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Careers in Medicine

Once you have completed your five year MBChB degree with us you will have a variety of training options available to you depending on what you want to achieve from your career.

What options are available to me if I want to work as a doctor in the UK?

Currently, upon successful completion of an MBChB course all students (UK and international fee paying) have equal opportunity to apply for the UK Foundation Programme. This is a two year integrated training programme for newly qualified foundation doctors who are eligible for provisional registration with the GMC. When applying for your foundation programme you will have the opportunity to register your interest in a variety of rotations and settings. In line with our ethos to impact communities we will encourage our students to apply for rotations with a primary care focus. If you require a visa to study in the UK our qualified visa team will be on hand to provide you with advice and support should you wish to take this career path. The basic starting salary for a UK F1 doctor is currently set at £22,862. Additional banding pay scales may apply. Visit the website of the British Medical Association (BMA) for further information.

What if I wish to work as a doctor in a different country? 

If you decide to continue your training outside of the UK, you will need to refer to that country’s government body guidelines for details on eligibility, application and processes. We will support you by offering you a multistaged appointment with our medical careers lead to discuss your future plans and provide you with relevant information and advice. In order to provide our students with the best opportunities we are establishing specific international career structures and routes by building links with educational establishments and hospitals globally. An example of this is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) we have signed with the largest American healthcare provider in China. As we continue to grow so will these links and opportunities.

How will Aston Medical School support me to get the job that I want? 

Our careers lead works with the BMA careers advice and support, and working abroad teams to support you in deciding the best career path for you. We also work with the careers team for Health Education England in the West Midlands to provide you with a comprehensive structure around careers. This will include assistance with your UK Foundation Programme application. All core career resources that will assist you with taking your next step, such as CV surgeries, application advice and interview practice will be available to you through Aston’s award winning careers service.