A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for MBBS in the UK as a Pakistani Student

In the UK, an MBBS is equivalent to a Bachelor of Medicine or a Bachelor of Surgery. It is commonly known as MB ChB or MB BCh at some universities. The MBBS degree provides students with focused professional skills and knowledge to excel in medicine.

Studying in the United Kingdom is a dream destination for many students in Pakistan, and individuals with medical backgrounds consider the UK their only study destination. Therefore, to study in the UK quickly, this article will help you understand why you should study for an MBBS in the UK, the eligibility criteria, the fee structure, and the top-ranked universities in the UK.

Why study MBBS in the UK?

MBBS degree program in the UK offers 60 specialisms, and students can focus on seven core medical fields during their study program. The fields include general practice, anaesthesia, medicine, pathology, psychiatry, radiology, and surgery. The following are the top three reasons to study in the UK:

Professional Experience Before Graduating:

Students have early patient contact and clinical placements during programs like UCLan’s MBBS. They can also gain professional experience under expert staff and NHS members.

Gain from Research Centers:

 If you are one of those students who want to go in-depth with medicine and are urged to conduct or practice research in this field, then MBBS in the UK is the right option. UK research centers rank second worldwide, providing students with rich advancements. 

Worldwide Acceptance:

The United Kingdom is renowned for its academic excellence, and their educational degrees are recognized and respected globally. This recognition allows graduates from UK institutions, particularly in fields such as medicine, to practice their professions internationally.

Eligibility Criteria for Studying MBBS in the UK:

To study MBBS in the United Kingdom, a Pakistani student must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • A level-or-intermediate biology major would be ideal.
  • An international Baccalaureate of 38
  • A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required for undergraduate medicine degrees.
  • Certification from internationally recognized boards (e.g., CBSE or ICSE) with over 90% scores 
  • Age must be 18+.
  • Must have cleared required entrance exams, such as BMAT, GAMSAT, UKCAT, or NEET. 

NOTE: A student must score 4.5 to 5.0 in BMAT, 60 to 66 in GAMSAT, 650 in UKCAT, or 50% in NEET.

The top 10 medical universities in the United Kingdom are as follows:

Below is a list of the top 10 universities in the UK for MBBS studies, along with the QS and worldwide rankings for 2024 and the associated fee structure.

University Course/ Duration QS World University Rankings 2024 The World University Rankings 2024 Fee in GBP
University of Cambridge MB BChir/ 6 years 2 5 137, 275
University of Oxford BM BCh Medicine / 6 years 3 1 312,000
Imperial College London MBBS/BSC Medicine/ 6 years 6 8 273,840
University College London MBBS/BSC Medicine/ 6 years 9 20 236,178
The University of Edinburgh MBChB Medicine/ 5 years 22 30 137, 280
The University of Manchester MBChB/ 5 years 32 51 133,080
King’s College London MBBS Medicine/ 5 years 40 38 32,000
Queen Mary University of London MBBS Medicine/ 5 years 145 135 48,700
University of Glasgow MBChB/ 5 years 76 87 56,520
Newcastle University MBBS Medicine and Surgery/ 5 years 110 168 9,250

Note: The QS ranking of universities identifies the world’s strongest universities in 60 subject areas.

Application Process for MBBS in the UK:

To initiate your admission process, complete the registration process on the UCAS website. Make sure you use the UCAS portal only, as it is the only platform to initiate the application process for MBBS in the United Kingdom. The following documents are required:

  • Academic transcripts, or proof of previous academic achievements, are required.
  • Certificates from prior institutions 
  • Photocopies of IELTS, UKCAT, and BMAT scores are available.
  • A valid passport copy 
  • English proficiency test certificates (IELTS/TOEFL/C1 Advanced) 
  • A personal statement detailing the reasons for your move to the United Kingdom 
  • Reference letter
  • CV, if required. 
  • Copy of the visa, if you may have previously held 
  • Proof of financial capability

 If you are a Pakistani student looking to study MBBS in the UK and do not know where to start, let us know. We can help you get a kickstart!

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