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If you want to improve the health of your community, find a cure for many serious diseases, or just help people have better lives, then medical school might be for you.
Health studies can lead to a wide range of careers – as a doctor, nurse, midwife, dentist or surgeon, or in specialised therapies such as osteopathy and physiotherapy. And you're not limited to helping sick people either – a veterinary college teaches you to look after sick animals of all shapes and sizes.
Medical schools only take students of the highest academic standard; the study program is challenging and the hours are long. Whether you choose a medical university, nursing college or veterinary college, make sure your course is regulated by the local medical authority. This ensures your medical or nursing degree will be recognised internationally, and you can practice medicine anywhere in the world.
StudyLink offers you choice from almost 4000 Health, Medicine and Veterinary Studies programs and courses worldwide:
The level and specialisation you choose in your medical degree will determine the type of work you can do when you graduate. You need to decide whether you want to work with teeth, people, animals, or natural therapies – otherwise you can spend a lot of time studying at the wrong medical college!
You can study health, medicine and vet science courses at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have listed the most popular areas of specialisation below, so you can explore them further.
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If you want to work in alternative therapies, you can study at diploma level. But to be a doctor, dentist, surgeon or nurse you need an undergraduate degree and post-graduate research may be important as well.
You can study medicine around the world. In the US most students gain a pre-med undergraduate degree first, and then go to medical school. In the UK the numbers of international students they can admit to medical university are limited by the government. In Australia you can sometimes combine your medicine degree with other studies for a joint degree.
Look for a medical college or nursing college with a good reputation for research in modern medicine. You will usually combine your academic study with clinical experience, or an internship in a hospital, vet clinic or doctors practice.
No matter where you go, it's worth taking specialised English language study before you start your medical degree, to help you learn and understand the terminology.
We have selected almost 4000 health, medicine and veterinary studies courses at different levels of cost and reputation for you to apply to online.
*Students with a lower score may still be accepted if they complete an English language course or a foundation year before going on to their chosen degree.
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Some health university courses can be studied by distance learning, so you can combine your studies with work and family commitments. In some countries you can also study a joint degree, such as medicine/engineering or medicine/business.