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International Year Zero - De Montfort University International College

The IYZ is the first year of the International Incorporated Bachelors (IIB), which offers you a different start to your undergraduate study at De Montfort University.

The IYZ is the first year of the four-year IIB which is taught at De Montfort University International College (DMUIC). Your first year focuses on strengthening your English abilities and introducing the key concepts and academic skills required for your chosen degree subject. Once you successfully complete this year, you will continue studying the remaining stages of your degree course directly with DMU.

Depending on your academic profile, you can study a three or four-year degree course.

English Requirements – International Year Zero – DMUIC
3 Terms 5.5 (5.5) 5.5 (5.5) 43 with no less than 43 in each skill Grace C or above
2 Terms 6.0 (5.5) 6.0 (5.5) 56 with no less than 51 in each skill Grade C or above

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


As well as courses unique to your specific pathway, you will
also study several courses common to all pathways.

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Common modules for ALL IYZ pathways

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

It is vital you can communicate in English and understand your lectures. You will learn how to express your opinions and arguments in writing as well as through speech, produce written academic work and enhance your research skills.

Study Skills I: Introduction to DMU

This module is designed to help students make the transition to UK Higher Education. Students will be introduced to a range of study skills that will help them become more successful in their studies at DMU.

Study Skills II: IT and Numeracy

You will gain a foundation in IT skills and enhance your math abilities. You will learn how to use Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Study Skills III: Communication

Study referencing in academic writing, learn how to avoid plagiarism, experience note-taking in a lecture hall environment, and develop your confidence by undertaking exercises in public speaking and debating.

Available Subjects

Art and Design

This is a practical course that includes creative work as well as theory. You will learn how to manage creative projects and prepare your portfolio. Whether you are going on to study fashion or architecture, you will learn the foundations needed for your chosen discipline.

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Business & Law

This course is designed to give you a solid grounding in the basic principles Of management, marketing strategy and economics as well as law, government and society, depending on your chosen route of study. Students on this course will gain insight into a wide number of organisational practices, theories and behaviours.

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Engineering & Computing

This is a broad course encompassing key principles of both disciplines. Designed to give you a foundation in real-world systems, to prepare you for a degree across a range of exciting areas including Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Aeronautical Engineering.

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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.

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This course introduces you to a wide spectrum of topics. From politics to production, you will study everything you need to get a solid foundation in media and progress to your media-related degree.

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This course gives you the solid foundation in the principles of chemistry and biochemistry that you need to be able to study towards a pharmacy degree with the prestigious Leicester School of Pharmacy

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Key Information



4 years:1 year pathway + 3 years degree


Start Dates

January 2024September 2023November 2023


Pathway Tuition Fee

£14,995.00 – £15,995.00