Take the first step to a rewarding career in medicine and biomedical sciences with our Certificate of Higher Education in Pre-Medical Studies.

This programme is studied on campus.

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.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
Location of Study
Sri Lanka

What You'll Study

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. Curriculum 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.

Please contact for more information about this programme.

Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Peer Learning
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

Why Study Pre-Medical Studies (Sri Lanka)?

  • Offers students a new and exciting pathway to study medicine or biomedical sciences.
  • Builds on the University of Aberdeen’s long and distinguished history of producing outstanding medical graduates.
  • Delivered in partnership with the International Institute of Health Sciences in Sri Lanka, one of Sri Lanka's leading International University Learning Centres.

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.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Medicine (Sri Lanka) degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fitness to Practice Guidelines

Students undertaking Education, Medicine or Dentistry programmes must comply with the University's fitness to practise guidelines.

Fees and Funding

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

Fee Waiver

For international students (all non-EU students) the tuition fee charged upon entry will apply to all years of study; however, most international students will be eligible for a fee waiver in their final year via the International Undergraduate Scholarship.

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


All those who successfully completed the one year Pre-Medical Studies programme are eligible to apply for the University of Aberdeen’s Medicine degree (MBChB). Students interested in studying at alternative Institutions should contact them directly. Students can also articulate directly into Year 2 of the University of Aberdeen biomedical sciences honours programme.

First Chair of Medicine

The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK, dating back to 1495 and the first in the English-speaking world to create a Chair of Medicine.

Our Experts

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
Polwarth Building
AB25 2ZD