International Stage One - Engineering

Our International Stage One – Engineering gives students an introduction and understanding into the principles and materials so you can progress into your chosen degree with confidence.

Apply now

The IS1 is the equivalent to the first year of a four year Scottish undergraduate degree. This programme is designed to help you develop your academic knowledge and skills within your subject area.

You will also focus on improving your English academic literacy in preparation for continuing onto your chosen Edinburgh Napier undergraduate degree. Studied across three terms, you will continue straight onto year two of your degree course at Edinburgh Napier University once you have successfully completed the pathway.

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

Start Dates


Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
International Stage One IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component.

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Course Modules

The aim of this module is to develop your mathematical skills and enable you to apply these with confidence in an engineering context, in particular to solve engineering problems. Among topics studied are complex numbers, calculus, differentiation and integration, descriptive statistics and series, matrices and determinants.

30 credits

In this module you are introduced to the fundamentals of engineering communication through sketches and drawings, to the writing of software using C and to working in a range of software environments. At the conclusion of the module you will be able to provide your own solutions to engineering design problems.

10 credits

Through this module you are introduced to workshop practice including demonstrations of machine tools, joining methods and the use of metrology equipment in the assessment of manufactured products. You learn about risk assessing, safe working in the workshop environment and gain insights into the professional practice of a working engineer.

10 credits

The module aims to introduce you to the basic principles which will underpin your understanding of Mechanical Engineering as a discipline. The module covers a range of key topics including engineering units. Newton’s Laws of Motion, Statics, Dynamics, Elasticity, Pressure, Thermal energy, Gas Laws, Non- and Steady-flow Systems and Heat Transfer.

20 credits

The module aims to introduce you to the basic principles which will underpin your understanding of Electrical and Electronic Engineering as a discipline. The module content includes the following topics – Network theorems, electrostatics, capacitor networks, inductors, sinusoidal waveforms, power applied to RCL series and parallel circuits, digital principles, digital circuit design and analysis and analogue devices and circuits.

20 credits

Applicable to students studying Civil Engineering or Civil and Transportation Engineering, this module is in place of ‘Mechanical Principles’:

The module aims to introduce you to the basic principles which will underpin your understanding of Civil Engineering as a discipline in general and, in particular, of structural engineering. The topics you study on this module include fundamentals, section properties, force components and moments, truss and beam analysis, column buckling and beam design.

20 credits

Applicable to students studying Civil Engineering or Civil and Transportation Engineering, this module is in place of ‘Electrical and Electronic Principles’:

This module aims to introduce you to some of the key materials that are used in construction, demonstrate their properties, show how they are used and tested, and provide an appreciation of their strengths, weaknesses and relative durability in use. The materials that this module focuses on are cement, steel, non-ferrous metals and glass.

20 credits

Available Degrees

BEng (Hons)
Civil Engineering
This course will give you an advanced introduction to each of these areas allowing you to decide on your specialism. Once specialised, you are not limited to your chosen field, but also have an understanding of how these other specialisms fit into the wider context.
BEng (Hons)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Electrical & Electronic Engineering is a fascinating field, and one which could make your time at university a challenging, enriching and rewarding experience.
BEng (Hons)
Energy and Environmental Engineering
Gain the skills required to solve the environmental challenges in society and the wider industry. You’ll graduate equipped for a career as a professional engineer in the renewable, built environment and traditional energy industries.
BEng (Hons)
Mechanical Engineering
Study Mechanical Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University and gain the opportunity to enter an exciting and varied field of engineering, allowing you to design and develop machinery we use every day including vehicles, building, healthcare and even space technology.
Civil and Transportation Engineering
As a civil engineer or transportation specialist, you’ll help create the built environment around us. You'll learn the fundamentals of civil engineering and develop skills in structural analysis, transport systems, ground engineering, water resource management and transport planning.

As DMUIC is situated in England’s most vibrant and multicultural city, I had the opportunity to make friends from different countries. The most amazing thing was that the DMUIC staff including all teachers and the office persons were very motivational and welcoming. They provide the best routes for study to every individual.”

Syed Asim Hussain Pakistan, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I’ve enjoyed studying at DMUIC, the tutors are excellent and have helped me settle into life as a university student. They are also really supportive and have helped myself and other students with other issues outside of the classroom such as accommodation.

Nafisa Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I have successfully progressed onto my degree course at the University of Bradford because of UBIC's reliable policies and teaching programme. To the new students, those who just started their foundation at Bradford International College, I must say you are going to pass the class, the only thing required is your attention and leave the rest on UBIC's staff because they are the one that are going to lead you to a brilliant future as it is a pathway to success.

Shoaib Khan Pakistan, University of Bradford International College (UBIC)

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)