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Health Science Foundation Year Madrid

A broad programme designed to introduce you to health sciences.

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Health Science Foundations Course

The Health Science Foundations Course is a one-year programme designed by Universidad Europea de Madrid to help you discover your true vocation and decide whether to pursue a career as a dentist, pharmacist, biotechnologist, nurse, physical therapist or psychologist.

The science foundation course, taught entirely in English and worth 60 ECTS, takes place at our campus in Villaviciosa de Odón. You will study subjects such as cell biology, genetics, human anatomy, physiopathology, and biostatistics. Throughout the programme, which counts towards your degree should you decide to further your studies, you will have access to top class facilities including our simulated hospital, research labs, and preclinical dentist practice.

Villaviciosa de Odón 60 ECTS
Start: 18 sep. 2023 Title issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid
1 Year School of Biomedical and Health Sciences - Madrid
Private degree

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Discover your true healthcare vocation

Gain a broad understanding of different areas of healthcare sciences before specialising in one subject you would like to focus on. On this one-year programme, you shall be introduced to topics such as cell biology and genetics, human anatomy, physiopathology and biostatistics.

Universidad Europea’s innovative learning-by-doing model will ensure you start to develop the key skills needed in whatever field of healthcare science you go into. These include psychology and communication skills, as well as management and team leadership skills.

You shall discover your true healthcare vocation by interning at one of our partners in Spain and you shall always be guided by a faculty of professors with extensive professional and educational experience.

Should you decide to study one of our healthcare science degrees at the end of the foundation year, some of the subjects in this programme are eligible for recognition as part of the degree that you end up choosing.

High-quaility facilities

Complete your training in our Simulated Hospital, a safe environment where you shall learn to face multiple life-like simulated clinical scenarios and learn to interact with other healthcare students.

Universidad Europea offers you a range of laboratories and simulation rooms equipped with the most advanced and cutting-edge technologies so that you can fully benefit from our innovative academic model.

Advanced technology

Train your abilities and skills in different simulation laboratories and in the most pioneering virtual reality simulation classroom in Spain.

Accreditations and certifications

We are NUMBER ONE in the Community of Madrid in teaching excellence, according to the U-Ranking 2020 from the BBVA Foundation and Ivie.

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021, an international evaluation ranking, places Universidad Europea de Madrid in the top 5 nationally, occupying the second position among the best private universities in Spain, especially in the area of "Clinical and Health" and the third best private university nationally in "scientific citations".

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Find your true passion with our comprehensive study plan.

The Health Science Foundation Year is designed by the Universidad Europea de Madrid to help students discover their true healthcare vocation.

The objective of this programme is to introduce students to key foundational subjects in healthcare sciences such as cell and genetic biology, human anatomy, pathophysiology or biostatistics. These subjects empower students to acquire a strong foundation before pursuing a bachelor’s degree, where they shall further explore subjects relating to the structure, function and behaviour of the human body as well as methodologies for scientific research and analysis.

In addition, they shall develop key competencies and skills to thrive as a future healthcare professional:

psychology and communication skills, management and team leadership skills. Language courses shall reinforce students’ level of Spanish and their mastery of technical healthcare terminology.

A range of simulation modules shall bring students into contact with different subject areas. In addition, they’ll perform internships at state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the most cutting-edge technology in Spain. Students shall be guided by faculty members with extensive professional and teaching experience. What’s more, certain programme subjects may be validated/recognised for different healthcare bachelor’s degrees if the total number of credits are exceeded.

Basic Sciences 24 ECTSStructure and Function I6
Structure and Function II6
Applied Biostatistics6
Cellular Biology and Genetics6
Communication Skills 9 ECTSManagement Skills and Team Leadership3
Psychology and Communication Skills6
Modern Language 12 ECTSModern Language I6
Modern Language II6
Research Applied to Life Sciences 6 ECTS Research Methodology6
Simulation Practicum 9 ECTSSimulated practice I*2
Simulated practice II*2
Simulated practice III*2
First Aid and CPR3

*Students of this programme must choose three areas related to their vocation to take simulated practical classes: Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Nursing, Physical Therapy and Psychology.

