BSc/MEng Materials Science with an Integrated Foundation Year / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Begin your journey to a materials science degree with our one-year Integrated Foundation Year programme, which aims to improve your mathematical and scientific understanding and skills to a level where you are able to start a degree with us in the Department of Materials.
By completing the course and meeting the specific progression criteria, you can continue to a degree in one of the following subject areas:Materials Science and Engineering, BSc
On the Foundation Year you will study mathematics, physics and chemistry. You will also take modules in Academic Skills and ICT (Information and Communications Technology), and complete a group project related to your intended degree programme and supervised by an academic from the Department of Materials.
You will be part of The University of Manchester and have the best possible preparation for first year on one our materials science degrees.
- We aim to help you improve your mathematical and scientific understanding to a level where you are able to start a materials science degree.
- You will be taught mathematics, physics and chemistry, and will take modules in Academic Skills and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).
- You will be an undergraduate at The University of Manchester, benefitting from full access to the University's facilities.
We accept students from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds, and foster a welcoming, collegiate atmosphere.
Teaching and support
You will be taught by highly experienced university academics, with a proven track record in their field. We also provide high levels of both academic and pastoral support.
Being part of the University
On the Materials Science with an Integrated Foundation Year you are an undergraduate at The University of Manchester, with access to all University facilities. Successful completion then guarantees you a place on the first year of your chosen materials science degree.
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:
- Small group tutorials
- 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.
Materials Science with an Integrated Foundation Year is delivered at the University, by University staff. With strong links to the Department of Materials, 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.
|Information and Communications Technology||FOUN10011||10||Mandatory|
|Foundation Year Project||FOUN10022||10||Mandatory|
|Waves and Particles Phys 3||FOUN10072||10||Mandatory|
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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.
What our students say
The Department of Materials is home to an extensive array of facilities and equipment, across both its materials science and engineering, and fashion business and technology arms.
We also benefit from close ties to a long list of leading centres, institutes and research hubs, including but not limited to, the National Graphene Institute, the Photon Science Institute, Henry Royce Institute, Dalton Cumbrian Facility and BP International Centre for Advanced Materials.