Medical Licensing Assessment

The Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) will test the core knowledge, skills and behaviours of doctors who want to practise in the UK. 

It will give patients and employers greater confidence in doctors starting work in the UK, wherever they were educated or trained. The MLA will be taken by two candidate groups:

  • All medical students graduating from UK universities from the academic year 2024–25 onwards will need to pass the MLA as part of their degree before they can join the medical register.
  • International doctors who want to join the UK medical register will continue to take PLAB, but in 2024 the test will become compliant with the requirements of the MLA.

Both groups of candidates will take assessments that draw from the same topics and meet the same requirements.

How will the MLA be introduced?

The following pages explain how the MLA will be introduced for students at UK medical schools and for international medical graduates.

What will the MLA cover?

All content in the MLA will be drawn from the MLA content map. This is underpinned by three themes: 

  • readiness for safe practice
  • managing uncertainty 
  • delivering person-centred care

We’ll keep the MLA content map updated to make sure it reflects real-life, day-to-day medical practice.

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Medical schools

The latest information to help medical schools prepare for the introduction of the MLA.

UK medical schools' guide to the MLA

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