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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.

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?

The duration of the programme is dependent on the number of terms studied (three, six or nine months). 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?

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.

All students study English for Academic Purposes, plus two core modules - Research Project and Postgraduate Skills Development

Academic subject units are arranged by pathway, and include:

  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Quantitative Methods for Business Decision Making
  • Business Environment
  • Financial Accounting
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Statistical Analysis of Scientific Data
  • Engineering
  • Management Accounting
  • Understanding Learning and Development
  • Psychology for Social Scientists
  • International Development, Law and Education
  • Contextual and Cultural Studies for Postgraduates
  • Intercultural Communication

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 or 3 terms
Minimum age: 21+
Hours per week: up to 25

Dates and Fees:

Programme dates Number of terms Tuition fees (annually) Progressing to a
Master’s degree starting in
16 September 2019 – 07 June 2020 3 £16,995 September 2020
16 September 2019 – 14 August 2020 4 £22,660 September 2020
06 January 2020 – 07 June 2020 2 £11,330 September 2020
06 January 2020 – 14 August 2020 3 £16,995 September 2020
23 March 2020 – 14 August 2020 2 £11,330 September 2020
08 June 2020 – 06 June 2021 4 £23,155 September 2021
14 September 2020 – 06 June 2021 3 £17,490 September 2021
14 September 2020 – 13 August 2021 4 £23,320 September 2021
26 October 2020 – 13 August 2021 3.5 £20,405 September 2021
05 January 2021 – 06 June 2021 2 £11,660 September 2021
05 January 2021 – 13 August 2021 3 £17,490 September 2021
22 March 2021 – 13 August 2021 2 £11,660 September 2021

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

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