Engineering and Sciences (International Foundation Year), Pre-Bachelor

Engineering and Sciences (International Foundation Year), Pre-Bachelor

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months

This Pre-Bachelor Offers


Choose the Engineering and Sciences (International Foundation Year) Engineering and Sciences (International Foundation Year) for all the support you need to make a confident start to your degree.

The International Study Centre is located on the University College Dublin campus. It offers a state-of-the-art learning environment for you to prepare for your degree.

Degrees from UCD include:
  • BSc Computer Science
  • BSc Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences
  • BEng Energy Systems Engineering.

Programme Structure

Core modules

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University.  These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context. 

Project Study

Complete a project on your own initiative, choosing a topic relevant to your chosen degree subject, in consultation with your tutor.

Pure Maths 1

Core Maths 1 equips you with a basic knowledge of mathematics and an introduction to the more challenging concepts you will need to develop further, for subjects that are business-related or have a strong statistical element. Pure Maths 1 helps you understand algebra, trigonometric functions, sequences and series, differentiation rules, integration and probability.

Chemistry 1

Study formulae, equations, moles, atomic structure, redox, thermodynamics and bonding. 

Subject-specific modules

Introduction to Business Information Systems

Gain a practical introduction to IT skills and how they are used in a business and learning context.

Environment Science

Examine ecology and environmental chemistry, learning about the fundamental chemical processes that shape the terrestrial, atmospheric and aquatic environments. Understand the impact of pollutants and manmade environments. Learn about biodiversity, community ecology and conservation. 


If you’re pursuing a degree in biomedical sciences, take this course to gain an understanding of the nature of the important biological molecules, such as carbohydrates, protein, and lipids, and their metabolism in the human body. 

Pure Maths 2

Explore algebra, trigonometric functions, sequences and series, differentiation rules, integration and probability. Pure Maths 2 leads you to a more in-depth study of trigonometry, integration, polar coordinates, vectors, complex numbers and series expansion. 

Physics 1& 2

Study materials, fluids, gases, thermodynamics, temperature and heat transfer, nuclear physics and atomic physics. Physics 2 develops your understanding of the subject, looking at electric forces and fields, gravitational field, electric potential, and magnetic forces and fields. 

Biology 1 & 2

Gain a better understanding of biological molecules, cellular structure, cell division, movement through cell membranes, enzymes and metabolic pathways. Learn about the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, osmoregulation, control and co-ordination, and reproduction. 

Chemistry 2

Take a close look at equilibria, acid-base equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry. 

Mechanics 1 & 2

Study vectors, motion in one dimension, motion in two dimensions, force and Newton’s laws, and work and energy. Learn about centres of gravity and centres of mass, linear momentum, uniform circular motion, rotational dynamics and simple harmonic motion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent

English language: IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17980 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    17980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17980 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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