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All DP curriculums are reviewed on a seven-year teaching cycle to ensure that each is fit for purpose in a changing world and incorporates the latest educational research and lessons learned from a thorough evaluation of the existing curriculum.

The DP curriculum review is a collaborative process that aims to produce excellent, internationally minded, research-based curriculums and support material that enable students to develop the attributes of the learner profile and the IB mission, thereby providing an excellent preparation for life in the 21st century. 

This section provides an overview of the DP subject briefs and course updates, in-line with the most recent and upcoming curriculum update cycle.

Read through our DP subject briefs which provide a technical breakdown of the DP curriculum and assessment methods, for both standard level and higher level (if applicable).

If you are a university admissions officer and would like access to our detailed subject guides, please email recognition@ibo.org.

Subject

First teaching

First assessment

First enrol at university

Design technology

Aug/Sept 2024

May 2026

Aug/Sept 2026

Environmental systems and societies

Aug/Sept 2024

May 2026

Aug/Sept 2026

Global politics

Aug/Sept 2024

May 2026

Aug/Sept 2026

Sports, exercise and health science

Aug/Sept 2024

May 2026

Aug/Sept 2026

Visual arts

Aug/Sept 2024

May 2026

Aug/Sept 2026

  • Computer science

    First Teaching

    Aug/Sept 2023

    First Assessment

    May 2025

    First Enrol at University

    Aug/Sept 2025

    Find latest updates about the computer science curriculum.

  • Philosophy

    First Teaching

    Aug/Sept 2023

    First Assessment

    May 2025

    First Enrol at University

    Aug/Sept 2025

    Find latest updates about the philosophy curriculum.

  • Biology

    First Teaching

    Aug/Sept 2023

    First Assessment

    May 2025

    First Enrol at University

    Aug/Sept 2025

    Find latest updates about the biology curriculum.

  • Chemistry

    First Teaching

    Aug/Sept 2023

    First Assessment

    May 2025

    First Enrol at University

    Aug/Sept 2025

    Find latest updates about the chemistry curriculum.

  • Physics

    First Teaching

    Aug/Sept 2023

    First Assessment

    May 2025

    First Enrol at University

    Aug/Sept 2025

    Find latest updates about the physics curriculum.

  • Business management

    First Teaching

    Aug 2022

    First Assessment

    May 2024

    First Enrol at University

    Aug / Sep 2024

    Find latest updates about the business management curriculum.

  • Literature and performance

    First Teaching

    Aug 2022

    First Assessment

    May 2024

    First Enrol at University

    Aug / Sep 2024

    Find latest updates about the literature and performance curriculum.

  • Digital society

    First Teaching

    Aug 2022

    First Assessment

    May 2024

    First Enrol at University

    Aug / Sep 2024

    Find latest updates about the digital society curriculum.

  • Theatre

    First Teaching

    Aug 2022

    First Assessment

    May 2024

    First Enrol at University

    Aug / Sep 2024

    Find latest updates about the theatre curriculum.

  • Classical languages

    First Teaching

    Aug 2022

    First Assessment

    May 2024

    First Enrol at University

    Aug / Sep 2024

    Find latest updates about the classical languages curriculum.

  • Economics

    First Teaching

    Sep 2020

    First Assessment

    May 2022

    First Enrol at University

    Aug / Sep 2022

    Find out more about upcoming changes to our economics curriculum.

  • Music

    First Teaching

    Sep 2020

    First Assessment

    May 2022

    First Enrol at University

    Aug / Sep 2022

    Find out more about upcoming changes to our music curriculum.

  • Theory of knowledge

    First Teaching

    Sep 2020

    First Assessment

    May 2022

    First Enrol at University

    Aug / Sep 2022

    Find out more about upcoming changes to our theory of knowledge curriculum.