Medical Licensing Assessment

We’re introducing the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) which will test the core knowledge, skills and behaviours of doctors new to medical practice in the UK.

The MLA is a two-part test that will set a common threshold for safe medical practice in the UK.

  • All medical students graduating from UK universities from the academic year 2024–25 onwards will be required to pass the MLA as part of their degree before they can join the medical register. 
  • International doctors who want to practise in the UK and who currently take PLAB will need to take the MLA from 2024.

The MLA will give patients and employers greater confidence in doctors new to working in the UK, wherever they were educated or trained.


Guides for candidates

These guides include the latest information to help candidates prepare for the introduction of the MLA.

What will the MLA cover?

All content in the MLA will derive from the MLA content map. This is underpinned by three themes: readiness for safe practice, managing uncertainty and delivering person-centred care. We’ll keep the MLA content map up to date 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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