International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry Year: 2019

2 study options

International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences FdCert

Key information

Degree
FdCert
Duration
1 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
Y2GI
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
18,100
International fees
18,100
Funding information

International Foundation Programme In Humanities and Social Sciences January Start FdCert

Key information

Degree
FdCert
Duration
1 years
Start
January 2020
UCAS code
Y2GF
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
18,100
International fees
18,100
International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences
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Overview

Get the skills and experience you need to study an undergraduate degree in the 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, including welfare, library, social and sport.

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.

Structure

Start your International Foundation Programme (IFP) in either September or January. You will choose your modules based on which degree you want to study after the IFP.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • English Language and Study Skills
  • Independent Study Project

Choose three from

  • Business studies: Introduction to Business and Management; Management
  • Economics: Microeconomics; Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics for economics: Pure Mathematics for Economics; Statistics for Economics
  • International relations and politics: Introduction to Politics; Introduction to International Relations
  • Geography: Introduction to Human Geography; The Human Geography of London
  • History: 20th century European History I: 1900-1945; 20th 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 (September start only)
  • Japanese: Japanese Language and Culture I; Japanese Language and Culture II (September start only)
  • French: French Language and Culture I; French Language and Culture II (September start only)

To study Law at Queen Mary after the IFP, you need to take modules in both History and International Relations and Politics.

Economics and Mathematics for Economics must be studied together and cannot be taken in conjunction with a language.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Testimonial

Doing the foundation course was a very fun and enjoyable experience which allowed me to develop great relationships with friends and teachers, which set me on the right path to life as an undergraduate student.

Teaching and Facilities

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.

Assessment

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (writing tests, reports, presentations, seminar skills) and/or examination.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • classrooms equipped with audio-visual equipment to allow use of a rich mix of media in teaching
  • access to the QMplus virtual learning environment
  • e-portfolio software Mahara to develop your writing and study skills
  • the Queen Mary library at Mile End, as well as to Senate House Library and other University of London resources
  • a well-appointed 41-seat cinema for film lectures.

Entry requirements

International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences - FdCert

You need:

  • a good High School leaving certificate
  • a reference from a teacher
  • a personal statement indicating your preferred pathway.

For full details of requirements for individual countries, see the International Foundation Programme entry requirements.

International Foundation Programme In Humanities and Social Sciences January Start - FdCert

You need:

  • a good High School leaving certificate
  • a reference from a teacher
  • a personal statement indicating your preferred pathway.

For full details of requirements for individual countries, see the International Foundation Programme entry requirements.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer 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.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Career opportunities

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) in Humanities and Social Sciences offers a route to undergraduate degrees in a vast range of disciplines.

Recent graduates have gone on to gain degrees in:

  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Politics

Career support

All Queen Mary students have access to the Careers and Enterprise Centre, who can offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

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About the School

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.

This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.

Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.

Why Queen Mary?

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

5th in the UK

Fifth in the UK for percentage of research ranked 4* and 3* (REF 2014)

Russell Group

Member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities

Global top 50

Global top 50

English, drama, and law ranked in the global top 50 (QS Subject rankings 2018)