Science and Engineering Foundation Programme

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Entry requirements

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

  • International High School Diploma
    An equivalent diploma for the final year of schooling in your country is also acceptable. Mathematics in your final year is essential.
  • A minimum of five International GCSE subjects with grade B and above.
    You must have minimum grade B in mathematics and grade A in double science or grade B in triple science.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    You must have a minimum level 3 in mathematics and science subjects.
  • AS and A Levels
    AS or A levels must be in mathematics and science subjects and will be considered in conjunction with IGCSE or high school diploma.

If your qualifications are not listed above please email us to check your eligibility:

English proficiency

All students must meet Queen Mary's English language requirements.

For students from outside the United Kingdom, you must provide evidence of your English language ability by producing a UKVI IELTS certificate with a minimum 5.0 in all sections (when booking the test please ask for a UKVI IELTS Academic Test).  The UKVI IELTS test will be taken under UKVI approved conditions and your IELTS result certificate will include a UKVI Number to reflect this.  You can find the location of UKVI approved centres in your country in the following document.

Students that have yet to take an English proficiency test may still apply for the Foundation Programme and will be made a conditional offer subject to providing their UKVI IELTS certificate which meets the minimum requirement.

Students who intend to apply for undergraduate degrees at high ranking universities, or for degrees which have a high number of applicants such as Biomedical Sciences, are advised to achieve an English proficiency score of IELTS  6.0 with 6.0 in writing (or equivalent) before starting the International SEFP.


For information on the application process visit our 'How to apply' page. All applicants must have turned 17 by 31 August of the year of study. 

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