IB Middle Years Programme

IB Middle Years Programme


The Middle Years Programme (MYP) of the International Baccalaureate (IB) is for students aged 11 to 16. It helps children aged 11 to 16 to establish practical links between their academics and the real world, preparing them for future academic and life success.

The MYP is a five-year program that may be conducted in a school-to-school partnership or in a variety of shorter (two, three, or four-year) forms. Students who finish the MYP are well equipped for the IB Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP).

The MYP intends to produce engaged learners and globally aware young people who can empathize with others and live lives that are meaningful and purposeful.

Students are given the opportunity to investigate a wide range of topics and ideas that are important locally, nationally, and internationally. Young individuals who are creative, critical, and introspective thinkers are the outcome.


  • Any student aged 11 to 16 who attends a school that has been approved to administer the MYP is eligible to participate.
  • The MYP is designed to be inclusive, so students of different interests and academic levels may benefit from it.
  • Although the MYP may support academically selective models, its implementation is a whole-school effort.

Curricular Structure

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) comprises eight subject groups:

  • Language acquisition
  • Language and literature
  • Individuals and societies
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Physical and health education
  • Design

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in each year of the program. In years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting local requirements and individual student learning needs.

Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.

MYP students also complete a long-term project, where they decide what they want to learn about, identify what they already know, discover what they will need to know to complete the project and create a proposal or criteria for completing it.