International Foundation Year in Engineering


Program Description

The Engineering International Foundation Year gives you the skills you need to start an engineering degree if you do not currently have the necessary mathematics or science qualifications.

You will need an IELTS of 5.5 in English to study the programme.

Successful completion enables you to go onto the first year of any of the following BEng courses:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

If you achieve a grade of 70% or above you are also able to progress directly to our four or five-year integrated Master’s programmes (MEng).

The Foundation Year gives you a strong grounding in Engineering fundamentals of mathematics, physics and materials. You’ll get an overview of each Engineering area, enabling you to choose the right discipline for you.

You’ll learn theory and apply this knowledge in varied practical work. The curriculum is aligned with year one of our BEng programmes, ensuring a smooth transition to your degree level studies. You will also take an Academic Reading and Writing module which will strengthen your English, and is taught in a technical engineering context.

Professional accreditation

If you proceed onto one of our BEng (Hons) or MEng courses from the Foundation Year, these courses are accredited by the relevant professional institution.

Entry requirements

  • 72 UCAS tariff points, or please contact us for details of the requirements for qualifications from your country.

English language requirements

  • UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no sub-tests below 5.0.
  • If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.

What you will study

The programme is intended to prepare students with appropriate qualifications so that they can enter into Stage 1 of a CEng accredited Engineering programme.

All modules are core.

Please note that for 2020 entry, the module information is subject to change.



  • Foundation Mathematics 1 (ENM3001-B)
  • Foundation Mathematics 2 (ENM3002-B)
  • Foundation Mechanics (MAE3001-B)
  • Foundation Physics (MAE3002-B)
  • Fundamentals of Materials (MAE3003-B)
  • Information and Communications Technologies (ENB3001-B)

Learning and assessment

The programme is taught in a traditional format: lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

We foster an active learning environment, especially in laboratory classes. Academic theory is presented through lectures, and knowledge and understanding are strengthened through the application of tutorials and example classes.

We have a mixed portfolio of assessments:

  • Classroom tests
  • Examinations
  • Computer-based tests
  • Coursework
  • Individual and group presentations

Many of our modules are linked, spanning two semesters.

We have specifically designed our assessment strategy to ensure that students are not heavily weighted with assessments in semester 2.

Typically for all modules, there is least 15-30% given towards course work or some practical element of the module and 70% summative examination assessment.


The School of Engineering has excellent facilities for both teaching and research purposes.

We have a number of specialist laboratories equipped to cover each engineering discipline within the School.

We have a number of computer clusters offering students access to high-spec computers running up-to-date software engineering applications.

We also have a dedicated technical support team who help to keep everything running smoothly.

Fees, finance and scholarships

Tuition fee

  • International: £12,800


Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship.

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans by exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes, there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

94% of our 2017 School of Engineering graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2017 graduates from the School of Engineering was £26,841.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Career prospects

Engineers are always in demand and you will find graduates in various roles across many sectors (e.g. Banking, Finance, Tech companies).

Engineers are excellent logical thinkers, have strong critical analysis skills and can make calculated decisions. This makes them versatile professionals with a strong varied skill set in high demand from employers.

An Engineering degree is a great starting point for a varied, flexible career path.

Our graduates pursue careers in all areas of engineering, automotive and manufacturing industry, but also in wider fields such as marketing, business management and public service work.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for employers such as Ford, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, and Toyota, in roles including graduate engineer, design engineer, process engineer, and CAD engineer.

Study support

Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.

We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.

Our support services include:

  • Personal tutors
  • Disability services
  • Counselling services
  • MyBradford student support centres
  • The Students’ Union
  • Chaplaincy and faith advisers
  • An on-campus nursery
  • Halls wardens

We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.

Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.


Several prominent researchers are involved with the programme, including:

  • Dr Ben Whiteside of the Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology
  • Dr Elaine Brown of the Centre for Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Professor Tahir Khan - 50th Anniversary Chair in Materials Engineering
Last updated Jan 2020

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