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International Year Zero - Engineering

With so many career options and routes of study, our integrated degrees give you the best possible start to your academic studies in Engineering.

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The IYZ 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 University of Dundee undergraduate degree. Studied across three terms, you will continue straight onto year two of your degree course at the University of Dundee once you have successfully completed the pathway.

Key Information



4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Start Dates

September 2022 | November 2022 | January 2023

Pathway Tuition Fee


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.

Subject Specific Modules

This module provides a sound foundation in statistical knowledge and skills and covers an introduction to probability, hypothesis testing, the interpretation of data in context, the application of data to problem-solving, and experimentation.

This module provides students with the mathematical terminology, notations, conventions, and units required in Science, Engineering or Computer Science, including algebra, differential calculus, set theory and probability and experimental laws.

Students study vectors including Cartesian components and position vectors; forces and equilibrium, including the action of forces and a particle in equilibrium; relative motion, including velocity and acceleration; Newton’s Laws of Motion and applications; friction and Hooke’s Law; work, energy and power, including kinetic energy, conservation of mechanical energy and work done by a variable force.

In electricity and electronics: current and change, use and limits of Ohm’s Law, capacitors in DC circuits, AC circuits, transistors and logic circuits.

In fields and their effects: forces, potential energy, intermolecular fields, electrical and gravitational fields, launching satellites from Earth, measuring magnetic fields and their forces, principles of electromagnetic induction, inductance and transformers.

This module aims to introduce students to engineering and scientific projects. They have the opportunity to study all aspects of a project related to their particular field of study; develop a range of skills to research the project; consider the problems involved in its implementation; investigate it from a number of perspectives (including project design, management, social and environmental impact and sustainability); and report their findings in written form and through a presentation.

In this extension module, students begin to study advanced mathematical techniques, problem solving and scenario modelling, including algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry and vectors & forces.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree course

BSc (Hons)
Mathematics and Physics

Mathematics and physics are often interlinked, and as such are a natural combination to study together. You will gain a strong grounding in maths so that students can understand the basic concepts of physics.

BSc (Hons)
Mathematics & Psychology

This course will allow students to deepen their knowledge of mathematical techniques supporting industry, science, engineering, commerce, finance, and education. The students will also develop their analytical skills to an advanced level.

BSc (Hons)

Physics involves the exploration of nature in the broadest possible sense. Physicists discover how the universe behaves and use that knowledge for the benefit of humanity. Our course covers both pure and applied physics.

BSc (Hons)
Physics with Astro Physics

Physics is the most fundamental science, concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. This means physics-based knowledge can be applied across the depth and breadth of the industry.

BSc (Hons)
Physics with Renewable Energy Science

Physics involves the exploration of nature in the broadest possible sense. Physicists discover how the universe behaves and use that knowledge for the benefit of humanity.

BEng (Hons)
Biomedical Engineering

Students will apply engineering principles to solve challenges in the healthcare industry. For example, students may develop surgical devices, make improvements to medical instrumentation or discover new techniques in medical imaging.

BEng (Hons)
Civil and Structural Engineering

This course gives students a broad overview of core civil engineering topics. For example, students will study geomechanics, structural analysis, surveying, materials, and fluid mechanics.

BEng (Hons)
Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering combines a range of technical, creative, and management skills. It plays an important role in a range of sectors including aerospace, energy management, and surgical innovation.

BEng (Hons)
Mechanical Engineering with Renewables

Mechanical Engineering with Renewables mixes traditional core engineering with emerging technologies in the alternative energy field. Renewable energy involves every aspect of the study of matter and energy.

BSc (Hons)
Applied Physics

Applied physics uses methods and principles of physics to help people solve technological problems, usually in an industrial context.

BSc (Hons)
Mathematical Biology

Mathematicians and biologists have a long history of working successfully together. The discipline applies mathematical techniques and computational methods to address problems in biology.

BSc (Hons)

Scientific developments are possible due to mathematical applications while mathematical models inform decisions.

BSc (Hons)
Mathematics and Astrophysics

Mathematical models and applications are behind all of today’s scientific developments. Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences, concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. This course combines modules from mathematics and astrophysics.

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)