Job Description

Surgeons will work with a team of medical specialists to treat injuries, diseases and other medical conditions by operating on patients. They will meet with patients prior to operating to explain the procedure and after the operation to check on the progress of the patient. There are many specialist areas within surgery including plastic, paediatric, orthopaedic and many more.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to complete:

  • a 5-year degree in medicine, recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • a 2-year foundation programme of general training
  • 2 years core surgical training in a hospital
  • up to 6 years of speciality training

You might be able to join a 6-year degree course in medicine if you don't have qualifications in science, which includes a one-year pre-medical or foundation year.

If you already have a degree in a science subject (minimum 2:1) you could take a 4-year graduate entry programme into medicine. 

Applying for a course in medicine means you may be asked to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) or the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). This is used to check your suitability for a career in medicine by testing your mental abilities and behavioural characteristics, rather than your academic achievements.

Required Skills

  • the commitment to care for others
  • the ability to put patients at their ease and gain their trust and confidence
  • to be able to work well under pressure and make quick accurate decisions
  • good hand to eye co-ordination
  • good leadership and management skills
  • a keen interest in your specialism and the willingness to keep up to date with new technologies and treatments

Starting Salary

£26,000 to £102,000

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