School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

IFP for History

Your QM Education

  • you prepare for a degree in History at a Russell Group university

  • you attend seminars and lectures given by our brilliant teaching team, all highly qualified and experienced members of QMUL staff

  • you receive personal attention and support to achieve your full potential; external examiners consistently highlight the excellent standards in teaching and support


"The School of History at Queen Mary has benefited hugely from the International Foundation Programme. We have taken a number of excellent students from the programme, who have really benefited from the rigorous preparation it provides for a university degree. The students combine great enthusiasm for the course with good writing skills, analytical flair and an impressive breadth of interests. Having spent a year in Queen Mary already, they can really hit the ground running in their degree. IFP students have flourished in the School of History and we are proud to have them in our department."

Dr Robert Saunders, Lecturer in History and Director of Admissions, School of History







Programme Structure


Compulsory : English Language and Study Skills, Twentieth Century History I : 1900-1945

Optional: choose TWO from: Introduction to Business and Management, Introduction to Film Studies, Introduction to Human Geography I, Liberal Arts I : the Making of the Modern World, Introduction to English Literature, Introduction to Politics, Microeconomics*, Pure Mathematics for Economics, French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture



Compulsory : Independent Study Project, Twentieth Century History II : 1945 - 1990, Introduction to International Relations

Optional : choose ONE from: Management, European and American Art Cinema, The Human Geography of London, Liberal Arts II : the Making of Modern Britain, Introduction to American Literature, Introduction to International Relations, Macroeconomics*, Statistics for Economics, French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture 



Revision week and exam period.

For further details on module content, click here.

Your QM Experience

  • as an IFP student at Queen Mary, you will be a full member of both QMUL and the University of London
  • you are guaranteed accommodation on our Mile End campus**; live within the heart of our friendly and vibrant campus
  • you will experience a truly diverse international programme on a truly diverse international campus, surrounded by all the wonderful opportunities that London has to offer

IFP students on the steps of St Paul's - March 2018


  • QMUL PROGRESSION: if you achieve an average grade of 60 in your second semester modules with 65 in History, you can progress to the prestigious School of History at QMUL
  • QMUL offers BA degrees in History, Medieval History, and Modern and Contemporary History - click here for more details
  • The School of History at Queen Mary is highly ranked for research and for teaching quality.  The school prides itself on being one of the largest, friendliest and most distinguished history departments in the country
  • universities throughout the UK welcome applications from students on the IFP for History, and excellent support is provided for any applications to other institutions; in recent years our students have gone on to study History and related subjects at King’s College London, SOAS, Royal Holloway University of London. 





*Economics modules can only be taken alongside Maths modules 

**To qualify for guaranteed accommodation on campus, you must accept a conditional or unconditional offer and apply for campus accommodation by the 31st of May