The Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (SEFP) provides an alternative route onto undergraduate degrees, combining a foundation year with a traditional university degree in an integrated four- or five-year programme (1+3 or 1+4). QMUL offers tailored pathways for subjects across science and engineering; go to the foundation programme website to see full details of all SEFP options.[ http://www.sefp.qmul.ac.uk/]
Our four-year biological foundation programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to undertake an undergraduate degree in biological sciences. Successful completion of this programme at the appropriate level guarantees you a place on one of the following biological degrees at QMUL, without having to re-apply through UCAS: Biochemistry BSc, Biology BSc, Biomedical Sciences BSc, Genetics BSc, Medical Genetics BSc, Neuroscience BSc, Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics BSc, Psychology BSc or Zoology BSc. You can also use your foundation qualification to progress onto degree programmes at other UK or overseas universities.
Foundation programmes are open to home/EU and international students and taught entirely at the Mile End campus by university staff. As a foundation student, you have access to all QMUL's facilities and will be a full-time student of the university. Both UK/EU and international students should apply directly through UCAS by 15 January.
- Opportunity to progress onto biological undergraduate degrees
- Study at campus-based university within easy reach of all of London’s attractions
- Eligible for funding through Student Loans Company (UK/EU students only)
- Full access to all student facilities (academic, welfare, IT, library, social and sport)
- Experienced and well-qualified teaching staff, many of whom teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
The programme structure outlined below is indicative of what you will study. It may change slightly from year to year as new topics are introduced and after we have listened to current student feedback on teaching.
The biological foundation programme modules are designed to best prepare you for continuing your studies in biological sciences at undergraduate level. You will take 8 modules in total over two semesters, starting in September.
Semester 1 - four modules
- English Language I
- Communication in Science & Technology
- Principles of Mathematics
- Mathematics I*
- Form and Function in Biology
- Introductory Chemistry
*You will be allocated this module automatically depending on your previous maths qualifications and ability.
Semester 2 - four modules
Students who take English Language I in semester 1 will take:
- Communication in Science & Technology
- Mathematics I
- Mathematics II
- A Closer Look at Chemistry
- Molecules to Cells
- Diversity and Ecology
Entry requirements for the SEFP are lower than for direct entry to a three-year BSc. If you would like to discuss your individual situation, you can contact the SEFP admissions team via email at email@example.com
- A-levels: minimum CCC, to include two science subjects: biology or chemistry and a second science subject (biology, chemistry, maths, physics or psychology)
- IB: 26 points overall with grade 3 in two Higher Level subjects (biology or chemistry plus a further science subject)
- BTEC: Extended Diploma in Applied Science (or relevant subject) at grades DMM
- Access: Access to Higher Education Diploma – Overall Pass with a minimum of 48 Level 3 credits
- EU and international students whose qualifications are not listed should email firstname.lastname@example.org for their country specific entry requirements
International students who do not meet our entry requirements for the SEFP may be interested in our International Science and Engineering Foundation programme, a one-year qualification which gives international students the chance to improve their English language and academic skills [link http://www.sefp.qmul.ac.uk/international/index.html].
Progression onto undergraduate degree
As a biological sciences SEFP student, you are guaranteed a place on a biological sciences degree programme at QMUL, provided you meet the academic criteria for progression. In most cases, the minimum requirement is to pass 7 modules (which must include the mandatory biology modules, as well as whichever English language module you take), with an overall average of 60%, though some of our more popular programmes have higher requirements.
Only in very exceptional cases is it possible to progress onto a degree programme in a different field of science and engineering, i.e. not in the field of biological sciences, so it is very important to choose the right foundation programme for you. You can find full details of all foundation programmes on the SEFP website. [link http://www.sefp.qmul.ac.uk/]
Learning and teaching
All our programmes involve a mixture of classroom activities and laboratory work. A variety of teaching styles are employed, which vary slightly among modules. Most material is delivered via lectures. A typical weekly workload would include a mixture of lectures, practical laboratories or workshops and private study/coursework.
Learning and teachingIndependent study
For every hour spent at university you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study and laboratory sessions you attend, along with your reading and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
To pass a module, you must achieve an overall mark of 40% or above. The overall mark in most modules is based on your performance in both the examination and coursework, the weighting of these two components typically being 70% and 30% respectively. You must attend a minimum of 75% of all scheduled classes and submit a corresponding level of coursework assignments for each module.
Fees and finance
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.