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An International Foundation Year has been integrated to the following degrees:

  1. BSc Cinematic Arts with Diploma with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.
  2. BSc Communication Management and Public Relations with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.
  3. BSc Communication, Advertising and Marketing with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.
  4. BA Drama with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.
  5. BA English with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.
  6. BA History with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.
  7. BA Interactive Media with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.
  8. BA Journalism with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.
  9. BSc Language and Linguistics with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.
  10. LLB Law with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.
  11. BA Screen Production with Diploma in International Foundation Studies.


The duration is four years without a placement year or five years with an optional placement year.


Successful completion of a degree will lead to a BSc, BA or LLB Honours degree in your chosen subject. You will also receive a Diploma in International Foundation Studies (Business, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences).

Exit Award

Should you decide to change programme or leave after successful completion of the International Foundation Year, you will qualify for the following exit award:

  • Diploma in International Foundation Studies (Business, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)


Continuation from the IFY on the integrated degree requires a pass at 40% in all modules.

IFY students follow the defined integrated pathway specific to their progression degree with all modules specified.

There is scope for flexibility within some modules - Project Based Learning for example, where students choose a subject within the integrated degree field on which their project will be based

You will normally study the following modules for the International Foundation Year in these degrees.

Introduction to Creative Industries

20 credits - compulsory

In this module you will explore the development and growth of a range of Creative Industries within Northern Ireland society. These include; Film and Media studies, Journalism, Literature, Music and Drama.

You will experience first-hand how these industries developed and continue to grow, where they are now central commercial figures in the Northern Irish economy.

Ulster University has a key role in supplying these local and international industries with a well-qualified and skilled workforce.

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Leadership

20 credits - compulsory

This module introduces you to the concepts of leadership from a global and local business perspective.

It will also give you the opportunity to explore entrepreneurial leadership practice and what this means at an individual level.

Introducing Ireland: History and Literature

20 credits - compulsory for AHSS progression degrees

This module will introduce you to the study of British and Irish society. It aims to foster better awareness of the impact of processes of globalisation.

This module aims to introduce you to key historical and cultural factors shaping the life of modern Ireland from 1690 to present day. The module has a particular focus on Northern Ireland, as well as supporting students to develop and practise academic skills relevant to the study of Humanities subjects such as English, History and Drama.

Foundation in Mathematics for Business

20 credits – compulsory for UUBS progression degrees

This module provides an introduction to the core areas of mathematics that form the foundation of accounting, finance and economics courses taught at Ulster. Students need to develop an appreciation of these core areas to assist in understanding accounting and financial information.

Extended Critical Thinking for Undergraduate Study

20 credits - compulsory

This module seeks to harness English Language capabilities and develop Critical Thinking to raise levels of written English. The subject context will be derived from the integrated degree.

This module will inform, develop and challenge your ability to engage in normative thinking strategies.

Critical thinking will enhance your interest, motivation and success in a given subject.

These skills can be transferred into writing in English and in preparation for academic readiness, success and progression.

Exploring Cultural Identities

20 credits - compulsory

This module brings together all students on International Foundation pathways to learn together and explore ideas and realities of culture, as well as, self, group, community and national identities.

The module offers students time to explore ideas unique to their own cultural identity against the backdrop of cultural identity issues specific to Northern Ireland.

By so doing, we offer the student a context for an emergent modern society into which they can draw comparisons, differences and value judgements from their own experience of cultural identity.

Project-Based Learning

20 credits - compulsory

This module provides opportunities for students to select an issue-based problem, specific to the academic subject of their integrated degree upon which they will carry out investigative research.

Students may also place this issue-based scenario module within the context of their home country, whereby they can draw upon existing underpinning knowledge.

This module seeks to develop a heightened knowledge of the chosen pathway subject, as well as building on intrapersonal and academic skills including;

  • decision-making
  • problem-solving
  • time-management
  • writing for purpose / audience
  • data handling
  • report writing
  • research methods