International Foundation Programme In Business and Management (January Start)

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Overview

The International Foundation Programme in Business and Management (IFP BM) offers a route to undergraduate degrees in Management and Business related subjects*. It provides pathways to the three areas offered at undergraduate level by the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary: Management, Marketing, and Accounting.

The programme is fully integrated with Queen Mary University of London, which is part of both the University of London and the Russell Group, and includes academic and study skills modules taught by university academic staff.

 

Why do the IFP

  • It's a fully integrated programme, taught on campus by Queen Mary University of London lecturers.
  • If you meet the progression requirements you are guaranteed access to undergraduate degree programmes within the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary.
  • You can also apply to other high-ranking British universities including, for example, UCL, King's College London and LSE.
  • You receive a high level of support throughout the UCAS process.
  • You have full access to campus facilities including the library, careers service, and sports facilities.
  • You have full access to University of London facilities including Senate House Library and Student Central.
  • You can apply for accommodation on the Queen Mary campus.
  • If you are unsure of whether you want to study a degree in Business and Management or another subject, for example Economics, or you want to start the IFP in January, you can study on the International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences, which also gives you access to degrees in the School of Business and Management.

*If you are an EU student and are concerned about fees and loans in relation to the 'Brexit' vote click 

   

 

Structure

The International Foundation Programme in Business and Management (IFP BM) offers a route to undergraduate degrees in Management and Business related subjects.  It provides pathways to the three areas offered at undergraduate level by the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary: Management, Marketing, and Accounting.

How long is the IFP?

The September-start IFP consists of two 12-week semesters of taught content, a revision week, and an exam period.  Week 7 of each semester is a "Reading Week" in which there are no classes. Students receive their confirmed results in July.

The key dates for 2016-2017 are available here.

How is the timetable structured?

Your exact timetable depends on the combination of subjects you choose to study, but classes typically begin at 9am or 10am each day, and end at 5pm although classes may run after 5pm. Click here for an example timetable. To allow time for students to move around campus between classes, a QMUL university hour is fifty minutes. Students can expect to spend at least 20 hours on campus each week, with contact time allocated as follows:

Semester 1

10 hours per week of English Language and Study Skills classes, including Personal Development sessions - 10 hours per week plus a 15-minute one-to-one tutorial every two weeks.

Between 5 hours and 7 hours 30 minutes per week of academic subject lectures and seminars per week (depending on options chosen) plus the option of one-to-one tutorials during the Lecturer's Office Hours.

Semester 2

8 hours 20 minutes per week of English Language and Study Skills classes , including Personal Development sessions - plus a 15-minute one-to-one tutorial every week.

Between 6 hours  40 minutes and 8 hours 20 minutes of academic subject lecturers and seminars per week (depending on options chosen) plus the option of one-to-one tutorials during Lecturer's Office Hours.

What are the class sizes?

The maximum class size for English Language and Study Skills is 18; however, the average class size is 14.  There is no maximum class size for academic subject lectures, but seminars usually have no more than 20 students per class.
 
What subjects do students study? 

Students study a core subject:

Core Subject

Semester 1

Semester 2

English Language and Study Skills (ELSS)

English Language and Study Skills

Independent Study Project

 

and four Business modules:

Subject

Semester 1

Semester 2

 Business and Management

Introduction to Business and Management

Accounting for Business Decisions

Management

Marketing

plus one academic subject chosen from the following options:

Subject

Semester 1

Semester 2

International Relations and Politics

Introduction to Politics 

Introduction to International Relations

 

Geography

Introduction to Human Geography 

The Human Geography of London

 

History

 

Twentieth Century European History I: 1900-1945

Twentieth Century European History II: 1945-1990

Literature

 

Introduction to English Literature 

Introduction to American Literature

Film Studies

 

Introduction to Film Studies 

European and American Art Cinema

Spanish

 

Spanish Language and Culture I 

Spanish Language and Culture II

Japanese

 

Japanese Language and Culture I

Japanese Language and Culture II

French

 

French  Language and Culture I 

French Language and Culture II

Each of the eight modules is worth an equal amount of credit. Students study four 15-credit modules each semester, so the IFP is worth 120 credits in total.  Students need to pass at least 105 credits in order to receive the Foundation Certificate in Business and Management.

Please note:

  • English Language and Study Skills and Independent Study Project are core modules on the IFP and must be taken by all students.
  • There are specific English Language entry requirements for certain optional academic modules. Further information is available here.

Modern Language modules:

  • It may be possible for students to study modern language modules other than Spanish, Japanese and French provided that the student is at the right level and that classes do not clash with the core modules, English Language and Study Skills and Independent Study Project. Details of other languages are available here. All modern language module selections are subject to the approval of the International Foundation Programme Convenor.

Entry requirements

General Admissions Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to QMUL must show they meet a minimum academic English language standard for admission and to be successful on the course, to the indicated levels for the area of study. See our guidance on English Language requirements for all degree programmes.

Vocational and Other Qualifications

The College accepts a wide range of qualifications such as Access and Foundation programmes, vocational awards, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers and other Baccalaureates. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Admission is based on academic merit and on the proven ability of the applicant to achieve success on their chosen programme of study. Every application to Queen Mary is considered on its individual merits with personal statement and reference taken into consideration.

Combined Qualifications

If you are taking a combination of qualifications at Level 3, we will consider your academic profile and may make offers on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application so that we can give individual advice.

Advanced Entry

Subject to the policy of the programme, it may be possible for students to join undergraduate degree programmes at the beginning of the second year of a three or four year degree programme or, sometimes, the beginning of the third year of a four year programme. Please note, not all schools will consider advanced entry. You are advised to contact the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) before making an application for individual advice.

If you are applying for advanced entry on the basis of a post A-Level qualification, such as the BTEC HND, you should apply via UCAS in the usual way. If you wish to transfer your degree studies from another UK higher education institution, you will be considered on the basis of your original A-Level or equivalent qualifications, current syllabus, academic references and results.

We typically expect you to have achieved a 2.1 standard on your current programme and have already met the standard equivalent first year entry requirements. Applications must be submitted via UCAS.

Non-UK students

European and International Applicants

Our students come from over 162 countries and we accept a wide range of European and International Qualifications for entry, in addition to A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please see our International Admissions webpages for further details of our academic requirements, and information regarding how we assess the equivalence of your qualification.

Applicants will typically be expected to be taking academic subjects relevant to the programme of study. You are advised to review the A-Level and IB requirements for an indication of these subjects. If you are at all unclear, the Admissions team (admissions@qmul.ac.uk) is happy to advise you further.

Further Information

For any other enquiries directly relating to our entry requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5511
Email: admissions@qmul.ac.uk

See our information and guidance on how to apply.

Learning and teaching

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £16,950

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full-time £16,950

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
email: fees@qmul.ac.uk

Funding

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.

If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland you have an equivalent Student Finance department for your region.

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.

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