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Clinical Foundation Studies

Entry Year: 2020

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1 years
September 2020
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Clinical Foundation Studies


Get the skills and experience you need to study an undergraduate degree in Medicine at our Malta campus.

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 an undergraduate degree.

It provides a basic introduction to Clinical Medicine and Dentistry as well as Biology, Maths, Physics and Chemistry tuition which is equivalent to A-levels, if you do not already have A-level equivalents.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be able to graduate with a Foundation Certificate (FdCert). Progression onto the MBBS Medicine Malta degree will be possible if you earn at least 120 credits and meet 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 on our Whitechapel campus by experienced university staff who also teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

Programme changes for 2020

At Queen Mary, we have been adapting to the challenges of Covid-19 so we are ready for the new academic year, with all the academic, pastoral and community support you need to settle in and thrive. For your chosen programme of study, the result is an innovative blended learning offering, giving you access to a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus from September. For more information, please visit our dedicated FAQ pages.

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Year 1

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.


Teaching and learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles – lectures, seminars, tutorials, classroom activities, laboratory work and work experience placements.

A typical weekly workload is six to eight lectures and four to five hours of practical laboratories or workshops.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20–25 hours per week preparing, writing and reading.


Most modules are assessed by written examinations (typically 70% of the final mark) and coursework (practical reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests). 

The Practical Skills for Professionals 1 module is assessed by portfolio (50%) and 2,000 word essay on your independent project (50%).

Practical Skills for Professionals 2 module is assessed by two projects of 1,500 words each, an oral presentation, reflective portfolio, and UCAT assessment.

Resources and facilities

You will have access to excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • newly refurbished lecture theatres
  • up-to-date IT facilities
  • modern, well-equipped labs.


Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.



You are guaranteed a place on the MBBS Medicine Malta degree programme subject to successfully completing the foundation year and meeting the progression requirements

Career support

You will receive a high level of academic and pastoral support on this programme. Your personal tutor can help you with any personal or academic issues and advise you on your degree choices after the foundation year.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

Opened in 1911, the Institute of Dentistry at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has a long and proud record of internationally recognised excellence in oral and dental science. We are ranked first in the UK for dentistry in the 2018 Complete University Guide, and third in the country for the quality of our research in the most recent national assessment (REF 2014).

We are a research-led institution, at the forefront of the provision of dental education and excellent patient care, with specialisms including oral cancer and public oral health. With around 70 students per year, we are a relatively small dental school with a strong sense of community. You’ll be taught by experts who are passionately engaged with their subject.

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