What will I learn?

The IS1 is the equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate degree. IS1 is designed to help you develop knowledge and understanding within your subject area, as well as your English Language and study skills, before you continue onto your chosen University of Dundee undergraduate degree. Studied across three terms, you will continue straight onto Year 2 of your degree programme once you have successfully completed your IS1.


The Life & Biomedical Sciences pathway at ICD allows you to access a range of exciting undergraduate degrees – such as Pharmacology or Molecular Biology.

Course Description

The application of research from life and biomedical sciences can change lives – and in some cases, save them. As a discipline, it’s a fascinating and rewarding journey that connects with many other areas of study.

The pathway in Life & Biomedical Sciences is a different way to begin a range of exciting undergraduate degrees. International Stage One will give you an excellent grounding in a variety of areas within the field: you will then continue to stage 2 of your chosen specialist degree and subject area, studying directly with the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.

Dundee is the top university in the UK for Biological Sciences according to the Research Excellence Framework (2014). Leading scientists are involved in both the planning and teaching of courses at Dundee, and students benefit from up-to-date and well-equipped facilities for practical work.

  • Guaranteed continuation to a wide choice of degree options upon successful completion of IS1
  • Small class sizes
  • Student support
  • Specialist teaching

Methods of assessment

  • Continuous assessment and feedback
  • Project work and testing


  • Small classes
  • Practical workshops in some modules

Core Modules

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Basic Mathematics and Digital Literacy
  • Government and Society


  • Data Analysis
  • Cell Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Further Studies in Biology
  • Chemistry 1
  • Chemistry 2
  • Matter and Waves

This pathway course can lead to following degree courses.

BSc (Hons)
• Anatomical Sciences
• Biochemistry
• Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
• Biological Sciences
• Biomedical Sciences
• Environmental Science
• Forensic Anthropology
• Geography
• Geography and Environmental Science
• Microbiology
• Molecular Biology
• Molecular Genetics
• Neurosciences
• Pharmacology
• Physiological Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£17,495.00 (US$ 23,337) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2021


International College Dundee

2 Airlie Pl,


DD1 4HQ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to have high school diploma or equivalent from their home country. Students need to have an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in every component.

About this uni

With students and staff from 148 countries, ICD students immediately become part of the global Dundee family.

  • Spectacular setting on Scotland’s east coast
  • Diverse and welcoming campus
  • World-class sports facilities
  • Scotland’s cheapest major city