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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 13.9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 13.9k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    Preparation for Bachelors degrees from Queen's University in Science, Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

    The Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree in areas such as Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, Science and Engineering.

    Queen's University Belfast subject rankings:

    • 3rd in the UK for Pharmacy (Times Good University Guide 2014)
    • 13th for Architecture (Guardian University Guide 2014)
    • 5 Engineering areas in the top 20 (The Times Good University Guide 2014)

    Why apply for the international foundation programme?

    • guaranteed university placement for all successful students
    • full university status
    • a quality assured university programme
    • a campus based programme with access to university facilities
    • a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate
      degree at Queen's University Belfast
    • professional support and guidance with university applications
    • multiple start dates
    • the highest levels of personal care and support

    91% of International Foundation students were eligible to progress to Queen's University Belfast in 2012

    • June Start (5 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 30 Jun 2014 to Fri 05 Sep 2014
    Term 2: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 05 Dec 2014
    Term 3: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
    Term 4: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
    Term 5:Mon 15 Jun 2015 to Fri 28 Aug 2015


    • June Start (4 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 30 Jun 2014 to Fri 05 Sep 2014
    Term 2: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 19 Dec 2014
    Term 3: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
    Term 4:Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015


    • September Start (4 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 05 Dec 2014
    Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
    Term 3: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
    Term 4:Mon 15 Jun 2015 to Fri 28 Aug 2015


    • September Start (3 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 19 Dec 2014
    Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
    Term 3:Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015


    • January Start (3 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 27 Mar 2015
    Term 2: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 12 Jun 2015
    Term 3: Mon 15 Jun 2015 to Fri 28 Aug 2015


    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline We're happy to accept students right up to when our courses begin, as long as there are places available Tuition fee
    • GBP 13850 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 13850 Year (Non-EEA)
    Tuition fees do not include:
    • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme ;
    • text books and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £250 per academic course (3 term), £325 per academic course (4 term), £400 per academic course (5 term) ;
    • an additional £350 per year fee to cover the use of laboratory facilities
    Start date January,March,June,September 2015 Duration full-time 15 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time More information Go To The Course Website

    Course Content

    Core modules:

    English Language and Study Skills

    • This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English for university study and develop the four key areas of competence: reading, writing, listening and speaking with a particular emphasis on high level academic writing skills.

    Foundation Mathematics for Engineering and Science

    • This module assumes an elementary background in mathematical concepts and skills and introduces you to some of the important mathematical concepts and tools used in science and engineering. You will covers topics such as linear equations and matrices, quadratic equations, expansions, sequences and series, indices, functions and transformations, differential and integral calculus, trigonometric identities, vectors, numerical methods and an introduction to statistics.

    Specialist modules:

    Foundation Physics

    • You will study topics in mechanics, materials, structures and electronics and develop an understanding of the interrelationship between atomic structure and the properties of matter. You will also study how to apply these concepts to the analysis of mechanical, electrical and thermal problems.

    Foundation Chemistry

    • You will develop an understanding of the concepts of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry and study topics such as: basic atomic and molecular structure, classification of organic compounds and their reactions, energy, enthalpy and dynamic equilibria, reaction kinetics, the properties of gases and liquids and the impact of chemistry on society the economy and the environment.

    Foundation Biology

    • In this module you will develop your understanding of biological structures and processes and consider different levels of organisation in living systems from sub-cellular to cellular to organism and systems level. Life processes are studied to show fundamental similarities between living things and you will study topics such as cellular structure and energy generation, classification, reproduction and development of living organisms, DNA replication and cell division, molecular genetics and the genetics of inheritance, evolution, human physiology, plant biology and ecology and diversity.

    Further Mathematics for Engineering and Science

    • You will study a range of topics which complement and extend those studied on the Foundation Mathematics module including: coordinate geometry, exponentials, further differential and integral calculus, complex numbers, statistics and probability theory.

    How will I be assessed?

    Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of coursework and by the use of class tests. The final grade for each unit is based on a mixture of coursework and end-of-course examinations.

    Successful students will achieve grades A*, A, B, C or D for each of the four units.

    Assessment will be by:

    • Coursework (prepared assignments, unit tests, experimental reports, computer use).
    • Mid-course and end-of-course examinations.
    • Formal assessment of levels and progress in English is through NCUK's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme.

    Assured progression

    Successful completion of the International Foundation will guarentee you a place on an undergraduate degree course at Queen's University Belfast.

    Assured progression depends on:

    • Passing all the subject modules with the grades required by your intended degree.
    • Passing the English for Academic Purposes module with at least a C - you may need a higher grade depending on your intended degree.


    You should apply for this course if you have completed secondary school education in your home country. The International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme at Queen's. Successful completion of this programme will also allow you to apply for entry to other universities in the UK.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.



    Academic requirements:

    You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

    For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us

    English requirements:

    Three-term: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent.

    Four-term: IELTS 4.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in writing and no less than 4.0 in all other subskills) or equivalent.

    Five-term: IELTS 4.0 (with a minimum of 4.0 in all subskills) or equivalent.

    We can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.

    If you have achieved the minimum IELTS score overall but do not have the required score in writing for direct entry, you will be considered on a case by case basis

    If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for English for University Study.

    Age: 17 years and above

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Queen's University Belfast.



    High achievement is important to INTO and its students. We reward the academic success of the best students and in 2010 gave over £1m in scholarships that helped fund their studies.

    If you have a strong academic record you will have the opportunity to apply for an INTO scholarship. These recognise those that have worked hard to join us and have the potential to go on to study at the highest levels. Every study centre offers scholarships and each application is considered with great care.

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