Fitness to study
In order to become a doctor, we need to make sure that you are fit to study medicine. This covers everything from looking after your personal health and wellbeing to the measures we have to protect patients.
Physical and mental fitness
We want you to be safe and supported while studying medicine with us. As such we need to make sure that the relevant measures are in place to achieve that. We try to make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to allow you to study and succeed in medicine.
All offers are subject to a satisfactory health screening and an occupational health assessment.
In order to become a doctor you must have received the following vaccinations:
- Hepatitis B and C
- Both measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines (or evidence of immunity to measles and rubella)
- Chickenpox (or a history of having chickenpox)
You will also need to undertake a HIV test once you're an offer holder.
We may require independent advice from occupational health and refer you to their services throughout your course. This may also involve retesting, further vaccinations or other appropriate interventions.
We also highly recommended that students get the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination prior to commencing the course to protect yourself, your future colleagues the patients/clients you may be caring for. From 11 November 2021 there are statutory requirements for all healthcare workers, including students, entering some care settings to be fully vaccinated, unless they are exempt under the current regulations. This may impact upon provision of placement learning experience, opportunities and timely progression if you are unable to access some placement opportunities.
View guide to immunisation, screening and health clearance
We welcome applications from all potential students with disabilities or any ongoing physical, mental health or educational issues.
When thinking of applying, please contact the School of Medicine to let us know about your circumstances.
This could include but is not limited to:
This will allow us to identify what support is available for you.
Contact the Medicine Hub
Professionalism and Fitness to Practise
In order to become a doctor, you must prove you are fit to practise. This means that you will do nothing to diminish the trust which sick or vulnerable people and their relatives place in you.
We must ensure that no member of the public is harmed as a consequence of participating in medical student training. So, we must be confident in your conduct and ability to be professional and practise as a doctor.
Doctors and medical students are expected to behave in a way that justifies the trust of patients and their loved ones.
As part of our medicine courses you will learn the practice and theory of professionalism in medicine. You will be assessed on it in your final years.
We champion students who show excellent professional behaviour and celebrate their successes where appropriate.
Where issues are raised, we may need to take action. We have a committee which oversees the process of reporting and investigating professionalism concerns and ensuring the process is fair. The committee handles low-level professionalism issues like rude behaviour to help resolve them before they develop into major issues.
Major issues which will likely lead to an investigation and may impact your place with us can include:
- drug or alcohol misuse
- aggressive, violent or threatening behaviour
- cheating or plagiarism
- persistent inappropriate attitudes or behaviour
All medical students are required to have a criminal record check before they begin their course.
As part of your application you will be required to complete an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.
You must advise us of any criminal convictions you may have.
Find out more on UCAS
Failure to disclose this information may result in revoking an offer or the termination of your place studying medicine.
If you are worried about your eligibility, please get in touch. This is so our professionalism and fitness to practice team can advise.
Contact the Medicine Hub
Fitness to practise
If we have any serious concerns about your fitness to practise, you will be subject to a fitness to practise investigation.
Find out more about the Fitness to Practise procedure
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, we may not offer you a place. We also reserve the right to revoke offers should serious concerns arise before starting the course.
If you are already studying with us, we have the power to expel a student from the course. This can happen if they fall below the standards expected of them.
General Medical Council advice