Life and Health Sciences

An International Foundation Year has been integrated to degrees within Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.


Degrees

An International Foundation Year has been integrated to the following degrees and integrated undergraduate masters from this faculty; after the IFY year in Belfast the integrated degree continues at our Coleraine campus.

Note that IFY integrated with MPharm Pharmacy with Honours requires for entry IELTS at 6.5, with speaking at 6.5 and no other component below 6.0.


Full list of degree programmes

  1. MSci Pharmaceutical Biosciences with Diploma in International Foundation Studies; total duration 5 years, including IFY; after IFY this integrated degree involves a change of location to our Coleraine campus.
  2. MPharm Pharmacy with Diploma in International Foundation Studies; total duration 5 years, including IFY; entry to this IFY requirements are different to all other IFYs – this requires academic IELTS at 6.5, with speaking at 6.5 and no other component below 6.0; after IFY this integrated degree involves a change of location to our Coleraine campus.
  3. BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Diploma in International Foundation Studies; total duration 4 years, including IFY; after IFY this integrated degree involves a change of location to our Coleraine campus.
  4. BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with DPP/DIAS with Diploma in International Foundation Studies; total duration 5 years, including IFY; after IFY this integrated degree involves a change of location to our Coleraine campus.
  5. BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition with DPP with Diploma in International Foundation Studies; total duration 5 years, including IFY; after IFY this integrated degree involves a change of location to our Coleraine campus.

Please note; year 0 (foundation year) is at Belfast Campus, from year 1 onwards course is at Coleraine Campus.


Qualifications

Successful completion of a degree will lead to one of the following qualifications:

  1. MSci Pharmaceutical Biosciences with Diploma in International Foundation Studies (Science, Technology and Engineering)
  2. MPharm Pharmacy with Honours with Diploma in International Foundation Studies (Science, Technology and Engineering)
  3. BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Diploma in International Foundation Studies (Science, Technology and Engineering)
  4. BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with DPP/DIAS with Diploma in International Foundation Studies (Science, Technology and Engineering)
  5. BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition with DPP with Diploma in International Foundation Studies (Science, Technology and Engineering)

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

  1. Diploma in International Foundation Studies (Science, Technology, Engineering)

Due to high demand and professional requirements, continuation from the IFY on the integrated degree requires a pass at specified levels. The IFY pass requirements are as follows:

  • MSci Pharmaceutical Biosciences – 60% overall and 60% in both FCE010 Introduction to Physiology and FCE011 Chemistry and Foundation in Science and Technology modules.
  • MPharm Pharmacy with Honours - 70% overall and 70% in both FCE010 Introduction to Physiology and Chemistry and FCE011 Foundation in Science and Technology modules. Note that entry to this IFY requires candidates to also hold an overall score of 6.5 in an academic IELTS, with speaking 6.5 and no other component below 6.0.
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science - 60% overall and 60% in both Introduction to FCE010 Physiology and Chemistry and FCE011 Foundation in Science and Technology modules.
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with DPP/DIAS - 60% overall and 60% in both Introduction to FCE010 Physiology and Chemistry and FCE011 Foundation in Science and Technology modules.
  • BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition with DPP - 60% overall and 60% in both Introduction to FCE010 Physiology and Chemistry and FCE011 Foundation in Science and Technology modules.

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 Physiology and Chemistry

20 credits - compulsory

This module offers a solid introduction to the key aspects of Biological Sciences and how these form the basis for many of the programmes offered in the fields of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry and health-related studies. The module delivers first-class Physiology and Chemistry teaching, through practical sessions, where the application of this knowledge is set in real world examples.

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 - Semester 2 - 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.