PhD vs Medicine degree - which is more prestigious to you?Watch
However all that said and done, I think it is a lot harder to get a fully funded PhD in an arts subject at a "top" department than it is to get into a medical degree, for what it's worth. Getting a funded project in e.g. medieval studies, Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies etc from a well established department is very hard because there is just so little funding available in the first place.
In the same year 24,500 were awarded a Doctorate (so PhD/EngD/DClin etc)
so just in numbers terms - PhDs are more common
Patient outcomes are relatively more acclaimed by surgeons, but due to advances in technology from the work carried out by academics (PhD), it’s now mostly limited to novel cases.
Medicine is self evidently high respectable but a PHD equally requires a huge amount, if not more in some cases, work. It really depends on what the subject is and what the thesis is on for me to actually answer this question..
However, a medical degree requires a lot of skills that aren't required for a PhD and a lot of responsibility that isn't a part of academia, so I don't think there's an objectively correct answer.
Why? Why does this even matter? Why is academia so much about showing off and trying to be smarter than everyone else at your level of study? So privileged and elitist. Yawn 🙄
For example I would afford more prestige to Stephen Hawking (PhD) than to my local GP (medical doctor). But I would also give more prestige to a world renowned spinal surgeon (medical doctor) than to my school biology teacher (PhD).
I think prestige comes from having a passion and working hard at it, resulting in success (which gives you even more passion that motivates you to work even harder, as a positive feedback loop). Ultimately those are the people who get to the top of their chosen field. It is not gained by simply applying to study one degree over another.
And potentially also where the PhD was registered. A PhD from Oxford sounds an awful lot better than a PhD from Huddersfield. I had the option of either UCL and Birmingham, but went with the latter as I wanted a new experience and environment. I already new UCL well from my MSc days.