Degrees in Medicine and Possible Jobs

A medical degree is a vocational, or even technical, degree awarded for studies in fields associated with medicine and surgery. 

In many jurisdictions doctors require a certain type of degrees to be able to register for a licence to legally practice medicine. This is known as a primary medical qualification, or primary qualification. Such degrees include:

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, BMBS, MBChB, MBBCh)
Doctor of Medicine (MD, Dr.MuD, Dr.Med)
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Higher medical degrees

A doctorate degree is the highest level of academic degree. Everyone is familiar with the medical doctor, who holds an M.D. (Medical Doctorate). But you can earn a doctorate in almost any subject area.

Some doctors who hold a primary qualification will go on to a further academic study, involving research, such as:

Doctor of Medicine by research (MD(Res), DM)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD, DPhil)

other degrees might include:

Master of Clinical Medicine (MCM)
Master of Medical Science (MMSc, MMedSc)
Master of Medicine (MM, MMed)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Master of Surgery (MS, MSurg, MChir, MCh, ChM, CM)
Master of Science in Medicine or Surgery (MSc)
Doctor of Clinical Medicine (DCM)
Doctor of Clinical Surgery (DClinSurg)
Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc, DMedSc)
Doctor of Surgery (DS, DSurg)

What you can do with a medical degree

Medicine is a vocational degree, allowing you to develop the practical and clinical capabilities specific to medicine, as well as the professional and personal attributes necessary to become a doctor

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Cardiologist
Clinical radiologist
General practice doctor
Hospital doctor
Pathologist
Physician associate
Psychiatrist
Surgeon

There are over 60 specialist areas of medicine; information on each can be found at NHS Health Careers.

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Adult nurse
Anaesthetist
Children’s nurse
Healthcare scientist, genomics
Higher education lecturer
International aid/development worker
Mental health nurse
Midwife
Neurologist
Paramedic
Research scientist (life sciences)
Science writer

Fields of Medicine

Cardiac Surgery

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