If you successfully complete the Health Science Foundation Year, you may be eligible for ECTS credit recognition in our Biohealth Department programmes.

External internship rules.

Internships are a key component of your training. Acquiring experience after what you have learnt in your degree is the best way to enter the employment market. There are two types of internships: curricular—which are included in your study plan—and extracurricular—which you can do on a voluntary basis.

In order to complete your curricular internships, you need to have passed 50% of the programme credits and have enrolled in the subject before starting your internship. These internships are monitored by the company and the internship coordinator, and interim and final reports are prepared for evaluation.

If you want to take your work experience to the next level before finishing your university education, you can pursue an extracurricular internship. It’s possible to do internships in any academic year, but keep in mind that they are a complement to your studies; therefore, the more knowledge you have acquired throughout your studies, the more you shall benefit from the internship.


Start your future at Universidad Europea

Choosing what to study is one of the most important decisions you will make. That is why we have an advisory team who will guide you every step of the way. You can become a student at Universidad Europea in three easy steps.


Admission exams

Start your admission process by calling 917407272 or completing the admission form via the link below.


Place reservation

Once you have been admitted, secure your place by paying the reservation fee.



Submit the required documents to formalise your enrolment.

Credit recognition and transfers

If you are a student from The Health Science Foundation Year who want to specialise in Dentistry Degree, you have to request validations and pass the admission process. The deadline to submit your transfer request is from April 25 to May 25, 2022.

The Health Science Foundation Year is aimed at students who legally meet the university's eligibility requirements and wish to study healthcare sciences, but are unsure as to which discipline they would like to specialise in: Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Nursing, Physical Therapy and Psychology.

Throughout these programmes, students shall discover basic materials, competencies and skills and shall select a schedule of practical classes that shall help them decide on their future profession.


To begin the admissions process, please first book your appointment online or by calling 91 740 72 72.

  • Proof you passed the entrance exam
  • Two photocopies of your ID
  • Administrative student file transfer
  • Proof of payment of the admission fee before or on the date of the appointment

2.-What does the entrance exam consist of?

  • Skills and abilities test
  • General knowledge test
  • Language assessment test
  • Personal interview

When do you find out whether you have been accepted?

You’ll find out the result of the entrance exam via an admissions letter that you’ll receive by email. If you have any questions, you can contact our New Students Admissions Department at ads@universidadeuropea.es.

3.-Reserve your spot

Along with the admissions letter, you will receive an envelope with information about official registration. In order to reserve your place, we recommend responding within seven days of receiving the letter.


All students attending Universidad Europea for the first time must open a university file prior to registration. The New Students Admissions Department will provide candidates with all the documentation and forms to complete their registration.

Open days

We know that now is an important moment to progress in your professional future. That is why we open our virtual doors to you and invite you to join us. We want you to meet the director of your programme and solve all possible doubts you have. You’ll also discover what makes our students and our online methodology unique.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Health Science Foundation year in Spain is a one-year programme at Universidad Europea designed to provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals of healthcare sciences. It allows students to get a broad overview before they decide on what area of heath science they would like to specialise in at degree level.

The programme is designed to offer an insight into different areas of health sciences, allowing the student to decide what to study at degree level. The curriculum includes subjects such as:

  • cell and genetic biology,
  • human anatomy,
  • pathophysiology,
  • biostatistics.

The Health Science Foundation Course at Universidad Europea lasts for one year and consists of 60 ECTS.

After you finish the programme, you will be able to decide what health sciences degree you would like to specialise in. At Universidad Europea, we have a wide portfolio of programmes in health subject. Our degree offer 100% in English includes:

  • Global Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology
  • Global Bachelor's Degree in Biomedicine
  • Bachelor's In Psychology
  • Degree In Dentistry