The Engineering, Science and Mathematics International Foundation Year will prepare you for degrees in the following subjects:

  • Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Biochemistry BSc (Hons)
  • Biological Sciences BSc (Hons)
  • Biotechnology BSc (Hons)
  • Chemical and Bio-Systems Engineering
  • Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Chemistry BSc (Hons)
  • Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons)
  • Civil Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Computer Science BSc (Hons)
  • Computing & Information Technology BSc (Hons)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Electronic Engineering with Communications
  • Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems BEng (Hons)
  • Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology BEng (Hons)
  • Electronic Engineering with Space Systems BEng (Hons)
  • Electronic Engineering with with Audio Visual Systems BEng (Hons)
  • Financial Mathematics BSc (Hons)
  • Food Science and Microbiology BSc (Hons)
  • Mathematics BSc (Hons)
  • Mathematics and Computing Science
  • Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons)
  • Mathematics with Statistics BSc (Hons)
  • Mechanical Engineering BSc (Hons)
  • Medical Engineering BSc (Hons)
  • Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons)
  • Microbiology BSc (Hons)
  • Microbiology (Medical) BSc (Hons)
  • Nutrition BSc (Hons)
  • Nutrition and Food Science BSc (Hons)
  • Physics BSc (Hons)
  • Physics with Astronomy BSc (Hons)
  • Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics BSc (Hons)
  • Physics with Satellite Technology

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline As early as possible (and at least one month before the start of the course) Tuition fee
  • GBP 14550 Year (Non-EEA)
Start date February 2015 Duration full-time 9 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time Intensity Flexible More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

English and Study Skills

You will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills including: writing and reading strategies; presentation and seminar participation; organisation of time and materials; meeting deadlines; and responding to feedback.

By the end of the programme you will be able to: use English language in your own academic work; give well-structured presentations; confidently answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions; take notes from readings and lectures; plan, develop and write well-structured academic essays; and be confident in self-directed learning strategies.

You will also study for the IELTS exam covering all four skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) in order to be fully prepared to take an IELTS exam at the end of your academic year.

Subject-specific units

  • Pure Mathematics 1

Learn about lines and linear equations, set theory and probability, statistics, linear programming, indices and logarithms and experimental laws.

  • Applied Mathematics

During this unit you will study advanced vectors, forces and equilibrium, relative motion, Newton's laws of motion, friction and work, energy and power, centres of gravity/centres of mass and particle dynamics.

Elective units

  • Chemistry

This unit introduces you to formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding.

You will also cover equilibria, acid-based equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.


  • Physics

In this unit you will look at sound, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, electromagnetic waves, strengths of solids, fluids, heat and gases and the structure of the atom.

You will also cover electrical current and charge, potential difference, resistance, capacitance, transistors and amplifiers, electrical fields, gravitational fields, magnetic fields and electromagnetic fields.


  • Pure Mathematics 2

You will cover further algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, numerical methods and vectors.


  • Biology

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 72

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.


  • Academic: Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study
    For academic entry requirements listed by country, please visit the website
  • Country of residence/nationality: 'Overseas' students only may apply. Applications from HEU students* are not accepted - see note below)
  • Age: Students must be 17 years of age or above to study at the International Study Centre.

English Language Preparation

  • 5.5 (minimum of 5.0 in all subskills)
  • If you do not meet the required English language grade for direct entry to the International Foundation Year, you can take one term of English Language Preparation.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Surrey.

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