Medicine (International Foundation) September 2020 entry
Incorporating a unique blend of academic skills with medicine-related topics, the International Foundation programme for Medicine has been designed in conjunction with the School of Medicine to develop the intellectual and communication skills necessary for success in a degree in Medicine.
The programme adopts a holistic approach to preparing for the challenges of medical school. It includes insights into local practice, and you will study a diverse range of subjects, with teaching and learning embedded into Faculty of Science modules.
The programme has a high success rate with nearly 88% of students completing the programme successfully over the past three years.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
The International Foundation programme in Medicine has six modules.
Students will study the same three compulsory modules:
- Foundations for Medicine 1: focuses on academic research and writing skills along with seminar and project skills. You will study medical ethics in order and understand how this links to clinical practice and medical professionalism. You will also have sessions on effective communication and attend workshops with simulated and real patients in the School of Medicine.
- Introductory Inorganic and Physical Chemistry: covers the origin of the elements, atoms and the Periodic Table, shapes and properties of molecules, chemistry of the elements, properties of solutions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics.
Alongside the compulsory modules, students further develop their science knowledge by studying one of the following modules. What you study will depend on whether or not you have studied on Phase 1 of the Pathway to Medicine programme before joining the International Foundation programme for Medicine:
- Biology 1: introduces students to molecular and cellular biology. It covers cell diversity and the origins of life, cellular structures and fundamental processes.
- Fundamentals of Psychology 1: introduces students to the theoretical foundations, historical perspectives and modern developments of psychology; provides an introduction to the variety of subjects which make up contemporary psychology; provides a thorough grounding in the empirical basis of psychology.
All students will study the same three compulsory modules:
- Foundations for Medicine 2: builds on the skills studied in Semester 1 to enhance confidence and competence in communication, specifically for a degree in medicine. Students continue studying medical ethics. Students will also have a series of lectures on important themes in Medicine which are delivered by staff from the School of Medicine.
- Human Biology: covers all the key physiological systems within the topic areas, with an overarching focus on how disease affects these systems.
Alongside the compulsory modules, you will further develop their science knowledge by studying one of the following modules. What you study will depend on whether or not you have studied on Phase 1 of the Pathway to Medicine programme before joining the International Foundation programme for Medicine:
- Organic and Biological Chemistry 1: includes lectures on the structure, stereochemistry and nomenclature of simple organic compounds, fundamental organic reaction mechanisms, organic functional groups and their reactions, introductory bioorganic chemistry, and organic spectroscopy.
- Fundamentals of Psychology 2: provides an introduction to the theoretical foundations, historical perspectives and modern developments of psychology; provides an introduction to the variety of subjects which make up contemporary psychology; provides a thorough grounding in the empirical basis of psychology.
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)
To prepare for the MMIs held by the School of Medicine in Semester 2, there will be workshops on the various interview stations so that students can develop their interview skills and MMI performance. Students also study medical ethics in order to transition into first-year medicine with an understanding of how medical ethics link to clinical practice and medical professionalism.
At the beginning of Semester 2, you will have the opportunity to attend a study retreat in the Scottish Highlands located in an 18th-century manor house near the picturesque Glen Esk, called "The Burn". As well as enjoying some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery, students will present their findings from a research project and participate in a workshop on the MMIs.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry.
ContactInternational Foundation programmes
International Education Institute
University of St Andrews
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2255
The academic requirements PDF was updated on Friday 20 March 2020.
The compulsory and optional modules listing, as well as teaching format, was updated on Monday 10 August 2020.