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; and as we all know, the less time you spend educating yourself, the more time you can spend working!
If you want to work in alternative therapies, you can study at diploma level without too many issues or troubles as far as your education is concerned. But to be a doctor, dentist, surgeon or nurse you need an undergraduate degree and post-graduate research may be important as well – this is not an easy job, and only the very best and brightest students should think about working in medicine; remember that you could potentially be responsible for people’s lives. It’s a huge commitment, but if you do well, this is one of the most rewarding jobs anyone can have.
You can study medicine around the world in many, many countries. In the US most students gain a pre-med undergraduate degree first, and then go to medical school. In the UK the government limits the numbers of international students they can admit to medical university. In Australia you can sometimes combine your medicine degree with other studies for a joint degree. There are many other rules and regulations that exist in different countries, and you should make sure to do your research – here at StudyLink and elsewhere – before you decide what country and educational platform is right for you.
Whatever area you’re hoping to get into, look for a medical 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. This experience is invaluable in helping you to get a grip of what a ‘real’ medical environment is like.
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. A very good command of the English language really is essential here – medical terminology and phrases are difficult to understand at the best of times, and without a very good grip of English, you could find it difficult to work with the more complicated terms.
We have selected almost 4000 health, medicine and veterinary studies courses at various different levels of cost and reputation for you to apply to online and with ease. In general, you’ll need at least a few qualifications for almost every course. The subjects that are absolutely required are science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology) and Maths. See our course profiles for more details on the exact qualifications needed.
Tuition fees – range on average from US$10000 to US$40000+ per year depending on the subject, level and the institution.
English level – from IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (paper) 213 (computer) – depending on the subject, level and institution*
*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.
You can study health, medicine and veterinary science courses at various foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We have listed the most popular areas of specialisation below, so you can explore them further.
Some general ‘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 and engineering or medicine and business. This is of course a lot of work, but opens up a vast amount of doors as far as your career is concerned, particularly in areas that are heavily involved in research.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of medical degree, but all international applicants from non-English speaking countries will need to prove a certain level of English language ability.