places like Warwick University or the University of Kent.
5. Rewarding career opportunities
Not only are you likely to be extremely employable after university, but you also have the opportunity to really immerse yourself in a rewarding and fulfilling career. A career in medicine allows you to help people, change lives, and learn new things every day. You’ll gain respect from other people as you’re doing a truly meaningful job that has the ability to change the lives of others. If you’d like to study medicine abroad and would like help finding the right course and university for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at IEC Abroad.