Pharmacy Foundation Pathway

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Pharmacy is a diverse and rewarding career, with high demand for graduates all over the world, so getting the right qualification from a globally recognized university is the best place the start.

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The Pharmacy Foundation Pathway offered by DIFC Ireland gives you more university options than any other programme. Our Pharmacy partners span across UK and mainland Europe.

NCUK Universities

DIFC Irish Universities

How does the Pharmacy Pathway work?

Complete High School qualification
(IGCSEs & O Levels accepted)

English Language qualification
(Minimum 5.5/6.0 IELTS required)

Study NCUK International Foundation Year with DIFC

Progress to Pharmacy*
(or Science-related degree)

What are the employment options after graduation?

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Graduates of undergraduate degrees from Ireland or UK can stay and gain work experience for up to 2 years following graduation*

Ireland is also home to many of the world’s top Pharma companies, giving you the opportunity to gain global work experience as part of your studies.

* Work permit applies to country of graduation and is 12 months in Ireland or up to 2 years in the UK

What Subjects Will I Study?

In the NCUK International Foundation Year programme at DIFC, you will study the following subjects

English for Academic Purpose

Mathematics for Science



Applying to University

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A key component of the Foundation Year is the university placement support provided to students for your university admissions.

During your studies at DIFC, you will be full supported through the whole university application process with:

  • Weekly individual and group tutorials
  • Career planning advice
  • University visits and counselling fair

All this is designed to help you make the right choice about what and where to study based on your career objectives and how you are progressing through your studies.

Find out more about our University Application support here

Am I guaranteed a place at Pharmacy?

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Yes! Our partnership with NCUK offers guaranteed access to NCUK universities once you successfully pass the International Foundation Year programme (subject to minimum grades). You may also apply to DIFC’s Irish partner universities.

View our Class of 2019 Placements

What are the tuition fees?

The tuition fees for the Pre-Master’s programme with DIFC are €15,600 plus registration. Further information available here

All student’s are offered a €3,000 scholarship towards the Pre-Masters’ tuition fees, when you pay a €500 deposit within 4 weeks of the offer date.

Nursing Fees

The tuition fees for Nursing degrees vary depending on the university. Check the profiles above for the latest tuition fee information.

What Makes DIFC Different

DIFC is Ireland’s leading independent Foundation provider with 20 years experience in supporting international students to progress to top universities.

An Experience You’ll Never Forget

Your time with DIFC will equip you with vital skills to succeed at university. But it will do so much more than that. We help you to grow as a person and as a thinker – enriched with a network of friends, contacts and experiences that will be with you through your career.

Support You Every Step of the Way

Whether you are unsure exactly what you want to study or need to prepare your visa application, we will be there to hold your hand throughout the process. We support you not just academically, but also personally so that you are looked after, enjoy the whole experience and can deliver your best.

More Options Than Any Other Foundation

As the exclusive delivery centre for NCUK, DIFC offers you full guaranteed access to the NCUK university partner network, in addition to DIFC’s own Irish and European university partners – giving you the best chance of securing a University offer.

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