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Standards and guidance

We’re responsible for setting the standards and outcomes for medical education and training in the UK.

We regulate all stages of doctors' training and professional development, from undergraduate education at medical schools, to postgraduate education and training for qualified doctors.

Undergraduate education

We set the standards and outcomes that all medical students must meet if they are to graduate and work as a doctor in the UK.

Read more about our standards and guidance for undergraduate education.

Postgraduate education and training

We also set standards for the education and training of all doctors in training, from those just beginning their careers in the Foundation Programme right up to the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT). We set the standards that postgraduate education providers must meet and the expectations that doctors in training can have about the education and training they will receive.

Read more about our standards and guidance for postgraduate education.

All stages of education and training

We set standards that cover both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training, and some of our guidance is relevant at all stages of medical education and training. For example, our guidance on health and disability is relevant to both undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Read more about our standards and guidance at all stages and education and training.