Engineering and Sciences

Who is this programme for?

This engineering and sciences foundation year programme is perfect for students wanting to study an innovative undergraduate degree at UCD. You will have good subject knowledge, and want to develop it further, while also improving your English language skills.

Why study the International Foundation Year in Engineering Sciences with us?

  • When you progress to UCD, you'll benefit from world-class facilities in both the UCD College of Science and College of Engineering & Architecture.
  • Each school within the College of Engineering & Architecture is individually accredited by prominent organisations so you can be confident in the quality of your degree.
  • UCD offers a range of internship opportunities, as well as professional placements in industry for specific disciplines. 


On this foundation programme, you will study a mix of core modules, aimed at developing key subject knowledge and English language skills. You will also have the opportunity to choose modules, allowing you to tailor your learning to achieve your potential at UCD.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University.  These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context. 

Project Study

Complete a project on your own initiative, choosing a topic relevant to your chosen degree subject, in consultation with your tutor.

Pure Maths 1

Pure Maths 1 helps you understand algebra, trigonometric functions, sequences and series, differentiation rules, integration and probability.

Chemistry 1 

Study formulae, equations, moles, atomic structure, redox, thermodynamics and bonding. 

Computer Skills

This module provides students with an overview of the core concepts of the subject. It shows the interrelation between these concepts and provides a foundation for the study of other modules. Students study the main characteristics of computing hardware and software and are introduced to the principles and role of programming. Students also look at how computers are used in a range of different contexts and to the importance of user-centred design. 

Choose two or three modules from the following:

Introduction to Business Information Systems

Gain a practical introduction to IT skills and how they are used in a business and learning context.

Environment Science

Examine ecology and environmental chemistry, learning about the fundamental chemical processes that shape the terrestrial, atmospheric and aquatic environments. Understand the impact of pollutants and manmade environments. Learn about biodiversity, community ecology and conservation. 

Pure Maths 2

Explore algebra, trigonometric functions, sequences and series, differentiation rules, integration and probability. Pure Maths 2 leads you to a more in-depth study of trigonometry, integration, polar coordinates, vectors, complex numbers and series expansion. 

Physics 1& 2

Study materials, fluids, gases, thermodynamics, temperature and heat transfer, nuclear physics and atomic physics. Physics 2 develops your understanding of the subject, looking at electric forces and fields, gravitational field, electric potential, and magnetic forces and fields. 

Biology 1 & 2

Gain a better understanding of biological molecules, cellular structure, cell division, movement through cell membranes, enzymes and metabolic pathways. Learn about the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, osmoregulation, control and co-ordination, and reproduction. 

Chemistry 2

Take a close look at equilibria, acid-base equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry. 

Mechanics 1 & 2

Study vectors, motion in one dimension, motion in two dimensions, force and Newton’s laws, and work and energy. Learn about centres of gravity and centres of mass, linear momentum, uniform circular motion, rotational dynamics and simple harmonic motion.

Key facts

Course length: Three terms

Entry points: September or January

Age on entry: 17 years or older

September 2021 start:

Term 1: 13/09/2021 - 11/12/2021
Term 2: 10/01/2022 - 18/03/2022
Term 3: 28/03/2022 - 03/06/2022

January 2022 start:

Term 1: 05/01/2022 - 18/03/2022
Term 2: 28/03/2022 - 03/06/2022
Term 3: 06/06/2022 - 05/08/2022

Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent

English language: IELTS 5.0 (minimum 5.0 in writing) or equivalent

Age: At least 17 years old at the start of the course

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade Additional Grade
Agricultural Science BAgrSc 60% 60% Pure Maths 1 module, plus one of Physics 1 & 2; Chemistry 1& 2; Biology 1 & 2
Agricultural Systems Technology BAgrSc 60% 60% Pure Maths 1 module, plus one of Physics 1 & 2; Chemistry 1& 2; Biology 1 & 2
Animal & Crop Production BAgrSc 60% 60% Pure Maths 1 module, plus one of Physics 1 & 2; Chemistry 1& 2; Biology 1 & 2
Animal Science BAgrSc 60% 60% Pure Maths 1 module, plus one of Physics 1 & 2; Chemistry 1& 2; Biology 1 & 2
Animal Science – Equine BAgrSc 60% 60% Pure Maths 1 module, plus one of Physics 1 & 2; Chemistry 1& 2; Biology 1 & 2
Architectural Science BSc 65% 60% Pure Maths 1 60% Pure Maths 2 65%
Biomedical, Health and Life Sciences BSc 65% 65%
Computer Science BSc 60% 60% 60% Pure Maths 1
Engineering (Biomedical) BE 65% 60% 60% Pure Maths 1 65% Pure Maths 2
Engineering (Biosystems) BE 65% 60% 60% Pure Maths 1 65% Pure Maths 2