International Foundation in Engineering and Science


Program Description

Prepare for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate engineering and science degree at The University of Manchester, including use of university science labs.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • A guaranteed conditional route to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester (subject to meeting the conditions of the offer set).
  • A quality-assured, NCUK accredited programme recognized by The University of Manchester.
  • Access to a range of university facilities, including world-class library, sport and social facilities.

Course options available

There are three options available for this course:

  • International Foundation (3 terms) - this is the standard option, suitable for most students
  • Headstart Foundation (3 terms) - this includes an additional two weeks of learning that introduces you to British culture and history
  • Extended International Foundation (4 terms) - this option features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support and English language entry requirements are typically lower

Where will this programme take me?

Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme leads to the award of International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from NCUK.

The University of Manchester seeks to attract students with high academic ability and this is reflected in typical entry requirements of grades A and B across all modules taken.

The University of Manchester admissions staff may also take into account previous academic attainment when considering candidates for progression.

Our conditional progression guarantee:

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.

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Degree options

This programme leads to the following undergraduate degrees at The University of Manchester:

Aerospace Engineering

  • BSc (Hons) Aerospace Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Management


  • BSc (Hons) Anatomical Science
  • MSci Anatomical Science
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
  • MSci Biochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Biology
  • MSci Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Biology with Science and Society
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
  • MSci Biomedical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Biotechnology
  • MSci Biotechnology
  • BSc (Hons) Cell Biology
  • MSci Cell Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Developmental Biology
  • MSci Developmental Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Genetics
  • MSci Genetics
  • BSc (Hons) Life Sciences
  • MSci Immunology
  • BSc (Hons) Medical Biochemistry
  • MSci Medical Biochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Microbiology
  • MSci Microbiology
  • BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology
  • MSci Molecular Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Neuroscience
  • MSci Neuroscience
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology
  • MSci Pharmacology
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and Physiology
  • MSci Physiology
  • BSc (Hons) Plant Sciences
  • MSci Plant Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology
  • MSci Zoology

Chemical Engineering

  • BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering (Energy and Environment)
  • MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering with Study in Europe


  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • MChem Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with International Study
  • MChem (Hons) Chemistry with International Study
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry

Civil and Structural Engineering

  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Enterprise)
  • MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering (Enterprise)
  • BEng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering

Computer Science

  • BEng (Hons) Artificial Intelligence
  • MEng (Hons) Artificial Intelligence
  • BEng (Hons) Computer Science
  • MEng (Hons) Computer Science
  • BEng (Hons) Computer Science with Business and Management
  • MEng (Hons) Computer Science with Business and Management
  • BEng (Hons) Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction)
  • MEng (Hons) Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction)
  • BEng (Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics
  • BEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Software Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Software Engineering

Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Science

  • MEarthSci (Hons) Earth Sciences
  • MEarthSci (Hons) Environmental and Resource Geology
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental and Resource Geology
  • MEarthSci (Hons) Environmental Science
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science
  • MEarthSci (Hons) Geochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Geochemistry
  • MEarthSci (Hons) Geography and Geology
  • BSc (Hons) Geography and Geology
  • MEarthSci (Hons) Geology
  • BSc (Hons) Geology
  • MEarthSci (Hons) Geology with Planetary Science
  • BSc (Hons) Geology with Planetary Science
  • BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

  • BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Mechatronic Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Mechatronic Engineering


  • BA (Hons) Geography
  • MGeog/GIM Geography Integrated Master's
  • MGeog/GIM Geography Integrated Master’s with Planning

Materials and Biomaterials Science

  • BSc (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Materials Science with Engineering and Biomaterials
  • MEng (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering with Corrision Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering with Metallurgy
  • MEng (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering with Polymers
  • MEng (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering with Textile Technology


  • BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science and Mathematics
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics with Financial Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics
  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Finance Pathway)
  • MMath (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanical Engineering

  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
  • MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Management

Physics and Astronomy

  • BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics
  • MMath/Phys (Hons) Mathematics and Physics
  • BSc (Hons) Physics
  • MPhys (Hons) Physics
  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics
  • MPhys (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics
  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Philosophy
  • MPhys (Hons) Physics with Philosophy
  • MPhys (Hons) Physics with Study in Europe
  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Theoretical Physics
  • MPhys (Hons) Physics with Theoretical Physics

Textiles (including Fashion/Business)

  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Buying and Merchandising
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Management
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Marketing
  • BSc (Hons) Fashion Retail
  • BSc (Hons) Textile Science and Technology

What is special about this programme?

The International Foundation is designed to improve your English language skills, develop necessary your study and research skills, and increase your understanding of key academic subjects.

It offers:

  • university-style teaching
  • qualified and experienced teachers
  • high contact hours and small class sizes
  • Studying this pathway, you will benefit from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences' distinguished history, dating back to 1824. Many scientific advances have taken place here, including the first artificial splitting of the atom by Ernest Rutherford and the development of the world's first stored-program computer.

Regular university contact

As well as access to library and sporting facilities, admissions staff from the Schools to which you are applying will be in regular contact to ensure you feel part of the University.

There will also be opportunities to undertake visits to the University for activities such as departmental tours and open days, where you will be able to meet current students.

You’ll receive advice and feedback from your teachers during seminars and tutorials. They will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance, to ensure your academic success.

Teaching methods

This programme provides the perfect combination of university-style lectures, interactive seminars and practical experience in laboratories.

During your Foundation year you will have a unique opportunity to access fully equipped science labs at The University of Manchester.

By gaining hands-on experience you will be able to put theory into practice to fully prepare you for undergraduate study.

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

You should apply for this course if you have completed secondary school education in your home country.

The International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme at The University of Manchester.

Successful completion of this programme will also allow you to apply for entry to other universities in the UK.

Key course facts

Course length: 3 - 4 terms (9 - 12 months)

Start dates: June, August (Headstart), September

Fees: From £16,495

Entry requirements

Age: 17 years and above

Academic: Completed 12 years of schooling with good grades

English language: IELTS 5.0 - 5.5 or equivalent

Don't meet the entry requirements? We also offer an Academic English Preparation for Foundation Students course.

Last updated July 2019

About the School

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Manchester is one of the liveliest cities in Europe – which is why it's home to more international students than any other region of the UK. The location of both your INTO Study Centre and nearby halls of residence means you'll always be close to the excitement And as an INTO student, you'll also be able to access The University of Manchester's range of unrivalled academic and leisure facilities. Read less