Health Science
Foundation Course

Doctors

Your Dream Career Awaits – Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing

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 for admission to Medical degrees at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) for entry to its Medical Degree programme (6 year course) both in Dublin and Penang –In addition there are Medicine progression possibilities to St George’s University of London (SGUL), the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Queen Mary University of London (Malta Campus), St George’s University (Grenada), as well as Debrecen University in Hungary, Charles University in the Czech Republic, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and European University Cyprus. Find out more here

Dentistry students can apply to DIFC partners including the University of Bristol, Debrecen University in Hungary, Charles University in the Czech Republic, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and European University Cyprus. Find out more here

The Nursing pathway is approved for progression to Manchester Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Bradford and Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.

Course Details

Start

September & January

Location

Dublin (On-Campus)
or
Fully Online

Duration

7 – 9 Months

Fees

€17,800

Scholarship

Scholarship Available

Part scholarships are available to all students starting in January 2021.

ID IFY-HS

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

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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