Undergraduate education

Medical students in the UK typically study for five years to receive their medical degrees.

The GMC decides whether schools are entitled to issue medical degrees. To do this, we set requirements on what we expect of new graduates and also standards that medical schools must meet in teaching and assessing medical students. Our requirements for undergraduate education are set out in Tomorrow’s Doctors.

We test whether or not schools meet these requirements through quality assurance activity. We arrange for experts to visit the schools, inspect what goes on and discuss local arrangements.

We publish what we find out on our website. The medical schools also provide information to us in annual reports, and we receive information from other areas of GMC work and other regulators. We also respond to concerns raised by students, medical schools, patients or others, and arrange additional checks of schools if there is evidence that requires investigation.

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