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Medical students at Castle Hill Hospital, Hull

After medical school

Graduation marks the end of one phase of training and the beginning of another. Find out your next steps.

GMC registration

On successfully completing your undergraduate programme you will receive your MB BS joint degree from the University of Hull and the University of York, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ).

Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration.

Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Dr Christian Wake


Life as a junior doctor is challenging, but the knowledge and skills I developed at Hull York Medical School enabled me to make a smooth transition into delivering high quality, patient-centred care.
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Foundation Programme

Medical school graduates continue to train for two years while working as junior doctors in the NHS.

This two-year Foundation period forms a bridge for newly qualified doctors between medical school and specialist training. Trainees gain experience in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals and GP surgeries.

To obtain a Foundation post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.

So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council.

You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

In North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, Foundation training is coordinated by the East Yorkshire Locality Scheme, one of three Foundation programmes within the broader Yorkshire and the Humber Foundation School. We have close links with the Foundation School, as the majority of our graduating students choose to stay in the Yorkshire and Humber region to continue their training.