International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences

Course introduction

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 choose modules in three further academic subjects based on your interests. You'll develop solid knowledge in your chosen academic specialties, and improve your ability to use academic English effectively at undergraduate level.

Course modules

English Language and Study Skills
Independent Study Project
Choose three from
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)
To study Law at Queen Mary after the IFP, you need to take modules in both History and International Relations and Politics.

Economics and Mathematics for Economics must be studied together and cannot be taken in conjunction with a language.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Start date


Tuitions and fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 Years - full-time Foundation Certificate - Fd cert £18100 Overseas Fees