Undergraduate courses

There are two undergraduate courses in medicine on offer in Wales; both are run by Cardiff University. You can choose to follow a 5 year full time programme or a 6 year foundation programme.

Swansea University also runs a course, which is designed for those who already hold a degree in a related subject; this course lasts 4 years.

Both cities are large and vibrant with vast student communities and plenty on offer to keep you amused. The experience you will gain on practical placements will be excellent due to the hectic and fast-paced nature of inner city hospitals.

It is recommended that you research the courses in detail and then visit the institutions that interest you; you will be spending a long time there so you should make sure you feel comfortable with your choice. Try to talk to other students and staff in order to find out as much information before you make your final decision.

General practice courses

There are several postgraduate courses available for those who wish to train in general practice; those on offer include courses in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Bridgend, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Dyffryn Clwyd, Glamorgan, Gwent, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Swansea Bay and Wrexham.

All the courses mentioned above last 3 years and are aimed at those who have a medical degree. With the exception of Cardiff University, generally these institutions are smaller and have a limited number of places.

Each course will be unique but the general focus and end goals will be common. It is recommended that you research each course in detail and it is also beneficial to attend any open days that may be on offer; here there is an opportunity to ask tutors questions about the institution and the course itself.