International Foundation Programme for Medicine and Dentistry

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Application method Apply direct to the University
Course duration 1 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

International students: £20,600 per year

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Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course.

About International Foundation Programme for Medicine and Dentistry

Notice: Due to reaching capacity for medical students, we will no longer be accepting applications from aspiring medical students to start in 2020. We are still accepting applications for aspiring dental students to start in September 2020.

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) for Medicine and Dentistry is a one-year programme designed for overseas students (not UK or EU students) wishing to enter medical (MB ChB) or dental (BDS) degree programmes in the UK, including at the University of Bristol.

The programme will provide core chemistry and biomedical sciences learning, work experience in the healthcare environment, and opportunities for personal and professional development, including subject-specific written and spoken English language.

Teaching and assessment methods are designed to help students transition to university-level study and become familiar with the types of learning and assessments typically employed on medicine and dentistry undergraduates degrees in the UK.

The programme aims to help you develop the skills and aptitudes required to make a competitive application to undergraduate degree courses in medicine or dentistry in the UK.

Progression to degree courses
You are not guaranteed to progress directly to the MB ChB Medicine course or the BDS Dentistry course at Bristol. However, successful completion will guarantee you a place in the multiple mini interview process.

You will still need to apply through UCAS and you will still need to meet the standard entry criteria. We will support you during the application process.

If you miss the Medicine or Dentistry requirements, we may offer you a place on a biomedical sciences degree. You will also be free to apply for medical and dental degrees at other universities.

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Course structure

The programme consists of four mandatory level 3 units:

  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • Foundations in Biomedical Sciences
  • Personal and Professional Development (International Foundation)
  • English Language and Academic Skills for Aspiring Clinicians

Find out more about the course structure and units available for International Foundation Programme for Medicine and Dentistry

Typical offer for International Foundation Programme for Medicine and Dentistry - applicants must meet one of the following

UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications

Specified subjects

You must have graduated from year 12 of your high school in your own country with a good grade point average (GPA), including strong grades in the sciences, one of which must be Chemistry.

Find out more about entry requirements for your country.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
You must have an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with no individual component band score below 6.5. Find out more about English language requirements for this programme.
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

Selection is based on the online application form, which will include academic transcripts, evidence of English language proficiency, a personal statement, and an academic reference from the applicant’s school. We will also interview applicants over Skype.

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