• Question: what degrees are needed to become a proper doctor

    Asked by gets499bed to Alexander dB, Mark, Martin M, Michael S, Thomas on 20 Feb 2024.
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      Martin McCoustra answered on 20 Feb 2024:


      If you are talking about medical doctors then you need to obtain a medical degree. Typically, it will take you five years plus any additional training beyond your degree to cover a medical specialism.

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      Thomas Swift answered on 20 Feb 2024:


      There is a direct 5 year (usually) medical degree programme. However they are intense and highly competitive – if you can get on one you’re doing really well.

      As an alternative people sometimes are able to transfer into medicine after they’ve got vey high marks in another degree in a related science (biomedical science, pharmacy, chemistry, neuroscience etc…) I would only recommend trying this though if you actually enjoy the other subject – as there is no guarantee that you will be able to transfer into another medical school.

      There’s a good guide of ‘possible’ routes here:

      Transferring To A Medicine Degree: Your Complete Guide

      BUT – if your passion is medicine – your better off aiming to medicine first and foremost rather than transferring in. It’s the only way of guaranteeing that you will get a place.

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      Mark Ridgill answered on 23 Feb 2024:


      I’m not one but that would be a medical degree – You can check which A levels you’d need but most probably Biology and Chemistry with very good grades

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      Michael Schubert answered on 26 Feb 2024:


      If you mean a medical doctor, then yes, you’ll need a medical degree like everyone has said. The advice you’ve had for getting an MD in the UK is good, but you can also go to another country for an MD. In the United States, for example, most people do their MDs after finishing an undergraduate degree (but this is not mandatory; you can go into an MD program without a degree as long as you’ve done the prerequisite classes). You’ll also need further training after your MD, but exactly what that looks like will depend on your choice of speciality.

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      Alexander de Bruin answered on 26 Feb 2024:


      if by proper doctor you mean a medical doctor, you will need a medical degree (Medical Doctorate), which is typically a 5 year course that then has continued training and exams after that degree as you become more specialised.

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