How to Plan Expenses for PLAB Journey

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How much will the PLAB journey cost? The expenses for PLAB journey broken down in steps in every step of the journey in this article.
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When you have decided that you will be taking the PLAB route to make your career in the UK, reasonably the very first question that comes up – “How much will the entire PLAB cost?” This article explains the steps as well as the expenses in those steps starting from IELTS/OET and PLAB 1 to working and living in the UK.

“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re the all-singing, all dancing crap of the world.” 

Tyler Durden: Fight Club (1999)

But, when you can see this…. or a lot of these after every month…

How to plan funding for PLAB

Your heart sings and dances.

Jokes apart, money is important. And the more important thing is how you spend/plan to spend it. After reading this post, I would advise everyone to sit down and chalk out how YOUR expenses for PLAB journey would be in YOUR currency in three broken down steps below.

Let’s first look at the steps of the PLAB journey

Planning your PLAB journey

What steps costs how much?

The whole journey from your country to the UK to become a doctor there, involves a considerable sum, an investment. An investment that returns. That being said, it is imperative to know the total cost of PLAB, starting from having a passport to getting a job in the UK.

  • Passport – 3500 BDT (if you don’t have it)
  • IELTS16500 or ~£160 (payable by a Standard Chartered Bank transfer). If you’re taking OET, it costs ~£334 – 36000 BDT. (These are only exam fees)
  • PLAB 1 – £239 ~ 25000 BDT. (Only payable by a credit card)
  • PLAB 2 – £875 ~ 91000 BDT. (Only payable by a credit card)
  • PLAB 2 Preparatory course fee- this can vary.
  • Epic Verification, roughly £250 ~ 27000 BDT
  • Standard visitor visa fees ~ 11000 BDT
  • Airplane round trip tickets ~ 80000 BDT or ~£700
  • GMC registration fees – for doctors who submit their application within five years of passing a primary medical qualification (MBBS) – £153 ~ 17000 BDT. If more than that then £399 ~ 44000 BDT.
  • Rent and living expenses in the UK – £500 to £600 / month. Within 6 months of Visa, if you plan the dates of the course and the exam dates well- hopefully, you will have to stay in the UK for 3-4 months to get a job and return home to apply for a Tier 2 visa. So, 4 months cost ~ 260000 BDT.
  • Police clearance certificate for Tier 2 visa,  500 BDT
  • TB clearance certificate at IOM, $85 ~  7100 BDT
  • Tier 2 visa costs, £464 ~  52000 BDT for shortage occupation job (It will be mentioned in your CoS). And, £610 – 66000 BDT, if non-shortage occupation. This fee is for a visa for up to 3 years. The difference between the start date and end date mentioned in your CoS determines your length of the visa, regardless of what your contract is. So, if the visa is for 6 months or 2 years- fees remain the same as mentioned. Also, International Health surcharge £400 ~ 44000 BDT for per year CoS.

If you are applying for your family’s tier 2 visa along with you as well, remember to plan a significant amount of money, as even if you get a 1-year visa, your dependents International Health surcharge (IHS) would be £1200 (for 3 years) per person. This can be refunded when you apply for a visa again but you need to have that amount ready.

  • The plane fare to go to the UK to start the job (one-way), £400 ~  44000 BDT
  • Suggested GBP to take with you to survive first one-two months (until you start getting paid), £1000-1500 ~ 108000 – 162000 BDT.

Let’s breath. Good.

In Total

The entire expenses for PLAB can be broken down in three steps:

  1. From IELTS to going for PLAB 2 in the UK
  2. PLAB 2 visit in the UK including GMC registration
  3. Tier 2 visa processing and going there to start your job

From IELTS till PLAB 2 visit

PurposeCost in GBPCost in BDT
Passport3500
IELTS/OET160/33216500/36000
PLAB 1239~25000
PLAB 2875~91000
Standard Visitor Visa for PLAB 211000
Epic Verification~25027000
Total179000 – 198500

PLAB 2 visit in the UK including GMC registration

PurposeCost in GBPCost in BDT
Round trip airplane ticket70080000
PLAB 2 course550-59560000-64000
Rent and living expenses in the UK (4 months)600*3 = 1800~ 185000
GMC Registration fees156 (fresh grad)/40617000/44000
Total342000 – 373000

Tier 2 visa processing until starting a job in the UK

PurposeCost in GBPCost in BDT
Police Clearance500
TB Clearance test at IOM7100
Tier 2 visa fees (up to 3 years)464/61052000/66000
International Health Surcharge (per year)40044000
One way airplane ticket to the UK40044000
Startup money till you get paid1000-1500108000-162000
Total255600 – 323600

My GBP to BDT conversion is made on the basis of mid-market rate. I have also rounded up to overestimate to a few hundred so that it accounts for future drastic fluctuation of conversion rate. I would definitely urge you to look up the conversion rate at the time you are making your plan. Fortunately, you may end up with significant lesser estimate than I have given here.

I need to clarify this a bit further. The above cost is NOT an absolute estimate. A lot many things can change and you yourself may find ways to save monies by finding cheaper air tickets or accommodation, thus making your total expenses for the PLAB journey significantly less.

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The ultimate guide for PLAB expenses

The cost of PLAB and subsequent steps to start working and living in the UK

Expenses for PLAB journey Infographic

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have ALL of it at once?

No. As you can see the cost can be easily broken down into three steps. And moreover, you can plan the gap between your PLAB 1 and PLAB 2, or even passing PLAB 2 and applying for GMC registration or between getting GMC registration and getting a job.

You have 2 years after PLAB 1 to clear PLAB 2. You have 2 years after passing PLAB 2 to apply for GMC registration. So, the amount of money needed for your entire journey need not be stored in your account from the beginning of your journey.

How much bank balance I will have to show for PLAB 2 visa?

It’s very good you’re thinking about it now. But let me tell you, the money you will have to spend does not HAVE to reflect on the money you will have to show in the bank account. The bank depends on the visa application. Here you will find a broad discussion about that matter, UK Visa financial sponsorship fiasco.


But one thing for sure, before dreaming the union jack dream, plan and talk about the money with your parents/family. I am saying it again, it’s an investment. An investment that will return, God willing. 

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