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Engineering Year Zero

This course, which is part of four years of integrated study, is ideal if you want to become a professional Engineer, but do not have the relevant subject grades to study Engineering at degree level. 


This course gives you the core skills in science, mathematics, design and IT, required to study engineering or physics at undergraduate level.

Reasons to study Engineering Year Zero at De Montfort University:

  • A stepping-stone to an undergraduate degree in Engineering
    this course is the first year of four year’s integrated study 
  • Ideal if you don’t meet the entry criteria for direct entry to a degree
    you can apply if you’re a mature student, or if you don’t have the entry requirements for a full degree 
  • A wide range of choices in progression routes
    subject to meeting the requirements you can study Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or Physics at undergraduate level 
  • Specialist industry-standard facilities
    we have specialist laboratories for each area of study so that you can develop your expert skills
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    we offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.

On completion of the Engineering Year Zero course, you can progress to one of our BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or Electronic Engineering courses.

I would recommend this course to anyone considering doing an electronic engineering or mechanical engineering degree. It gives you a taste of what to expect and prepares you for study.


More courses like this:

Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)

Foundation Year in Computing 

Mechanical Engineering BEng degree

Mechanical Engineering MEng degree

Mechatronics MEng degree

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H108

Duration: Four years full-time

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

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Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: H108

Duration: Four years full-time

Fees and funding: £12,750

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Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70. 

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2017 Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 56 UCAS points from at least one A-level or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at PPP or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English and Mathematics GCSEs required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required: No 

Interview Required:  No 

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




  • Quantitative Methods – this module develops the mathematical techniques necessary for the study of engineering. It will provide you with knowledge of mathematical theories and concepts, and application of these concepts
  • Engineering Applications – this module will introduce you to basic laws of physics and how to apply them to engineering problems. It will give you a clear understanding of basic analytical principles of mechanical and electrical engineering
  • ICT and Business Practice – this module comprises of two parts. In the ICT part, you will learn how to use spreadsheets to find solutions to engineering problems, create reports, use of HTML for web page design and an introduction to MATLAB software. In the business part, you will study elements of business analysis such as basic finance, aspects of human resource and project management useful for engineering relevant to foundation level
  • Design and Technology – this module will introduce you to basic design principles. You will also be introduced to an industry-standard CAD software package to create 3D solid models relevant to foundation level.

A variety of teaching techniques are used, including lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. The course is taught by expert staff with many years of experience in teaching students who may find Mathematics and physics difficult. Help and support is always available and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and understand new concepts.

This is complemented by specialist labs in material sciences, dynamics, and control and design.

Continuous assessment forms a major part of the course. You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 20 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.


Facilities and features

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

The main mechanical laboratory is a large open-plan space designed to accommodate the study of thermo-fluids, solid mechanics and dynamics. It also has an area with machine tools for manufacture of student designs.

There is a purpose built engine testing facility with full instrumentation to measure engine performance and emissions. This facility is normally used by our final year engineering and research students. Typical student projects include running the engine with alternative fuels such as bio-fuels and water-in-diesel emulsified fuels to improve performance and emission characteristics.

Electronics Engineering Laboratory

Electrical and Electronic experimental facilities are divided into five main areas: general electronics and assembly, digital electronics and microprocessor engineering, power electronics, control systems and communications engineering. Each facility is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental equipment appropriate to the corresponding areas of study and research. An additional CAD design suite shared with the Mechanical and Design programmes provides access to computing facilities with specialist electronics CAD tools including Microsoft Office, OrCAD and PSpice.

A specialised area incorporating a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage allows for experimentation in radio frequency engineering and electromagnetics, while our digital design suite is equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms together with high speed programmable logic development environments. Power generation and conversion, industrial process control and embedded drives are provided while our communications laboratory is additionally equipped for R.F. engineering.

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Upon successful completion of Engineering Year Zero you can progress to the first year of our Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons)Mechatronics BEng (Hons) or  Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons). After completing your choice of the full BEng (Hons) engineering course you can choose to continue with further study to a masters level programme or pursue a career in your preferred field of engineering.

Students who complete this programme can also join the Physics BSc (Hons) undergraduate programme at DMU.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).


DMU Racing

DMU Racing is a student team that speaks to the passion and creativity of the student body. Each year DMU Racing takes part in the Formula Student competition.

Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Formula Student challenges universities from across the world to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. The cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills. 

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