Attaining an MBBS degree is a strenuous and arduous journey, due to the hard work and perseverance required. Moreover, due to the thorough knowledge required to treat others and to save lives means that the medical profession is a high risk, but high reward profession. Apart from the monetary reward, with medical professionals being some of the highest paid, it is the gratification of working towards such a noble cause, i.e. saving lives, that makes this profession very popular.
To gain an MBBS degree in the UK, there are several steps. We will go over them one by one.
Firstly, it is essential to conduct extensive research into the different course offered by different colleges and universities in the UK. Make sure that you choose to do your MBBS degree at a college or university where they will accept your grades. It is important to attain a very good mark in your high school examinations, especially in Biology and Chemistry, because medical degree programmes usually have high requirements.
It is also important to shortlist universities according to the fees you will be willing to pay, because fees can vary across the UK, and is dependent on the university’s location, reputation, etc. Moreover, medical degree programmes on average demand a higher fee than most other degree programmes. Most of the top colleges and universities will demand a premium as well, so be ready to apply for scholarships or loans if needed.
It is vital that you check your university’s requirements and register for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) or the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). Most universities will ask for either, but it is also dependent on the course you are applying for. Make sure to note the deadline for applications, because they close quite early.
Apart from the BMAT and the UKCAT, you will also have to appear for an English proficiency exam, whether it be the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Again, check which of the two tests your chosen university or college accepts. Due to the ongoing pandemic, universities have also started accepting the Duolingo English proficiency test as a valid test, so you can check with your university for that as well.
Your final application will also require several documents, and while they are not limited to, they might include, attested copies of academic transcripts from you 10th and 12th class or a relevant diploma; References from school teachers; Letters of recommendation; Statement of Purpose; Score reports for the IELTS/UKCAT/BMAT or any other required exam; and any other relevant financial documents.
The final step would be to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) portal, which will guide you through the steps towards submitting your application to the universities and colleges of your choice. Make sure that you work within deadlines, and keep checking your e-mail for any important information!