How Many Years Does It Take to Study Medicine?

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Choosing a career in Medicine involves the lives of people depending on you. Medical studies can take longer than other qualifications to complete but is recommended as one of the most rewarding careers you can pursue.


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How long does it take to study Medicine? Well, let's help you answer that question.

The common field in Medicine at the universities is the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree which takes about six years to complete. The six years of study focuses mostly on medical theory though every now and then students will be placed at hospitals for observation.

The period of six years to complete a medical degree study is also recommended by international institutions as the competent standard.

The breakdown of the years of study in medicine may include medical terms that might not be easy to understand. The important information that will be relevant to the topic will be to focus on the period one takes to finish the medical degree.

The (MBChB) is not the only medical profession one can do at the university, there is a long list of medical fields students can choose from.

The six years of study as a medical student is followed by two years of internship, working in a hospital environment, and a one year of community service.

After completing the two years of internship and one year of community service, the candidate can register with Health Professions Council as a medical doctor. It is however advised that one keeps checking on new developments as setting of curriculums are subject to change.

The setting of curriculum doesn’t necessarily affect the years one takes to study medicine, the six-year length is a standard to most institutions.

This is just to stress that six years of study is only based on your modules and still have two more years as an intern at an institution and one volunteer work at the community.  

Students can expect to take nine years long to become registered competent professionals though one earns basic stipend in the course of being an intern.


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