Health Science
Foundation Course


Your Dream Career Awaits – Medicine & Dentistry

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

Course Details


October & January




7 – 8 Months




Entry Requirements

  • Successfully completed high school examinations.
  • Have a minimum English level of 5.5 IELTS.
  • Volunteering or work shadowing experience
DIFC student sitting at desk, typing on a laptop with earphones in

My experience in DIFC has been a really great and exciting journey. Not only are the teachers and staff friendly and helpful, having a class of international students from all around the world was a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know different cultures and make new friends.

Dawn Areen Kaur from Malaysia

Now studying Medicine at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, RCSI

“When I joined DIFC, my only aim was to get into one of their Medical partner universities. However, I have done more than that. The DIFC programme has helped me to improve in different critical skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and time management skills, which are essential for a successful university life.”

Babatunde Kehinde from Nigeria

Now studying Medicine at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, RCSI

Like A Levels, you will study three academic modules, in addition to English for Academic Purposes.

Academic Subject modules are:

  • Mathematics for Science
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

The NCUK IFY is assessed 30% by Coursework and 70% by examination. All assessments are set and moderated by NCUK.

Tuition fees for the IFY Health Science programme are €17,800 plus registration. Full details for fees are available here

DIFC students in the classroom

The Health Science University Pathway offers progression to Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing degrees. Students would also have options in other life science degrees such as Pharmacy, Biomedical Science, Genetics and so on.

Our Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing university partners are as below. You can search our course finder for details on entry requirements and other life science degrees.


  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin (RCSI)
  • RCSI  & UCD Malaysia Campus (RUMC)
  • University College Cork
  • St George’s University, Grenada
  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
  • Queen Mary University of London – Malta campus
  • Charles University, Czech Republic
  • University of Debrecen, Hungary
  • Lithuanian University of Health Sciences


  • University of Bristol
  • Charles University, Czech Republic
  • University of Debrecen, Hungary
  • Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

DIFC has a dedicated University Placement Officer who will help you with your university applications. Our university placement process involves career planning and advice, support with preparation of your personal statements, preparation for interviews and application support.

We know that not all students achieve their predicted grades. During your university placement counselling, you will identify back-up options that would be available should you not achieve your predicted grades.

Although there is no guaranteed place in a Medicine, Dentistry or Nursing degree, once you successfully pass the IFY Health Science programme, you will achieve a university place in a medical science related degree.

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