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International Year Zero - Life and Biomedical Sciences

The Life and Biomedical Sciences pathway at ICD allows you to access a range of exciting undergraduate degrees – such as Pharmacology or Molecular Biology.

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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.

The main topics covered are: biological molecules; cellular structure and function; the structure of chromosomes; cell division and movement through cell membranes, including diffusion and osmosis; structure and properties of enzymes and metabolic pathways such as catabolism and anabolism; and aerobic and anaerobic respiration.

The main topics covered are the human skeletal system, including the structure of bone tissue, bone growth and development, and the classification of bones; articulations; muscle types; and nervous tissue. Students also study the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems.

This module looks at genetics, ecology and plant biology. Each topic contains areas within it that are controversial and stimulate ongoing debate around the role of science within human society, and the nature of human interaction with the wider natural world.

This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to Chemistry. The main topics covered are: formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox, thermodynamics and bonding.

The main topics studied are: equilibria, including the dynamism of equilibria and the application of Le Chatelier; acid-based equilibria, including Brønsted–Lowry Theory, weak and strong acids and bases and the principles of acid-based titrations; and kinetics, including factors affecting reaction rate, collision theory, thermodynamic and kinetic stability, and catalysis.

This module aims to introduce you to laboratory practice and procedures with an emphasis on safety in a laboratory environment. You will be equipped to work safely with chemicals and biological materials appropriate to experiments performed.

Continuation degrees

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

BSc (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. Students will also study different psychological disorders.

BSc (Hons)
Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Topics Dundee’s School of Social Science cover includes 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.

BSc (Hons)
Psychology with French

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.

BSc (Hons)
Molecular Biology

Molecular biology underpins modern life sciences and looks at how macro-molecules like proteins and nucleic acids can help solve biological problems. This allows us to test biochemical theories on a small, controlled scale before adapting them into real-world solutions.

BSc (Hons)
Molecular Genetics

Molecular genetics is the study of genes at a molecular level, from their structure and function to how they pass on the information and make sure other processes in cells are regulated effectively.

BSc (Hons)
Neuroscience

At Dundee, the neuroscience degree explores behavioural neuroscience, including neurodegenerative disease. It looks at the pharmacology of neuroscience, including anaesthesia and analgesia, the drugs that control consciousness and perception of pain.

BSc (Hons)
Pharmacology

This course explores approaches to treatment with a focus on neuroscience, metabolic disease, and cancer – all research strengths at Dundee. This gives students an understanding of how scientists explore biomedical discoveries and develop them from initial innovation to real-world application.

BSc (Hons)
Environmental Science

With growing pressures on scarce resources and concern over the effects of climate change, there has never been a better time to study environmental science. Gain the knowledge and skills to help build a cleaner future and address the challenges facing human existence on earth.

BSc (Hons)
Forensic Anthropology

Forensic anthropology is the analysis of human remains for medicolegal (medical and legal) purposes. This includes establishing identity, investigating suspicious deaths and identifying victims of mass disasters.

BSc (Hons)
Geography

In Geography, students will study the relationships between dynamic environments and population in different locations and at multiple scales. Students will learn about major challenges facing the world, and develop creative skills in problem-solving, presentation, and communication.

BSc (Hons)
Geography and Environmental Science

In Environmental Science, students will gain the knowledge and skills to help build a cleaner future and address the large-scale challenges facing human existence on earth.

BSc (Hons)
Microbiology

Microbiology focuses on the biology of micro-organisms that are unicellular, multicellular or acellular (without cells). This includes microbes like bacteria and fungi and covers concepts like growth and regulation, and how microbes react with each other and their environments.

BSc (Hons)
Anatomical Sciences

Anatomy is the study of the structure of the body and the relationship of organs and tissues at a gross (whole organ) and microscopic (histological) level.

BSc (Hons)
Biochemistry

Biochemistry is the study of life at the molecular level – from the normal functions of metabolism, DNA replication and repair, to the function of proteins carrying information within and between cells.

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)