International First Year (IFY)


International First Year (IFY)

The International First Year (IFY) 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.

IFY routes

  1. Business and Management


    Combining academic study with a real-world insight of business and management, this course equips you with the skills to succeed in a number of business and management roles.

    The IFY in Business and Management will give the knowledge and ability to continue into the second year of your degree in the Leicester Business School at DMU.

    On this course you will:

    • Develop a broad understanding of business principles, marketing, strategy and management
    • Learn the critical perspective necessary for successful academic study.
    • Gain experience in a range of skills designed to boost your career prospects such as leadership, presentation, team work, decision making and research.

    You can put what you learn into practice on your degree course at DMU. Business students are given the option of a placement year which includes the chance to work with internationally-renowned companies such as IBM, Disney and the MOD.


    • Academic and Professional Practice
    • Financial Decision Making
    • Global Business Issues


    • Introduction to Work and Organisations
    • Principles of Marketing
    • Introduction to Accounting*
    • Introduction to Law *
    • Quantitative Methods *

    * These modules are taken by students continuing to BA (Hons) Accounting and Business Management only.

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  2. Engineering and Computing


    The Engineering and Computing IFY gives you the perfect opportunity to start your engineering or computing degree with access to all of DMU’s cutting-edge facilities.

    Study the way in which electronics and computing are used to control the behaviour of real-world systems such as cars, buildings and aeroplanes and use your creativity and problem-solving skills to solve challenges set by tutors.

    On successful completion of the Engineering or Computing IFY students can then continue onto the second year of one of the DMU undergraduate courses listed below, according to the route they have chosen.

    On this course you will:

    • Discover how design plays a crucial role in successful engineering projects and how to use computer-aided design programs.
    • Gain a broad understanding of key principles in engineering and computing
    • Learn the study skills necessary to continue onto your second year with confidence


    Engineering route:

    • Engineering Mathematics
    • Principles of Engineering Design & Manufacture Utilising CAE
    • Electrical and Electronic Principles
    • Mechanical Principles

    Computing route:

    • Database Management and Reporting
    • Information Systems Development 
    • Visual Web Development

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Course structure

As well as subject-specific modules, every IFY programme has core, compulsory modules:

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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Fees and start dates 

Start dateIYZ fees
January 2024 From £15,995

Information subject to change

Entry requirements

English language

To be considered for a place at DMUIC you need to meet our standard of English Language requirements.  Our courses require an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in every component. Our IYZ Pharmacy course requires an IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.0 in every component.

If you do not meet these English Language requirements, we can offer you a pre-sessional English course to be studied immediately before you enter the first/second stage of your chosen programme:

  • If you have an IELTS 5.5 (with any component below 5.5), you will be offered a six week pre-sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the programme.
  • If you have IELTS 5.0 (with no component below 4.5), you will be offered a six week pre-sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the programme.
  • If you have IELTS 4.5 (with no component below 4.0), you will be offered a twelve week pre-Sessional English course immediately preceding your entry to the programme.

Academic qualifications

You will need a high school certificate or equivalent from your home country. See academic entry requirements for your country.