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MBBS in UK for Indian Students


Many Indian students prefer sojourning abroad for further MBBS (and other) studies. One such destination is the UK, a territory with an efficient education system. There are many other reasons why the UK is a splendid choice for Indian MBBS students. 

This post looks at them and the several other aspects of undertaking an MBBS programme in the UK.

MBBS in UK: Course Highlights

Course highlights can differ from university to university. 

The following are the course highlights of Oxford University.





Duration of the Course

6 Years


For Indian international students:


Year XII qualification, studied with either the CBSE (All-India SSC) or CISCE (ISC) boards, with the following grades:

For courses requiring A*A*A:

For the CBSE board, Oxford University says it is  aware that students will not know their grades at the point when they are applying.

For CBSE board: Grades A1 A1 A1 A1 A2, with grade A1 in any subjects relevant to the course applied for.

For CISCE board: Overall grade of at least 90%, with 95% or above in four subjects (including any relevant to the course applied for) and 85% or above in the fifth subject. 

For courses requiring A*AA:

For the CBSE board, the university says it is aware that students will not know their grades at the point when they are applying. 

For CBSE board: Grades A1 A1 A1 A2 A2, with grade A1 in any subjects relevant to the course applied for. 

For CISCE board: Overall grade of 90% or more, with grades of at least 95% or above in three subjects (including any relevant to the course applied for) and 85% or above in the other two subjects.


For courses requiring AAA:

For the CBSE board, we are aware that students will not know their grades at the point when they are applying. 

For CBSE board: Grades A1 A1 A2 A2 A2, with grade A1 in any subjects relevant to the course applied for.

For CISCE board: Overall grade of 90% or more, with grades of at least 95% or above in two subjects (including any relevant to the course applied for) and 85% or above in the other three subjects. 

Not accepted

State board examinations

For Indian international medical students:

Entrance requirements: A*AA (excluding Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and General Studies)

Subject requirements: Chemistry with either Maths, Further Maths, Biology or Physics

Entrance Exams



Standard level scores

Higher level scores



Minimum 6.5 per component 


Minimum 7.0 per component 

TOEFL / TOEFL iBT Home Edition**


Minimum component scores:


Reading: 24




Minimum component scores:

Listening: 22

Reading: 24

Speaking: 25

Writing: 24

Note:- These are just a few Oxford entrance exams. More can be found on:


Tuition Fees

Pre-clinical - INR3527227.38

Clinical - INR4658240.50


Medical doctor




Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner


Sports and Exercise Medicine

Psychiatrist, etc

Average Salary

Medical Doctor - $222/year 

Cardiologist - $302,978/year

Anaesthetist - $307,342/year

Neurologist - $232,904/year

Clinical Forensic Medical Examiner - $102,594/year

Ophthalmologist - $228,630/year

Sports and Exercise Medicine - $182,807/year

Psychiatrist - $218,146/year

Benefits of Studying MBBS in UK

  • The UK boasts 4 of the world's top 10 universities as well as the second most Nobel Prize winners, the UK is a renowned global leader in education and hence an excellent study destination not only for MBBS but also for other disciplines
  • Being a global leader in education implies that certificates obtained from UK institutions attract worldwide respect or recognition
  • International students have opportunities of being awarded scholarships, grants, bursaries, and other forms of financial assistance.
  • It is a G7 member state meaning that you would be studying in one of the most advanced economies on earth
  • Not only is the UK highly developed but it also boasts modern state-of-the-art research (and other educational) facilities
  • Medical students can easily go for an internship in any of the several prestigious hospitals in the UK
  • The UK offers a wider career scope with a lot of rewarding jobs (either as a student or after graduation) as well as networking opportunities with people from all over the world
  • Being the home of English language, it presents an opportunity for foreign non-native English students to improve their written and spoken English language skills
  • It is an opportunity to tour around and learn the culture of one of the world's most influential empires

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MBBS Colleges in UK for Indian Students

Name of the University

QS World Ranking

University of Edinburgh


University of Oxford


Imperial College London


University of Cambridge


University College London


King’s college London


University of Bristol


Newcastle University


Queen Mary University of London


University of Manchester


MBBS Duration in UK

MBBS Courses last five (or sometimes six years, especially if the degree is intercalated): pre-clinical studies that last for three in an academic setting and clinical training of between two to three years in a teaching hospital and in community settings. There is close integration between medical schools and teaching hospitals.

