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International Stage One - Life and Biomedical Sciences

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


The IS1 is the equivalent to the first year of a four year Scottish undergraduate degree. This programme is designed to help you develop your academic knowledge and skills within your subject area. You will also focus on improving your English academic literacy in preparation for continuing onto your chosen University of Dundee undergraduate degree. Studied across three terms, you will continue straight onto year two of your degree course at the University of Dundee once you have successfully completed the pathway.

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

Data Analysis

This module provides a sound foundation in statistical knowledge and skills and covers an introduction to probability, hypothesis testing, the interpretation of data in context, the application of data to problem-solving, and experimentation.

Cell Biology

The main topics covered are: biological molecules; cellular structure and function; the structure of chromosomes; cell division and movement through cell membranes, including diffusion and osmosis; structure and properties of enzymes and metabolic pathways such as catabolism and anabolism; and aerobic and anaerobic respiration.

Anatomy and Physiology

The main topics covered are the human skeletal system, including the structure of bone tissue, bone growth and development, and the classification of bones; articulations; muscle types; and nervous tissue. Students also study the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems.

Further Studies in Biology

This module looks at genetics, ecology and plant biology. Each topic contains areas within it that are controversial and stimulate ongoing debate around the role of science within human society, and the nature of human interaction with the wider natural world.

Chemistry 1

This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to Chemistry. The main topics covered are: formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox, thermodynamics and bonding.

Chemistry 2

The main topics studied are: equilibria, including the dynamism of equilibria and the application of Le Chatelier; acid-based equilibria, including Brønsted–Lowry Theory, weak and strong acids and bases and the principles of acid-based titrations; and kinetics, including factors affecting reaction rate, collision theory, thermodynamic and kinetic stability, and catalysis.

Laboratory skills

This module aims to introduce you to laboratory practice and procedures with an emphasis on safety in a laboratory environment. You will be equipped to work safely with chemicals and biological materials appropriate to experiments performed.

Key Information



4 years:1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Start Dates

January 2024September 2023November 2023


Pathway Tuition Fee

£19,495.00 – £19,695.00