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Introduction: Becoming a doctor

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For many, becoming a doctor is a lifelong ambition. For others, it's a life-changing moment or experience that inspires you to pursue a medical career.

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


Becoming a doctor in the UK

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

Just as there isn’t one type of person who can become a doctor, there’s not just one route into medicine.

In our guidance, we cover:

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Deadline for applications to study medicine in 2018

Meet the medical students: read some real-life interviews to find out what studying medicine is really like.

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.