MBBS in UK for Indian Students: Fees

MBBS tuition fees rank among the highest in the tertiary education system. 

Here is a breakdown of tuition fees in some quality UK institutions.

Name of the University


Annual Tuition Fees in INR

University of Edinburgh

6 years (MBChB)

INR3076739.85 (pre-clinical); INR4782843.64 (clinical)

University of Oxford

6 years (BMBCH)

INR3527227.38 (pre-clinical); INR4658240.50 (clinical)

Imperial College London

6 years MBBS/BSc


University of Cambridge

MB, BChir


University College London



King’s College London

5 years or 6 years if an optional intercalated degree is undertaken (MBBS) 


University of Bristol

5 years (MBChB)


Newcastle University

5 tears (MBBS)


Queen Mary University of London

5 years (MBBS)


University of Manchester

6 years (MBChB)

INR 2779608.53 (pre-clinical); INR4600731.36 (clinical)

Cost of Living in UK

Apart from the comparatively higher tuition fees facing international medical students, they also have so many other sundry expenses to incur, especially those without support networks such as family members, relatives, and close friends in their study countries.

However, for an independent undergraduate or postgraduate student, living costs in the UK can depend on your lifestyle, city of abode, and budget. For instance, international students wishing to study in London are required to show evidence indicating that they can spend at least £1,334 per month for up to 9 months while those outside London should be able to spend from £1,023 per month for up to 9 months.

But Oxford University estimates that a single, full-time student, with no dependants needs to spend between £1,215 and £1,755 per month in 2022-23

Read More About: Cost of Living in UK

Below is a detailed breakdown of the university's cost of living estimates for international students.

Kind of Expenses

                                      Amount in GBP


Per month

Total for 9 months


Lower range

Upper range

Lower range

Upper range











Personal items





Social activities





Study costs















MBBS in UK: Eligibility Criteria

The following requirements must be met by Indian undergraduate medicine students hoping to study medicine in the UK:

  • The student must be above 18 years old.
  • He or she must have a GPA of over 90% in the 12th grade. Students must have completed International Boards or ICSE/CBSE.
  • The student must achieve success in UK entrance exams such as UKCAT, GAMSAT, and BMAT.
  • Possess the required A-level: AAA, including chemistry and any other science subject, for example, math, biology, physics, or psychology.
  • Score at least 7.5 overall in IELTS, with no component having a score that is below 7.0.

For postgraduate studies, the conditions listed below must be met.

  • An undergraduate degree not lower than 2:2 grade.
  • Passing necessary tests like the PLAB, GAMSAT, UCAT, or BMAT.
  • Having the required scores in English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, and others
  • Professional work experience (several universities require a minimum of two years of professional work experience that excludes the internship period)
  • Excellent recommendations
  • A strong and persuasive personal statement
  • The institution you obtained your first degree from must be recognized by the General Medical Council (GMC) of the UK 

Exams Required to Study MBBS in UK

Below are some exams that may be required to study MBBS programmes in the UK.


Minimum Score


50 (Can differ from university to university)


No uniform scoring; usage differs from university to university


70 (can differ from university to university)


600 (can differ from university to university)


7.0 (can differ from university to university)


2650 (can differ from university to university)


51 (can differ from university to university)


Score over 163/780 (can differ from university to university)

Study MBBS in UK with Scholarship

Name of the Scholarship



Amount in GBP

Chevening Scholarship

This programme assists talented professionals who have shown prior leadership abilities and outstanding success in their fields.

You must: 

  • Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country or territory.
  • Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended.
  • Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto a postgraduate programme at a UK university by the time you submit your application. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK but may be different, depending on your course and university choice.
  • Have at least two years (equivalent to 2,800 hours) of work experience.
  • Apply to three different eligible UK university courses and have received an unconditional offer from one of these choices by 14 July 2022.

No fixed amount. Covers a lot of areas with varying amounts, e.g., the “event travel top-up amount” below is just one of the several areas.

