Master's Foundation Programme (MFP)

The Master’s Foundation Programme is a 2, 3 or 4-term programme, with guaranteed progression* to a wide range of Master’s degrees at the University of Southampton. 

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study in the UK. The MFP 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 your programme, you may also study academic modules relating to your chosen progression route.

How long will I study for?

Each term consists of seven to eight teaching weeks, one reading week, and an assessment week. The weekly hours of study varies by term with students on average studying around 18-23 (and up to 25) hours per week.

English Language forms up to six hours of your timetable, is compulsory for students who are below the required level for progression, and will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects as well as being taught separately if you need additional support. Students who are at or above the required English level for progression are likely to follow a reduced timetable. Students will be expected to timetable self-study hours in addition to the classroom-based hours.

What will I study?

You will study two core units (a research project and postgraduate skills development), plus English language. You will also study two additional academic subject units, relating to your intended progression degree on the three-term MFP.

  • Business, Economics, Finance and Management
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Art and Design

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 Southampton.

Click here to download the Master's programme guide.

How will I be assessed?

Each module will have an assessment schedule, which will be completed by the end of the appropriate term. 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 include coursework, essays, reports and other structured assignments, oral examination and unseen written examinations.

*Guaranteed progression is subject to meeting the specified entry criteria

Programme details:

Course length: 2, 3, 3.5 or 4 terms
Hours per week: up to 25

Dates and Fees:

Terms Dates Business, Economics, Finance and Management / Humanities and Social Sciences tuition fees Engineering and Physical Sciences / Life Sciences / Art and Design tuition fees Progressing to Master's degree starting in
2 04 January 2023 - 04 June 2023 £15,055 £15,115 September 2023
3 04 January 2023 - 11 August 2023 £22,545 £22,635 September 2023
2 27 March 2023 - 11 August 2023 £15,055 £15,115 September 2023
4 05 June 2023 - 09 August 2024 £28,780 £28,780 September 2024
3 25 September 2023 - 03 June 2024 £23,475


September 2024
4 25 September 2023 - 09 August 2024 £28,975 £28,975 September 2024
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