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International Foundation Year

Entry Year: 2024

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1 years
September 2024
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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 also study modules in three further academic subjects based on your chosen pathway. You'll develop solid knowledge in your chosen academic specialties, and improve your ability to use academic English effectively at undergraduate level.


Start your International Foundation Year (IFY) in either September or January. Your modules will be assigned based on which degree you want to study after the IFY.

Year 1


  • English Language and Study Skills
  • Independent Study Project

Your remaining modules will be assigned depending on your chosen pathway.

  • 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)


Please note that all modules are subject to change.


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.

John Choong, International Foundation Programme (2017) Now studying BSc Business Management at Queen Mary


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 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

The International Foundation Year (IFY) 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.

Supporting Documentation

You will need to provide the following documentation as part of your application:

  1. Copies of your high school qualifications/transcript so far. This must show the subjects you are studying in your final year. 
  2. A copy of your UKVI IELTS (or accepted equivalent)certificate if you have taken it already;
  3. A scanned copy of the data page of your passport (including any previous UK visas);

Progression onto undergraduate degree

When you apply for the IFY you will choose a degree that you plan to study after completing the foundation year.

On successfully completing the IFY, 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 IFY applicants will be required to provide a valid UKVI Academic IELTS (or accepted equivalent) test score which meets the minimum requirements for their chosen pathway.

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.


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.


The International Foundation Year (IFY) 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 explores global culture and communication through a vibrant interdisciplinary environment with five distinct but interconnected areas of academic excellence. Our multilingual community brings together brilliant minds from across the world to share a wealth of expertise – from practical film-making and contemporary literature to experimental neurolinguistics and 11 different modern languages – so that students can become truly global citizens.

Our School’s five Departments are united by the common threads of communication and culture, opening the doors to new worlds of opportunity. Both a single and richly varied entity, our School’s work enables creative thinking that goes beyond national, linguistic and cultural boundaries. We combine research excellence with an unrivalled commitment to social justice and social mobility, true to the Queen Mary spirit, achieving the previously unthinkable through our School’s unique mix of bright minds.


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