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

A study conducted in 2011 that involved more than 1000 medical schools throughout the world indicated on average, 64 university exams, 130 series exams, and 174 assignments are completed over the course of 5.5 years. Students need more than 85% marks in prerequisite courses in order to get enrolled for the aptitude test for these degree programs. They then have to pass the test with 85% to 90% marks, which is high compared with all the other bachelor's degree programs.[1][not in citation given]

Primary medical qualifications

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,[2][3] or primary qualification.[4] Such degrees include:

Higher medical degrees

Some doctors who hold a primary qualification will go on to a further academic study, involving research, such as:[5]

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)

See also


  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. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Armstrong, Kathryn; Molloy, E J (29 Jun 2011). "Doing a higher medical degree". BMJ Careers. Retrieved 16 April 2017.