International Foundation in Engineering and Science



Preparing students for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in a range of subjects including Biomedical Sciences, Computing, Engineering, Nursing, and Science at Queen's University Belfast.

On campus and online study options
This program is available to study either on campus or online – giving students the flexibility to choose what’s best for them.

If your student starts online, they’ll have the opportunity to transfer to an on-campus program the following term. They’ll need to meet any visa requirements and demonstrate good attendance and performance during their studies online.

If your student applies for an Online Extended program, they’ll be offered an Online Academic English plus online or on-campus academic pathway study plan.

Key information

  • Progress to Year 1 of a wide range of undergraduate degrees at Queen's University Belfast.
  • Benefit from a range of practical and theoretical work both individually and as part of a group.
  • Carry out ecology investigations.
  • Make use of internationally recognised laboratory facilities.
  • Learn from subject lecturers on the programme who are qualified to PhD level.
  • Take part in an annual Biology Field Trip to an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Fast facts

Class duration

  • English classes per week: 8 hours (including 1 hour tutorial)
  • Subject module classes per week: 12 hours
  • Total typical hours per week: 20

Students taking the accelerated 2-term programme:

Semester 1

  • English classes per week: 6 hours, plus 6 hours online learning
  • Subject module classes per week: 18 hours, plus 6 hours online learning
  • Total typical hours per week: 32

Semester 2

  • English classes per week: 8 hours (including 1 hour tutorial)
  • Subject module classes per week: 12 hours
  • Total typical hours per week: 20

Morning and afternoon classes are held Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 18.00 excluding bank holidays.

Class Size

Maximum class size for English language teaching 16


International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from Queen's University Belfast.


Teaching methods

  • Lectures.
  • Seminars.
  • Workshops.
  • Group projects and presentations.
  • Practical exercises.
  • Field trips.

Why Queen's University Belfast?

  • All degrees are accredited by the relevant professional body.
  • Access to the University's laboratories with high quality facilities.
  • Opportunities to undertake field trips in Northern Ireland and to see how theory has been applied in practice.
  • Many degrees offer work placements giving students real life, hands-on experience.