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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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.

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)
Physiological Sciences
Physiology is the science of living systems. Learn how cells, organs and tissue function in our bodies, as well as how they adjust to change
BSc (Hons)
Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences examines life in all its forms with a focus on the cellular level, from molecular and chemical processes to the details of cellular function
BSc (Hons)
Biological Sciences (Bioinformatics)
Biological Sciences examines life in all its forms with a focus on the cellular level, from molecular and chemical processes to the details of cellular function
BSc (Hons)
Pharmacology is the study of how drugs affect body functions in health and disease. It plays a vital role in helping to safeguard our health and welfare.
BSc (Hons)
Neuroscience is the science of the brain and how it functions - both in healthy and diseased scenarios
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)
Molecular Biology
This course looks at biology at a molecular level - this includes the structure, function, and regulation of the molecules that are essential to life
BSc (Hons)
Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites
BSc (Hons)
Geography and Environmental Science
Explore the interaction of social, economic, political, environmental, and technological changes to address the environmental challenges we face
BSc (Hons)
Explore the interaction of social, economic, political, environmental and technological changes and their effect on different people and places
BSc (Hons)
Forensic Anthropology
You'll gain in depth knowledge of the human body to analyse and identify human remains for medical and legal purposes
BSc (Hons)
Environmental Science
Learn about complex natural systems, and develop solutions to address the big environmental issues of our time
BSc (Hons)
Biomedical Sciences
Examine the function of the human body - in both healthy and diseased scenarios - from the molecular level to full body systems
BSc (Hons)
Biological Chemistry & Drug Discovery
Drug discovery and biological chemistry integrate chemistry, pharmacology, and biology and use techniques from molecular and chemical biology to find new treatments for diseases.
BSc (Hons)
Biochemistry explores the chemical processes within and related to living organisms. It is a lab-based science that brings together biology and chemistry
BSc (Hons)
Anatomical Sciences
In this hands-on course, you’ll learn about everything from classical gross anatomy to post-genomic molecular and cell biology

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