Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA)

From 2024, international medical graduates who would have sat our Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test will start to take the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) if they’re applying for registration with a licence to practise in the UK.

Our MLA webpage includes the latest information to help international medical graduates prepare for the introduction of the MLA. This includes the MLA content map, which sets out the core knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for UK practice.

As part of our preparation to move from PLAB to the MLA, we will introduce the MLA content map during 2023 in place of the PLAB blueprint. We will not change the questions or stations currently used to test PLAB candidates or the standard of the PLAB test. The experience for candidates on the test day itself will also remain the same, and this change shouldn’t impact any preparation you have done for the test. We will provide further information about when this change will happen in due course.

We will continue to accept passes in PLAB 1 and PLAB 2, and the transition to the MLA will not interrupt the registration process.