School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

IFP in Humanities and Social Sciences

This programme provides international and EU students with a direct route to undergraduate study at Queen Mary or other UK universities. All modules are taught by our expert academic staff, and you’ll have full access to all student facilities. 

This one-year programme will allow you to progress to any degree in the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary – including law, business management, economics, international relations, politics, comparative literature, linguistics, languages, film studies, history and geography. You can also apply to other UK universities after your foundation year.

Compulsory modules include English language and study skills and an independent research project, and you'll choose modules in three further academic subjects based on your interests. You'll develop solid knowledge in your chosen academic specialties, and improve your ability to use academic English effectively at undergraduate level.


IFP HSS Pathways

The programme provides a pathway to any degree offered within the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at QMUL, as well as to BSc Global Health, offered by the School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

Each pathway consists of the core modules English Language and Study Skills and Independent Study Project and three subject modules.   This document shows which subjects are COMPULSORY and which are OPTIONAL for each pathway: HSS Pathways [PDF 47KB]




This document outlines progression requirements for QM degrees:  IFP progression requirements [PDF 44KB]

75% of students typically progress to QM or an alternative first choice destination. 

QMUL IFP routinely receive offers from other universities in the UK and overseas.  In the last three years, students have progressed to degrees at the following UK universities:

Birkbeck, Birmingham, Brighton, Brunel, Cardiff, CASS Business School, City University London, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Goldsmith’s, Greenwich, Kent, King’s College London, London South Bank, Loughborough, Manchester, Middlesex, Newcastle, Nottingham, Queen’s University Belfast, Reading, Royal Holloway, Sheffield, SOAS, Surrey, Sussex, UCL, University of the Arts London, Warwick, Westminster



10 reasons to do the IFP in Humanities and Social Sciences 

  1. It's a fully integrated programme, taught on campus by Queen Mary University of London lecturers.
  2. If you meet the progression requirements, you are guaranteed access to undergraduate degree programmes at Queen Mary.
  3. Accommodation on campus is guaranteed if you apply before the 31st of May
  4. You can also apply to other British universities; the IFP at Queen Mary is well respected and widely accepted by institutions throughout the UK and overseas
  5. Standards of teaching and support are excellent, and regularly receive praise from external examiners
  6. You receive a high level of support throughout the UCAS application process.
  7. You have full access to campus facilities including the library, careers service, and sports facilities.
  8. You have full access to University of London facilities including Senate House Libraryand Student Central.
  9. You can start the IFP in either September or January.
  10. Former IFP students typically report feeling AHEAD of their fellow students when they start undergraduate programmes


Teaching and Learning

You’ll receive approximately 17 hours of contact time per week in semester one and 15 hours per week in semester two, comprising lectures, smaller seminar groups and one-to-one tutorials.

You will complete a further 20 to 25 hours of independent study each week.

Sample timetable are available here: Timetable HSS [PDF 42KB].  






QMUL is a founder member of the University Pathways Alliance, and the the International Foundation Programme at QMUL is accredited by the British Council.