International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme

Entry Year: 2019

Key information

Degree
FdCert
Duration
1 years
Start
September 2019
UCAS code
FGHZ
Institution code
Q50
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
£18,100
International fees
£18,100
Funding information
Paying your fees
International Science and Engineering Foundation Programme
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Overview

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.

Our foundation year offers a pathway to a range of undergraduate degrees in science (biology, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Structure

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 (p.cunnan@qmul.ac.uk) and Dr Hitcham Adjali (h.adjali@qmul.ac.uk), 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.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • 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)
  • Mathematics (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
  • Computing
  • 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). 

Teaching

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.

Assessment

Most modules are assessed by written examinations (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.

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.

Entry requirements

The International Science and Engineering Foundation programme (ISEFP) is aimed at international students with qualifications up to AS-level/Year 12 or equivalent, i.e. students who have not studied to A-level standard in their home countries.

If you have A-levels or equivalent, consider the Science and Engineering Foundation Programme.

To discuss your individual situation, email the ISEFP Director Dr Priscilla Cunnan at p.cunnan@qmul.ac.uk

Entry requirements

You will need to provide transcripts (official report/certificate of grades or percentages) from one of the following:

  • International High School Diploma, or an equivalent diploma for the final year of schooling in your country, including mathematics in your final year.
  • Five International GCSE subjects at grade B and above, including at least a grade B in mathematics and grade A in double science or grade B in triple science.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB), including at least a level 3 in mathematics and science subjects.
  • AS- and A-levels in mathematics and science subjects will be considered in conjunction with IGCSE or high school diploma.

Progression onto undergraduate degree

When you apply for the ISEFP you must tell us the subject you plan to study after completing the foundation year.

On successfully completing the ISEFP, you are guaranteed a place on a relevant degree programme at Queen Mary (you will need to apply via UCAS). You can also use the ISEFP to apply to another university.

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

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.

Careers

Career support

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.

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