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Engineering & Sciences

Who is this programme for?

This engineering and sciences foundation year programme is perfect for students wanting to study an innovative undergraduate degree at an Irish university. You will have good subject knowledge, and want to develop it further, while also improving your English language skills.

Intakes: January and September

Course length: Three terms

Study mode: On campus

Entry requirements: Check our academic and English language entry requirements

Fees and funding: Visit our fees page for full information.

Why study the International Foundation Year in Engineering and Sciences with us?

  • When you progress to UCD, you'll benefit from world-class facilities in both the UCD College of Science and College of Engineering & Architecture.
  • Each school within the College of Engineering & Architecture is individually accredited by prominent organisations so you can be confident in the quality of your degree.
  • UCD offers a range of internship opportunities, as well as professional placements in industry for specific disciplines.


On this pathway, you will study a mix of core academic modules, alongside English language, and study skills. Your modules will be tailored depending on which subject route you have chosen.

  • Academic English Skills
  • Maths 1
  • Physics 1

Science pathway

  • Biology I
  • Biology II
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry II
  • Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry
  • Introduction to Research
  • Physics II

Health Sciences pathway

  • Biology I
  • Biology II
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry II
  • Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry
  • Introduction to Research
  • Introduction to Health and Health Services

Engineering pathway

  • Chemistry I
  • Computer Programming I
  • Creative Design
  • Maths I
  • Maths II
  • Maths III
  • Physics II
  • Physics III

Computing pathway

  • Algorithms
  • Computer Programming I
  • Computer Programming II
  • Creative Design
  • Maths II
  • Maths III
  • Software Engineering
Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish GradeGrade Module
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Students are required to undergo interview with University College Dublin and pre-approval prior to admission to Dublin ISC.

  • Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences BSc
  • Radiography BSc

Term dates

3 Term

September 2023
24/9/2023 - 11/1/2024
14/1/2024 - 21/3/2024
31/3/2024 - 25/6/2024
January 2024
9/1/2024 - 21/3/2024
31/3/2024 - 6/6/2024
9/6/2024 - 22/8/2024
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"Studying and living in a completely different cultural environment could be an anxious, lonely and challenging experience. The International Study Centre provides a perfect launchpad to get you started and to help immerse you into university life. You will be equipped with every possible skill, knowledge and friendship to begin your university studies when you graduate from the centre."

Hongbo from China
Studied the International Foundation Year
Graduate from BSc Computer Science

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Fees and scholarships

You can find out more about the fees involved with studying at Dublin International Study Centre on our fees page.

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Entry requirements

Discover the entry requirements for your programme. If you do not have the level English required to study our International Foundation Year, you can study our English language preparation course before you start your programme to help improve your English skills.

Join us today

Our Student Enrolment Advisors are available to answer any questions you may have about your application. We can’t wait to meet you.