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 becoming a doctor
"My inspiration: doctors talk about what inspired them in their medical career."
In our comprehensive guide, we cover:
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.
Deadline for applications to study medicine in 2018
The 2018 deadline for undergraduate courses in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine and science has not yet been released.
Make sure you check specific deadlines with the university you are applying to attend.
See key 2017 dates and use the handy search tool on the UCAS website to get more specific information about deadlines for your application.
Are you a teacher, careers advisor or mentor?
We've designed a downloadable PDF that you can use as a printed handout and include as part of your own materials, when talking to students about a career in medicine and healthcare.
Download our quick look guide on how to become a doctor
Download the poster on the career path for doctors in Wales (English language version).
Download the poster on the career path for doctors in Wales (Welsh language version).