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Master's Foundation Programme (MFP)

From our centre at Birkbeck, in the heart of the University of London, you are encouraged to develop the tools for success on degree programmes at the best universities in the UK.

The Master’s Foundation Programme is available as a two or three-term programme, with progression* to a wide range of Master’s degrees at our University of London College partners, or other suitable universities in the UK.

The 4-term extended MFP is available to start in June or September.

Progression* to a wide range of Master’s degrees.

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study in the UK. The Master’s Foundation will allow you to improve your English while learning the study skills and research methods that you will need during your Master’s degree studies. Depending on the length of the programme you study, you may also study academic modules relating to your chosen progression degree.

How long will I study for?

Each term is divided into seven to eight teaching weeks, one reading week and an assessment week. You will undertake up to 25 hours of classroom-based study per week.

What will I study?

2 terms

If you study this programme, you will study two compulsory units of research project, personal and professional development, plus English language. You will also choose an additional academic subject unit,depending on your intended progression degree.

3 terms

If you study this programme, you will study two compulsory units of a research project, personal and professional development, plus English language. You will also choose two additional academic subject units, depending on your intended progression degree, and availability.

How will I be assessed?

Each module will have an assessment schedule, which will be completed by the end ofthe appropriate term, and will include formative and summative assignments and other assessment tasks. Assessments will be designed to demonstrate learning across the individual modules of the programme and to allow you to experience a wide range of the assessment methods used in UK postgraduate programmes. Assessments will normally include coursework, essays, reports and other structured assignments, oral examination and unseen written examinations.

Academic subject units are arranged by pathway, and include:

Business, Economics, Finance and Management
  • Organisations and Behaviour
  • Marketing Principles
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Business Strategy
Medical and Life Sciences
  • Analysis of Scientific Data and Information
  • Pharmacological Principles of Drugs Actions
  • Medicinal Chemistry
Engineering and Sciences
  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Business Management Techniques for Engineers
  • Mechanical Principles
Social Sciences
  • Understanding the Learning Process
  • Psychology of Human and Criminal Behaviour
  • The Global Environment
  • Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design

Note: The optional modules are subject to availability and you will be guided onto the best combination of academic modules for your intended degree when you arrive at ONCAMPUS London.

* Some programmes at Birkbeck offer guaranteed progression on meeting the specified entry criteria. Visit the Birkbeck Progression Degrees page for more information.

Programme details:

Course length: 2, 3 or 4 terms
Minimum age: 21+
Hours per week: up to 25

Dates and Fees:

Programme dates Number of terms Tuition fees (per term) Tuition fees (annually) Progressing to a
Master’s degree starting in
26 March 2018 – 17 August 2018 2 £5,333 £10,666 September 2018
11 June 2018 – 07 June 2019 4 £5,333 £21,332 September 2019
17 September 2018 – 07 June 2019 3 £5,500 £16,500 September 2019
17 September 2018 – 16 August 2019 4 £5,500 £22,000 September 2019
07 January 2019 – 07 June 2019 2 £5,500 £11,000 September 2019
07 January 2019 – 16 August 2019 3 £5,500 £16,500 September 2019
25 March 2019 –16 August 2019 2 £5,500 £11,000 September 2019

All programmes are subject to a £300 registration fee and a £2,200 refundable deposit.

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