International Diploma in Civil Engineering

The International Year One combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for direct entry into the second year of a university degree in the school of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen's.

Why apply for the International Year One programme?

  • full university status
  • a quality-assured university programme
  • a conditional offer for successful students of a place on the second year of a relevant undergraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast

There are three course options:

  • International Year One (3 terms) - this is the standard option
  • Extended International Year One (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
  • Extended International Year One (5 terms) - this option features two additional terms of English at the beginning for extra language support, with lower English language entry requirements
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What is special about the programme?

The International Year One is a full-time academic programme that offers you the opportunity to improve your language skills and develop your study and research skills in preparation for undergraduate study. The International Year One is designed to increase your knowledge of academic theory, enabling you to enter directly into year two of an undergraduate degree.

You will also benefit from:

  • a campus-based programme with access to university facilities
  • professional support and guidance with university applications
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the International Year One programme?

The International Year One is suitable for international students who have completed A-levels or a recognised International Foundation programme, or who are already in the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree in their home country, but do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to Queen's University Belfast.

What will I study?

Core modules:

English for Academic Purposes and Key Skills (20 credits)

This module will give you the language proficiency and academic study skills you will need to embark on the second year of an undergraduate course in a British university.

Engineering Mathematics 1 and 2 (10 credits each)

Mathematics is a fundamental discipline underpinning many areas of engineering. The purpose of this module is to provide you with a sound basis in engineering related mathematics such that you can deal with the wide range of modules that involve analytical methods.

 

Specialist modules (Semester 1):

Drawing and Design (10 credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the design process and learn to apply the principles of good design to the creation of appropriate artefacts in simple design exercises. You will learn how to draw engineering diagrams following standard conventions, use a computer-aided design (CAD) system to develop engineering drawings of components and assemblies and how to derive information from engineering drawings.

Fluid Mechanics (10 credits)

By the end of the fluid mechanics module you should be able to understand the basic properties of fluids and their mechanics under static and dynamic conditions and apply the principles of conservation of mass, momentum and energy in engineering applications.

Geotechnics (10 credits)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to soil mechanics and its relevance to civil engineering operations and applications. You will learn about the different types of soil, the formation and the classifications. The course will also cover consolidation problems and how to calculate factors of safety for foundations.

Mechanical Principles (10 credits)

This module provides you with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to analyse the behaviour of simple mechanical systems subjected to the action of various forces and to determine the effects of loading in a range of static engineering systems.

 

Specialist modules (Semester 2):

Civil Engineering Materials (10 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide students with basic understanding of states of stress and strain and of the mechanical behaviour of materials. You will learn about constituents, properties and behaviour of a range of civil engineering materials such as concrete, steel and timber.

Materials and Manufacture (10 credits)

This module introduces the basic properties of materials used in Mechanical Engineering. By the end of the module you will be able to identify the basic properties of materials for a particular component and reasons for selection of that material, recognise the basic principles of selecting manufacturing processes for a particular component, explain material characteristics and properties and relate them to performance, manufacturing process and the environment.

Structure and Stress Analysis (10 credits)

This module covers mathematical models to analyse the behaviour of simple mechanical systems. You'll be able to use the theory and principles of statics to carry out simple calculations, and solve problems involving stresses and strains in engineering materials. 

Surveying (10 credits)

The aim of this module is to provide students with the skills and techniques required to produce large-scale plans of engineering sites. You will use surveying instruments and work in groups to produce a contoured plan of an area. You will learn about levelling and its applications, theodolites, traverse, stadia and contouring.

 

How will I be assessed?

Successful completion of the International Year One, subject to getting the required grades for your intended degree, gives you the opportunity to progress to the second year of an undergraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast.

To qualify, you will need to:

  • You will need to pass all of your subject modules to the levels required to progress.
  • You will need to achieve the required grades in your English for Academic Purposes class.

Teaching methods

The International Year One Engineering offers smaller classes than university study, providing you with a greater student/teacher interaction. All teachers for this course are qualified to doctorate level. 

You'll gain experience in using industry standard computer aided design and simulation tools. You'll be given the opportunity to work in the University's labs using modern equipment, with practical work both inside and outside of class.

How do I qualify?

 

Academic requirements:

Two 'D' Grades from a UK A-level board, a recognised foundation, first year of an overseas university degree programme or equivalent with good grades.

You must have a minimum of A-level grade 'D' in each of Mathematics and Physics or equivalent.

 

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us

English requirements:

Three term: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing and no less than 5.0 in all other subskills) or equivalent

Four term: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent

Five term: IELTS 4.5 or equivalent (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or equivalent

 

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.

Age: 16 years and above

All students commencing courses for the September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the course.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
March 2017 start (5 terms)

Term 1: Mon 27 Mar 2017 to Fri 16 Jun 2017

Term 2: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

Term 3: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 4: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 5: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£24,095
June 2017 start (5 terms)

Term 1: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

Term 2: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 01 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 5: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£24,095
June 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 26 Jun 2017 to Fri 01 Sep 2017

Term 2: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£19,795
September 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 01 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£19,945
September 2017 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 09 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

£15,495
January 2018 Start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 2: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 11 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018

£15,495

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: £150 per academic programme
  • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £380 (three term), £460 (four term) or £540 (five term)
  • lab-fee for science-based courses: £400

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

What's the difference between the 3, 4 and 5 term course?

The 4 and 5 term courses have additional terms of English language tuition at the beginning and will typically have a lower English language entry requirement.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Where will this take me?

Successful completion of the International Year One, subject to getting the required grades for your intended degree, gives you the opportunity to progress to the second year of an undergraduate degree at Queen's University Belfast.

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This course leads to the second year in the following degrees at Queen's University Belfast:

BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

BEng (Hons) Computer Science
MEng (Hons) Computer Science
BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technology
BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

MEng (Hons) Environmental and Civil Engineering

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
BEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering
MEng (Hons) Product Design Engineering
BEng (Hons) Software Engineering
MEng (Hons) Software Engineering
BEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Systems Engineering
MEng (Hons) Software and Electronic Systems Engineering

Please note: Students enrolled on the MEng will need to pass all their modules and maintain a high standard in Years 2, 3 and 4 to graduate from the programme. Students who fail to achieve the necessary grades may be required to transfer to a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) programme.

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