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How to become a doctor

What you need to know

Read our comprehensive guide on how to become a doctor.

How to become a doctor
Life as a doctor
Applying to medical school
Common questions

Your guide to becoming a doctor

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Follow our bloggers on the road to medical school and get the ins and outs of applying to medicine. 

For many, the decision to become a doctor is a lifelong dream, with the simple desire to help people.

For others it's a life changing moment, encounter or experience that can provide the inspiration to pursue medicine as a career.

But no matter who you are, where you live or what your background, anyone who has the ability, personal attributes and motivation can apply to study medicine.


Read our comprehensive guide to help you decide if a career in medicine is right for you.

We will cover what life is really like as a doctor, the ins and outs of applying to medical school, no matter what your path, and answer common questions.

"My inspiration: doctors talk about what inspired them in their medical career."

As the voice of doctors and medical students in the UK, the BMA knows the lives of doctors inside out.

We're here to help you as you start on your journey to becoming a doctor.

The deadline for applications to study medicine in 2016 has now closed.

The application process for study in 2016 has now closed. Dates for studying in 2017 will be available shortly.


Are you a teacher, careers advisor or mentor?

We've designed a downloadable PDF that you can use as a printed handout and as part of your own materials, when talking to students about a career in medicine.

Download and use our quick look guide on how to become a doctor

Medical Students Committee

The Medical Students Committee (MSC) represents medical students across the UK.

Find out more about:

  • who we are
  • what we do
  • how you can get involved

Tell me about the MSC

Real doctors

The project from the BMA that tells you what it's really like to be a doctor

The unforgiving eye 

The Secret Doctor blog

Read the blog and get to know our Secret Doctor.