Get the skills and experience you require to study an undergraduate degree in science or engineering.
This one-year foundation programme offers international students– who have completed a regional high school diploma/certificate – the chance to improve their academic English language and study skills and to acquire the subject content to prepare them for undergraduate studies in the UK. International students who have completed A levels, the IB Diploma and Advanced Placements but have not applied via UCAS will also be considered for the foundation year.
Our foundation year offers a pathway to a range of undergraduate degrees in science (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Neuroscience and Psychology) and Engineering (a range of degrees spanning Mechanical, Aerospace, Electronic and Electrical Engineering including Sustainable Energy Engineering).
Students are guaranteed an offer for an undergraduate programme at Queen Mary, subject to meeting progression requirements, as outlined in their UCAS offer.
Foundation students have full access to all student facilities, including Advice and Welfare, the library, social and sports facilities. You will be taught on our Mile End campus by well-qualified, experienced university staff– who also teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Students are allocated to a predetermined module diet, according to the degree that they intend to pursue for undergraduate studies. If you are unsure as to what degree you would like to study, please contact Dr Priscilla Cunnan (email@example.com) and Dr Hicham Adjali (firstname.lastname@example.org), prior to the Enrolment Week. They will support and counsel you until you have made a degree choice that you are happy to pursue. Below is a range of the modules available on the foundation programme.
Compulsory Allocated Modules
- Communication in Science and Technology
- English Language I (if you have a UKVI Academic IELTS score of less than 6.0 in any of the 4 sections you will be enrolled for this module in the first semester)
- Mathematics A (streamed according to entry qualification/level)
- Mathematics B (streamed according to entry qualification/level)
Depending on which route you choose, your modules will be tailored from the following
- A Closer Look at Chemistry
- An Introduction to Modern Physics
- Biology – Diversity and Ecology
- Biology – Molecules to Cells
- Digital Electronics and Computer Systems
- Discrete Mathematics
- Essential Foundation Mathematics
- Form and Function in Biology
- Introduction to Business Information Systems
- Introduction to Engineering
- Introductory Chemistry
- Physics – Electricity and Atomic Physics
- Physics – Fields and Waves
- Physics – Mechanics and Materials
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Integrated foundation year
Students who have completed A Levels, the IB Diploma or American Advanced Placements (APs) but have not met their UCAS conditional offer may be considered for the 4 year degree (foundation year plus 3 year degree). Students must apply via UCAS to be considered for the 4 year degree (integrated foundation year). International students who have not applied via UCAS will be considered for the foundation year.
Teaching and learning
We use a range of teaching styles. A typical weekly workload is circa 20 contact hours made up of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory sessions/workshops. The timetable changes each year and is not available prior to Enrolment. Outside of classes, you are advised to spend an additional 20 to 25 hours per week for homework, assignments and preparing for tests.
Most modules are assessed by a combination of a written examination (typically 70 percent of the final mark) and coursework (typically 30 percent of the final mark). There are also modules which are 100 percent coursework with no final examination such as Communication in Science and Technology.
Resources and facilities
You will have access to excellent on-campus facilities to support your studies, including:
- newly refurbished lecture theatres
- up-to-date IT facilities
- a modern library with group study facilities
- modern, well-equipped laboratories
- an Academic Advisor and Pastoral Tutor.
The International Science and Engineering Foundation programme (ISEFP) accepts applicants with a wide range of different qualifications. The grades you need to enter the course will vary depending on the qualification you have completed. For country-specific details, please refer to our detailed entry requirements.
You will need to provide the following documentation as part of your application:
- Copies of your high school qualifications/transcript so far. This must show the subjects you are studying in your final year.
- A copy of your UKVI IELTS (or accepted equivalent)certificate if you have taken it already;
- A scanned copy of the data page of your passport (including any previous UK visas);
Progression onto undergraduate degree
When you apply for the ISEFP you will choose a degree that you plan to study after completing the foundation year.
On successfully completing the ISEFP, and subject to meeting the progression requirements, you are guaranteed a place on your chosen degree programme at Queen Mary.
Academic English language proficiency
All ISEFP applicants will be required to provide a valid UKVI Academic IELTS test score with a minimum of 5.0 in all sections.
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.
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.
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.
You will receive a high level of academic and pastoral support on this programme. Your Pastoral Tutor will support and guide you on any personal or academic challenges that you may experience, and will advise you on your degree choices after the foundation year.
Our Careers Office offers the following:
- specialist advice on choosing a career path
- support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
- constructive feedback on CVs, cover letters and job application forms
- interview coaching.
Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.
About the School
The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and dynamic school with strong links to industry. We offer a stimulating and supportive learning experience.
You’ll experience inspirational teaching from high-calibre staff who are leaders in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our chemistry and 82 per cent of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. You’ll stay up to date with weekly departmental seminars on new research findings.
Thanks to our close teaching and research links, students have special opportunities for original investigative work with the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo, Forest Enterprise and University of London’s Marine Biological Station at Millport in Scotland.