International Foundation in Science and Engineering

Overview

The International Foundation Year provides the academic and English language training you need to succeed at a world-class university. Once you successfully complete this foundation programme and achieve the required grades, you can progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at Durham University.

Key information

This programme is for international students aiming to study an undergraduate degree in a science or engineering field at Durham University.

  • Improve your academic and English language skills needed for university.
  • Gain a foundation in science and engineering concepts to give you a head start on your degree.
  • Study core mathematics and chemistry modules to develop your confidence in theoretical and practical skills.
  • Adjust to the UK education system, from understanding academic terminology to learning how to conduct laboratory experiments and write reports.
  • Durham is one of the UK’s most historic universities, and its unique collegiate system creates a strong sense of belonging. The University provides outstanding opportunities that help to enrich student life and create some of the world’s most sought-after graduates.
  • Students at Durham have excellent graduate prospects. The University has the highest graduate employment rate of any UK university, with 97.9 per cent of its graduates in work or further study three and a half years after graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).
  • At Queen’s Campus and Durham City you will have access to facilities that include state-of-the-art lecture theatres, IT rooms and laboratories. The University Library in Durham City has an Archives and Special Collections section that attracts scholars from all over the world.

Entry requirements

Age requirement
17
Academic requirements
High school diploma; Minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 5.0).
English language entry requirements
3 Terms: IELTS 5.5

Dates & Fees


September 2023 start
(3 Terms)
Mon 25 September 2023 - Fri 21 June 2024
£21,850

Modules

Compulsory Modules
Academic English Skills
Extended Project
Specialist Modules
Advanced Biology
Advanced Chemistry
Advanced Chemistry
Advanced Physics
Computer Science
Core Foundation Mathematics
Foundation Biology
Foundation Chemistry
Foundation Physics
Foundations of Psychology
Foundations of Statistics
Further Pure Mathematics and Statistics
Geography
Human Health and Disease
Lab Skills
Proof and Logic
Pure Mathematics and Decision
Pure Mathematics and Mechanics

Progression

P
 =  Placement option available
A
 =  Study abroad option available
Degree
Final level
English level
Additional requirements

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences-BSc (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

BSc (Hons) Chemistry-BSc (Hons)
80%
60% with min 50% in all skills

BSc (Hons) Computer Science-BSc (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

BSc (Hons) Environmental Geoscience-BSc (Hons)
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills

BSc (Hons) Geology-BSc (Hons)
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills

BSc (Hons) Geophysics with Geology-BSc (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

BSc (Hons) Geoscience-BSc (Hons)
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills

BSc (Hons) Mathematics-BSc (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

BSc (Hons) Physics-BSc (Hons)
80%
60% with min 50% in all skills

BSc (Hons) Psychology-BSc (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Engineering (Aeronautical)-MEng (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Engineering (Civil)-BEng (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Engineering (Civil)-MEng (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Engineering (Electrical)-BEng (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Engineering (Electrical)-MEng (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Engineering (Electronic)-BEng (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Engineering (Electronic)-MEng (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Engineering (Mechanical)-BEng (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Engineering (Mechanical)-MEng (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Engineering (Renewable Energy)-MEng (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

MSci Earth Sciences-MSci
70%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Mathematics and Statistics-BSc (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills

Mathematics and Statistics-MMath (Hons)
75%
60% with min 50% in all skills