BSc/MEarthSci Earth and Planetary Sciences with an Integrated Foundation Year / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

Earth and Planetary Sciences with an Integrated Foundation Year is a one year programme designed to improve your mathematical and scientific understanding and skills to a level where you will be able to start a degree in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in one of the following subject areas:

Earth and Planetary Sciences, BSc

Earth and Planetary Sciences, MEarthSci

Earth and Planetary Sciences with Industrial Experience, MEarthSci

Earth and Planetary Sciences with International Study, MEarthSci

On the Foundation Year you will study mathematics, physics and chemistry. In addition, you will take modules in Academic Skills and ICT (Information and Communications Technology). You will also complete a group project, related to your intended degree programme and supervised by an academic from your future Department.

Our Foundation Year 

Our Foundation Year students have the same experience as any other undergraduate at the University of Manchester.  

As a Foundation Year student you will have access to the same facilities, services, clubs and societies including the  libraries , computer clusters, social spaces,  sports facilitiesDASS  (Disability Advisory and Support Service),  Counselling and Mental Health ServiceCareers Service  etc.  

You will be taught by on campus and by University academics - often the same lecturers, in the same rooms, as in the later years of your degree.  

As part of your Foundation Year, you will complete a group project based in your future Department, supervised by an academic from that Department. Many of these projects involve time spent working in the teaching laboratories, alongside fellow undergraduates.  

Our teaching, learning and assessment is delivered to the same standard, using the same methods, and governed by the same rules, regulations and processes as any other undergraduate. In addition to the academic provision, as a student you will also receive the same high-level of welfare and pastoral support as other undergraduates, delivered through the same structures and processes.

Special features

  • Students accepted from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • High levels of academic and pastoral support.
  • Successful completion guarantees a place on first year of your chosen degree in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • Teaching by highly experienced University academics, with a proven track record.
  • Integrated Foundation Year students have full access to all University facilities.
  • Teaching and learning

    At Manchester you will be taught by leading academics in a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Teaching and Learning will be delivered using a variety of methods, including:
    • Lectures
    • Small group tutorials
    • Seminars
    • Project work
    • Online content such as tailor-made videos, formative exercises and self-test quizzes. 

    Some activities will be delivered face-to-face and others online, following a blended learning approach.

    Earth and Planetary Science with an Integrated Foundation Year is delivered at the University, by University staff. With strong links to the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and access to all the same University facilities, the student experience is the same for a Foundation Year student as for any other undergraduate on an engineering degree programme. You will find that this assists greatly in easing your move into the first year of your chosen degree programme, on successful completion of the foundation year.  

    A typical week of study on the Integrated Foundation Year courses will comprise 36 hours of activity, of which approximately 18 hours will be timetabled study and 18 hours will be independent or self-directed study.   

    More about blended learning

    Some of your activity will be synchronous, where you learn live with your lecturer / peers and can interact as appropriate helping you get support and feel part of a community. At other times it will be asynchronous, where you access materials like presentations, video content, online discussion boards or collaborative documents in your own time (within a framework provided by your programme). We believe this blended approach will help each individual study in a way that works best for them and will ensure students receive the best student-experience.

    Coursework and assessment

    The course is assessed by a variety of methods, each appropriate to the topic being assessed. These methods include coursework assignments, written examinations, online tests, written reports and presentations. You will also have many opportunities for self-assessment, to check and guide your progress, using online quizzes, example sheets and tutorial exercises.

    Course units for foundation year

    The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

    TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
    Chemistry 1 FOUN10001 10 Mandatory
    Information and Communications Technology FOUN10011 10 Mandatory
    Foundation Year Project FOUN10022 10 Mandatory
    Academic Skills FOUN10031 10 Mandatory
    Chemistry 2 FOUN10042 10 Mandatory
    Chemistry 3 FOUN10052 10 Mandatory
    Waves and Particles Phys 3 FOUN10072 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0B1 MATH19801 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0B2 MATH19812 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0C1 MATH19821 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0C2 MATH19832 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0F2 MATH19842 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0N1 MATH19861 10 Mandatory
    Matter and Energy Phys 1 FOUN10061 10 Optional
    World of the Electron Phys 2 FOUN10111 10 Optional
    Displaying 10 of 15 course units for foundation year

    Scholarships and bursaries

    The Foundation Year Bursary  is available to UK students who are registered on an undergraduate foundation year here and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance.

    Details of country-specific funding available to international students can be found within our  International country profiles .

    The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability, therefore, we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

    For information about scholarships please visit our  undergraduate student finance pages  and the Department funding pages that you intend to progress to after successfully completing the Foundation Year.

    Disability support

    Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: