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IInternational Year Zero - Life Sciences

A career in science is challenging, but the rewards are huge – you will be at the forefront of the latest medical discoveries and have the chance to help others. On this course, you will be given a thorough grounding in human biology and chemistry.

Course overview

A career in science is challenging, but the rewards are huge – you will be at the forefront of the latest medical discoveries and have the chance to help others.

DMU is home to internationally-excellent research which has the potential to change people’s lives around the world.

On the Life Sciences IYZ, you will be given a thorough grounding in human biology and chemistry to ensure you have the skills and expertise to continue your degree.

With access to the university’s state-of-the-art laboratories, you will study of how the body works and learn about the micro-organisms which cause infection as well as how disease is treated.

Expect to develop your scientific and critical skills as you begin your career in biomedical sciences at DMU.

To join this course you will need to have successfully completed high school or equivalent and meet the English language requirements. We offer Pre-sessional English which is a 6 or 12-week extension course for those who may not yet meet the required English language standards for direct entry to our pathways.

  • Direct Entry – IELTS 5.5 (with no skill below 5.5)
  • Pre-sessional English 6-weeks – IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5)
  • Pre-sessional English 12-weeks – IELTS 4.5 (with no skill below 4.0)

English Language Requirements

Course English Language Requirement
Minimum IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each component
+6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
+12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific
modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge
for your chosen field of study.

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Modules you will study

Functions of Cells and Tissues

This module aims to introduce you to the basic concepts of anatomy, histology and physiology as an integrated experience of theory and laboratory observation. Topics covered include cellular anatomy, cellular function and how cells form tissues, the physiological function of tissues and the form and function of tissues.

Basic Microbiology for Biomedical Science

This module introduces you to aspects of fundamental microbiology required for the study of Biomedical Science and Medical Sciences at undergraduate level. You will learn the range, characteristics and properties of micro-organisms. These features are used to begin to discuss the importance of micro-organisms to man, particularly in relation to infection, disease and the control of micro-organisms.

Introductory Biochemistry

This module aims to provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of biochemistry needed for specialist medical, biomedical and science degrees offered by DMU. Basic biochemical processes and concepts relevant to disease and human health are explored.

Chemical Principles

This module is designed to introduce you to basic chemical theories which underpin biological activity; the energy and thermodynamics of chemical systems; functional groups and their interconversion; the shapes of selected molecules and their stereochemical relationships and complex compounds and ions.

Introduction to Psychology

This module introduces you to the main theoretical approaches and perspectives in the study of Psychology. You are introduced to psychological and physiological explanations of cognition and human behaviour. Historical developments, treatments and therapies of related case studies such as depression, stress, mental illness and schizophrenia will be considered in context of contemporary issues.

Government and Society

This module will give you an excellent introduction to the political and social structures of the UK, including the impact of the EU. There will be a historical element highlighting how Britain has changed and developed since 1945. Central and Local Government, elections and voting, class, ethnicity and gender and the media are also covered in this module.

Key Information



4 years:1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Start Dates

January 2024November 2023


Pathway Tuition Fee

£15,295.00 – £15,995.00