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

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

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)
Physics with Renewable Energy Science
Develop a thorough understanding of contemporary physics as applied to modern renewable energy science
BSc (Hons)
Physics with Astro Physics
From quarks to quasars, gain an advanced understanding of the physical structure and evolution of the universe.
BSc (Hons)
In a course that covers both pure and applied physics, study fundamental physics from astronomical phenomena to quantum mechanics.
BSc (Hons)
Mathematics & Psychology
Study both pure and application-driven maths and also examine how the human mind works from infancy to old age.
BSc (Hons)
Mathematics and Physics
Learn how to apply maths to topics in physics such as astronomical phenomena and quantum mechanics.
BSc (Hons)
Mathematics and Astrophysics
Combine applied maths and gain an advanced understanding of the physical structure and evolution of the universe.
BSc (Hons)
Combine both pure and application-driven maths and use mathematical software which will prepare you for the workplace.
BSc (Hons)
Mathematical Biology
Learn how to use maths techniques and computational tools to answer problems that arise in biology.
BSc (Hons)
Applied Physics

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

BEng (Hons)
Mechanical Engineering with Renewables
Study the design and function of mechanical engineering in relation to renewable energy, such as solar, biomass, wind, and tidal.
BEng (Hons)
Mechanical Engineering
Analyse and solve mechanical engineering problems with traditional engineering principles and emerging technologies
BEng (Hons)
Civil and Structural Engineering
Find solutions to environmental problems through civil engineering, bringing together design, technology and construction.
BEng (Hons)
Biomedical Engineering
Develop engineering solutions to medical and biological problems and help improve patient care

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