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International Medical Sciences

2 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

Are you seeking a rigorous medical education that will furnish you with the necessary clinical skills to practice medicine in the US, Canada and globally? The PGDip in International Medical Sciences will see you work towards the required United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 qualification.

This course is open to international students only.

The course stretches over four years (160 weeks) with the first two years focusing on medical sciences and how to integrate your learning with your clinical practice. You’ll secure your PGDip in International Medical Sciences before continuing on to your final two years of education in clinical sciences.

The PGDip is delivered in partnership with the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and is recognised as equivalent to the AUC medical sciences curriculum.

You can complete your clinical clerkship rotations in the wide network of AUC-affiliated teaching hospitals in both the UK and the US.

Why study with us

  • Build a course portfolio evidencing your progressive development as a medical practitioner and professional. It’s a great way of demonstrating, both to yourself and others, that you are achieving your learning outcomes and reflecting on your progress.
  • You’ll acquire the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to deliver high-quality, compassionate medical care to diverse patient populations to the level of USMLE Step 1.
  • You will have early clinical exposure via medical cases and patient simulators, learning through a variety of teaching formats including lectures, small group sessions and laboratory activities. 

What you'll do

  • The University’s Medical Society provides you with the opportunity to attend several events and trips throughout the year. Members also support each other through the demands of a high-pressure course.
  • The Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centre (HARLC) allows you to engage in learning about the workings of the human body. Access to the Centre’s resources supports the development of your clinical skills and competencies.
  • You’ll develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to progress to the next stage of your medical training.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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  • The centre is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons, a professional membership organisation and registered charity which exists to advance patient care.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£7100 per year
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£13500 per year
Full-time£7800 per year
Full-time£14500 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Medicine located in the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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