International Foundation in Biosciences

You'll enjoy use of university science labs as part of your learning.

The University was ranked fourth in the UK for 'research power' in biological sciences by the latest Research Excellence Framework.

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 passing an interview and 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 two 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

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 are taught in an interactive, inclusive classroom environment
  • helpful and supportive teachers
  • high contact hours and interactive teaching

You’ll 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.

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 the unique opportunity of having access to the fully equipped university science labs.

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.

INTO The University of Manchester Maria Salvador from Ecuador

from Ecuador

"Doing an International Foundation course at INTO Manchester gives students a very good idea of what is expected of them at university; it’s different to how it works in your home country, that’s why it is so helpful."

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Meet Maria from Ecuador who is studying International Foundation Programme in Life Sciences. She hopes to progress on to study BSc Biotechnology (Enterprise) at The University of Manchester.

What was appealing to you about The University of Manchester and studying Life Sciences?

The University of Manchester has a very good reputation worldwide and a high ranking; that is probably one of the main reasons why I wanted to study there. Being part of such a good university is something I find very exciting. Manchester is such an international city with many cultures and people from all over the world. This is also what made me choose Manchester over other good universities in the UK.

Do you believe that INTO Manchester is playing a part in your progression to the University of Manchester?

INTO Manchester has definitely played a big part in my progression to university; this year I have learned so many important things that I believe are fundamental for university. I think doing an International Foundation course at INTO Manchester gives students a very good idea of what is expected of them at university; it’s different to how it works in your home country, that’s why it is so helpful.

Do you think using university laboratories has helped you for your future study?

I found it very helpful and have learnt many new things about laboratories and industry apparatus. I also found the lessons to be very exciting; you are able to relate all the lab work to what you are being taught in academic classes. You almost live it somehow; which helps you to remember and learn it in a better way.

Do you think it’s easy to progress to The University of Manchester?

It would be very hard and probably not possible to progress to The University of Manchester without doing the Foundation programme at INTO Manchester. All the guidance and advice that you are given at INTO Manchester is very important; more still if you are international student coming from a country where everything works completely differently.

If a future student were to ask you about your INTO Manchester experience, what would you say?

INTO Manchester is like a big family! While studying at INTO Manchester you are given all the support you need to start a new life in a new country; you have staff always ready to help you. The support I have found is amazing; it helps you to get through the course and it also makes you feel you always have someone there you can count on, even when you’re far away from home. I have loved that the teachers always show how much they enjoy what they are doing. You feel supported continually and it gives you the strength you need to keep on going. INTO Manchester is a great place to spend your first year away from home.

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.


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

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 all subskills) 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
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 examindation 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.

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 conditional 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:

  • BSc (Hons) Anatomical Sciences
  • MSci Anatomical Sciences
  • 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) Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Developmental Biology
  • MSci Developmental Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Genetics
  • MSci Genetics
  • BSc (Hons) Immunology
  • MSci Immunology
  • BSc (Hons) Life Sciences
  • 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
  • BSc (Hons) Physiology
  • MSci Physiology
  • BSc (Hons) Plant Science
  • MSci Plant Science
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology
  • MSci Zoology
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