Medical degree

A medical degree is a vocational or technical degree awarded for studies in fields associated with medicine and/or surgery. Doctors also need a PhD, an MBBS or other degrees. A worldwide study conducted in 2011 indicated on average: 64 university exams, 130 series exams, and 174 assignments are completed over the course of 5.5 years. As a baseline, students need greater than an 85% in prerequisite courses to enroll for the aptitude test in these degree programs.[1][failed verification]

Primary medical degreesEdit

In many jurisdictions, individuals require a medical degree to register for a licence and legally practice. This is known as a primary medical qualification,[2][3] or the primary qualification.[4] Such degrees include:

Higher medical degreesEdit

Some doctors who hold a primary qualification will continue academic study, pursuing degrees such as:[5]

Other degrees 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)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ BMJ — 13 August 2011, Volume 343, Number 7819
  2. ^ "Acceptable overseas medical qualifications". General Medical Council. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Acceptable primary medical qualifications". Medical Council of New Zealand. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Singapore Medical Council. List of Registrable Basic Medical Qualifications" (PDF). Singapore Medical Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  5. ^ Armstrong, Kathryn; Molloy, E J (29 Jun 2011). "Doing a higher medical degree". Careers. BMJ. 342: d3792. doi:10.1136/bmj.d3792.