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PlaceMe UK is an innovative recruitment firm based in Central London (Marble Arch). The firm provides a first class, advisory recruitment service in the Healthcare industry. We delight in anticipating the needs of our clients and candidates and maintain long-term relationships to further this goal.
For Healthcare Providers including NHS Trusts and private healthcare providers, we deliver permanent nurses and doctors with a service that's 24/7.

  Dedicated Recruitment Consultants

  Ability to Place You in ideal roles

  Extensive networks in healthcare

  Opportunity for Continuing Professional Development

  International Reach  

  We operate in accordance with the Code of Practice for International Recruitment


How Long Does it Take to Become a Doctor in the UK?

With the right experience and training, you could be earning an excellent salary as an NHS doctor. The question is, how long does it actually take to become a doctor in the UK? On this page, we’ll dive into medical training and how long it takes.

Read on to plan your new career.

Standard Medical Courses

The first step in becoming a doctor is your medical degree. You’ll need excellent GCSE and A level grades in the five core subjects to be in with the best chance when applying. A standard medical degree usually takes 5 years in the UK.

Graduate Entry Programs

If you already have some form of science degree, you may be eligible for a graduate entry program. This takes your existing credits into account. This type of course typically lasts 4 years at most universities.

Other Requirements

As a general rule, you’ll also need to meet these criteria when becoming a doctor:

  • Complete a 2-year foundation course in medicine
  • Complete your core medical training (usually 2-3 years)
  • Specialist doctors then complete a further 4-7 years of training

All this means that it can take between 8 and 15 years to become a fully registered doctor in the UK. It’s a long road, but it’s worth it for many.

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Grants and Support for UK Medical Students

One huge perk when training as a medical professional in the UK is the number of grants and financial support schemes available. If you’re worried that you can’t afford to retrain, this post is for you.

We cover the basics of student support for NHS trainees below.

Can I Get Support When Training?

Usually, yes! New and continuing medical students can get up to £5000 of additional support if eligible. An additional £1000 a year may be available to those on more specialist courses.

Use this link to check if you can claim!

What if I Have Children?

Caring for children while training can add significant emotional and financial strain on a person’s situation. Fortunately, parental support payments of up to £2000 per year are available to eligible students.

What About Student Loans?

You may like to take out a student loan through the UK’s Student Loan Company. You may be eligible for a new loan even if you’ve already completed another degree!

Final Thoughts

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