The majority of companies require physicians to be licensed with the General Medical Council (GMC) for entry into the industry, particularly in medical affairs roles.
A GMC licence is also a requirement for gaining a certificate of completion of training (CCT) through the pharmaceutical medicine specialty training programme (PMST). Doctors considering a career move to the pharmaceutical industry in the UK should be registered with the GMC as this offers the best chance of gaining a medical role.
To qualify for a CCT through the PMST, it is also essential to have completed a period of clinical training since qualifying in medicine. In the UK, this is a minimum of four years for doctors qualifying from 2005 onwards or three years for doctors qualifying prior to 2005.
Scientific degrees (e.g. BSc, MSc, PhD) are desirable, but not essential, additional qualifications. Postgraduate clinical diplomas and degrees (e.g. MRCP, MRCGP, MD, and MRCS) are also desirable but not essential, unless specifically sought by an employer.