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Engineering and Sciences

Key facts

Start dates

  • September
  • January

Course length

  • Three terms

Course overview

This pathway will prepare you for your chosen undergraduate degree at the Faculty of Engineering or Faculty of Science.

Core modules

  • Academic English Skills
  • Pure Mathematics 1 & 2

Route modules

The modules you will study depend on what subject you are planning to study at Strathclyde.

    Chemical & Process Engineering
    • Chemistry 1 & 2
    • Applied Mathematics 1
    • Applied Mathematics 2, Physics 1 OR Physics 2
    Electronic & Electrical Engineering, and Computer & Electronic Systems
    • Computing 1 & 2
    • Physics 1 & 2
    All other engineering disciplines, and Physics
    • Applied Mathematics 1 & 2
    • Physics 1 & 2
    • Chemistry 1 & 2
    • Applied Mathematics 1 & 2 OR Physics 1 & 2
    • Computing 1 & 2

    Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable 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.

    This module prepares you for first degree programmes in engineering and sciences through the development of mathematical applications, with specific regard to the study of forces, energy and the laws of motion.

    This module extends the knowledge developed through Applied Mathematics 1, building on the study of forces, energy and the laws of motion. You will study topics relevant to first degree programmes in engineering and sciences, including statics, uniform circular motion and rotational dynamics.

    In these modules you will be introduced to post-school chemistry and provided with appropriate knowledge for further study. You will examine topics including atomic and molecular structures and chemical energy and will carry out laboratory operations including mass and volume measurement and titrations with an awareness of the importance of chemical safety.

    You will study basic computer architecture and operating systems and to develop a basic understanding of programming. You will be introduced to the study of Java as a programming language, with this being further developed in the Computing 2 module.

    This module’s focus is on embedding key principles of matter and fluids. You will be engaged in applying the appropriate laws of physics to problem solving in these areas and will be expected to carry out laboratory experiments, analyse data and report on their findings.

    This module seeks to embed knowledge of the principles of the subject areas electricity and magnetism. You will be engaged in applying the appropriate laws of physics to problem solving in these areas and will be expected to carry out laboratory experiments, analyse data and report on your findings.

    These modules provide you with an appropriate knowledge of pure mathematics and its application (including algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus), relevant to first degree programmes in engineering and sciences.

    Entry requirements


    • Only available to overseas students, non-UK and non-EU


    • You must be 17 years old before the start of the first term

    English language

    • Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (minimum 4.5 in writing)*

    Additional English language training is available if you need it. Our English Language Preparation course will improve your English language skills up to the level of IELTS 5.0. There are 1 term or 2 term options available, dependent on your IELTS level.

    1 term

    • Start: June or September
    • Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 overall (4.5 in writing)*
    • Term dates:
      September 2017: Term 1: 11/09/2017 to 01/12/2017
      June 2018: Term 1: 11/06/2018 to 24/08/2018

    2 terms

    • Start: June
    • Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.0 overall (4.0 in writing)*

    * If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.


    • Good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study

    For full entry requirements information, please visit entry requirements page.



    How much will my Foundation course cost?

    2017/18 tuition fees are valid from 13 February 2017 for programmes commencing from 1 September 2017 and are in £ sterling. The enrolment fee will be £200 for UK International Study Centres.

    Undergraduate Foundation Programme

    • £15,320 (three terms)

    English Language Preparation

    • £4,430 (per term)

    The fees shown may be subject to change. For full fees and payment information, please visit fees and payments page.


    A joint scholarship is available for students applying to the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre for the September 2016 intake. This is at a value of up to £2,000 for the International Study Centre preparation year, plus £2,000 for each year of the degree. To find out more, please contact your local agent.

    Degree progression

    Once you have completed the Undergraduate Foundation Programme, and subject to satisfying the progression criteria, you can proceed to the second year of your four-year degree at the University.

    University Programme Award English grade Subject grade
    Aero-Mechanical Engineering BEng 60% 65%
    Applied Chemistry & Chemical Engineering BSc 60% 65%
    Architectural Studies # * ^ BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Biomedical Engineering ^
    BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Biomolecular Sciences
    BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Chemistry BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Forensic and Analytical Chemistry BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Chemistry with Drug Discovery BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Civil & Environmental Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Computer & Electronic Systems BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Computer Science BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Data Analytics
    BSc 60% 65%
    Electronic & Electrical Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Electrical & Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Mathematics BSc (Hons) 65% 65%
    Mathematics & Computer Science BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Mathematics & Physics BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Mechanical Engineering with International Study BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Naval Architecture with Ocean Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Naval Architecture with High Performance Marine Vehicles BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Pharmacy βœ MPharm 60% 65%
    Physics BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Product Design Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Product Design & Innovation BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Production Engineering & Management BEng (Hons) 60% 65%
    Prosthetics & Orthotics * ! ^
    BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Sensor and Imaging Systems
    EngD 60% 65%
    Software Engineering BSc (Hons) 60% 65%
    Sports Engineering BEng (Hons) 60% 65%

    # Requires a portfolio and needs referral to centre before an IFY offer can be made
    * Pre-approval is required before an offer can be made
    ^ Students can only progress to first year
    ! Requires university interview
    ✝ Five places available, and students can progress to Year 2 of this 5 year degree

    These degrees and grades are subject to change.