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.


Social Studies enhances your understanding of societal structures, culture, politics and social science. This broad-based curriculum ensures that you can continue on to a wide range of degrees including Psychology and Law.

Course Description

In Social Studies, students are offered a modern, forward-looking approach to learning and a rigorous preparation for the professional world, whether in the legal sphere or elsewhere.

After completing the first stage at ICD, you will continue your chosen degree in the School of Social Sciences. The School of Social Sciences also contains Dundee Law School, which was the first to offer fully qualifying law degrees for the legal profession either in Scotland or the UK.

  • 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 with individual attention

Core Modules

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


  • Cultural Context
  • Data Analysis
  • Film, Media and Popular Culture
  • Law, Ethics and the Constitution
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • International Business Management

This pathway course can lead to following degree courses.

BSc (Hons)
• Psychology
• Psychology with French
• Psychology with German
• Psychology with Spanish
LLB (Hons)
• Law (Eng/NI)
• Law (Eng/NI) with Energy Law
MA (Hons)
• English
• English and Creative Writing
• English and Film Studies
• English and History
• English and Mathematics
• English and Philosophy
• English and Politics
• English and Psychology
• English with French
• English with German
• English with Spanish
• Environmental Science and Geography
• Environmental Sustainability
• Environmental Sustainability and Geography
• European Philosophy
• European Philosophy with French
• European Philosophy with German
• European Philosophy with Spanish
• European Politics
• European Politics with French
• European Politics with German
• European Politics with Spanish
• European Studies
• European Studies and English
• European Studies and European Languages and Culture
• European Studies and Geography
• European Studies and History
• European Studies and International Relations
• European Studies and Philosophy
• European Studies and Psychology
• European Studies with French
• European Studies with German, etc.

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,495.00 (US$ 22,003) 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 students from United States

Students must have International Baccalaureate (IB) – 20 points. IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in every component.

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