Doctor – Hospital

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Hospital doctors identify and treat injury and illness, often in a chosen specialist area. They may work with a particular client group, such as children, or in a particular specialism such as psychiatry or accident and emergency.

The Work

You could be:


As of April 2021, in most junior posts (Foundation Year 1) you would earn a basic salary of £28,114 a year, increasing to a basic of £34,969 a year in Foundation Year 2. In specialist training this can rise to £46,137 a year (depending on the length of training).

Training salaries increase between 20% and 50% with supplements, depending on the number of extra hours and intensity of work involved. A doctor in the new specialty doctor grade earns between £43,246 and £80,643 a year.

A consultant's salary ranges from £87,534 to £116,313 a year.


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Getting In

To qualify as a hospital doctor you need a degree in medicine and surgery (SCQF Level 10) which is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Other requirements:

After your degree you do a 2-year foundation training programme, which gives you registration with the GMC, which you need to work as a doctor (see 'Training' below). Most doctors work for the National Health Service (NHS), but you might work in private practice. You could be a medical adviser to a company or the Department for Work and Pensions. You could be a medical officer for the police and prison service.

What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should have:


Getting On

More Information

The Medical Careers NHS website is useful, there is a section on 'Choosing a medical school'.

If you want a taste of what it is like to be a doctor have a look at the Medic Insight programme. This is a week long programme aimed at fourth and fifth year pupils in Scotland who are interested in becoming doctors. It is run by Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee universities. See the university website for details.

For more information have a look at the You can be a Doctor website which will give you all sorts of information about how to get into medicine.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Medical Association (BMA) (Scotland)
Tel: 0131 247 3000
Twitter: @TheBMA

Medical Schools Council
Tel: 020 7419 5494
Website (2):

The Council's 'Entry Requirements' publication contains information on entry requirements for all of the UK’s publicly funded bachelor’s degrees in medicine. It is updated yearly from information passed directly from the medical schools.

NHS Scotland Careers
Website (2):
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
Tel: 020 7290 2900
Twitter: @RoySocMed

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
Tel: 0161 855 7409
Twitter: @UCATofficial

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