IFY - Science/Health Studies (Medical Route)
“ Proposal to accept NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) for entry to the 6 year medical programme: Those applications with grades of AABB in the 'Science & Health' stream of the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) are considered eligible for entry to the 6 year medical programme subject to interview ”
Over the past few years, 40 students have been placed in medicine in RCSI
International Foundation Year - Medicine & Health Sciences
This DIFC pathway is approved by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) for entry to its Medical Degree programme (6 year course). In addition there are progression possibilities to St George's University London (SGUL) as well as Masaryk University and Charles University in the Czech Republic.
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 two A and two 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.
Successful completion of the Medicine & Health Sciences pathway can also lead to progression to Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science related degrees at the following European universities:
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Masaryk University, located in Brno, is the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic and the leading higher education institution in Moravia. At present it comprises nine faculties with more than 200 departments, institutes and clinics. Recognized as one of the most important teaching and research institutions in the Czech Republic and a highly-regarded Central European university, it has been marked by a strong democratic spirit ever since its establishment in 1919.
Charles University Faculty of Medicine, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Since 1992, Charles University, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove has organised medicine and dentistry degree courses taught entirely in the English language. Teaching at the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove is arranged in 51 departments with a teaching staff of 247. This ensures that the instruction is of a high standard. The Faculty is well equipped with the latest computers and is involved in many research activities.
St George's University London (a leading UK medical university)
With a history stretching back over 250 years, St George's University London (SGUL) truly embodies a living heritage. It has consistently been at the forefront of medical advances and, today, is a leader in medical an d science education and in research and government policy making.
This means you will have the opportunity to study in one of the world's most exciting cities for a medical or biomedical qualification that is recognised worldwide, working alongside UK and other international students to improve your knowledge and develop your skills.
Successful completion (with appropriate grades) of the NCUK International Foundation Year (IFY) Science/Medical route at DIFC offers progression to medical and biomedical degree programmes at this world-renowned institution.
Examples of programmes for which students may apply are listed below.
Application is via the UK's UCAS system. A tutorial on the UCAS sytem and the particular requirements of SGUL can be found at www.ucas.com/students/applying/ In addition to achievement of the required NCUK IFY academic grades and English language levels specified for each course, prospective students will be assessed on the quality of their written applications,their work or voluntary experience and their performance at a selection interview. DIFC will assist students with preparing their application as part of the NCUK IFY programme.
- Progression Grades for Medicine
Degree Subject EAP Grade Grade Profile ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IRELAND BSc (Hons) Medicine B BAA BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy B BAA BSc (Hons) Pharmacy B BAA BSc (Hons) Medicine (Bahrain) B TBC ST GEORGE'S UNIVERSITY LONDON BSc (Hons)/MBBS International Medicine A AAA BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science A AAA MASARYK UNIVERSITY CZECH REPUBLIC BSc (Hons) Medicine B BBB CHARLES UNIVERSITY CZECH REPUBLIC BSc (Hons) Medicine B AAB BSc (Hons) Pharmacy BSc (Hons) Dental Medicine
Students who undertake the International Foundation Year (IFY) in Health and Science will follow the program outlined below;
Science/Health Studies - Curriculum
|Programme Element||Hours per week|
|English for Academic Purposes (Core)||6|
|ESAP for Science/Health Studies||3|
|Mathematics for Science||5|
|Science - two subjects: Chemistry and Biology at 4 hours/week each||8|
|Pastoral care/progression counselling||1|
Please Note DIFC cannot guarantee students a place in medicine but our experience has shown that students who obtain 2 A and 2 B grades in the IFY Health and Science exams are considered eligible for a place in RCSI subject to a motivational interview. DIFC will assist you in preparing for this interview.
In the 2009/10 IFY Health and Science class 60% of our students were offered a place on the RCSI medical degree program. DIFC successfully placed the remainder of students onto medical related degrees in our partner universities in the UK and Ireland.
The IFY in Health and Science starts twice a year in September and January. The minimum entry requirement for the courses is 5.0 IELTS and successful completion of their High School exams. The course grades are assessed through assignments during the course and final examinations which are set and marked by the NCUK Head Office which is based in Manchester University in the UK.
In June 2010 DIFC President Diarmuid Moroney visited two famous Medical Universities in Europe and agreements were signed with these Universities that they will accept students from the DIFC IFY Health and Science course provided they meet the DIFC entry requirements along with their the universities own entry test which will be supervised by a representative from these Universities at the DIFC Campus in Dublin in May/June 2011.
These Universities have places available in Medicine and Dentistry and their qualifications are recognized throughout the world.
- Masaryk University Brno Chez Republic
- Charles University Faculty of Medicine Hradec Kralove
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