Health Science (Medicine) Foundation Programme



September 11, 2017


9 months


Successfully completed high school examinations. Have a minimum English level of 5.0 IELTS.








Dr. Lorraine Nolan
IFY Science & Engineering Course leader



The perfect preparation course for international students hoping to attend the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland or other medicine, health and dentistry degrees in Europe.


This DIFC pathway is approved by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) for entry to its Medical Degree programme (6 year course) – see details here (under ‘Entry Requirements’). In addition there are progression possibilities to St George’s University London (SGUL), the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), as well as Debrecen University in Hungary, Charles University in the Czech Republic, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and European University Cyprus.

Click here to view a summary of placements for graduates of the International Foundation Year Health & Science (Medicine) course.

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“I really enjoyed my studies at DIFC. The class I was in had students from many different nationalities and I really liked their method of teaching which included presentations and assignments which counted as part of my exam results. I am now in my second year studying medicine in RCSI.”

Azibanigha Azi – Nigeria

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RCSI, Dublin

Successful completion of the Medicine & Health Sciences pathway can lead to progression to Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science related degrees at the following European universities:

(Please note that the NCUK guarantee does not apply to Medicine )

Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI)


DIFC’s link with RCSI gives students a unique opportunity to study for a medical degree programme. The RCSI has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland for over 200 years. Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, RCSI provides extensive education and training in the health care professions at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Please note that DIFC cannot guarantee students a place in medicine, but our experience has shown that students who obtain three A and one B grades in their exams are considered eligible for a place in RCSI, subject to a motivational interview. DIFC will assist you in preparing for this interview.

Royal College of Surgeons, Bahrain


RCSI Bahrain provides a vibrant blend of multicultural aspects, both seen academically and in student life, through clubs and societies. With different nationalities presented in the student body, a global outlook to education is one of many positives. The majority of our academic staff of the three schools are from Ireland and all our staff meet the high quality criteria of various accrediting bodies. RCSI Bahrain has received external quality assurance, both through its umbilical links with RCSI Dublin and also by the Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training (QAAET).

Royal College of Surgeons, Malaysia


In March 1995 Penang Medical College (PMC) was established by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and University College Dublin (UCD) with representatives of the state and private sector in Penang. The College opened on schedule in October 1996 for its first intake of students. Students spend their pre-clinical years in either RCSI or UCD in Dublin before returning to Penang to complete their clinical studies. The qualification and entitlements are identical for students who complete either the twinning or traditional medical programme.

University of Central Lancashire


UCLan is the first modern University in the UK to be included in the most recent 2013 QS world rankings; receiving 5 out of 5 QS stars for excellence in Teaching. UCLan have developed a modern MB BS programme, in collaboration with local education providers, to provide the skills necessary to become a successful doctor. International students will study within a warm and supportive learning environment where they will be treated as individuals.

St. George's University of London


St George’s, University of London is the UK’s only independent medical and healthcare higher education institution. St George’s is a modern, innovative academic and research organisation built upon a rich history stretching back 250 years. Alumni include John Hunter, known as the father of modern surgery, and Edward Jenner, creator of the first vaccine, used to eradicate smallpox. St George’s was voted London’s best student experience for two years in a row in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

Charles University, Czech Republic


Charles University is a leading research university that combines high-quality science, research and education on both a global and national scale. The university places emphasis on a positive relationship with the broader European public. Charles University gives systematic support for interaction between scientific and humanities departments, the sharing of unique technologies, the interdepartmental exchange of findings and approaches and intergenerational dialogue that exceeds the boundaries of individual departments.

University of Debrecen, Hungary


The university offers complete English language studies in General Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry as well as Natural Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering, Arts, Economics and Business Administration. In the 2013/14 academic year the university hosted over 3700 international students from more than 80 countries, heading the list of Hungarian institutions educating international students.

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

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The University is the largest institution of higher education for biomedical sciences in Lithuania, successfully integrating studies, research and clinical practice. LSMU consists of two main academies: Medical Academy and Veterinary Academy.

Course Content

Programme Element Hours per week
English for Academic Purposes 6
ESAP for Science 3
Mathematics for Science/ 5
Science – two subjects: Chemistry and Biology at 4 hours/week each 8
Additional Chemistry 1
Pastoral care/progression counselling 1



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