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 experitise 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 completition 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 no later than 30 June 2018.
  • 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: