International Year Zero - Pharmacy

This course gives you the solid foundation in the principles of chemistry and biochemistry that you need to be able to study towards a pharmacy degree with the prestigious Leicester School of Pharmacy

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Course Overview

If you would like a rewarding career in healthcare helping patients and caring for others, then Pharmacy is for you.

DMUIC’s IYZ: Pharmacy is the first step to your career in the health services.

There is huge demand for pharmacists all around the world and DMU’s Pharmacy degree has an exceptionally high employment rate. More than 96 per cent of DMU graduates are in work or full-time education within six months of graduating.

Qualified pharmacists have a wide variety of exciting and challenging career choices in the industry – for example, they can work alongside family doctors, in busy hospitals or pursue medicines research.

DMU has invested millions in facilities so you will have access to the very latest laboratory equipment. Our Pharmacy school is home to world-leading academics who are conducting life-changing research.

On this course you will:

  • Have access to DMU’s state of the art laboratories which includes a real-life Pharmacy centre
  • Learn how medicines work in the human body
  • Discover how medicines are made and tested
  • Gain a basic understanding of chemical processes in the laboratory

The university’s School of Pharmacy has been producing talented Pharmacy graduates for more than 100 years. Once you complete the IYZ, you can continue with your degree of choice in this exciting area.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

  • Direct Entry – IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)
  • Pre-sessional English 6-weeks – IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5)
  • Pre-sessional English 12-weeks – IELTS 4.5 (with no skill below 4.0)

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Start Dates

November 2022 | January 2023 | September 2023 | November 2023 | January 2024

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component

What you will study

What you will study

This module aims to introduce you to the basic concepts of anatomy, histology and physiology as an integrated experience of theory and laboratory observation. It provides a foundation to teaching that you encounter when you begin your studies at degree level. Topics covered include cellular anatomy, cellular function and how cells form tissues, the physiological function of tissues and the form and function of tissues.

You may have already studied chemistry but this module will ensure you have the knowledge and practical skills to study at degree level. Students will learn the theories which support the study of chemistry and see them demonstrated in the laboratory. This module includes how to write formulae, atomic structure and chemical bonding – all vital to your future studies.

The aims of this module are to introduce further topics in Chemistry and to build on the subject knowledge and practical skills acquired and developed in Chemistry I.

Students will further develop their understanding of basic theoretical principles and associated laboratory practice. These are important skills as degree courses will expect you to study how pharmaceutical drugs work on a chemical level.

How do our bodies fight off infection? What does an illness do to our cells and tissues? This introduction to basic biochemistry will give you a perfect grounding to begin your Medical or Biomedical degree at DMU. Learn about basic processes such as how humans get their energy from food, how exercise keeps us healthy and how diseases attack the body.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree courses:

BSc (Hons)
Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science

DMU’s collaborations with the industry mean that through this course you will benefit from specialised and advanced knowledge of the principles and techniques behind formulating and regulating pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.

MPharm (Hons)

Gain the practical and professional skills needed to work as a pharmacist in your chosen career path.

Supporting students to success

Learn more about what our students have to say when studying across our education network.

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)