Pre-Medical Foundation Year

R/010/3/0099 (A7144)

leading to National University Ireland (NUI) medical degree programme with RCSI, UCD and RUMC

The Foundation Year extends over two semesters, delivered in Semester I [September to January] and Semester II [January to June]. Each semester comprises 12 direct-contact teaching weeks, 1 week of revision and 2 weeks of examinations and provides students with a solid grounding in the biomedical sciences as well as providing them with the necessary IT skills to operate effectively within the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The course is delivered as a series of stand-alone and integrated modules with modularised assessment.

The FY modular structure conforms to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The programme consists of 8 modules, amounting to 60 ECTS credits in total.  Some modules carry 5 credits while others carry 10. The rationale behind the introduction of 10 credit modules into the FY was primarily to decrease the assessment burden on students in semester I (being mindful of the challenges faced by some students on making the transition to third level education).

Intake/ Duration

Intake: September annually

Duration: 9 months

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Entry Requirements

Compulsory subjects for these requirements are Chemistry & Biology plus Physics or Mathematics

Entry Requirements Pre Medical Year Programme
GCE A-Level B,B, B
American High School Diploma a minimum GPA of 3.5 including competitive marks in Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Mathematics (without AP examinations)
International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points without bonus points with a minimum score of 5 in HL Chemistry and another HL Science subject or Mathematics
(Matriculation/Pre-University Programmes) 

Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) or 

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Foundation or Western Australia Curriculum Council or HSC Sydney Australia  or

Trinity College Foundation Studies  or Australian Universities Foundation Programmes or South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or Victorian Certificate of Education, Australia Year 12

Average 80 ATAR/ UAI/ Average
Canadian Pre-University (CPU) / Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP) / Canadian Grade 12/13 Average of 85% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics
University Matriculation (Matrix) CGPA of 3.0 or better(Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English)
Foundation in Science (Malaysia) CGPA of 3.0 (Overall grades of 5Bs) Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology+English
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) 5 B4s   (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and 2 Mathematics)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)  *foreign language may be substituted with another subject if SPM or O-Level Bahasa Malaysia is achieved with a minimum of B
Minimum overall score of 480 points with minimum six (6)subjects which must include English, a foreign language*, Mathematics, one (1) lab science from the group of Chemistry (preferred), Biology, Physics, Chem/Physics. Minimum score of B is required in HL Science lab subject
English Language Requirement

IELTS/TOEFL/ SPM Cambridge 1119/ IGCSE English

IELTS: an average score of 6.5 and a minimum of

6.0 for each component.


TOEFL: minimum score of 600 with test of

written English at 475+

– minimum of 250 in computer-based test
– minimum of 100 in internet-based test


SPM Cambridge 1119/IGCSE English: Minimum of B

Note: This information is correct at time of display and is subject to change.

The Foundation Year programme is structured as follows:

Table 1: FY Curriculum

Semester I


Semester II
Module 1: Introduction to Medical Physics (5 credits)
Module 2: Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (10 credits)
Module 3: Introduction to Human Biology (5 credits)
Module 4: Human Systems I – Skin/Musculoskeletal System and Nervous System/Special Senses (10 credits)
Module 5: Human Systems II – Cardiovascular/Immune/GIT/Excretory Systems and Reproduction/Endocrine/Respiratory Systems (10 credits)
Module 6: Professionalism in the Health Sciences (10 credits)
Module 7: Introduction to Disease, Diagnostics & Therapeutics (5 credits)
Module 8: Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (5 credits)


Malaysian Students: RM40,000

International Students: RM45,000

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Exit Pathway

Students must pass all modules to complete. Students may then begin first-year of Junior Cycle in Medicine at either the RCSI or UCD.

A firm offer will be provided upon release of final results.