Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

New science pathway for international foundation students

Friday, 27 February 2015

woman and microscope

International students can now follow a life sciences foundation pathway if they do not yet meet the academic or English language requirements for a bachelor's degree.

The pathway consists of three new foundation modules created by Deborah Pearce, Programme Lead for Biology and Environment, and sits within our existing 24-week international foundation courses. Students will also take modules to improve their academic writing, research and critical thinking skills. Following this pathway will allow progression onto one of twelve degrees including Biology, Biomedical Science, Nutrition, Sports Science and Environmental Sciences – the international admissions team will assist with applications to these courses.

Until now, Oxford Brookes offered no suitable route for international foundation students into this number and variety of science degrees. Mark O'Keeffe, Pathways Business Development Manager, who led this initiative, said: "Thanks to the co-operation and enthusiasm from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences it’s fantastic to now offer a dependable route into our science degrees."

Interested students can apply online directly to the university. For information about our international foundation courses visit: or contact