The University of Aberdeen has a long and distinguished history in the UK and internationally of producing excellent medical graduates who have gone on to practice medicine and undertake medical research all over the world.

Now, for the first time, the University of Aberdeen is taking its expertise directly to Sri Lanka.  Delivered in collaboration with the International Institute of Health Science (IIHS), Sri Lanka's premium International University Learning Centre located in Colombo, students in the region will be able to gain the necessary knowledge, allowing them the opportunity to take their first steps into a medical career with our one year pre-medical programme.

Our Course

Our course comprises elements of the University of Aberdeen's longstanding Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies and courses from the International Institute of Health Science's Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Science.


First Half-Session (September - January)

The first half-session will be taught by IIHS academics and will include the following:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Chemistry for biological sciences
  • Biochemistry and metabolism
  • Medical terminology
  • Practicum

Second Half-Session (January - June)

The second half-session will be taught by University of Aberdeen academics using on-campus and distance learning tools and will comprise the following four courses:

  • Introduction to the science of sport, exercise and health
  • The cell
  • Research skills for medical sciences
  • Introduction to health and health services in the UK.

Both sessions will be delivered at the IIHS campus in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a Certificate in Higher Education (Cert HE) in Pre-Medical Studies from the University of Aberdeen. 

Further Study

Students who successfuly complete the course will be given support and guidance on applying for further study.  Students may be eligible to apply to study the University of Aberdeen's five year medicine degree (MBChB). 

Alternatively, students will have the opportunity to articulate straight in to the second year of one of the University of Aberdeen's highly rated Biomedical Science Honours degree programmes. 

These programmes include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Human Embryology & Developmental Biology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology & Pharmacy
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Sports and Exercise Science
  • Exercise and Health Science


The tuition fee for Sri Lankan nationals for entry in September 2018 is £7,400.  For international students the tuition fee is £8,900.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for the programme you should have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum of three A-Levels at grade CCC.

Students wishing to follow a career in medicine should have A-levels in two science subjects including Biology and one other subject, with the following exceptions:

  • Although this premedical programme contains Chemistry, some medical schools may still require an A-level in Chemistry. You are advised to check with individual schools on their requirements.
  • Students wishing to follow a career in medicine and ultimately work in Sri Lanka currently must have A-levels in Chemistry, Biology and Physics in order to meet the requirements of the Sri Lanka Medical Council.

Students wishing to follow a career in biomedical sciences should have A-levels in two Maths/ Science subjects.

English language: GCE in English grade B or equivalent.

How to Apply

To apply download and complete our application form.  Completed froms should be returned to the medical admissions office (


  • Students should apply directly to the University of Aberdeen Medical Admissions Office.
  • If you are completing the paper copy, please write clearly in BLOCK CAPITALS using black ink.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the medical admissions office:  
  • When does term start?
    • 3rd September 2018
  • Where will i live?
    • Colombo City, Sri Lanka
  • Is there food provided?  Is Halal and vegeterian available?
    • Food is not provided but there are plenty of cafes within the city.
    • On campus - a dedicated cafeteria is available serviving a wide range of Sri Lankan, Asian and Western cuisine catering for vegetarians.  All food served on campus is Halal.
  • Are dorms mixed sex?
    • Single apartment with shared rooms can be provided as accomodation
    • The hostel facilities will be serparate for males and females.
  • Are there prayer facilities available on campus?
    • Yes
  • What other facilities are available for students?
    • On campus, a gym and student centre is available.  In addition, we can arrange for memberships of recognised sports clubs in Colombo
  • How many international students already study at IIHS and where are they from?
    • Currently approximately 60 students.  The majority are Maldivian and few Indian students
  • Are airport pick ups available?
    • Yes, this can be arranged
  • Is there any orientation before the start of term, if s when is this?
    • Yes, the first week of the programme will be orientation week
  • What is the latest start date?
    • Two weeks from the start date
  • Do i need a visa to study in Sri Lanka?
    • Yes.  Study visa comes under the category of Resident Visa.  More details can be accessed through this link .  Under Section D - the requirements are listed out.  Will revert back with the streamlined process
  • How much are the fees/?
    • For non- Sri Lankan students -  GBP 8900
  • Can I pay in instalments?
    • No.  A registration fee will be charged to secure a place and full payment should be made at the start of term.
  • When are the holidays?
    • 2 weeks in December and 2 weeks in April.
  • Do I need to move my belongings out of the dorms over the holidays?
    • No.  You can leave them.
  • Are there any scholarships available?
    • No.
  • Will I get to spend time in a hospital?
    • Yes, there will be hospital visits and activities during the period of study.
  • Can I do the Pre-Med in Aberdeen instead of Sri Lanka?
    • No.  The programme is fully conducted in Sri Lanka.
  • Will i be eligible to apply to medical school in India after a Pre-Med in Sri Lanka, will this course help me?
    • Possibly.  It will depend on the recognition of the certificate in Country.  You should check with the institution you wish to apply to.
  • What other options are available after competition of the Pre-Med programme?
    • You will be eligible to apply to the University of Aberdeen (UoA) MBChB program or articulate into second year of the UoA Biomedical Science programs below:
      • Exercise & Health Science
      • Sports & Health Science
      • Physiology
      • Pharmacology
      • Molecular Biology
      • Microbiology
      • Immunology & Pharmacology
      • Immunology
      • Human Embryology & Developmental Biology
      • Genetics
      • Biotechnology
      • Biomedical Sciences
      • Biochemistry