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Undergraduate Foundation (Life Sciences)

Covid-19 Update: You can study this course on campus in the United Kingdom or online from your own home if you prefer. You decide! For more information, visit our Covid-19 Update page.

This International Foundation Year prepares international students for guaranteed entry1 to undergraduate degrees in Life Sciences at The University Of Aberdeen. On successful completion, you can progress directly to the second year of a range of degree programmes. See Progression Options below for full details.

  • Why Choose This Course?
    • Equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen. Guaranteed entry to the second year of a four year degree on successful completion.
    • Study at a world class university! Founded in 1495, Aberdeen is the 5th oldest university in the UK and is ranked amongst the top 200 in the world!
    • High ranking across a wide range of popular subjects.
    • A historic campus located 10 minutes from Aberdeen city centre and near to beautiful countryside, beaches and rugged coastline.
    • Live and study in the heart of Scotland, famous for its scenery, historic castles and nightlife.

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Course Specification

The Undergraduate Foundation (Life Sciences) is a comprehensive programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language. It is specially designed for international students who want to study an undergraduate degree at The University Of Aberdeen, but do not have the academic qualifications or English level required for direct entry. The course is equivalent to the first year of a degree at the university, but with additional support for overseas students to improve study skills and English language abilities.

On successful completion of this course, you can progress directly to the second year of selected degrees at The University Of Aberdeen. That means you will complete your studies in the same amount of time as direct entry students.

Entry Requirements

Academic Completion of high school with good grades, equivalent to 5 IGCSE grades A* - C in relevant subjects (excluding native language).
English English level equivalent to IELTS 4.5 (4.5 in Writing and 4.0 in all skills).

Start Dates And Progression

Start Date End Date Progression
Sep 2021 Jun 2022 Sep 2022
Jan 2022 Aug 2022 Sep 2022

Progression Options

On successful completion of this course, you are guaranteed1 entry to one of the following undergraduate programmes at The University Of Aberdeen.

  • BSc Animal Behaviour
  • BSc Applied Sports Science
  • BSc Behavioural Biology
  • BSc Biochemistry
  • BSc Biology
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences Anatomy
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences Developmental Biology
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences Molecular Biology
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences Pharmacology
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences Physiology
  • BSc Biotechnology Applied Molecular Biology
  • BSc Conservation Biology
  • BSc Ecology
  • BSc Environmental Science
  • BSc Exercise & Health Science
  • BSc Genetics
  • BSc Genetics Immunology
  • BSc Human Embryology & Developmental Biology
  • BSc Immunology
  • BSc Immunology & Pharmacology
  • BSc Marine Biology
  • BSc Microbiology
  • BSc Neuroscience & Psychology
  • BSc Pharmacology
  • BSc Physiology
  • BSc Plant & Soil Sciences
  • BSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • BSc Zoology
  • BSc\MA Psychology
  • BSc\MSci Biological Sciences
  • MA Psychology & Economics
  • MA Psychology & Sociology

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Study On Campus or 100% Online - You Decide!

Due to disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, you can choose to study this course on campus in the UK or 100% online from your own home. This applies to most courses starting in January or February 2021. That means you can continue your studies without interruption, whatever your circumstances. The video below explains what it's like to study online at The University of Aberdeen International Study Centre.

1 Entry is guaranteed for students who achieve the minimum grades required for progression.

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