GMC accepted Postgraduate Qualifications

  • November 30, 2022
 

As most overseas doctors may know, there are some non-UK Postgraduate Qualifications that are recognised by the GMC as equivalent.

An equivalent qualification will be accepted by the GMC as evidence of the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to apply for full registration with a license to practice.

The qualifications listed below are currently accepted by the GMC and are recognised as meeting the same standards as UK postgraduate qualifications. However, this does not mean they are the same in every way, and they do not guarantee entry to the UK Specialty training.

What if my qualification is listed below?

If your postgraduate qualification is listed below then you will simply need to provide evidence of English Language capabilities by passing an English Language Test (typically IELTS or OET) in order to satisfy the criteria for full registration with the GMC.

Read through our blogs on English Language Testing to help answer any questions you may have on the matter.

Alternatively, get in touch with one of our IMG Connect consultants (using the details at the bottom of this page) or send us an email with your details and we'll get back to you immediately to talk through any questions or next steps.

What if my qualification is not listed below?

If your qualification is not listed as equivalent, then you will be required to complete a Royal College Postgraduate Qualification or PLAB. You can use the GMC application finder to find the application that’s right for you.

It is important to note, you must be granted full GMC registration within three years of passing your postgraduate qualification.

Country

Awarding Body

Qualification

Australia/New Zealand 

Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Australia/New Zealand

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO) awarded since January 2010

 

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (FACEM) awarded since 2001

Australia/New Zealand  

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians 

FRACP Adult medicine or evidence of three years of basic training (PREP) + achievement of RACP written and clinical examinations

Australia/New Zealand  

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP) awarded since January 2012

Australia/New Zealand 

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists 

Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR) (Clinical Radiology)

Fellowship of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR) (Radiation Oncology)

Australia/New Zealand 

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) awarded since 1 January 2013

Australia/New Zealand

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) awarded since 1 January 2007
Australia/New Zealand

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners

Fellowship of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (FDRHMNNZ) awarded since 1 January 2012
Australia/New Zealand

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners

Fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (FRNZCGP) awarded since 1 January 2012

Bangladesh 

Bangladesh College of Physicians and Surgeons

Fellowship in Anaesthesia or Anaesthesiology awarded between July 1999 and October 2019

Canada 

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - diagnostic radiology examination

Canada

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) awarded since 1 January 2009

Europe

European Academy of Anaesthesiology or European Society of Anaesthesiology

(previously the European Academy of Anaesthesiology or European Society of Anaesthesiology)

Diplomate of European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (DESAIC)

(previously the Diplomate of European Academy of Anaesthesiology DEAA) or Diplomate of European Society of Anaesthesiology (DESA))

Europe

European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM)

European Diploma of Intensive Care (EDIC) awarded since January 2015

Hong Kong

Hong Kong College of Physicians

Membership of the Hong Kong College of Physicians

Ireland

College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland 

Fellowship of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland

(previously Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland)

Ireland

Royal College of Physicians in Ireland

Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in General Medicine, awarded after 1 January 2007

Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in Paediatrics (Medicine of Childhood), awarded after 1 January 2007

Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, awarded after 1 January 2007

Membership of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (MFOM), awarded after 1 January 2007

Membership of the Faculty of Public Medicine (MFPHMI), awarded after 1 January 2007

Ireland

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

MRCS (collegiate examination)

MRSC (intercollegiate examination)

MRSC (ENT) (intercollegiate examination)

Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (FRCSI)

Fellowship of the Faculty or the College of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Fellowship of the Faculty of Radiologists in Clinical Radiology of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (FFR RCSI)

Malaysia 

Ministry of Health

Master of Medicine (MMED) Malaysia with MRCP (UK) awarded since 1 July 2010

This must include four years of clinical experience (required to complete MMED) plus two years of training

Singapore 

National University of Singapore

Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) including MRCP (UK) 

Singapore 

Joint Committee on Specialist Training Singapore 

Master of Medicine (MMED) Singapore, plus MRCP (UK) awarded since 1 July 2010

South Africa 

College of Anaesthetists of South Africa

Fellowship of the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa FCA (SA)

South Africa 

Colleges of Medicine of South Africa 

Fellowship of the College of Radiologists of SA FC Rad Diag (SA) - Diag Rad awarded after 1 October 2013

South Africa 

College of Family Physicians of South Africa

Fellowship of the College of Family Physicians of South Africa (FCFP(SA)) awarded since 1 January 2007

Sri Lanka 

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Doctor of Medicine or MD (Anaesthesiology)

Doctor of Medicine or MD, (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

Doctor of Medicine or MD (medicine) awarded after January 2017

Doctor of Medicine or MD (surgery) awarded after July 2017

United States

American Board of Anaesthesiology Certificate of the American Board of Anaesthesiology

 

The American Board of Radiology 

The American Board of Radiology diagnostic radiology examination

West Indies 

University of the West Indies

Doctor of Medicine (Anaesthesia) awarded between September 2003 and May 2014

(Course title has since changed to Doctor of Medicine (Anaesthesia and Intensive care))


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Living in this location offers significant financial benefits. The flat income tax rate of 20% is notably advantageous compared to the UK, and a generous public sector pension scheme is provided, not constrained by UK lifetime or annual contribution limits. The consultant contract closely mirrors the UK model but offers higher incremental levels starting at £110,257 and with a top basic salary of £164,372.

Am I eligible for this role?Am I eligible for this role?

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The health service, separate from the NHS, is an integrated, taxation-funded system, free at the point of delivery, managed by the Health and Community Services Department on the island. Key benefits of working there are higher salaries than the NHS, lower taxes and sunnier weather. 

Consultant Pay range - £110,257 to £164,372
Single rate of tax - 20%

General Adult Psychiatry Department & Team

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Continued Professional Development

This position offers further training and accreditation within psychiatry, including CESR Portfolio Pathway support, access to specialty training, and the opportunity to develop sub-specialist interests. The post holder will have ample opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and experience through attendance at relevant courses, conferences, and locally organized CME events. The organization supports Continuing Medical Education with time and financial support, offering study leave of 30 days in three years and an annual study leave allowance. Regular case discussions, teaching sessions, and MDT supervision ensure ongoing professional development, meeting the Royal College of Psychiatrists\' CPD requirements.

Living in the Area

Living in this location offers significant financial benefits. The flat income tax rate of 20% is notably advantageous compared to the UK, and a generous public sector pension scheme is provided, not constrained by UK lifetime or annual contribution limits. The consultant contract closely mirrors the UK model but offers higher incremental levels starting at £110,257 and with a top basic salary of £164,372.

Am I eligible for this role?

UK based candidates:

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  • Experience in Adult Psychiatry
  • European Specialist Qualification

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