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This course aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding required to succeed in undergraduate study of engineering and physical sciences.

Distinctive features:

  • Benefit from study visits in the UK and overseas, with accommodation arranged by the School for course-essential field trips and a travel bursary provided
  • Option of taking a professional placement year in industry, or a year of studying at a university abroad, between years two and three
  • Opportunity to study within an internationally recognised, strong and active research culture which informs and directs teaching.

Key facts

  • Next intake: September 2019
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Mode: Full-time
  • Fee: £15,650
  • Accreditation: BALEAP

English language requirement

IELTS 5.5 (Academic) for UKVI,  (Minimum subscores: 4.0 in all areas)

Course structure

This is a nine-month full-time course, consisting of 120 credits. All modules are compulsory.

Engineering Principles20Autumn
British Social and Cultural Environment10Autumn
Integrated Study Skills10Autumn
English Language & Study Skills 110Autumn
English for Academic Purposes20Autumn & Spring
English Language & Study Skills 210Spring
Introduction to Calculus20Spring
Introduction to Mechanics20Spring


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Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the International Foundation Programme (IFP) in 2019/20 are £15,650 and are payable in three instalments.


We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Living costs

Cardiff is one of the most affordable cities in the UK. See how far your money goes by using our simple living costs calculator.


In recognition of the outstanding talent of many international students, we offer highly prestigious scholarships to attract and reward the best students.

Our 2019 International Foundation Programme Scholarship offers funding to non-sponsored international students on the International Foundation Programme in 2019/20.

Qualifying recipients will receive an award of £2000 in the form a tuition fee discount.

International applicants holding offers for our International Foundation Programme will be automatically considered for the scholarship. You do not need to submit a separate application for the award.

If you meet, or exceed, the conditions of your offer, or if you are holding an unconditional offer, you will automatically be awarded the offer as a tuition fee discount.

Only self-funding international students are eligible and you must be confirmed as an overseas student for fee-paying purposes. The scholarship is not open to students who are in receipt of funding from external bodies such as local Government, charities or private organisations.

For more information, please see the International Scholarship pages