Health Science (Medicine)
Foundation Course


Your Dream Career in Medicine Awaits

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) –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.

Course Details


September & January


Dublin & Cork


9 Months


€15,800 Dublin

€13,000 Cork


Scholarship Available

Part scholarships worth €2,800 for Foundation Year Medicine and €2,600 for all other Foundation courses are available for students studying in DIFC Cork in September 2018. Pre-masters preparation scholarship of €2,000 for students enrolling in DIFC Cork in September 2018. Scholarship value is deducted from the tuition fees.


Entry Requirements

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

Click here if English is below 5.0 IELTS

Please note: If you wish to study medicine in Ireland or the UK, this is only available through our Dublin Campus.

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

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 counseling 1
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