International students


This one-year foundation programme offers international students – who may not have had the chance to study A-level-equivalent qualifications – the chance to achieve the right academic level, as well as English language and academic skills, to study Medicine at our Malta campus.

Upon successful completion, students will graduate with a Foundation Certificate (FDCert), and will be eligible to progress onto the MBBS Malta course subject to earning at least 120 credits and meeting our other progression requirements.

As a foundation student you’ll have full access to all student facilities, including welfare, library, social and sport. You’ll be taught by experienced university staff who also teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Please note, students will not be eligible to progress to the MBBS programme taught in London.

Key Details

September 2021 Entry

  • Award: Foundation Certificate
  • Tution Fee: £23,950 
  • Start Date: September 2021 
  • End Date: July 2022
  • Academic Requirements: See below

Applications for September 2021 are now closed.


MBBS Malta

Queen Mary University of London has launched a five-year Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme taught on the Mediterranean islands of the Maltese Republic. The MBBS is taught by Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, a faculty of Queen Mary, a member of the Russell Group of leading research-led UK universities.

The programme has been designed to provide students with the medical knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitudes that are required to become a competent Foundation Year (FY1) Doctor. Our spiral curriculum is taught in a series of modules which are based on body systems which, in turn, encompass various scientific and medical themes. For further details of the MBBS (Malta), please click here.

International Qualifications and Grades

The typical minimum academic entry requirements for the course can be found below listed by country. For countries not listed please contact 

BBB - to include 2 sciences (Chemistry or Biology plus one other science).

Senior High School Certificate: average of 4.5

Tawjahiya: overall average minimum of 85%

Certificate de Ensino Medio, Diploma de Tecnico de Nivel Medio, Concurso Vestibular or Certificado de Conclusao de Segundo Grau: Overall of at least 8 out of 10, with 8 in Maths, and two science subjects (Chemistry and Biology)

Senior High Year 3:  80% overall

Successful completion of Bachillerato (High School): average grade of 75%

Apolitirion: minimum of 17/20

Completion of Senior Secondary School: overall grade of 17/20

Thanaweya A’ama: average of 85%

West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC): B3 or higher

Successful completion of Higher Senior School Certificate:

For Maharashta, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal Boards - grade average of 65%

All other Boards - grade average of 75%.

554 in 3 subjects at either standard or higher level, including Chemistry or Biology plus one other science subject or Mathematical subject.

Diplom-Metevaseth (National High School Diploma): average of 17/20

Adadiyah: 85% overall

For the International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering, we also require at least 80% in required subjects.

Bagrut with 85% or 8.5/10 overall, with at least three subjects at 5 units, including Biology and/or Chemistry plus one other science.

Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho (High School Certificate): relevant subjects at grade 4 or above

Tawjahiya: overall average minimum of 85%

Senior High School Certificate: average of 4.5/5

Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE): B in relevant subjects 

Tawjahiya: overall average minimum of 85%

Senior High School Certificate: average of 4.5

Lebanese Baccalaureat: minimum of 16/20 or 80%

Bacchalaureat: average of 16/20

WASSCE or NECO: at least 5 relevant subjects at grade B3 minimum

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB): 300+ points and at least 5 relevant subjects at grade C4 or above


Middle School Report plus Intermediate Certificate: minimum grade of 70%

Tawjahiya: overall average minimum of 85%

Senior High School Certificate: average of 4.5 / 5

Tawjahiya: overall average minimum of 85%

Senior High School Certificate: minimum grade of 70%

Tawjahiya: overall average minimum of 85%

Senior High School Leaving Certificate: grade B (70%) in 5 relevant subjects

12 years of education and the Mathayom M6: minimum grade of 3.2 or 80%

Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma): grades of 4.2 /5.0

Tawjahiya: overall average minimum of 85%

Atestat pro Povnu Zagal'nu Seredniu Osvitu (Ukrainian High School Leaving Certificate): minimum grade of 10 / 12

US High School Diploma: 3.8/4.0


Senior High School Certificate: at least 8.0

Entry Requirements 

To be eligible for acceptance on to this programme you must:

  • Have achieved IELTS (UKVI) 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 in Writing
  • Alternatively, have achieved PTE (UKVI) 62 overall, with at least 57 in writing.
  • Be at least 17 years of age at the point of enrolment.

You will need to supply the following documents:

  • Copies of your high school qualifications
  • A personal statement explaining the reasons for your degree choice after the foundation programme (300 words)
  • One academic reference
  • A scanned copy of the data page of your passport

Each application is individually assessed. Applicants who are shortlisted will be interviewed for approximately 20 minutes. There will be a series of structured questions as part of the assessment and consideration of the personal statement and school reference.

Those who are made an offer must be available to enrol on the programme in London in the middle of September.

Please note, we no longer require applicants to take the UCAT ( before enrolling on the Foundation but this is required before progression onto the MBBS.

Course Structure

The modules you will study have been designed specifically for students interested in progressing onto MBBS Medicine.

Compulsory modules include:

  • MED3001 Mathematics
  • MED3002 Introductory Chemistry
  • MED3003 Practical Skills for Professionals 1
  • MED3004 Biology for Future Clinicians
  • MED3005 Physics and Integrated Sciences for Future Clinicians
  • MED3006 A Closer Look at Chemistry
  • MED3007 Practical Skills for Professionals 2

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Progression Requirements

Students will need to meet specific requirements to progress onto year 1 of the MBBS Malta degree programme. For further details, please refer to the Progression Requirements:IFY Medicine Progression Requirements [PDF 253KB] 

From my point of view, the program is essential for students coming from different backgrounds to help them adapt to the new experience, society, and academic lifestyle. And coming from a different setting, the course helped in preparing me for the new learning environment that I am hopefully going to pursue the next 5 years.
— Ruba Alabdulbaqi , IFY Medicine 2019/20