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International Year Zero - Law Psychology and Social Studies

Law, Psychology and Social Studies will enhance your understanding of societal structures, culture, politics and social science. This broad-based curriculum ensures that you can continue on to a wide range of degrees including Psychology and Law.

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Overview

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

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Duration

4 years:

1 year pathway + 3 year degree

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Start Dates

September 2022 | November 2022 | January 2023
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Pathway Tuition Fee

£18,495.00

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 covers key sociological theories, concepts, and evidence. Students will apply knowledge and understanding to issues in education, health, crime and other areas of UK social life.

This module looks at business structure and the impact of internal and external factors on business growth and development. It introduces students to different approaches to management and leadership within businesses, and how thinking about management has developed over time. Marketing is used as a context into which to look at businesses’ responsiveness to the market and the need for strategic planning.

Students are introduced to critical and cultural theory, and their understanding of the theoretical aspects of film and TV production is developed with an emphasis on storytelling. Students learn about and reflect on the processes involved in film and TV programme production and consider the relationship between film and programme makers and their audiences. Students will be given a context in which to develop their team-working skills.

The module introduces students to the legal systems, sources of law and the administration of justice within the United Kingdom, and explores the differing origins, approaches and practices within the legal systems of Scotland and England and Wales.

The module provides an introduction to the study of international relations. The historical and theoretical background to current world problems is considered, and the course also looks at the concept of globalisation, considering supra-national organisations and the influence of multinational companies.

After looking at the subject’s historical development, three particular areas are studied. The main focus within Social Psychology is on antisocial behaviour. Cognitive Psychology focuses on the nature and structure of memory: capacity, duration and encoding in short- and long-term memory. Developmental Psychology covers the developmental theories of Piaget and Vygotsky, including key developmental concepts and how each may be applied to the process of learning.

Continuation degrees

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

MA(Hons)
Psychology with French

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. School of Psychology will cover topics including how babies learn, the way in which people's mental skills change as they grow older, personalities types, and social group dynamics. Students will also study different psychological disorders.

MA(Hons)
Psychology with Spanish

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Topics we cover include how babies learn, the way in which people's mental skills change as they grow older, personalities types, and social group dynamics. You will also study different psychological disorders.

MA(Hons)
Scottish Historical Studies

Discover the history of the Highlands and Islands, learn about early Scottish politics, research original manuscripts from the 1600s, and critically analyse Scottish involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. Students can also explore the relationship between Scottish and British nationalism from 1707 to the present day.

MA(Hons)
Scottish Historical Studies with French

Study French while also discovering the history of the Highlands and Islands and early Scottish politics, researching original manuscripts from the 1600s, and critically analysing Scottish involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. Students can also explore the relationship between Scottish and British nationalism from 1707 to the present day.

MA(Hons)
Scottish Historical Studies with Spanish

Improve Spanish skills while also discovering the history of the Highlands and Islands and early Scottish politics, researching original manuscripts from the 1600s, and critically analysing Scottish involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. Students can also explore the relationship between Scottish and British nationalism from 1707 to the present day.

MA(Hons)
Philosophy and Politics

Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. If students find themselves thinking about life’s big issues and questions, philosophy could be for them.
At Levels 1 and 2 students will receive a grounding in ancient and modern philosophy and be introduced to fundamental ideas concerning ethics, epistemology (the nature of knowledge), and metaphysics (the nature of reality).

MA(Hons)
Philosophy and Psychology

In this course, students will be encouraged to make links between philosophy and psychology. Dundee specialises in continental (European) philosophy and teaches key texts from the European tradition.

MA(Hons)
Philosophy with French

Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. If students find themselves thinking about life’s big issues and questions, philosophy could be for them.

We specialise in continental (European) philosophy and teach key texts from the European tradition, including some of the most exciting thinkers of the last century.

MA(Hons)
Philosophy with Spanish

Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. If students find themselves thinking about life's big issues and questions, philosophy could be for them.We specialise in continental (European) philosophy and teach key texts from the European tradition, including some of the most exciting thinkers of the last century.

