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Engineering (International Year One)

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1 years (Full Time)
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  • Overview

    The International Year One in Engineering provides international students who are not yet fully able to meet the linguistic or academic demands for entry to the first-year of an undergraduate programme with the opportunity to participate in a year-one degree-equivalent programme. The International Year One in Engineering prepares students for enrolment to Year 2 of undergraduate degree programmes in Queen’s University Belfast, and meets the specific needs of international students whose first language may not be English.

    Successful completion of the International Year One in Engineering leads to the Queen's University award of an International Diploma in Engineering (IDE). The IDE award contributes 120 CATS points to the final degree award for students progressing to year-two entry of a BEng or MEng undergraduate degree at Queens University in:
    - Aerospace Engineering
    - Civil Engineering
    - Computer Science
    - Computing and Information Technology
    - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    - Mechanical Engineering
    - Software Engineering
    - Software and Electronic Systems Engineering
    - Chemical Engineering
    - Product Design Engineering
    - Environmental and Civil Engineering (MEng only).

    An Extended International Year One Programme in Engineering is also available with an additional one or two pre-terms of additional concentrated English study.

    The International Year One programme has both a September and January intake each year.

    The programme is delivered in a university environment with the pastoral and language support that is necessary to ensure well-being and success, and where the study programme is focused on preparation for university study.

    Engineering Degree highlights

    Develop the knowledge and skills for your chosen degree through a specialist pathway.

    Global Opportunities

    Professional Accreditations

    Professional Exemptions

    Career Development

    • Within the English Language and Study Skills module, students complete tasks related to placement preparation, including CV and cover letter writing, preparation for interviews, use of feedback, etc.
    "The teachers at INTO Queen's have nurtured and supported me, giving me the ability to think independently. When you face learning challenges, teachers at INTO are always there to support you. As students, we are free to articulate our feelings and express our opinions during the classes."
    Huaxin, China, INTO Graduate Diploma student, 2021.
  • Course content

    Course Structure

    OverviewThe International Year One in Engineering has five pathways:
    - Aerospace Engineering (AE)
    - Chemical Engineering (CHE)
    - Civil Engineering (CE)
    - Electrical and Electronic Engineering / Computer Science (EEECS)
    - Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (ME)

    Students study a total of 10 pathway-specific academic subject modules (10 x 10 credits) and an English Language and Study Skills (ELSS) module (20 credits). Students study 5 academic subject modules and the ELSS module in each of 2 semesters.

    People teaching you

    Dr Paul McCourt
    IYOE Programme Manager

    INTO Queen's
    Paul has 20+ years experience in leadership and teaching in higher education engineering at Queens University Belfast and overseas. He and all subject teaching staff are PhD qualified and have strong expertise gained in third level education, academic and commercial research, and industry.

    Contact Teaching Times

    Large Group Teaching5 (hours maximum)
    Typically 5 hours of lectures
    Medium Group Teaching4 (hours maximum)
    Typically 4 hours
    Personal Study20 (hours maximum)
    Approximately 20 hours of personal study a week
    Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial6 (hours maximum)
    4 hours per week for subject modules, 6 hours per week for ELSS module

    Learning and Teaching

    The programme is delivered in a university environment with the language and pastoral support that is necessary to ensure well-being and success. Students will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical exercises and laboratory work.

    • Educational Aims of Programme (1)
      To provide students with a high quality education and learning experience at undergraduate / International Year One level
    • Educational Aims of Programme (2)
      To prepare students for entry to Year Two of Undergraduate Degrees at Queen’s University Belfast.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (3)
      To enhance the subject knowledge, learning skills and English language proficiency of students to enable them to communicate and study effectively and confidently at undergraduate level.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (4)
      To assist international students to become accustomed to student life in the UK and to provide practical experience of the learning, teaching and assessment methods found in Queen’s University Belfast and in other UK universities.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (5)
      To cultivate a commitment to good practice in academic work.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (6)
      To provide students with the necessary personal and key skills to enable them to develop as independent, autonomous learners.
    • Educational Aims of Programme (7)
      To provide a qualification to facilitate alternative progression routes for those students who either (i) do not meet the entry criteria for progression to undergraduate degree programmes at Queen’s University Belfast, or (ii) who wish to follow a undergraduate course at another university.


    Entry to all undergraduate degrees at Queen's University is highly competitive and students hoping to study at undergraduate level must maintain high standards throughout their International Year One programme.

    • Summative assessment is by end-of semester examinations and by coursework in the form of laboratory reports, essays, presentations, group projects, software designs, practical exercises, multi-choice-questions. Students also receive regular formative assessment.


    Students are given feedback on formative coursework that assists them with their learning.

    • Students will be given feedback on summative pieces of coursework. As part of their English Language and Study Skills module, students learn how to work on drafts and incorporate feedback into their essays/reports.


    During this International Year One programme, students will study at the INTO Queen’s Study Centre – located on the University’s inspiring campus. Students will benefit from excellent facilities, a dedicated support team and university-style teaching to prepare them for university.

    There are excellent facilities at the INTO centre, including:

    - Modern classrooms with the latest technology
    - Lots of spaces for quiet reading, studying and group work
    - The student support team, who can help you with any problems
    - The Learning Resource Centre
    - Cafe Carberry, for snacks and refreshments.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Selection Criteria

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    International Students - Foundation and International Year One Programmes

    INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.

    These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Careers

    Career Prospects

    Alumni Success
    Alumni success

    Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

    Prizes and Awards

    Students who successfully complete the INTO International Year One programme in Engineering are eligible for scholarships and cash prizes.

    Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

    In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 Commissioned - no fee / Non-commissioned £9,215**
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 TBC**
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £9,250**
    EU Other 3 TBC**
    International £17,400**

    **All fee payers (non-commissioned students) must pay an additional clinical placement charge of £3,000 in each year of study.


    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    Tuition fee rates are calculated based on a student’s tuition fee status and generally increase annually by inflation. How tuition fees are determined is set out in the Student Finance Framework.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library.

    If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. A programme may have up to 6 modules per year, each with a recommended text.  

    Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.  

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a final year includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Engineering costs

    Additional Costs:

    Other Fees:
    (Lab, Book, Insurance etc)"

    Enrolment Fee: £150.00
    Lab Fee: £400.00
    Textbooks (3 term): £390.00
    Textbooks (4 term): £470.00
    Textbooks (5 term): £550.00

    How do I fund my study?

    There are different tuition fee and student financial support arrangements for students from Northern Ireland, those from England, Scotland and Wales (Great Britain), and those from the rest of the European Union.

    Information on funding options and financial assistance for undergraduate students is available at


    Each year, we offer a range of scholarships and prizes for new students. Information on scholarships available.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at



  • Apply

    How and when to Apply

    1. How to Apply
    INTO Contact details:
    Email: or call UK application enquiries: +44 (0)1273 876 040

    To apply please email: or apply online:

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