Pathway to Medicine September 2020 entry
The International Pathway to Medicine (September intake) offers students the potential to move on to a degree in Medicine at the University of St Andrews.
This is a two-year programme of study with two phases. During the first year (Phase 1), you will focus on studying sciences and learning to present and interact effectively in an academic environment. In the second year (Phase 2, which is the International Foundation programme for Medicine) you will focus on the academic knowledge and skills required to study medicine.
The interactive teaching and learning experiences will help students understand what it means to study medicine and to be a doctor.
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 Pathway to Medicine is a two-phase programme. The programme includes a total of 12 modules: six compulsory modules in the first year (Phase 1) and six compulsory modules in the second year (Phase 2).
Students must take the following three modules in Semester 1 of Phase 1:
- Speaking and Listening in Academic Contexts 1: helps you develop and practise productive and receptive academic spoken communication skills to use within the Foundation programme and in your undergraduate programme.
- Science module A: combines the study of fundamental chemistry with developing reading and writing skills for science. It will introduce you to some of the core concepts in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry needed to study at university and particularly on a medical degree.
- Biology 1: introduces students to molecular and cellular biology and covers cell diversity and the origins of life, cellular structures and fundamental processes.
In Semester 2 of Phase 1, you will study three modules:
- Speaking and Listening in Academic Contexts 2: helps you further develop and practise productive and receptive academic oral communication skills that you will need to draw on in your degree programme.
- Science module B: combines the study of physiology with further development of reading and writing skills for science. You will study physiology in order to learn more about the anatomy and key physiological processes of the human body, and associated diseases and disorders.
- 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.
You will study three modules in Semester 1 of Phase 2:
- 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.
- 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.
You will study three modules in Semester 2 of Phase 2:
- 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.
- Psychology 2: 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.
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.