IIB: International First Year

The International First Year (IFY), delivered at DMUIC provides an intensive combination of first year university subjects with extra study and language skills. The IFY is the first year of the three-year International Incorporated Bachelors (IIB) degree.

Upon successful completion of the IFY, you will continue to the second year of study at DMU.  

Students can choose to join the IFY course either in September or January.

IFY Pathways are available in:

  • Business and Management
  • Engineering and Computing


Course structure

Every IFY has a number of core and compulsory modules, including:

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

As an international student, it is vital that you are able to communicate in English and understand your lectures. 

Academic subjects

There are also a number of subject-specific modules that relate to your chosen pathway


Continuing your degree

You will start the first year of your chosen International Incorporated Bachelor's degree (Stage 2) at DMUIC. Once you have successfully completed the IFY, you will continue directly into the second year (Stage 3) of that degree, studying directly with DMU. You will have individual subject tutors who will make sure that you are on track to achieve your study goals.

English language lessons

In addition to the core modules, there is also a continuous English language module to help undergraduate students improve their language skills.

Entry requirements

English Language Requirements

Standard entry of IELTS 5.5 (no component below 5.5).  Students with a lower English level will be required to do either a 6 week or 12 week pre-sessional English programme. 

  • IELTS 4.5 (no component below 4.0) with 12 week pre-sessional English programme


  • IELTS 5.0 (no component below 4.5) with 6 week pre-sessional English programme


  • IELTS 5.5 (any skill below 5.5) with 6 week pre-sessional English programmer


Academic Entry Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent from your home country
Academic entry requirements by country
Country  Qualification
Algeria Baccalaureat de l'Enseignement Secondaire with minimum overall score of 14/20 with a minimum pass (10) in at least 4 subjects plus an additional year of study, or Brevet de Technicien Superieur with minimum pass grade of 10
Bangladesh HSC with a minimum of 70%
Bulgaria Diploma of completed Secondary Specialised Education or Diploma of completed Secondary Education, minimum overall grade of 4/6
China Year 1 of a 4-year degree, or Graduation Certificate awarded below 60%, or High School Middle 3 at 75%
Colombia Bachiller Academico with 8
Cyprus Upper Secondary School (Lykeio) Leaving Certificate (Apolytirio). Overall 13 (61% - 65%)
Egypt General Secondary School Certificate, minimum 65%
Ghana WAEC or Senior School Certificate with average grade 1 - 6 (A - C) in five or more subjects and completion of one year higher study or successful completion of University or Polytechnic Diploma with lower credit or Ghanian A levels equivalent to 32 - 80 UCAS points 
Hong Kong HKDSE minimum levels 333 or 332 in relevant subjects, or HKALE two passes minimum grade E in Maths and Science subjects, grade D in other subjects, or equivalent to 48 UCAS points
India Standard XII with 50% average
Indonesia SMA/SMU/SMK 3 average grade of 7.0 (70%) or SMA/SMU/SMK 3 plus one year of further study
International Baccalaureate (IB) 22 Points
Ivory Coast Diplome Universitaire de Technologie with minimum 12/20
Japan Special Training School Advanced Course Certificate with at least 3.0/5.0 or 60%, or Associate Degree 
Jordan Tawjihiya/Thanawihya/General Secondary School Certificate with good grades (60%) and at least one year of higher study. Certificate of General Secondary Education with 5 passes (minimum pass is 50%) and successful completion of at least one year of higher study
Kenya East African School Certificate/Cambridge Overseas School Certificate/KCSE with good grades and successful completion of one further years higher study, or Diploma/Ordinary Diploma/Ordinary Technician Diploma/University Diploma with 50% or above
GCC Countries General Secondary School Certificate with good grades (with one further year of higher study - Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE)
Lebanon Baccalaureat 'General' or 'Technique' minimum grade of 12/20 and 1 year further study of 'Diplome de Technicien Superieur' with pass marks, or Baccalaureat 'General' or 'Technique', minimum grade of 15/20
Libya High School education plus successful completion of one year of additional higher study
Malaysia STPM or A levels/UEC with pass grades in relevant subjects or Matriculation with grades below 3.0
Morocco Brevet de Technicien Superieur or Diplome de Technicien Specialise with grades 10 - 11
Nigeria WAEC or East African qualifications with average grades of B3 minimum
Pakistan HSC with 55%
Poland Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci (Certificate of Maturity) with minimum pass of 40% in relevant subjects
Portugal Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundarios / Certidao do Decimo Segundo Ano with overall GPA 13/20
Romania Diploma de Bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma) with minimum pass of 6
Russia Certificate of Secondary Education with good grades in relevant subjects plus successful completion of one year of basic specialised education
South Africa Senior Certificate with matriculation / national senior certificate, or 32 - 80 UCAS points at GCE A/AS level or equivalent
South Korea High School Diploma with a minimum average 4th grade or School Leaving Certificate with average 80% or High School Graduation Equivalency Examination with 80%
Taiwan Senior High School Leaving Certificate with 70% average or completion of High School education plus successful completion of one year of additional higher study
Thailand Maw 6 with minimum average of 2.5/65%, or completion of high school education plus satisfactory completion of one year of additional higher study
Vietnam Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma - successful completion of Grade 12 with average Grade 6.0, or completion of Intermediate Diploma with 55% - 64%
UK Qualifications

Two GCE A levels (grades A - D), or

Three GCE A levels (grades D - E), or

One GCE A level (grades A - D) & two AS levels (grades A-D), or 

Three AS levels (grades A - C)



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