MA(Hons)
Politics

Politics confronts the big issues that affect societies the world over. Students will get an overview of the British political system as well as examine some of the most complex problems faced by humanity and the ideas that underpin them. The MA degree means students study Politics alongside other subjects from History to Geography, languages to Psychology. At Levels 3 and 4 students will be able to specialise.

MA(Hons)
Politics & Psychology

Politics confronts the big issues that affect societies the world over. Students will get an overview of the British political system as well as examine some of the most complex problems faced by humanity and the ideas that underpin them. Students can study from optional modules on Russian, Irish, and Middle Eastern politics, nations and nationalism, political theories, and human rights and humanitarian intervention.

MA(Hons)
Politics with French

Increase French language skills while also studying a wide range of political topics.

Politics confronts the big issues that affect societies the world over. Students get an overview of the British political system as well as examine some of the most complex problems faced by humanity and the ideas that underpin them

MA(Hons)
Politics with Spanish

Politics confronts the big issues that affect societies the world over. Students will get an overview of the British political system as well as examine some of the most complex problems faced by humanity and the ideas that underpin them. The MA degree means students study Politics alongside other subjects from History to Geography, languages to Psychology. At Levels 3 and 4 you will be able to specialise.

MA(Hons)
Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Topics we cover include how babies learn, the way in which people's mental skills change as they grow older, personalities types, and social group dynamics. Students will also study different psychological disorders.

MA(Hons)
International Relations & Politics

Conflict, cooperation, and the increased significance of non-state actors are all hallmarks of the world today. We aim to help you develop skills and tools to make sense of these complex interrelationships. The MA degree means students study Politics alongside other subjects from History to Geography, languages to Psychology. At Levels 3 and 4 students will be able to specialise.

MA(Hons)
Liberal Arts

This course represents the finest Scottish Liberal Arts tradition of extensive study over a wide range of subjects and disciplines.

It gives students the freedom to study several different subjects that interest and challenge them, without the requirement to specialise in only one or two. Although students also have the freedom to focus on one subject if they choose.

MA(Hons)
Philosophy

Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. If students find themselves thinking about life’s big issues and questions, philosophy could be for them.

MA(Hons)
Philosophy and Film

Combining philosophy and film studies gives students a wide range of modules to choose from.Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. We specialise in continental (European) philosophy and teach key texts from the European tradition.

MA(Hons)
Philosophy and International Relations

Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. We specialise in continental (European) philosophy and teach key texts from the European tradition.

MA(Hons)
History and Philosophy

Studying history and philosophy together gives students a wide range of modules to choose from.

Dundee teaches social, cultural, and political history from the early modern period through to the contemporary period, focusing in particular on the British Isles, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and India.

MA(Hons)
History and Politics

Studying both history and politics together gives students a very wide range of modules to choose from.

We teach social, cultural, and political history from the early modern period through to the present day, focusing in particular on the British Isles, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and India.

MA(Hons)
History and Psychology

Combining history and psychology studies gives students a wide range of modules to choose from.

We teach social, cultural, and political history from the early modern period through to the present day, focusing in particular on the British Isles, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and India.

MA(Hons)
History with French

Increase French language skills while also studying a wide range of history topics.

Dundee teaches social, cultural, and political history from the early modern period through to the modern-day, focusing in particular on the British Isles, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and India.

MA(Hons)
History with Spanish

Increase students Spanish language skills while also studying a wide range of history topics.

We teach social, cultural, and political history from the early modern period through to the modern-day, focusing in particular on the British Isles, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and India.

MA(Hons)
Geography with Spanish

At Dundee flexible Geography degrees allow students to specialise in human geography or physical geography, or to combine elements of both. In addition, students can study other social science or humanities subjects.

Students will develop creative skills in problem-solving, presentation, and communication.

MA(Hons)
Geopolitics

During the first two years students will get a solid grounding in key concepts in the two disciplines – from the level 1 Global Challenges module (Politics) to Dynamic Human Worlds: Society, Culture, Economy (Geography) and International Relations (Politics) at level 2. Students will also be able to choose other subjects alongside their two core areas – from History to Psychology to a language, or a range of other subjects.

