Science and Engineering Foundation Programme

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Programme structure

Students will begin their foundation course in September.

The academic year is divided into two 12-week teaching semesters followed by a six-week examination period in May and early June. Examination results are available in late June.

Teaching methods

Students have formal teaching comprising:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Small Group Study
  • Seminar/Presentations
  • Workshops (laboratory practicals)

In addition students will have regular coursework and assignments to complete. 

Students will attend lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals for approximately 25 hours per week.


Students will typically study eight modules and an academic advisor will assist you in choosing these. The modules you are required to study will depend upon the degree programme that you intend to follow after the foundation year.

Find out more about the modules, which are typically, available on the ISEFP.


In order to pass a module you must achieve an overall mark of 40% or above. The overall mark in most modules is based on your performance in both the examination and coursework; the weighting of these two components typically being 70% for the examination and 30% for the coursework.

Students are required to pass six of the eight course units (including Communication in Science and Technology) to pass the Foundation Programme.

Progressing onto a degree programme with us

If you want to progress onto a degree course at QMUL, there are specific progression requirements.

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