Keep our most important asset ready for action

What is the Medical branch?

  • The Medical branch is medicine’s frontline. You’ll push yourself further, providing specialist care in NHS hospitals, on ships at sea, or in a field hospital
  • Wherever we go, we need the medical support that will keep us healthy. You could be the only Medic on a submarine, or a Biomedical Scientist on board a ship in the Gulf
  • There’s more to medicine in the Navy. From primary care in conflict zones, to specialising in radiation, you’ll experience things you wouldn’t as a civilian
  • We need medical professionals across all of our Services, which means you have the opportunity to work above and below the surface – and even earn as a Royal Marines Commando
  • Whether you join when you’re still training to be a nurse, or are already a GP, you’ll develop your skills in some unique and challenging environments

What's it like?

Life in the Medical branch is your opportunity to care for the people who protect our nation’s interests, being deployed to where you’re needed most, and taking on real responsibility from day one. You’ll be an essential part of your crew, whether you’re administering general medical care on the daily sick parade, or are providing a controlled laboratory environment in the field. The very nature of life in the Royal Navy means we need medical professionals of the highest calibre. That’s why you’ll receive constant training and have the opportunity to specialise in a variety of disciplines.

Royal Navy personnel at work..

A day in the life: Medical

Siobhán, 23

Naval Nurse (Student)

Life in the Royal Navy is extraordinary, which is why I wanted to join in the first place. Doing vital work in some amazing places gives you a real buzz.

Where can I work?

Royal Navy ship at sea.

Aircraft carriers, assault ships, destroyers or frigates: this is our backbone. It gives us our global impact, from combat missions to humanitarian aid.

Royal Navy submarine at sea.

The world-renowned silent service, protecting us from beneath the waves. It’s responsible for highly classified, stealth operations – and Trident.

Royal Navy ship at sea.

From fuel to food: what we need, when we need it, wherever we are. This fleet of civilian ships provides global support to the whole Naval Service.

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Medical Technician (RFA)

With first-class care, you’ll be responsible for the wellbeing of your crewmates, in challenging situations all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • To be an NMC Registered Nurse or HPC Registered Paramedic 
What you'll get:
  • Travel, training and a medical career like no other
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Dental Hygienist

Experience dental practise incomparable to civilian life, on land or at sea, all over the world. .

What you'll need:
  • A Diploma in Dental Hygiene
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and a career like no other
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Dental Nurse

Be a central part of a professional dental practise that travels the world looking after the health of our people.

What you'll need:
  • 2 GCSEs A*-C/9-4 including English Language
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and a career like no other
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Dental Officer

Utilise your professional expertise to make a vital contribution to the well-being of the people who protect our nation’s interests, every day.

What you'll need:
  • A full dental degree and General Dental Council registration
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and a career like no other
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Environmental Health Officer

Lead the team that helps to keep our people safe and healthy wherever they are, all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • A degree in BSc or MSc in Environmental Health
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and a career like no other
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Medical Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

What you'll need:
  • To be an ambitious, passionate medical professional
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of at least £25,000
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Nursing Officer

You’ll use your extensive medical skills in a wide range of contexts, from an NHS hospital to some of the most challenging environments in the world.

What you'll need:
  • To be an ambitious, passionate medical professional
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of at least £25,000
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Nursing Officer Mental Health

Use your nursing skills where they’re needed most on global operations all around the world.

What you'll need:
  • A diploma in Mental Health Nursing
What you'll get:
  • World-class training, travel and adventure
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Biomedical Scientist

You’ll provide a clinical laboratory service to support the medical team.

What you'll need:
  • To be a qualified HCPC Biomedical Scientist
What you'll get:
  • Choose the area you want to specialise
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Biomedical Scientist (Student)

You’ll train to become a HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist

What you'll need:
  • A passion for helping people
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level
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Medical Assistant

As part of the medical team, you’ll provide day-to-day healthcare for your crewmates.

What you'll need:
  • The desire to care for the sick and injured
What you'll get:
  • World-class training
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Medical Assistant (Submariner)

You’ll pursue a medical career as part of an elite and highly respected team.

What you'll need:
  • The desire to care for the sick and injured
What you'll get:
  • World-class training
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Medical Officer Cadet

Get paid to study at university, and gain all the skills you need for life as a world-class medical practitioner.

What you'll need:
  • A level results that get you into a UK medical school
What you'll get:
  • Travel, skills and experience beyond civilian medicine
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Mental Health Nurse (Student)

You’ll work in one of the Royal Navy Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMH).

What you'll need:
  • 300 UCAS points at A2 Level or above
What you'll get:
  • First-class training and development
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Mental Health Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll provide vital mental health care both at sea, and on Base Ports, from Plymouth to Cyprus.

What you'll need:
  • To be qualified to degree level
What you'll get:
  • First-class training and development
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Naval Nurse (Qualified)

You’ll be a key part of the nursing team in an MOD hospital unit, keeping our personnel fit and healthy.

What you'll need:
  • To be qualified to degree level
What you'll get:
  • First-class training and development
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Naval Nurse (Student)

You’ll gain the all skills and qualifications you need for a career in nursing.

What you'll need:
  • 240 UCAS points at A2 Level or higher
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded academic and vocational qualifications
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Operating Department Practitioner (Qualified)

You’ll work in MOD hospital units, at sea within the surgical team, or with the Commando Forward Surgical Group.

What you'll need:
  • A DipHE or degree level qualification
What you'll get:
  • A unique and challenging working environment
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Operating Department Practitioner (Student)

You’ll gain all the skills and qualifications you need for a career as an Operating Department Practitioner.

What you'll need:
  • At least 220 UCAS points at A2 Level or higher
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded vocational and academic qualifications
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Radiographer

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • A BSc or MSc in Diagnostic Radiography
What you'll get:
  • To test yourself in challenging environments
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Radiographer (Student)

You’ll provide medical support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • A BSc or MSc in Diagnostic Radiography
What you'll get:
  • To test yourself in challenging environments
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