Foundation Programme


Program Description

The International Foundation Programme is a 30-week programme designed for students who wish to study at Middlesex University Dubai but who may not meet the necessary entry requirements for direct entry onto one of our undergraduate programmes.

The IFP prepares students for enrolment into one of our many Bachelor’s Degrees and allows them to settle into life on campus and bridge the gap between high school and university education. Students can choose to specialise in Business, Law and Politics, Psychology, Arts and Media, or Engineering and Computer Informatics.

The Middlesex University Dubai International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a 180 credit programme which aims to provide students with the required skills for entry into one of our undergraduate programmes. In addition, it helps students to transition from high school to university by teaching the use of academic conventions, fostering a learner-centred environment and encouraging independent learning whereby students become actively involved in their own education. Students will also develop transferable skills in their chosen subject area along with communication and problem-solving skills.

Upon successful completion of the International Foundation Programme, students may progress directly onto any one of our undergraduate programmes. Graduates of the IFP programme have gone on to become some of our most successful students.


  • Development of academic skills
  • Development of language skills
  • Development of independent learning
  • Comprehensive academic support
  • Online support available
  • Contact with both faculty and students on future degree programmes

Why Study the International Foundation Programme?

The programme is aimed at students with intermediate to advanced levels of English, who have completed secondary school with good grades, but would like to improve their study skills to meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate programme at the University.

During the course, students will be introduced to a range of subjects taught on our undergraduate programmes, as well as being offered individual support in choosing and applying for the degree they wish to study. It also enables students to settle into student life at Middlesex University Dubai.

Programme Content

Students will undertake core modules as well as subject-specific modules which will provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study after completion of the programme.

Each module is worth 30 credits.


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Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  • Foundations of Business (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Foundations of Social Science (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Foundations of Computing and Technology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Foundations of Arts and Creative Media (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Academic Skills and Writing (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • SMART (Students Mastering Academic Writing, Research and Technology) (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Foundation Mathematics (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Foundation Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Introductory Psychology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • World Literature for Social Sciences and the Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Understanding the Context of Business (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Computing and Digital Technology (30 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Digital Production (30 Credits) - Compulsory


Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus during the week (Sunday to Thursday) from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for the completion of this programme.

Students will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approach as part of the programme. Such participative approaches aim to put students at the centre of their own learning so that they are engaged and involved in all aspects of assessment and learning. The programme requires deep involvement in learning activities and collaboration with fellow students including working and learning as part of small groups. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom. Workshops are used to enhance a range of skills and focus on specific areas of expertise.

Students learning will also be supported by technology, and the student will increasingly use existing and emerging technologies to engage students. The programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.). By engaging with e-learning students will also be developing skills which are not only essential for learning but also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

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Entry requirements

Middlesex University Dubai’s admissions policies are based on the principle of wider participation. Everyone should have the opportunity to pursue a university degree. Middlesex does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national or ethnic origin in admitting students to its programmes.

All students who are interested in a programme of study at Middlesex University Dubai are required to meet our academic requirements and English language requirements.

Academic Requirements

We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission into the International Foundation Programme:

British GCSEs/IGCSEs/O Levels

For candidates completing British GCSEs/IGCSEs/O Levels, completion of 5 relevant subjects with good grades (minimum CCCCC).

West African/Nigerian Curriculum

WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE English – minimum grade “C6“.

UAE National General Secondary School Certificate

UAE National General Secondary School Certificate: minimum grade of 60% overall.

American High School

Successful completion of the high school diploma with overall grade “C” or overall 60% or equivalent.

Pakistani Intermediate Level National Curriculum

Pakistani Intermediate Level National Curriculum (Part 1 & 2): completion of FSC/HSC with a minimum grade of 60% or equivalent.

Iranian Secondary School

Iranian Secondary School: completion of High School Diploma with a minimum grade of 12 out of 20.

Nigerian Senior School Leaving Certificate

A minimum overall grade of “C6” in 5 academic subjects. Students are required to print out the official results from the NECO website.

National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan

National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP).***

International Baccalaureate

Successful completion of an IB Certificate may be considered for entry to the International Foundation Programme.

For most other countries we accept candidates who complete an internationally recognised high school curriculum with good grades.

This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office and we will be able to advise you further.

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based


PearsonPTE Academic


PearsonPTE General

Level 3

Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

A minimum grade of 70% in English

International Baccalaureate

Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)

West African/Nigerian Curriculum


Minimum grade “C6“

Last updated Mar 2020

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