Engineering and Physical Sciences

About this route

The Engineering and Physical Sciences International Foundation Year leads to a wide range of degrees in engineering, science and mathematics-related subjects at the University of Surrey.

During the International Foundation Year you will study a core unit of general subject skills, subject-specific units and elective units, which are carefully designed for your academic development.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in language and related academic skills, enabling you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Applied Mathematics 1 & 2

During these units you will study the relationship between real life situations and mathematical models. You will learn about friction, energy and power, while working to deepen your understanding of the role of mathematics in the world.

Pure Mathematics 1 & 2

In these units you will develop your knowledge of algebra and calculus while learning about functions, derivatives and integrals, sketching graphs and applying mathematical facts to real world problems.

To complete your International Foundation Year programme you will also study one of the following elective units:

Chemistry 1 & 2

These units introduce 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 1 & 2

In these units you will study the fundamentals of physics by looking at sound, electromagnetic waves and the structure of the atom. You will also cover electrical currents and magnetic fields.

Progression routes

At the end of your Extended International Foundation Year you will need to take an IELTS test and achieve the required scores. The below grades and progression degrees are guidelines and subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Aerospace Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Aerospace Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Automotive Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Biomedical Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Biomedical Engineering BEng 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemical and Bio-Systems Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemical Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemistry MChem 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation MChem 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Civil Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Communications Systems MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Communications Systems BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Computer and Internet Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Computer and Internet Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Computer Science BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Computing & Information Technology BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electronic Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electronic Engineering for Medicine and Healthcare BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electronic Engineering for Medicine and Healthcare MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electronic Engineering with Space Systems BEng (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Electronic Engineering with Space Systems MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Financial Mathematics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Mathematics MMath (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Mathematics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Mathematics and Physics MPhys (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Mathematics and Physics MMath (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Mathematics with Music BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Mathematics with Statistics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Mechanical Engineering MEng (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Mechanical Engineering BEng 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Physics MPhys (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Physics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Physics with Astronomy MPhys (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Physics with Astronomy BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics MPhys (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Physics with Quantum Technologies MPhys (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Physics with Quantum Technologies BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Software Development for Business BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6

Key facts

Course length: Two semesters

Entry points: September or January

Term dates:

  • September 2017 start
    Semester 1: 25/09/2017 – 02/02/2018
    Semester 2: 05/02/2018 – 01/06/2018

  • January 2018 start
    Semester 1: 08/01/2018 – 11/05/2018
    Semester 2: 14/05/2018 – 24/08/2018

Age: 17 years old to study at the International Study Centre and progress to the University.

Visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements.

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