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Post-Graduation Courses After MBBS in UK for Sri Lankan Students

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Blog Summary Learn about post-graduation courses available in the UK for Sri Lankan MBBS graduates. Explore specialized pathways for medical professionals.

Many students prefer to go for a PG degree after completing their UG. This is because UG helps them get fundamental knowledge of the field. At the same time, a PG degree provides advanced knowledge and specialised skills in the area.

Students may opt for PG after MBBS, and the UK is the ideal place for it. The UK has world-class education and accommodation facilities. It is also quite popular among students for medical studies. A PG in medicine in the UK lasts for around 2-3 years. Along with this, Medical colleges in the UK are internationally recognised. This makes the UK the go-to place for students pursuing PG after MBBS. 

Why is UK Best for PG Courses After MBBS?

The UK is very popular among students for its medical courses, UG or PG. It offers a wide range of options for specialisations. Students also expand their knowledge and improve their procedure and clinical skills. Other important factors that make the UK the best place for PG after MBBS are:

  • PG after MBBS in the UK lasts for only 2-3 years.
  • After completion of a PG degree, students are eligible to practice medicine in the UK or abroad.
  • A PG degree from the UK is recognised internationally.
  • When pursuing PG in the UK, students undergo rigorous medical training after medical studies.
  • Students get world-class education when studying PG in the UK. This includes foundation training, speciality training, GP, and other run-through training, which helps them become the best medical practitioners.
  • Students can get various opportunities to get well-versed and advanced training in their field of specialisation.

Entrance Exams to Study PG Courses After MBBS in UK

Two entrance exams help students study in the UK. These are PLAB and MRCP/MRCS. Students must appear in any of these if they wish to pursue PG in the UK. Given below are details of these entrance tests:

  1. PLAB:

Students who wish to pursue PG after MBBS in the UK may appear for PLAB. A certificate test helps students gain the GMC ( General medical council). All the students must obtain a GMC if they want to study PG in the UK.

PLAB tests whether a student is eligible for GMC registration. However, it doesn't grant any degree. It only registers the student with GMC.


MRCS is also the Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. It is a PG medical diploma in the UK.

Students must clear the MRCP before enrolling in any higher speciality training.

The MRCP is approved for PG qualification by the GMC. After passing the MRCP, students get complete registration of GMC with a license to practice.

Entry Requirements for Medical PG In the UK 

Students can enter a Medical PG in the UK via three routes. Each of these is given below, along with their details:

  1. With PLAB:

Students can appear for PLAB as it is mandatory in the UK Medical system. (read above for more details)

  1. Without PLAB

Students can also apply for PG in the UK without appearing for PLAB. But, they will get limited college options through this route. The British University came up with this option in collaboration with NHS Hospitals and the Royal College of Physicians, London.

They introduced the comprehensive clinical MC course. It is a master's degree and training in oncology, diabetes, etc. Some benefits of this degree are:

  • It is recognised internationally
  • The trainees of the PG degree get a GMC UK registration. Thus, they can do clinical practice along with their studies.

However, an important point to remember is that: Students who have appeared for PLAB cannot apply for this program.


Students can appear for MRCS/MRCP to get admitted to speciality training. They must clear this exam to get enrolled. (Read above for

Popular PG Courses in the UK After MBBS

UK offer various options for specialisation in medical PG. But some are more popular than others. Some of the most famous PG courses are given below:

Popular Clinical Doctor of Medicine

Popular Surgery in the UK

Internal Medicine








Psychiatric Medicine




Details and Eligibility for Popular Courses

Popular PG courses



PG In Dermatology

Deals with the study of treating skin, hair, and nail problems

4 year-long courses

Graduates can become accredited dermatologists and consultant dermatologists.

MBBS or equivalent from a recognised college

At least 1-year training from any hospital

At least 2 years of training in general medicine to qualify for MRCP

Specialization in dermatology after graduation and earning a speciality certificate after training completion/

PG In Orthopaedic

Deals with surgical and non-surgical procedures to cure muscle and bone injuries

Job responsibility includes clinical visits, surgeries, medical research, and analysis.

Registration through ISTP is a must. 

Students must have GMC-recognised degrees

At least 1-year internship from a recognised college

At least 3 years of work experience and clinical training, excluding 1 year internship period

Should be an international resident

Minimum IELTS score of 7.5

Top Universities in the UK for Post-Graduation Courses After MBBS

The UK is home to some of the top medical colleges in the world. These colleges offer advanced equipment, artistic infrastructure, and student support systems. UK has three colleges in the top 10 according to the latest QS world ranking.

