School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Foundation Programme

Integrated Foundation degrees at Queen Mary provide students with alternative routes onto undergraduate degrees. While in your foundation year, you will have access to all the University's facilities and will be a full-time student.

Science and Engineering Foundation Programme 

Our BSc Biological and Chemical Sciences degrees with Foundation combine a foundation year with a traditional university degree into an integrated four-year programme (1+3). Successful completion of the foundation year and meeting the progression requirements guarantees you a place on a relevant degree programme without having to re-apply through UCAS.

The BSc Biological and Chemical Sciences degrees with Foundation are open to home, EU and international students. UK and EU foundation students are eligible to apply for funding through the Student Loans Company. Queen Mary offers tailored pathways for subjects across science and engineering.

Below are the details of our Biology and Chemistry programmes, including which degrees you can progress onto.

Biological Sciences with Foundation


Degree progression opportunities: BSc Biochemistry, BSc Biology, BSc Biomedical Sciences, BSc Genetics, BSc Medical Genetics, BSc Neuroscience, BSc Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics, BSc Psychology, BSc Zoology

Chemical Sciences with Foundation


Degree progression opportunities: BSc Chemistry, BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Now Vice Present of Education at Queen Mary's Students' UnionAnnika Ramos, BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry with Foundation Year (graduated 2019)

Foundation - Annika Updated

I found the foundation year really useful. While we were studying similar subjects as A Levels, including Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and English, the content was more complex so it was a really good starting point in terms of getting students used to what university is like and the independence that comes with it. 

Learn more about the Biological Sciences Foundation programme

Learn more about the Chemical Sciences Foundation programme

International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme

We also offer an International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme, which is a one-year programme that offers pathways to a range of undergraduate degrees in science.

This programme is for international students only, whose highest level of study in their own country is not equivalent to A-Level qualifications. The progreamme will help you achieve the right academic level to progress onto an undergraduate degree, as well as improve English language and academic skills.

Learn more about the International Science and Engineering Foundation programme