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Pathway to Medicine (January Intake)

The Pathway to Medicine is a two-phase, 20-month long January Intake programme that offers students the potential to move on to a degree in Medicine.

Pathway to Medicine route:

Phase 1: January - August. This includes modules in Chemistry and Physiology, integrated English language and academic skills and a clinical observation project undertaken in the student’s home country. UKCAT preparation is also included.

On successful completion this is followed by:

Phase 2: September - June. This follows the structure of the International Foundation Programme for Medicine.

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We aim to develop students’ study of science to prepare them for their study of Medicine. The January Intake Pathway to Medicine (Phase 1) has both academic and language elements:

  • Modules in Chemistry (at first-year level) and Physiology
  • Integrated English Language and Academic Skills modules: Exploring Academic Identities, Researched Writing 1, Communicative Literacy and Researched Writing 2.

For Phase 2, see Medicine.

A combination of coursework and end of semester examinations test students’ oral and written skills as well as their ability to think critically.

Modules include laboratory work, microlabs, tests and tutorial work.

To progress to Phase 2 of the Pathway to Medicine, students must meet the following requirements:

1 be matriculated on the January Intake as a Pathway to Medicine student.

achieve a score of 14 overall with no core elements below 11 on our 20-point grading system. Core elements are: Chemistry module, Physiology module, Exploring Academic Identities module, the Integrated Skills examination (S2), second Oral Presentation, Clinical Observation Reflective Report.

3 be interviewed successfully by the Director of the International Foundation Programme for Medicine
4 take the UKCAT. (All students require a competitive score in the UKCAT in order to enter the School of Medicine).
5 complete clinical observations in fulfilment of the offsite Research Project, which is assessed and included in the final grade calculation.
6 have a strong written reference from the Programme Director for the January Intake (Pathway to Medicine).

These requirements are subject to annual review. The finalised requirements for the Pathway to Medicine will be advised in the Programme handbook prior to the start of teaching.

Academic evidence: you should have good school leaving qualifications from your home country with an A grade average, or more than 85%, or a GPA of at least 3.4 (depending on country). Please contact us for specific details about the grades needed from your high school system.

Language evidence: we require IELTS 6.0. If you require a visa, your IELTS must be for UKVI purposes. For an overview of language requirements please see our language requirements and pre-degree pages.


  • an academic reference (from your high school)
  • a personal statement. This should be about 400 words long, outlining why you wish to study Medicine at St Andrews and reflecting on your learning and life experience to suggest why you feel you would be successful on our Programme.
  • All applicants who meet these minimum requirements will be interviewed by the Programme Director, usually on Skype.

Please do not wait for all your evidence to be in place before you apply. You may apply before your results are available and we can make you a conditional offer, pending your results. 

Accommodation is included in the International Foundation Programme’s fee package.

Foundation students are allocated a room in a David Russell Apartments (DRA), just a 10-15 minute walk from the Centre for International Foundation Programmes. In each apartment there is a shared kitchen and living space and 5 bedrooms (typically same gender, all foundation students), each with a shower-room and study area.

Undergraduate students have a meal plan giving them 14 meals per week during semester (i.e. not during University vacations). On weekdays (Monday-Friday) students are provided with breakfast and an evening meal, on Saturday and Sunday they are served breakfast and lunch. View sample menus for the 14-meal plan at David Russell Apartments.

Apply for January 2018

Applications are now closed for January 2018 entry. Applications for January 2019 entry re-open in March 2018.

Semester dates

Accommodation opens: Wednesday 10 January 2018
Start date: Thursday 11 January 2018
Spring vacation: Monday 19 March 2018 to Friday 30 March 2018
Semester Two examination period: Monday 14 May 2018 to Friday 01 June 2018
End date: Friday 10 August 2018

Fees: The all-inclusive fee package for 2018 is £47,000 (£23,500 for each phase). This includes tuition fees, accommodation and meals. For further information see our Fee Package.

Stats 2013/14: 

75% of students successfully progressed onto the International Foundation Programme for Medicine

Stats 2014/15: 

82% of students successfully progressed onto the International Foundation Programme for Medicine

Stats 2015/16:

100% of students successfully progressed onto the International Foundation Programme for Medicine

CIFP undergraduate brochure (PDF, 8,523 KB)

Programme Director: Kerith George-Briant

English Language Teaching
Kennedy Gardens
St Andrews
KY16 9DJ
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (1334) 462257
Fax:+44 (1334) 462270