International Foundation in Engineering and Science

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 recognised by The University of Manchester.
  • Access to a range of university facilities, including a world-class library, and various 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

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 (for academic modules)
  • English language classes taught in an interactive, inclusive classroom environment
  • helpful and supportive teachers
  • high contact hours and interactive teaching

You will receive advice and feedback from your teachers throughout your studies. Regular access to your teachers will help you plan for future study, and answer any questions to encourage academic success.

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. They will be able to answer questions and provide guidance, to assist with 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 university science labs.

By gaining hands-on experience, you will be able to put theory into practice to help 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.

INTO The University of Manchester Dong Eun Seo from Republic of Korea

Dong from
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Without INTO Manchester, going to university directly is not really a very good idea. I would advise all international students to study here."

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Dong studied International Foundation in Engineering and Science at INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester. He has now studying BSc Artificial Intelligence at The University of Manchester.

What was appealing to you about The University of Manchester?

The quality is what I want and is what I’m after. I hope after studying at the University that I get a high quality of education. Their students need to write essays every week and discuss every subject they study together. So this possibly helps them to think about all or more aspects so that they can improve their abilities.

Do you view INTO Manchester as an integral part of progressing to university?

Before I came here, I visited my sister and I decided to study English and choose a university in the UK. Then I realised that it was almost impossible to get into university without studying a pathway programme at this kind of institute. So, yes definitely. I needed to know the differences in language so that when I answer questions; even if my answers are perfect in my home language it doesn’t mean that they are right in English. So I needed to overcome the differences and try to get them perfect. I was one of the best students in South Korea and I thought I would do well in this course without a lot of effort. But I was wrong. I’ve had to put in a lot of effort. So without INTO Manchester, going to university directly is not really a very good idea. I would advise all international students to study here.

Were you given a lot of guidance at INTO Manchester with the application process?

It was obvious to take the Engineering and Science route at INTO Manchester before arriving here. But before I came, I didn’t know which subjects to choose within that. They gave me information about computer science and told me what universities ask for if you hope to study computer science. They were very helpful. I think I was quite lucky with my tutors, they know about the process to progressing to university and previous students’ experiences. There are some universities that really don’t like foundation students. So avoiding those kind of universities and applying for appropriate universities, you succeed. You’re given guidance which is realistic. Personally, I think the teachers are the best here; academically and helping you with your application. They listed universities, then asked us to choose and we discussed each university. Their knowledge about the universities is very good and their advice is too.

How did you prepare for your application to The University of Manchester?

I was helped a lot to complete my personal statement and was given a good strategy to use and because of this I got an offer. I’m guessing for some reason they liked my personal statement. I mentioned my interest in computer science, what I’d already done in relation to computer science and also talked about what I want to do in the future.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills

This module introduces reading techniques for academic study and the structure and function of academic writing.

You will develop skills in writing English clearly and appropriately as well as the ability to take part in academic discussion.

The study skills component is an essential preparation for university life. It will help you work in groups, present ideas, manage your time, conduct research, make lecture notes, organise the content of essays and understand how to evaluate your work.

Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

This module will teach you how to use word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software, as well as using the internet, email and virtual learning environment (VLE) software in support of your learning.

Independent Research

The module prepares you for independent study through developing your research skills and abilities. The aim of this module is to:

  • introduce you to the academic culture of UK higher education
  • provide you with the intellectual development necessary for undergraduate study in the UK
  • help support key study skills for successful undergraduate study

You will study the following specialist modules - please note that your choice of specialist modules will depend on your chosen degree and some combinations may not be available:


This module takes an evolutionary approach to biology and considers different levels of organisation in living systems.

You will study life processes showing fundamental similarities between living things.


This module builds on the fundamental principles of general chemistry to develop concepts of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.

You will develop an appreciation of the social, environmental, economic and technological impact of chemistry on the community.

Further Mathematics

This module is intended for more expert mathematicians and explores complex areas of mathematics.


You will develop a methodical approach to problem solving using mathematical techniques and theory.


A wide variety of topics is included of particular relevance to students wishing to pursue a degree in physics or an engineering-related field.

Skills in research, laboratory work and quantitative methods will be developed across all the modules.

How will I be assessed?

Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of coursework and by the use of class tests. Assessment will be by:

  • coursework (prepared assignments, unit tests, experiment reports, computer use)
  • mid-course and end-of-course examinations
  • formal assessment of levels and progress in English is through NCUK's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with very good grades.

For information about country-specific entry requirements contact us.

English requirements:

3-term programme (including Headstart): IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

4-term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

If you have achieved the minimum IELTS score overall but do not have the required score in writing for direct entry, you will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.


16 years and above.

All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year.

For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old by 31 December of the preceding calendar year.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
June 2017 start
(4 terms)
Term 1: Wed 28 Jun 2017 – Fri 08 Sep 2017
Term 2: Mon 11 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Thu 29 Mar 2018
Term 4: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 15 Jun 2018
August 2017 start
(3 terms) - Headstart Foundation
Term 1: Tue 29 Aug 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Thu 29 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 15 Jun 2018
September 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 11 Sep 2017 – Fri 15 Dec 2017
Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 – Thu 29 Mar 2018
Term 3: Mon 16 Apr 2018 – Fri 15 Jun 2018

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme, charged upon confirmation
  • IELTS examination fees
  • text books: an additional charge in the region of £240 (3-term and Headstart) or £320 (4-term) per academic programme
  • social programme (costs for some excursions and activities are in addition to fees paid)
  • lab fee: an additional £400 per year for science-based courses to cover the use of laboratory facilities
  • Accommodation is not included in the fees: view our accommodation options

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

What is the difference between the 3 and 4-term courses?

The 4-term Extended International Foundation incorporates an additional term of intensive English language tuition at the beginning of the course, allowing you to improve your English to a level appropriate for academic study. It will typically have a lower English language entry requirement than the 3-term programme.

You will be required to pass the initial English language component before progressing to the next stage of the programme.

Headstart Foundation - helping you to get used to the UK

For students starting their International Foundation programme in September, the Headstart Foundation programme is a two-week course designed to provide you with an introduction to British culture and history. It has been designed to provide international students studying overseas for the first time with the perfect introduction to studying in the UK.

The course will:

  • provide a basic understanding of British society and institutions
  • provide an understanding of national and local history
  • develop your confidence and speaking skills through participation in activities

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • work effectively with other students in a team
  • understand and respond to spoken and written texts
  • communicate effectively through both individually based written work and group based spoken work
  • use English language skills effectively in a range of situations

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
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