International Foundation Certificate - Health and Life Sciences

A career in science is challenging, but the rewards are huge – you will be at the forefront of the latest medical discoveries and have the chance to help others. On this course, you will be given a thorough grounding in human biology and chemistry.

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Course overview

A career in science is challenging, but the rewards are huge – you will be at the forefront of the latest medical discoveries and have the chance to help others.

DMU is home to internationally-excellent research which has the potential to change people’s lives around the world.

On the Health and Life Sciences IFC, You will be involved in both the theoretical and practical application of sciences, build a deep and comprehensive understanding of biology and chemistry and its applicability in health and life sciences.

With access to the university’s state-of-the-art laboratories, you will study how the body works and learn about the micro-organisms which cause infection as well as how disease is treated.

To join this course, you will need to have successfully completed high school or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

  • Direct Entry – IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5)

Key Information



9 months:

Start Dates

January | September

Pathway Tuition Fee


What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Modules you will study

This module aims to introduce basic concepts of anatomy, histology and physiology as an integrated experience of theory and laboratory observation. It is intended to serve as a preparation and foundation for histopathology/physiology studies at level 4 and beyond.

This module introduces you to aspects of fundamental microbiology required for the study of Biomedical Science and Medical Sciences at undergraduate level. You will learn the range, characteristics and properties of micro-organisms. These features are used to begin to discuss the importance of micro-organisms to man, particularly in relation to infection, disease and the control of micro-organisms.

This module aims to provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of biochemistry needed for specialist medical, biomedical and science degrees offered by DMU. Basic biochemical processes and concepts relevant to disease and human health are explored.

This module is designed to introduce you to basic chemical theories which underpin biological activity; the energy and thermodynamics of chemical systems; functional groups and their interconversion; the shapes of selected molecules and their stereochemical relationships and complex compounds and ions.

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