MA(Hons)
History

Dundee teaches social, cultural, and political history from the early modern period through to the contemporary period, focusing in particular on the British Isles, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and India.

MA(Hons)
History and International Relations

We teach social, cultural, and political history from the early modern period through to the present day, focusing in particular on the British Isles, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and India

MA(Hons)
European Politics with French

Improve the French language skills while also studying a wide range of history topics.

European Politics is at the centre of what we do and closely reflects the research expertise of the staff. The academic journal European Politics and Society is edited from within the department by a staff member.

MA(Hons)
European Politics with Spanish

Improve Spanish language skills while also studying a wide range of history topics.
European Politics is at the centre of what we do and closely reflects the research expertise of the staff. The academic journal European Politics and Society is edited from within the department by a staff member.

MA(Hons)
Geography

Our flexible Geography degrees allow students to specialise in human geography or physical geography, or to combine elements of both. In addition, students can study other social science or humanities subjects.

MA(Hons)
Geography & Economics

In Geography, students will study both social and physical sciences to analyse and understand major challenges facing the world. Students will develop creative skills in problem-solving, presentation, and communication.

Students can specialise in human geography or physical geography, or combine elements of both. In addition, students can study other social science or humanities subjects.

MA(Hons)
Geography & History

In Geography students will study both social and physical sciences to analyse and understand major challenges facing the world. Students can specialise in human geography or physical geography, or combine elements of both. Students will also have the opportunity to go on field trips, and to work with partner organisations to help them solve problems that they are currently facing.

MA(Hons)
Geography and Planning

Urban planners collaborate with a wide range of interest groups to positively influence outcomes in the development of cities and the countryside. These include politicians, communities, property developers, the renewable energy sector, environmentalists, and the public health sector.

MA(Hons)
Geography & Politics

In Geography, students will study both social and physical sciences to analyse and understand major challenges facing the world. Students can specialise in human geography or physical geography, or combine elements of both.

Students will also have the opportunity to go on field trips, and to work with partner organisations to help them solve real-world problems.

MA(Hons)
Geography & Psychology

Our flexible Geography degrees allow students to specialise in human geography or physical geography, or to combine elements of both. In addition, students can study other social science or humanities subjects.

Students will also have the opportunity to go on field trips, and to work with partner organisations to help them solve problems that they are currently facing.

MA(Hons)
Geography with French

Our flexible Geography degrees allow students to specialise in human geography or physical geography, or to combine elements of both. In addition, they can study other social science or humanities subjects.

MA (Hons)
Environmental Science and Geography

Analyse and understand major challenges facing the world, and develop creative skills in problem-solving, presentation, and communication.

The MA version of this course also allows students to study modules from other subjects such as History, English, Philosophy, and Politics.

Students will focus on topical and relevant issues such as climate change, pollution of land and water and the management of natural resources.

MA(Hons)
Environmental Sustainability

Understanding the environment has never been more important. Our modern world uses vast amounts of energy, generates waste and pollution, degrades our environment, reduces biodiversity, and has profound effects on our health and welfare.

MA(Hons)
Environmental Sustainability and Geography

Our modern world uses vast amounts of energy, generates waste and pollution, degrades our environment, reduces biodiversity, and has profound effects on our health and welfare. Students will study the principles and policies needed to help deliver sustainable development and consider both the local and global implications on natural resources.

MA(Hons)
European Philosophy

Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. If students find themselves thinking about life’s big issues and questions, philosophy could be for them.

MA(Hons)
European Philosophy with French

Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. If students find themselves thinking about life’s big questions, philosophy could be for them.

MA(Hons)
European Philosophy with Spanish

Philosophy explores our existence using critical thinking and argument. If students find themselves thinking about life’s big questions, philosophy could be for them.

MA (Hons)
European Politics

European Politics is at the centre of what we do and closely reflects the research expertise of the staff. The academic journal European Politics and Society is edited from within the department by a staff member.

LLB (Hons)
Law (Eng/NI) with Energy Law

This course is fully accredited by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (England and Wales) so when students graduate they will have full flexibility in deciding where to complete their legal training.

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)