At medical school?


If you’re currently studying medicine, you may be considering the next steps in your training to become a doctor when you graduate from medical school. NHS Education for Scotland is responsible for postgraduate medical education in Scotland. Once you’ve passed your final exams and gained your medical degree, the next step is to apply for Foundation training via the UKFPO National Programme application process.

Foundation training

The Scottish Foundation School 2 year training programmes are the first stage of postgraduate medical training in Scotland, following graduation from university. The programmes are designed to cover different specialties, populations, geographical diversity, teaching hospitals and remote and rural practice.

Discover more about the Scottish Foundation School and find out how to apply for Foundation training.

General Practice specialty training

General practitioners (GPs) treat common medical conditions presented by patients, referring them to hospital or other medical services where urgent or specialist treatment is needed.

With post available in Scotland's large cities as well as rural locations, this career path has much to offer, providing many opportunities to develop your skills. The Scottish Medical Training website provides more information on training as a GP in Scotland.

Hospital specialty training

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) oversees and ensures delivery of training programmes for over 50 recognised specialties, such as Acute Medicine, Neonates and Radiology. The curriculum for these programmes is approved by the General Medical Council.

Within NHSScotland there are hundreds of training posts available in specialties such as:

  • Acute Medicine
  • Anaesthetics
  • Diabeties
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Medicine
  • General Practice
  • General Surgery
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Medicine of the Elderly
  • Microbiology
  • Neonates
  • Nephrology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Opthalmology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

More information on Hospital Specialty training can be found on the Scottish Medical Training website.

Real life stories

Scottish Medical Training has produced some videos case studies featuring trainee doctors talking about their experiences. View the videos and find out what it's like to train as a doctor in Scotland.