Taught course

International Medical Sciences

University of Central Lancashire · School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should hold at least a 2:2 degree in any subject but preferably in science focused.
  • Supporting documents: Personal Statements of no longer than 750 words or transcripts or letter of recommendation or chronological list of employment and education.
  • IELTS: Score of at least 6.5 but 7.0 ideal or test of English as a Foreign Language with score of 100.

More detailed entry requirements available on our website.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

Are you seeking a rigorous medical education that will furnish you with the necessary clinical skills to practice medicine in the US, Canada and globally? The PGDip in International Medical Sciences will see you work towards the required United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 qualification.

The course stretches over four years (160 weeks) with the first two years focusing on medical sciences and how to integrate your learning with your clinical practice. You’ll secure your PGDip in International Medical Sciences before continuing on to your final two years of education in clinical sciences.

The PGDip is delivered in partnership with the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and is recognised as equivalent to the AUC medical sciences curriculum.

You can complete your clinical clerkship rotations in the wide network of AUC-affiliated teaching hospitals in both the UK and the US.


  • Build a course portfolio evidencing your progressive development as a medical practitioner and professional. It’s a great way of demonstrating, both to yourself and others, that you are achieving your learning outcomes and reflecting on your progress.
  • You’ll acquire the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to deliver high-quality, compassionate medical care to diverse patient populations to the level of USMLE Step 1.
  • You will have early clinical exposure via medical cases and patient simulators, learning through a variety of teaching formats including lectures, small group sessions and laboratory activities.


  • The University’s Medical Society provides you with the opportunity to attend several events and trips throughout the year. Members also support each other through the demands of a high-pressure course.
  • The Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centre (HARLC) allows you to engage in learning about the workings of the human body. Access to the Centre’s resources supports the development of your clinical skills and competencies.
  • You’ll develop the skills, knowledge and experience required to progress to the next stage of your medical training.


The course makes use of lectures, case- and simulation-based learning, standardised patients, small-group sessions, and laboratory activities.

Knowledge and understanding of anatomy is gained via a range of lectures and practical activities including the use of anatomical models, teaching guides and instructional videos in the up-to-date Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centre.

You will build your knowledge through quizzes and take periodic exams over the course of the semester.

Assessment is by a variety of methods including written assignments and practical and theoretical examinations.


The course prepares the students for the USMLE Step 1 examination, which is required to practise as a physician in the USA.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892400