Please enter both an email address and a password.

Welcome to the RCS website. If you've not used this website before you may need to reset your password below.

Account login

Need to reset your password?  Please enter the email address which you used to register on this site (or your membership/contact number) and we'll email you a link to reset it

We've sent you an email

An email has been sent to Simply follow the link provided in the email to reset your password. If you can't find the email please check your junk or spam folder.

Surgery Entry Requirements and Training

Training to become a surgeon takes time and is competitive - not everyone who starts the process will finish. Although there are set exams that need to be passed, there are alternative paths you can consider at different stages in your career.

The table below shows the most common training route. There are many alternative paths you can consider at different stages in your career, but this is the standard training route.

Click on each stage to see more information.

Medical School

Duration 5 - 6 years
Content Basic knowledge required for all medical specialties.
Application method UCAS
Normal entry requirements GCSEs at grade C+ in your A level subjects, English and Maths. At least three A Levels: normally at grades AAB, normally including chemistry with at least one other science or maths. UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) or BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test)

Foundation Training

Duration 2 years
Content A paid training job in a hospital (or other medical) setting Covers arrange of medical specialties, including surgery.
Application method Applications via the Foundation Programme. Medical students are “matched“ to places based on application form.
Normal entry requirements Successful completion of approved medical degree
               

Core Surgical Training

Duration 2 years
Content A paid training job in a hospital setting A range of surgical specialties. May be “themed” towards one particular specialty.
Application method Applications to deaneries, via forms and interview /assessment etc.
Normal entry requirements Complete foundation competencies GMC registration

Specialty Training

Duration Approximately 6 years
Content A paid training job in a hospital setting Training on one surgical specialty at the end of which you can apply for a senior appointment
Application method Applications to deaneries, via forms and interview /assessment etc.
Normal entry requirements Complete core competencies GMC registration MRCS examination

Senior medical appointment

Such as a consultant or a fellowship for further, more specialised training.

Share this page: