Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Physics)

Entry Year: 2019

2 study options

Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Physics) BSc (Hons)

Key information

BSc (Hons)
4 years
September 2019
UCAS code
Institution code
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
International fees
Funding information
Paying your fees

Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Physics) MSci (Hons)

Key information

MSci (Hons)
5 years
September 2019
UCAS code
Institution code
Entry Requirements
Full entry requirements
UK/EU fees
International fees
Funding information
Paying your fees
Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Physics)


Combine a foundation year with a traditional university degree in physics.

Get the skills and experience you need to study an undergraduate degree in Physics with our integrated foundation programme, open to UK/EU and international students. You are guaranteed a place on one of the following programmes at Queen Mary, subject to meeting the progression requirements, without having to re-apply through UCAS:

As a foundation student you will have full access to all student facilities, including welfare, library, social and sport. UK and EU foundation students are eligible for funding through the Student Loans Company. You will be taught on our Mile End campus by experienced university staff who also teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.


Professional recognition

All of our physics degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics

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You can complete your Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Physics) in four or five years.

Year 1

Foundation year

Below is the course structure for your foundation year. The structure and modules of the rest of your degree depend on which programme you progress onto.


  • Physics – electricity and atomic physics
  • Physics – fields and waves
  • Physics – mechanics and materials

Choose from

  • Communication in Science and Technology
  • English Language I

Choose from

  • Principles of Mathematics
  • Mathematics I
  • Mathematics II

Choose from

  • Computing
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Essential Foundation Mathematics
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Introduction to Modern Physics

*You are allocated these modules automatically depending on your previous mathematics qualification.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Years 2 - 4

Modules are dependant on your chosen degree programme, and whether you opt to study towards a BSc (four years) or MSci (five years). You can choose from:

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.


Take an extra year to study  your choice of advanced modules and complete a high-level research project.  Apply for the Science and Engineering Foundation Programme MSci if you want to go into research and development, or to give you an edge in the job market.


The Science and Engineering Foundation Programme is an amazing opportunity to access your desired degree course. The range of modules available meant I was able to try new topics as well as strengthen skills in areas I was already familiar with . . . a great way to transition from school to university.


Teaching and learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles – lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.

A typical weekly workload is six to eight lectures and four to five hours of practical laboratories or workshops.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20 to 25 hours per week preparing, writing and reading.


Each module is assessed by written examinations (typically 70% of the final mark) and coursework (practical reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests). 

Resources and facilities

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

  • teaching laboratories
  • a rooftop observatory
  • a dedicated study space for physics students
  • professional research facilities for use in final-year projects.

Entry requirements

Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Physics) - BSc (Hons)

The entry requirements for this programme are currently being finalised and will be published shortly. If you need further information please contact the Admissions Team at or +44(0) 207 882 5511.

Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (Physics) - MSci (Hons)

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The CAH3 code for this course is CAH07-02-01. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

The entry requirements for this programme are currently being finalised and will be published shortly. If you need further information please contact the Admissions Team at or +44(0) 207 882 5511.

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.


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.


Progression onto physics programmes

You are guaranteed a place on a physics programme at Queen Mary if you pass the foundation year; you can also use your foundation qualification to study at other UK or overseas universities. Progression requirements vary depending on the course.


Skills developed through studying physics – such as numeracy, data analysis, coding and problem solving – are also highly transferable into other sectors, including energy, business, marketing, engineering, technology, IT and finance.

Recent graduates of the school of Physics and Astronomy have been hired by:

  • Bluefin Solutions
  • Dunn and Bradstreet
  • ESI Media
  • Medical Physics – NHS
  • Open Symmetry (management consulting)
  • University of Oxford.

Career support

You’ll have opportunities to build valuable work experience and transferable skills throughour specialist careers and employability support. We run dedicated internship schemes for students of physics and astronomy, weekly advice sessions and events such as software bootcamps and problem-solving workshops.

The Queen Mary careers team can also 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.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

About the School

The School of Physics and Astronomy combines the academic rigour of a Russell Group institution with a friendly and supportive atmosphere. We are highly rated in the National Student Survey (NSS), coming top in London for overall student satisfaction for the past four years.

We run a busy schedule of research seminars, and a successful peer mentoring scheme. The PsiStar physics society is extremely active and has around 200 members.

You’ll be taught by academics who work on high-profile international collaborations, including experiments at CERN and the recently completed NASA and European Space Agency Cassini mission to Saturn.

We’re proud to have played a role in some of the most exciting discoveries of the past 100 years, including Rutherford’s discovery of the atomic nucleus, discovery of the W, Z and Higgs bosons and the first ‘superstring revolution’.  Most recently, Queen Mary astronomer Dr Guillem Anglada-Escudé led a team of scientists to discover the closest exoplanet to Earth, Proxima b.

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