Given below is a list of all top universities with their QS Ranking and courses offered:


QS Rankings 2022

Courses Offered

University of Oxford


MSc Sleep Medicine

DPhil Oncology

MSc – DPhil Neuroscience

DPhil Surgical Sciences

MSc Clinical Embryology

University of Cambridge


MPhil Primary Care Research

MPhil Paediatrics

MPhil Radiology

University College London


PG Cert Reproductive and Developmental Biology

MRes Cancer Informatics

MSc Cardiovascular and Respiratory Healthcare

Imperial College London


MSc Reproductive Sciences

MSc Clinical Anatomy

MRes Cancer Technology

The University of Edinburgh


MPhil Professional Management

MSc Primary Care Ophthalmology

MSc Surgical Sciences

King’s College London


MSc Clinical Dermatology 

PG Diploma Vascular Ultrasound

MRes Tissue Engineering

University of Bristol


MSc Epidemiology

MSc Healthcare Management 

MSc Health Economics and Health Policy Analysis

MRes Health Sciences Research

The University of Manchester


MRes Experimental Medicine

MRes Oncology

Queen Mary University of London

51- 100

MSc Biomedical Science

MRes Cardiac and Vascular Medicine

MSc Forensic Medical Science

Newcastle University


MSc Physician Associate Studies

MRes Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease

PGCERT Cancer Studies

Eligibility Criteria for PG courses After MBBS

To enrol in any college or university in the UK, students must fulfil specific requirements. These may differ for each college, university, and course. But some standard criteria are given below:

  • IELTS score should be between 6.5 to 7.5
  • At least a 'B' on Occupational English Test
  • Students must have completed an acceptable form of internship from a recognised hospital
  • Students with 2-3 years' work experience have benefits
  • Students must have completed at least 1 UG course from a recognisable college. They must also have good marks.

Admission Process for PG Courses After MBBS

The admission process for PG courses after MBBS depends on the student's selected entry route.

Given below are the admission processes for each route:

  • PLAB: Students must appear for PLAB exams before enrolling in any college. They must also clear the PLAB exam and register for GMC to enrol in PG medicine.
  • Without PLAB: Students must apply for MD in the UK program. They must go through the eligibility criteria and make sure they are eligible. Once selected, they will have to go through an interview. If they clear the interview, they will get enrolled in the course.
  • MRCS/MRCP: Students who wish to study PG Medicine in the UK can also appear for MRCP. In this path, they must go to the MRCP website and fill out the application form. They must also submit the required documents. After that, they will have to appear for the exam and clear it. 

Documents Required

Students need to provide several documents when applying for medical PG. These may differ with each course and university. However, these are some standard documents that students must have:

  • 10th grade or equivalent mark sheet/certificate
  • 12th grade or equivalent mark sheet/certificate
  • Statement of Purpose
  • MBBS marks semester-wise
  • Valid MBBS degree (provisional or permanent)
  • Attempt Certificate
  • Internship completion certificate
  • Copy of the first and the last page of the passport

Cost of Study in the UK for PG Courses After MBBS

Students study in the UK mainly because of their world-class education system and top-ranking colleges. However, the cost of studying in the UK varies with college and course.

Given below are the tuition fees for studying in some of the UK's top colleges:


Fees (GBP)

Dundee University


Glasgow University


Oxford University


University of Aberdeen


University of Edinburgh


Queen Mary, University of London


University of Cambridge


University of St Andrews


Imperial College London


University of Swansea


University College London


University of Bristol


University of Brighton & Sussex


University of Sheffield


University of Newcastle


University of Queen's, Belfast


University of Keele


University of Cardiff


University of Exeter


University of Warwick


Scholarships to Study Post Graduation Courses After MBBS in the UK

Universities in the UK offer several scholarships to international students. These are great as they help students study abroad without financial strain. Some of the scholarships provide 100% coverage of tuition and living costs. Thus, they are beneficial, and students must apply for them.

Some of these scholarships are given below:

  • Chevening Scholarships and Fellowships.
  • The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)
  • Gates Scholarships.
  • The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF)
  • Rotary Scholarships
  • The Royal Society Scholarships

Jobs & Salary After Post Graduation Courses After MBBS in the UK

Students have a great scope after graduating from PG medical programs in the UK. These jobs provide excellent salaries that act as significant ROI.

Some of these are given below:

Job Role

Salary (GBP/year)

Counselling Psychologist




Clinical Psychologist








Obstetrician / Gynaecologist


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Frequently Asked Questions

What post-graduation courses are available for Sri Lankan students after completing MBBS in the UK?
Postgraduate medical courses like MRCP, MRCS, and specialized master's programs are popular choices.
How long are these post-graduation courses in the UK, and what are the admission requirements?
Duration varies, but typically 1-2 years. Admission requirements may include English language proficiency and prior medical qualifications.
What are the career prospects for Sri Lankan students who complete post-graduation courses in the UK?
Graduates can pursue medical careers in the UK or return to Sri Lanka with enhanced qualifications.
Are there scholarships or financial aid options available for Sri Lankan students pursuing these courses?
Some scholarships may be available, and students can explore financial aid opportunities.
Can Sri Lankan students work in the UK after completing these courses?
Yes, they can apply for the Tier 2 (General) Visa for employment opportunities.

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