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Degree progression

As a Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (SEFP) student, you are guaranteed a place on a relevant degree programme without having to re-apply through UCAS, provided you meet the academic criteria for progression. 

You will choose the degree programme want to progress onto during your foundation year.  You will only be able to choose a degree programme relevant to your chosen subject area, e.g. you will not be able to progress onto Electronic Engineering BSc if you have chosen the Chemistry SEFP; your only options would be Chemistry BSc/MSci or Pharmaceutical Chemistry BSc/MSci.  

Only in exceptional cases is it possible to change to a different subject area than the one you have chosen for the foundation year.  Therefore it is very important to consider carefully which subject area you want to study after you have successfully completed your foundation year.  

Degree programmes available

For more details on degree progression, including which programmes you will be able to progress onto from your foundation year, go to the relevant School website listed in the table below.

Subject area Foundation programme codes Progression requirements - find out more on the School website
Biology CCX1, CCY1 School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Chemistry FX1, FFY1 School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Computer Science GGX4 School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Electronic Engineering HHX6 School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Engineering HHX1, HHY1 School of Engineering and  Materials Science
Materials Science JJX5, JJY5 School of Engineering and  Materials Science
Mathematical Sciences GGX1 School of Mathematical Sciences
Physics FFX3, FFY3 School of Physics and Astronomy


The range of degree programmes offered by departments can change from time-to-time. To check whether you can progress onto a specific course, after the SEFP, contact us. 

Progression requirements

In order to progress from the SEFP to a degree programme of your choice at QMUL you must pass all of your core modules. You must also meet the progression requirements specified by the department that offers your chosen degree course.

For some degrees these progression criteria can be demanding. For example, the progression criteria for an SEFP student wanting to enter the first-year of the MSci Physics degree programme are as follows:

  • An average of 60% over all 8 modules, including a pass in the Communication in Science & Technology module
  • Passes in two mathematics modules
  • Passes in three physics modules

Details of these progression criteria are provided in the SEFP Student Handbook, which is issued to all students at the start of the SEFP.

What happens if I fail to meet the criteria?

Any student who fails to meet the progression criteria is offered the opportunity to re-sit examinations in August, before the start of the next academic session.

If you have been admitted onto the SEFP as a student of an integrated four/five-year degree programme and you fail to meet the progression criteria for your first-choice degree programme but you pass seven modules (including all the core modules for your programme), we will offer you the opportunity to proceed onto a degree course in a closely-related area, provided you meet the respective progression criteria. 

Other progression routes

After successfully completing the SEFP, some students choose to study at another university. Our Foundation Programme is accepted by many UK universities.  Students who want to progress onto degrees that are not available at Queen Mary are assisted by SEFP advisors.  Some American and Canadian universities accept students who have completed our Foundation Programme.

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