School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

What we teach : IFP modules

As an IFP student at QMUL, you have a fantastic choice of subjects to study, all designed and taught by highly qualified and experienced QMUL staff from across the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  

Find our more about more about the content of QMUL IFP modules by clicking on the subjects below:

Business and Management




Human Geography


Maths for Economics

Modern Languages : French, Spanish, and Japanese

Politics and International Relations

How many subjects will I study?

IFP in Humanities and Social Sciences students take English Language and Study Skills as a core subject together with three optional academic subjects. Your choice of optional academic subjects will depend on what degree you want to do in the future. IFP in Business and Management students take English Language and Study Skills as a core subject together with one optional academic subject. The remaining 50% of of the programme is made up four 15-credit modules in business studies.

Are there any compulsory subjects?

Yes, English Language and Study Skills is a core subject on the IFP. This means all IFP students have to take this subject and have to pass it in order to pass the programme.

When will I choose my optional academic subjects?

During the induction week optional academic module lecturers will present on their subjects. There will also be opportunities to ask questions and to get individual advice to help you make the right choice. You will need to submit your subject choices by the end of the induction week and these are subject to approval from the Foundation Programmes Convenor.

How many contact hours a week do I have?

The IFP is an intensive programme and you can expect to have around 25 contact hours a week. These will be made up of a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will have a one-to-one tutorial with your personal tutor every fortnight.

How many students will be in my class?

For English Language and Study Skills, you will be taught in small groups with a maximum of 18 students. For your optional academic modules, you will be taught through a combination of lectures for all students doing the module and smaller seminar groups. You can expect there to be around a hundred students on the IFP in total

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through coursework, class tests and oral presentations. You will also be assessed on your participation in seminars. In addition, optional academic modules are also assessed by final Queen Mary University of London examinations which take place in May for the September start and July for the January start. There is no final university examination for English Language and Study Skills and all assessment in this subject is completed by the end of Semester 2.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, classroom lessons, workshops and tutorials. Common teaching and learning techniques include group work, field trips, research tasks, independent study projects, debates and presentations. The IFP aims to fully reflect how undergraduates are taught at Queen Mary and at other UK universities and there is a strong emphasis throughout on developing study skills.

Who teaches on the IFP?

Teaching staff are all employed directly by Queen Mary University of London and are all well-qualified and experienced. Optional academic modules are taught by university lecturers who also teach on undergraduate degree programmes within academic Schools at Queen Mary University of London.

What is the workload on the IFP?

The IFP is an intensive programme. In addition to class time, IFP students are expected to spend a roughly equal amount of time on independent study.

Can I do more than one language?

No, you cannot take more than one language.

How many nationalities are there on the IFP?

Queen Mary University of London has one of the most diverse student bodies of any university in the United Kingdom and is third in the UK for the proportion of international students and staff in the learning community. London is a truly global city with permanent residents from every single member state of the United Nations. The IFP reflects this and we typically have around fifty nationalities represented each year.

What support is available to IFP students?

IFP students all have a personal tutor who closely monitors their academic performance. They are also the first point of contact for non-academic matters and will refer students to the appropriate sources of help within the university and beyond as required. As fully enrolled students at Queen Mary, students on the IFP are able to take full advantage of a wide range of Student Support Services, including Careers and Advice and Counselling. As Queen Mary students, IFP students are also members of the National Union of Students.

What proportion of IFP students pass the programme?

The vast majority of IFP students pass the programme. For 2013-2014, 94.89% of those who completed the IFP passed the programme with a Pass or above. 68.36% achieved either a Merit or a Distinction.