Health Science (Medicine) Foundation Programme

START:

September 10, 2018

DURATION:

9 months

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

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

FEES:

€14,800

ID:

IFY-HS

LOCATION:

Dublin

INSTRUCTORS:

Lorraine
Dr. Lorraine Nolan
IFY Health Science & Science Course leader

Address

Dublin

The best route for international students to study Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy or Health Science in Ireland, UK or mainland Europe.

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The International Foundation Year – Health Science programme is a specialised university foundation course designed to support international students to progress to study Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing or Pharmacy.

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 Medicine 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.

For detailed information about our Medical progression options, view our Medical Progression Options summary.

Download our Medicine Foundation brochure

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

“I went to DIFC to further strengthen my application into The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

Not only does DIFC help you grow as an individual both emotionally and academically, but provides all the basic needs required for us as international students studying abroad”.

Ali Rifai – Jordan

Now studying Medicine at RCSI Dublin

RCSI, Dublin

Successful completion of the Medicine & Health Sciences pathway can lead to progression to Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Health Science related degrees at the following University partners:

(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.

In 2005, RCSI approved the NCUK IFY Health Science programme at DIFC for entry to their 6 year Medical Degree Program for international students. In the past few years over 80 students have been placed in RCSI for the 6 year Medicine Degree program. These students obtained places as long as they achieved the minimum requirements. However, demand for places in RCSI has increased dramatically and number of places has not increased.

Entry requirements:

  • Minimum of 3 x A* grades and EAP A/ B grade in the IFY exams.
  • Personal statement
  • Succesful interview
  • With limited number of seats available, final entry requirements will be set by RCSI admissions board

Tuition fees:

  • Medicine fees are €53,000 per year.
  • Pharmacy fees are €25,000 per year
  • Physiotherapy fees are are €25,000 per year

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.

RCSI, Bahrain offer the same 6 year Medicine program that is also offered at RCSI Dublin but more places are available for students. The programme is recognised for scholarship by MOHE in the UAE and Kuwait. Students will do their clinical training at King Hamad University Hospital which is located right beside the RCSI, Bahrain Campus.

Entry requirements:

  • High school qualification equivalent to A level
  • Minimum of 2 x A grades & 1 x B grades and an EAP grade B in IFY exams.
  • Personal statement
  • Successful interview

Tuition fees:

  • Medicine Fees for this course are U$39,500* per year (approx €37,000).

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 qualification and entitlements are identical for students who complete either the twinning or traditional medical programme.

Students on this programme will undertake the pre-clinical component of the medical course in the RCSI Dublin Campus (3.5 years) and transfer to the RCSI Penang campus for the final 2.5 years for clinical training. The full programme duration is 6 years. Students will undertake the same examinations and graduate with a National University of Ireland, M.B., B.Ch., BAO medical degree in addition to the Licentiates in surgery, medicine and obstetrics.

Entry requirements:

  • Minimum of 2 x A grades & 1 x B grades and an EAP grade B in IFY exams.
  • Personal statement
  • Successful interview

Tuition fees:

  • Medicine fees are €32,900* per year.

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.

Located in the North West of England the School of Medicine at UCLan offers students a five year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program that is undergoing quality assurance with the General Medical Council in the UK.

Students on the UCLan MBBS program will take up their placements at regional NHS Trusts.

Entry requirements:

  • Grades of AAB inclusive of A in chemistry and a EAP grade B in IFY Exams.
  • Work experience
  • Personal statement plus transferable skills statement
  • Successful shortlisting to Mulit Mini Interview and passing interview

Tuition fees:

  • 2017 Medicine fees are £36,600 per year (subject to an annual increase in line with inflation)

St. George's University of London

St. George’s University London approved the NCUK IFY Health Science programme at DIFC in December 2011 for entry to their 6 year Medical Degree program. Students will spend the first 5 years at SGUL in London and then the last year in the USA for clinical training. This programme will have a UK General Medical Council Accredited Primary Medical Qualification which will allow graduates to practice where that is accepted.

Entry requirements:

  • Minimum 4 x A grades in the IFY exams
  • UKCAT test
  • Minimum entry requirments in high school grades, average A/Bs including maths and science subjects
  • Work experience
  • Successful interview

Tuition fees:

  • Medicine fees are £31,690 per year

St. George's University Grenada

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Founded as an independent School of Medicine in 1976, St George’s University has evolved into a top center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the Carribean island of Grenada, in the West Indies. Students attending SGU enjoy the benefits of a thriving multicultural environment on campus, offering all the amenities and technologically advanced facilities of a world-class institution.

The University programmes are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and SGU is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including United States, the UK, Canada, Australia and Ireland. Students will also have the opportunity to gain work experience in SGU’s international partner clinical centres and hospital sin the USA and UK

Entry requirements:

  • IFY grades of 3 A’s or 3Bs or any combination with no grade less than a “B” Biology, Chemistry and Math
  • In all cases, a recommendation from the Head of the International School is required and an interview by SGU. These interviews will be conducted by SGU graduates or Faculty.

Tuition fees:

  • Medicine fees are approx $55,390 USD per year (average over 5 years)

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 is one of the top medical universities in Europe. The medical programs in Charles University are taught in English and they are linked to a modern hospital. Their medical degree is recognised throughout the European Union (EU). They also offer a Dentistry degree. Students will study in the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove (Second Faculty of Medicine), Czech Republic.

Entry requirements:

  • EAP grade B in the IFY exams
  • Successfully pass the Charles University entry test

Tuition fees:

  • Medicine fees are €11,500 per year
  • Dentistry fees €12,600 per year

University of Debrecen, Hungary

The university offers complete English language studies in General Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry.

The medical school of the University of Debrecen is central Europe’s first campus medical school. Their six year medical degree is taught in English and is recognised through-out the European Union.

Entry requirements:

  • EAP grade B in the IFY exams
  • Successfully pass the LSMU entry test

Tuition fees:

  • Medicine fees are €15,900 per year
  • Dentistry fees are €15,000 per year
  • Physiotherapy fees are €5,700 per year

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

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.

The medical programme in LSMU is taught through English and is located at a new state of the art medical campus. Their medical degree is recognised throughout the European Union.

Entry requirements:

  • EAP grade B in the IFY exams
  • Successfully pass the LSMU entry test

Tuition fees:

  • Medicine Fees are €10,000 per year
  • Pharmacy fees are €6,000 per year
  • Dentistry fees are €12,000 per year
  • Nursing fees are €4,500 per year

European University Cyprus

European University Cyprus

The medical programme in European University Cyprus is taught through English and is located in School of Medicine, EUC in Nicosia.It is a 6 year Medicine degree which is recognised throughout the European Union.

Entry requirements:

  • Minimum 2 x As and 1 x B grades and an EAP grade B in the IFY exams
  • Students are also required to write a Personal Statement and submit a Letter of Recommendation as part of their application to study with EUC.

Tuition fees:

  • Medicine fees are €19,000 per year
  • Physiotherapy fees are €10,360 per year
  • Nursing fees are €8,960 per year

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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