International Foundation Year Programme

Science Stream

Fees  €13,250*  + registration
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  • Programme Code


  • Application Deadline

    1st July 2024 (𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗲𝗻𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘁

  • Duration

    1 Academic Year

  • Location

    Dublin Ireland (in-person)

  • Workload

    30 weeks total
    (28 weeks + 2 exam weeks)

  • Intake

    September 2024

  • Fees

    €13,250* + Registration & Examination Fee of €1,500

Get the skills to succeed in an Undergraduate Bachelor degree

The programme is delivered by Dublin City University. You will be taught by expert teachers who understand the challenges international students might face and who will be there to support you on your path to university.

  • Equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to commence your DCU undergraduate studies.
  • You can progress to the Faculty of Science & Health which focuses on preparing students to pursue careers across all science and health spectrums.
  • Benefit from world-class facilities.
  • Join the proud community of successful DCU students.
  • Those who need to improve their English language skills or build up their academic level before studying at DCU.
  • Anyone who is looking to progress to a degree in the exciting fields of science.
Faculty CAO Code DCU Programme Title
FEC DC120 Computing for Business
FEC DC121 Computer Science
FEC DC123 Data Science
FEC DC189 Global Challenges
(* DCU Futures – Limited Spaces)
FEC DC190 Electronic and Computer Engineering
FEC DC193 Mechatronic Engineering
FEC DC194 Mechanical and Sustainability Engineering
(* DCU Futures – Limited Spaces)
FEC DC195 Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
FEC DC197 Biomedical Engineering
FEC DC200 Common Entry Engineering
FSH DC126 Actuarial Mathematics
FSH DC127 Common Entry into Actuarial and Financial Mathematics
FSH DC161 Analytical Science
FSH DC162 Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
FSH DC163 Chemical Sciences General Entry (New)
FSH DC166 Environmental Science and Technology
FSH DC167 Physics with Astronomy
FSH DC168 Genetics and Cell Biology
FSH DC175 Physics General Entry
FSH DC180 Biological Sciences General Entry (New)
FSH DC181 Biotechnology
FSH DC202 Sports Science and Health
FSH DC203 Science Education
FSH DC204 Athletic Therapy and Training
FSH DC207 Psychology and Mathematics (New)
(* DCU Futures – Limited Spaces)
FSH DC208 Psychology 
FSH DC209 Health and Society
FSH DC210 Psychology and Disruptive Technologies
(* DCU Futures – Limited Spaces)
FSH DC215 Nursing (General)

What our students say

DCU has a reputation for providing the highest quality education. The courses and modules are designed to match the current dynamics of the world. All these aspects made me choose DCU for my studies and that was by far the best decision I have made.’’

Akanksha Hariom Puniyani,


Entry Requirements

The following are the academic requirements for entry to the DCU International Foundation Year programme.

  • Prospective students will need to provide a high school certificate from the student’s country of residence.
  • Good overall results from a high-school qualification equivalent of 5 GCSE’s in A to C grade range including Mathematics and English.

Direct entry into the DCU International Foundation Year Programme requires the following English level:

Qualification Password IELTS  TOEFL iBT PTE Academic OTE (Oxford Test of English Duolingo DCU EAP*
International Foundation
5 5 35 36 100 75 B (no skill less than a C)

Students who have not yet achieved this direct entry standard can take a Pre-Foundation Programme.

Are you still unsure about our academic & English language entry requirements?
We will be glad to assist you.

Study Programme - Modules

On this subject route, you will study a mix of core academic modules, alongside English language preparation.
These subjects are compulsory and are delivered as co-requisites:

English for Academic Purposes (224 hours)
Math Science (168 hours)
Math Engineering (168 hours)
Chemistry (168 hours)
Biology (168 hours)
Physics (168 hours)
Computer Science (168 hours)

Student Life & Activities

At DCU, we know that students participating in extracurricular activities experience a more fulfilling university life.

We encourage you to join events, clubs and societies to get involved in the vibrant student life.

Are you ready to start your Pathway?

DCU 2024 - Undergraduate Prospectus - Cover Page

Step 01

Identify the DCU Bachelor degree programme that you wish to study. See DCU Prospectus 2024

Step 02

The deadline for undergraduate applications is 1 July

Step 03

Submit your application to and receive advice on the appropriate foundation programme for you.

Step 04

Your application will be assessed and if approved you will receive an offer to study on both the Foundation programme and Bachelor degree programme at DCU.

Step 05

Successful completion of your foundation programme guarantees progression to your DCU Bachelor programme.

Are you still unsure about which course or pathway is more suitable for you?

We will be glad to help you find the right pathway programme!

Accommodation Options

Make the most of your experience while staying in Ireland. See our range of accommodation options for international students and begin your experience of studying in Dublin at these ideal locations.

Additional information

The DCU International Foundation Year, quality assured by NCUK, is an undergraduate entry-level qualification designed for students to progress into first year of a bachelor’s degree at DCU.

The qualification is taught by highly experienced DCU teaching staff and awarded by NCUK. NCUK is a leading international higher education qualification and service provider with over 30 years’ experience and has helped more than 35,000 students progress into university.

NCUK Registration and Examination Fees for the International Foundation Year are additional to DCU Tuition Fees.