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Undergraduate Foundation (Medicine)

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 is for international students who want to study an undergraduate degree in Medicine at The University Of Aberdeen. This qualification is accepted1 as an entry qualification to the first year of the following programme: MBChB Medicine.

  • Why Choose This Course?
    • An opportunity to progress to a degree in Medicine at the University of Aberdeen after only one year.
    • 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

Most medical schools in the UK require successful completion of A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB), with top grades in Biology, Chemistry and either Maths or Physics. Overseas students also have to demonstrate an English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 (7.0 in each skill).

The Undergraduate Foundation (Medicine) provides an alternative route to medicine for international students who have not studied A Levels or IB. It is accepted for entry to a medical degree at The University Of Aberdeen, subject to grades and other conditions. Please note this international programme does not accept UK students.

Important: Progression to a medical degree is not guaranteed. Successful progression is subject to a competitive entrance interview and you may have to pass an admissions test (e.g. UKCAT or BMAT). It is also very important to demonstrate your interest and commitment through work experience and voluntary work in the health sector. Students who are unable to progress to medicine may be offered an alternative, for example Biomedical Science.

Entry Requirements

Academic Completion of high school with good grades, equivalent to 7 IGCSE subjects at grades AB, including Chemistry (A), Biology (A) and physics, maths and English. At least 5 subjects at grade A.
English English level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (6.0+ in all skills).

Start Dates And Progression

Start Date End Date Progression
Sep 2021 Jun 2022 Sep 2022

Progression Options

On successful completion of this course, you can progress1 to one of the following undergraduate programmes at The University Of Aberdeen.

  • MBChB Medicine

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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 Applications are considered on a case by case basis. Progression depends on the grades you achieve and the entry requirements for your chosen degree. Your course provider will assist with your university applications.

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