International Students

The UK is one of the most attractive places to study for international students looking for high quality education. There are a number of key steps required to gain admission to study medicine or dentistry in the UK, and we are here to help you success in each of them in turn.

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A Career in the UK

There are several reasons why the UK is one of the best places to study medicine and dentistry:

As per NEET 2017 Results Statistics, the Indian medical system is highly competitive – despite over 10 Lac applicants, Indian medical school (government and private) only have a combined capacity to provide medical education for 63,985 students.

Within this figure, 50% of government seats are reserved for lower castes, meaning that it is close to impossible to get a seat by merit, even if the candidate is highly deserving.

The Medical and Dentistry training programs in India are still maturing, lack recognition internationally, with little focus on innovation and R&D.

Sadly the Civil and Government Hospitals providing training to junior doctors do not have the latest equipment or infrastructure curtailing the prospects and opportunities for aspiring doctors.

The UK currently has a shortage of doctors.

Numbers of international applicants from the EU are set to decrease after Brexit, providing a huge opportunity to accept more students from non-EU countries such as India.

The UK immigration system is set to be relaxed allowing you to convert your Student Visa into a Skilled worker Visa more easily after which you can apply for residency.

The UK has some of the best universities in the world.

University life in the UK offers many other advantages – research, extra-curricular activities and links with other universities in the USA and Europe.

Almost 10% of the NHS has Asian heritage, showing there is a large community of Indian students in the UK.

As per NEET 2017 Results Statistics, the Indian medical system is highly competitive – despite over 10 Lac applicants, Indian medical school (government and private) only have a combined capacity to provide medical education for 63,985 students.

Within this figure, 50% of government seats are reserved for lower castes, meaning that it is close to impossible to get a seat by merit, even if the candidate is highly deserving.

The Medical and Dentistry training programs in India are still maturing, lack recognition internationally, with little focus on innovation and R&D.

Sadly the Civil and Government Hospitals providing training to junior doctors do not have the latest equipment or infrastructure curtailing the prospects and opportunities for aspiring doctors.

The UK currently has a shortage of doctors.

Numbers of international applicants from the EU are set to decrease after Brexit, providing a huge opportunity to accept more students from non-EU countries such as India.

The UK immigration system is set to be relaxed allowing you to convert your Student Visa into a Skilled worker Visa more easily after which you can apply for residency.

The UK has some of the best universities in the world.

University life in the UK offers many other advantages – research, extra-curricular activities and links with other universities in the USA and Europe.

Almost 10% of the NHS has Asian heritage, showing there is a large community of Indian students in the UK.

Medicine and Dentistry in India vs UK

India

  • Initial years are highly theoretical, and involve learning excessive amounts of material without patient contact.

  • Lack of funding and infrastructure for research. This puts students at a disadvantage when applying for residency positions as they have not published any papers.

  • Excessive focus on learning clinical material to pass the exam, rather than exploring and developing other interests.

  • Medical students have a stereotype of working excessive hours without enjoying university life.

  • Lack of research and international recognition makes it hard for Indian students to work abroad.

UK

  • Integrated courses allow patient contact from year 1, exposing students to both theoretical and clinical medicine.

  • Many opportunities for research, and to publish scientific papers.

  • Students have the opportunity to do a second degree in a subject of their choice during the course.

  • UK universities have over 500 extra-curricular societies and activities – ensuring university life is varied and fun.

  • Strong links with European and American universities give opportunities to conduct research and fellowships abroad.