International Foundation Programme for Medicine and Dentistry

2021 entry
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Application method Apply direct to the University
Course duration 1 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £n/a per year
  • EU students: £n/a per year
  • International students: £21,200 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £n/a 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

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.

It provides an alternative pathway for students who require additional study to gain the appropriate level of qualification and the skills and aptitudes required to be considered for entry to medical or dental degrees at universities in the UK. Successful completion of the IFP guarantees an interview for the highly regarded MB ChB and BDS programmes at Bristol.

The one-year programme will prepare you for future undergraduate studies by broadening your core knowledge in chemistry and biomedical sciences and by providing experiential learning in a healthcare environment. It provides ample opportunities for personal and professional development and for excelling in subject-specific written and spoken English.

Teaching and assessment methods are designed to help you transition to university-level study and become familiar with the types of learning and assessments typically employed on medicine and dentistry undergraduate degrees in the UK. The programme is taught by highly qualified academic staff at Bristol, and you will receive full access to university facilities.

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 life sciences degree. You will also be free to apply for medical and dental degrees at other universities.

For more information about the International Foundation Programme, including information about how to apply, visit the International Foundation Programme website.

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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
International qualificationsAccepted international 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.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2021 entry and will be updated for 2022 entry in summer 2021.

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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