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Science and Engineering Foundation Programme

Leading to degrees in Engineering and Materials Science

MEng Engineering (HHY1), BEng Engineering (HHX1) - Please note there is no progression route to Chemical Engineering or the with Management programmes from the Science and Engineering Foundation Programme
MEng Materials (JJY5), BSc/BEng Materials (JJX5)

The Queen Mary Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (SEFP) combines a foundation year with a traditional university degree in an integrated four-year or five-year programme.  Once you have successfully completed the foundation year you can progress on to most of the BSc, BEng and MEng degree programmes offered by the School of Engineering and Materials Science. You would have to meet the necessary academic criteria for progression on to the programme of your choice. The progression criteria (specifying which foundation modules must be passed and with what marks) reflect the normal admissions criteria for our degree programmes and are therefore most-demanding for MEng programmes.

The SEFP is particularly suitable for mature students returning to full-time studies, to students with non-standard academic backgrounds and to those who lack the specific qualifications required for the degree they wish to pursue. The foundation year classes are taught entirely on the main Queen Mary campus and students have full access to all the university’s facilities.

When you apply to the SEFP you will be applying directly to the SEMS, it is not normally possible to change to SEMS if you have registered with another School when you first start the SEFP.

For general information about the SEFP, and other degree programmes available via the SEFP, see the main Science & Engineering Foundation Programme website.

Programme Structure

The following list of modules is a typical programme of study for the foundation year for those students wishing to go on to take an engineering degree:

  • Communication in Science and Technology
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Mathematics I
  • Mathematics II
  • Physics (Mechanics and Materials)
  • Physics (Fields and Waves)
  • Physics (Electricity and Atomic Physics)
  • Introductory Chemistry

The following list of modules is a typical programme of study for the foundation year for those students wishing to go on to take a materials science degree:

  • Communication in Science and Technology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • A Closer look at Chemistry
  • Mathematics I
  • Mathematics II
  • Physics (Mechanics and Materials)
  • Physics (Fields and Waves)
  • Physics (Electricity and Atomic Physics)

Entry Requirements

For entry to HHX1, HHY1, JJX5 and JJY5, applicants must meet SEMS entry requirements as follows:

For students studying A-levels, offers are normally a minimum of BBB over 3 A-levels (depending on the subjects being studied to advanced level).

Applications from mature students, and from students studying vocational courses, will be considered on an individual basis, but applicants should note that this programme is generally not suitable for students who have taken vocational courses without substantial maths and/or science content.

Application to the SEFP is via UCAS, for information on the application procedure see How to apply.

International Foundation Programmes (FGHZ and FGHY)

The SEFP provides international students with an exceptional opportunity to reinforce their scientific education in an English environment and to gain admission to a UK university degree course.  Admission is by direct application to Queen Mary and there are several options available to you. When you apply for the ISEFP, you are admitted onto a discrete foundation programme of 10 months duration.  There is only one intake per year which is in September.

For more information see ISEFP website.

Career Opportunities

This programme provides an alternative entry route onto degree programmes in the engineering and materials science. For career opportunities, please see the web page relevant to the specific degree programme that you wish to pursue after the foundation year.

More Information

For further information please contact sems-ugadmissions@qmul.ac.uk

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