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Specialty explorer

There are 65 specialties in the UK. We'll help you narrow that down to find the medical specialty that suits you best.

Launch Specialty explorer

Get expert help choosing your specialty


What do you want from your career?

Reflect on your motivations and interests through a series of questions.

Narrow your search

There are 65 specialties in the UK. We'll help you narrow that list down to your most suited 10 in a matter of minutes.

Receive a personalised report

Find out what each of your suited specialties involves with your own personalised report. It's based on psychological research and the knowledge of experts, including doctors in those specialist roles.


What is Specialty explorer?

There's a lot of information out there about medical fields. That means lots of research time and, possibly, guess work for you. This is especially true if you haven’t had much experience in the specialties you're drawn to or, perhaps, you aren’t aware of all the options available to you.

Specialty explorer does the work for you. We worked with experts to build a medical career assessment, to match your aptitude with the type of medical specialist you would like to become.


Who can use Specialty explorer?

Specialty explorer is for all BMA members. It is useful when considering and applying for your medical specialty.

It can also help if you are considering a career change, or if you’re just interested in learning more about medical specialties.


How does it work?

Specialty explorer will delve into areas such as your preference for job flexibility, working environment and earning potential. This helps to build a profile of what you are looking for.

1. Complete the assessment.
Receive a personalised report of your recommended top 10 medical specialties.
Research specialties you are interested in with your career adviser or someone working in your ideal specialty.

You will also get advice on where to access further resources to help you make an informed choice.

It takes just 15 minutes to complete.

Get started


Any questions?

If you have any questions or feedback about using the Specialty explorer, we'd love to hear from you. You can email [email protected] or call us on 0300 123 1233.

Specialty explorer is not designed to be used in isolation. We encourage you to seek further career support when choosing your specialty.


  • Using Specialty explorer

    Does Specialty explorer work on mobile devices?

    Yes. Specialty explorer is accessible through mobile devices, including tablets.

    How do I see my report and what format is it in?

    Once you’ve completed the assessment, a 'download report' button will be active, click this link and your personalised report will automatically download as a pdf. You will also be emailed a link to access your report. If you complete Specialty explorer again, you will be able to download your new report.

    Can I use Specialty explorer more than once?

    Yes, you’ll be able to complete the assessment up to three times a year. All your previous reports will be stored in your account, so you can log in to review or download them at any time for up to a year. Your reports will be stored for five years.

    What are the technical requirements to access Specialty explorer?

    You can access Specialty explorer through the BMA website, using your login details. It can be accessed through all modern web browsers that are compatible with HTML5 and CSS3. For example;

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
    • Mozilla Firefox 32+
    • Google Chrome 37+

    I accidentally left the assessment midway through taking it. How do I get it back?

    You can recover your place by logging back in to Specialty explorer, scrolling down to the 'launch test' area and clicking the icon next to the assessment you were completing. This will return you to the same point you left.

    If your internet connection is lost you will still be able to answer the questions and navigate through the assessment as normal. Your answers will be saved locally so you will not lose any of your answers. However, you will need an active internet connection to submit your answers.

    If you leave the Specialty explorer, you will need to login through the BMA website and relaunch it by scrolling to the launch area and selecting the assessment icon, you will need an active internet connection to do this.

    I made a mistake - how do I change my answers?

    You can click on the 'next' and 'back' buttons at the bottom of the page to navigate through the Specialty explorer. You can then change your answers within each section, but once you submit that section, you change your answers. You can use the tool up to three times a year, if you feel that your submitted answers don’t reflect your preferences.

    What if I don't get the specialty I was expecting?

    Based on your answers to section 1, all medical specialties have been ranked from most suited to least suited. We have then presented you with information about how the top 10 specialties match to the preferences you said were most important to you in your responses to section 2. This profile shows you the top 10 medical specialties that are best suited to your preferences and the report gives you information on these specialties, and directs you to further resources. That is not to say that specialties not included in the top 10 are not suitable for you; the tool has been designed to prompt further thinking and help you to make an informed choice.

    As we have outlined in your personal report, we'd recommend that you think about options that will suit your preference and lifestyle, research your options carefully by using a range of sources of career advice. Please see your report for more details.

    How do I log in to my account?

    If you can’t remember your email or password details, you can use the forgotten links on the sign in page. If you still have problems with recovering your account, call us on 0300 123 1233.