Science Foundation Year

A Science Foundation Year programme is the most flexible pathway to university, as it offers a broad range of study options in over 60 universities worldwide. In addition, the growing interest in Science-related degrees means having a guaranteed university pathway offers you the security that your university place is secure on successful completion of the foundation course.

Two people in a lab wearing lab coats and safety googles

Why Study a Science Foundation Year?

The NCUK International Science Foundation Year programme is specifically designed for international students to help you prepare for success in your university studies. By taking a Science Foundation Year Course, you will benefit from:

  • Enhanced academic English skills, including presentation skills
  • Improved subject knowledge in Maths, Chemistry and Biology
  • Adapt to western teaching styles, lecture environments and academic standards
  • Personalised university placement advice and support
  • Flexibility to consider a broad range of degrees from over 60 universities worldwide
  • Guaranteed access to an NCUK university upon successful completion of the course

Course Details


September & January


In Campus


9 months (September intake) or 7 months (January intake)


€16,600 plus registration


Entry Requirements

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

Science Foundation Year Course Overview

During their studies, students in the Science Foundation Year programme will cover four main academic subjects – English for Academic Purposes, Mathematics for Science, Chemistry and Biology. Alongside these subjects, students will also gain key skills, such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Presentation skills
  • Academic writing
  • ICT skills

A central component of the Science Foundation Year programme is the personalised guidance and support students receive when it comes to applying to university. Weekly tutorials help students to learn about their options, prepare stand-out personal statements and prepare their university applications.

“My time at DIFC was simply exceptional. The support I received from the staff of DIFC has helped me grow in countless ways over a short period of time. Being a class rep, I make a lot of observations and I have seen a similar growth in my classmates from different nationalities. On arrival to Dublin, I was quite timid and did not know what to expect in Ireland, but with help from the DIFC Student Services, I settled in quickly..”

David Ochai from Nigeria

Now studying Pharmacy at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

“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. I can only thank DIFC enough with what they have offered me the past year. I have learned a lot, and got the most proficient academic attention I have ever received.”

Ali Rifai from Jordan

Now studying Medicine at Royal College of Surgeons

Whats degrees can you apply for?

  • Nursing
  • Biomedical Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Genetics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Some Engineering degrees
  • Business & Accounting
  • Law
Female student wearing a lab coat and safety googles looking through a microscope

Are you ready

to start your pathway?

Start typing and press Enter to search