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Study medicine

What will I study?

There are few people that could be said to be more important than those that work in the medical profession. Many of those people will have studied on a graduate medical program.
Traditionally undergraduate medical degrees take students right through the process to becoming a professional in their field. Postgraduate medical programs offer the opportunity to develop further in a specific specialism, undertaking specific research or study in one area.
Graduate medical programs offer courses in many medical fields including:

  • Neurology
  • Paediatrics
  • General surgery
  • Family medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Anatomical pathology
  • Cardiology
  • Nursing
  • Sports medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Chiropractic

It is the research and other work undertaken by students on postgraduate medical programs that progresses medicine and helps cure and treat illnesses and conditions.
You will develop an advanced level understanding of the medical field you choose on graduate medical programs.
Postgraduate programs are also available in medical education which sets graduates up to move into the teaching of medicine.

Length of program

The length of a graduate medical program depends on where you study. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

As a very specialist area to move on to a graduate medical program you will need to have completed a full undergraduate degree program in your field or medicine in general.

On research based programs you may be required to submit a research proposal as part of your application.
If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.

Career development

After completing a lengthy stint in medical education it is expected that graduates will work in the medical profession in some form. This can be working with patients directly, in medical research or in teaching medicine to new medical students.

Some of the jobs that medical graduates move into are:

  • Surgeon
  • X-ray technologist
  • General practitioner
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Radiologist
  • Pediatrician
  • Cardiographer
  • Dietitian
  • Geneticist
  • Neurosurgeon

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate medical programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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