Business - Management, Economics and Finance (International Foundation) September 2020 entry
The International Foundation programme for Management, Economics and Finance 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.
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.
If you are interested in studying mathematics, you may also wish to read the Science (International Foundation) page.
The programme has a high success rate with an average of nearly 93% 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.
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 International Foundation programme for Management, Economics and Finance has eleven compulsory modules.
In Semester 1, all students will study the same five 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 Business 1: develops greater familiarity with a wide range of primarily business-related topics. You will learn how to organise your writing, structure correct sentences, use formal academic vocabulary, and use correct academic style.
- Foundation Academic Thought in Arts and Science: enhances understanding of the key philosophical and analytical principles underpinning academic study.
- Foundation Psychology 1: gives a brief overview of different approaches to psychology and covers the many different ways in which mind and behaviour can be studied.
- Foundation Business: provides an introduction to a broad range of business concepts and theories; it analyses the goals, processes, and operations of business enterprises.
All students will study the same two compulsory modules:
- 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 Business 2: builds on the key academic subject knowledge, skills and strategies covered in 'Research and Writing for Business 1', but with an increased focus on learner independence.
In addition to these two compulsory modules, you will focus on four academic modules relevant to your degree. Subjects typically available include:
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry.
ContactInternational Foundation programmes
International Education Institute
University of St Andrews
Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2255
The academic requirements PDF was updated on Friday 20 March 2020.
The compulsory and optional modules listing, as well as teaching format, was updated on Monday 10 August 2020.