  • London = Event Travel Amount None 
  • Aouth East (inc.Cambridge) = € 69
  • Midlands = €97
  • NorthEast, North West = € 136
  • Scotland, Northern Ireland = €189
  • South West, Wales and Oxford = €95

Commonwealth Scholarship

Students from Commonwealth countries may apply for fellowships and scholarships through the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom.

You must:

  • Be a citizen of or have been granted refugee status by an eligible Commonwealth country, or be a British Protected Person.
  • Be permanently resident in an eligible Commonwealth country.
  • Be available to start your academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year.
  • Have a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second-class degree (2:2) and relevant postgraduate qualification (a Master’s degree). The CSC would usually not fund a second UK master’s degree. If you are applying for a second UK
  • Master’s degree, you will need to justify why you wish to undertake this study
  • NOT be registered for a PhD, or an MPhil leading to a PhD, at a UK university or in your home country before your study session.
  • Have provided all supporting documentation in the required format.
  • Not be able to afford to study in the UK without this scholarship.

Note:- The eligibility criteria for each type of scholarship and fellowship vary

No fixed amount. Covers a lot of areas.

Eg:- stipend (living allowance) at the rate of £1,116 per month, or £1,369 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area (rates quoted at 2020-2021 levels) 

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to Indian students who are in their early or mid-career and have expertise in the arts, heritage conservation, or humanities.

You must:

  • Be an Indian citizen living in India.
  • Be aged between 28 and 38.
  • Not have received a CWIT grant within the last five years
  • Have a first degree, diploma, or professional qualification in their specialization. CWIT prefers applicants with significant working experience

No fixed amount. Varies according to the many grants offered by CWIT

Great Scholarship

The GREAT Britain Initiative of the UK government and the British Council's Study UK campaign have partnered to finance this scholarship.

You must:

Be an international student from one of the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka.
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Vietnam.

Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to enter a postgraduate (taught) program in a UK university.

Be motivated and academically able to follow a UK postgraduate course.

Be active in the field with work experience or proven interest in the subject area.

 Meet the English language requirement of the UK university.

Each scholarship is worth a minimum of £10,000 towards tuition fees for a one-year taught postgraduate course

PG in UK after MBBS

Like in other disciplines, there are several PG opportunities in the UK after MBBS. But before being admitted into a PG programme in medicine, you have to clear exams such as the UKCAT (or UCAT), GAMSAT, or the two-part PLAB which is the most widely accepted exam for foreign MBBS graduates. The PLAB test is the main way of determining whether International Medicine graduates demonstrate that they possess the necessary knowledge and skills to practice in the UK. It is conducted by the GMC of the UK. Passing PLAB is a sufficient condition to get registered by the GMC, a compulsory requirement in the UK.

If you do not want to use the PLAB route, there are few UK institutions (such as the British University) that admit international medical graduates without having to write a PLAB test. This privilege comes under a partnership involving a number of medical organisations in the UK. The programme allows international PG students to be registered by the GMC without PLAB. However, students that have sat for and failed PLAB previously are not eligible for this waiver.

Another way to escape PLAB is via passing the MRCP exam. MRCP is a postgraduate medical diploma in the UK that also attracts the all-important GMC registration

You'll also have to obtain the required grade in English language proficiency tests such as IELTS and TOEFL. Several universities require a minimum of two years of professional work experience (that excludes your internship period). Finally, the institution you obtained your first degree must be recognized by the GMC.

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How to Study MBBS in UK?

  • The first step is to choose a medical specialization and a university where you intend to undertake your undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral studies. Be sure to obtain all important information about the course, university, and host country, especially things like course duration, study and living costs, work permit requirements, and other necessary information.
  • List all the academic and language requirements, e.g., academic transcripts, proof of English proficiency test scores such as TOEFL/IELTS/, GAMAT, UCAT, NEET, and other vital documents like UK student visa, passport, and degree certificate copies, and so on.
  • Provide all details required on your application form and then submit it at the UCAS website and sign up. Note that each applicant must submit their applications via the UCAS platform. The most interesting aspect of the UK admissions process is that you can apply for as many as five different courses at different universities with a single form.
  • Finally, wait for an offer letter from the university you selected. The application and evaluation procedure usually lasts a few weeks. Upon receipt of the offer letter, you can then start searching for accommodation and also apply for student loans and grants.


Be sure to contact AECC if you need any kind of study abroad assistance or advice.

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