Business - Management, Economics and Finance (International Foundation) January 2021 entry
The January Business programme is designed to facilitate the transition from high school to the first year of undergraduate study in a range of academic disciplines including management, economics, financial economics and mathematics.
This intensive, multi-discipline programme enables students to complete their studies in time to enter university in September of the same year. It includes a blend of subject-related content in various related academic subjects and helps to develop the academic and language skills required for effective participation in undergraduate studies.
The programme has a high success rate with an average of nearly 94% of students completing the programme successfully over the past three years. Graduates have gone on to study for single and joint Honours degrees at St Andrews and other top UK universities.
If you are interested in studying mathematics, see the following programmes:
- Science (International Foundation) – September 2020 entry
- Science (International Foundation) – January 2021 entry
If you would prefer to start this programme in 2020, see the Business (International Foundation) – September 2020 entry page.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2019 as 95% of St Andrews final year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
The modules listed here are the typical modules students must take in order to complete their foundation programme. The choice of academic subjects depends on timetabling, and some subject combinations may not be available for 2021 entry.
All students will study the same two compulsory modules:
- Communicating in Academic Contexts 1: helps you develop and practise productive and receptive academic spoken communication skills to use within the Foundation programme and in your undergraduate programme.
- Research and Writing for Arts 1: introduces you to academic English and writing conventions in the Faculty of Arts through a combination of reading and writing classes.
In addition to these two compulsory modules, you will focus on four academic modules relevant to your degree. Subjects typically available include:
- Foundation Art History
- Foundation Economics
- Foundation English Literature
- Foundation International Relations
- Foundation Management
- Foundation Mathematics
- Foundation Medieval History
- Foundation Philosophy
- Foundation Psychology 2
- Foundation Statistics
Students who have the intention to study a Management degree must choose 'Foundation Management' as one of their four academic subjects.
Students wishing to study a degree in Economics must choose 'Foundation Economics' and 'Foundation Mathematics' as two of their four academic subjects.
Students will take the following three modules in their second semester:
- Communicating in Academic Contexts 2: helps you further develop and practise productive and receptive academic oral communication skills that you will need to draw on in your degree programme.
- Research and Writing for Arts and Science: continues to develop reading and writing skills, but working with more complex text and different types of writing.
- Critical Thinking in Arts and Science: consolidates students' understanding of the history and development of academic thought in both the arts and the sciences, which will enhance their ability to work with key philosophical and analytical principles underpinning academic study.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2021 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
ContactInternational Foundation programmes
International Education Institute
University of St Andrews
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2255
The compulsory and optional modules listing, as well as the teaching format section, was updated on Monday 10 August 2020.