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

  • BSc (Hons) Computing Science with Diploma in International Foundation Studies
  • BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering with Diploma in International Foundation Studies
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering with Diploma in International Foundation Studies


The duration is five years including a compulsory placement year.


Successful completion will lead to a BSc or BEng Honours degree in your chosen subject. You will also receive a Diploma in International Foundation Studies (Science, Technology and Engineering).

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 (Science, Technology, Engineering)


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.

Foundation in Science & Technology

20 credits - compulsory

This module will provide you with a foundation in a range of science subjects, including Chemical, Life and Health Sciences and Technologies. It will also introduce you to the use of laboratory equipment in a scientific environment.

Foundation in Mathematics

20 credits - compulsory

This module will provide you with the necessary Mathematics to support you in your study of a Science, Technology or Engineering subject at degree level.  It provides an introduction to the core areas of Mathematics that form the foundation of the Science, Engineering and Technology courses taught at Ulster University.

Introduction to Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

20 credits - optional

The aim of this module is to give you a broad understanding of the range of Physical Science, Technology and Engineering disciplines.  You will develop an understanding of the Computing, Engineering and Built Environment disciplines, which will support you in relation to identifying the degree progression route best aligned with your individual interests and skill-set.

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 and research methods.