International Medical Sciences PGDip

International Medical Sciences PGDip

School of Medicine


Post- graduate





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Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine:
Tel: 305-446-0600

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    2 years Full-time

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Why study this programme?

American University of the Caribbean (AUC) offers an innovative and exciting pathway to a medical degree through a partnership with UCLan. This track is open to qualified non US citizen students holding a Bachelor’s Degree who seek a rigorous medical education designed to help them master the basic medical sciences and develop the necessary clinical skills to practice medicine in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

About the programme

This is a four- year programme consisting of a 160- week curriculum, with the first two years focused on studying the medical sciences and learning how to integrate what they learn with clinical practice.  Students will complete UCLan’s Post Graduate Diploma in International Medical Sciences Programme, which AUC and its accreditor recognise as equivalent to the AUC medical sciences curriculum, before continuing their final 2 years of education in clinical sciences. Students complete their clinical clerkships rotations in the wide network of AUC–affiliated teaching hospitals in the US and the UK.  

Students have early clinical exposure with medical cases and patient simulators and learn through a variety of teaching formats, including lecture, small group sessions and laboratory activities. This phase of study prepares students for United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) Step 1, which is required for progression to the AUC clinical sciences portion of the Medical Doctor (MD) degree programme.

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Entry Requirements

This programme is open to qualified candidates with a first degree, minimum Bachelor’s or equivalent, in any discipline (science- focused study preferable but not mandatory), from an accredited University. 

Medical School Requirements

  • Biology : 1 year ( 8 credit hours)
  • General Chemistry : 1 year ( 8 credit hours)
  • Organic Chemistry *: 1 year ( 8 credit hours)
  • General Physics +: 1 semester (4 credit hours)

Al course include laboratory
*Biochemistry can be used to substitute for Organic Chemistry
+Statistics or Calculus can be substituted for Physics

Medical Admissions Test

  • Non – US Citizens or Permanent Residents: MCAT, UCAT, NEET/UG, OR GAMSAT
  • India Citizens: Recommended to take NEET/UG exam to practise in India.  The NEET/UG exam must be taken in English. 
  • Please note that AUC will not consider MCAT, UCAT and NEET scores that are more than five years old.  For the GAMSAT, only scores that are less than two years old will be considered.

English Requirement

Required for non-native English speakers, or applicants who graduated from institutions in which the education is not delivered in English, or as requested by the Admissions Committee if deemed necessary to assess success at AUC. 

One of two exams may be taken :

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum entry requirement  is 6.5 in all components of the test. However, because of the academic content of the course, we recommend IELTS 7.0
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): AUC recommends an overall score of 100.

Supporting Documents

  • Personal Statements of no longer than 750 words.
  • Letters of Recommendation: A minimum of one letter from an individual academic professor who taught you (science preferred, nut not required) and one professional letter.  Two academic letters can be submitted if a professional letter cannot be obtained. 
  • Educational / Employment History : CV or Resume
  • A chronological history of your educational, employment and volunteer experience.


Official transcripts from all schools attended.  Notarized copies of the original transcripts may be directed to AUC when official transcripts are not readily available.  However, official transcripts must follow the notarized copies prior to matriculation. 

Application documents can be sent to :American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Department of Admissions, 880 SW 145th Avenue, Suite 202, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

Transfer Students

For questions about transfer eligibility, please visit the AUC website.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Molecular Cell Biology 1
  • Embryology and Histology
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine 1
  • Gross Anatomy

Semester 2

  • Molecular Cell Biology 2
  • Physiology 1
  • Immunology – Infection
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine 2

Semester 3

  • Pathology 1
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Physiology 2
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine 3

Semester 4

  • Pathology 2
  • Medical Pharmacology
  • Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine 4

Semester 5

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine 5 and Medical Ethics
  • Behavioural Science
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine 6*

*(Includes NBME Subject and Comprehensive Exams)

Further Information

There are many reasons to consider this programme of study. 

Download our programme factsheets for more information: 

4 Year programme / 5.5 Year programme

How to Apply

To apply to AUC School of Medicine’s Medical Doctor degree program, please visit the AUC website.

AUC is committed to delivering excellence in medical education and exceptional service. If you have questions during or after the application process, please reach out to AUC’s dedicated team of admissions advisors.

For more information, please contact AUC Admissions Department
Telephone: +1 305-446-0600


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: TBC

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Professional Accreditation

The course prepares the students for the USMLE Step 1 examination, which is required to practise as a physician in the USA.

Royal College of Surgeons
Centre accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons

Learning Environment and Assessment

The programme makes use of didactic lectures, case-based learning, simulation – based learning, use of standardized patients, small group sessions and laboratory activities.  Students take periodic exams over the course of the semester to assess their mastery of the curriculum, and build their knowledge through formative quizzes.

UCLan Medical Society

The UCLan Medical Society aims to be much more than a student group, it hopes to provide a home away from home for all students on the MBBS course. An independent group run by students, the members hope they can share their experiences of settling into university life whilst on such a demanding course. The Society provides you with the opportunity to attend several events/ trips throughout the year. UCLan Medical Society is not like any other society, we are not only members of one group we are also family.


A comprehensive understanding of human anatomy is essential for tomorrow’s doctors. The Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centre (HARLC) is a focal point for our students to engage in learning about the workings of the human body. Knowledge and understanding of anatomy is taught through a range of lectures and practical activities, including the use of anatomical models, teaching guides and instructional videos in this up-to-date centre. Access to the Centre’s resources is encouraged throughout the course for private and group study to promote independent learning skills and active learning. We believe the anatomy resources of the HARLC should support the student’s development of clinical skills and competencies.

Assessment is by a variety of methods including written assignments and practical and theoretical examinations.