Science (International Foundation) January 2021 entry
The January Science International Foundation programme enables students to experience university teaching and research from the first day of their studies. This programme allows students to complete their studies in time to enter university in September of the same year.
The programme has a high success rate with an average of more than 97% of students completing the programme successfully over the past three years. Graduates have gone on to study for degrees at the University of St Andrews and other top UK universities.
Depending on your degree, there is a wide range of career options available to you. Former Science Foundation programme students have done postgraduate degrees in the UK or USA, or are working in research and private and public companies.
If you would prefer to start studying Science in 2020, please see the Science (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.
Students will take the following three modules in their first semester:
- Communicating in Academic Contexts 1: students will learn how to communicate effectively in a number of spoken academic contexts.
- Research and Writing for Science 1: aims to explore a range of academic functions, features of academic style and organisation, and academic grammar and vocabulary in order to improve your overall academic literacy. You will learn how to evaluate the reliability of texts and develop your own academic voice.
- Science Modules: students are assigned to modules, depending on their intended degree route. Staff at the International Education Institute will be able to advise students on module choices but, for example, students wishing to study a degree in:
- computer science, physics or mathematics will take Foundation Mathematics, Foundation Statistics and Foundation Economics as well as choosing one other Foundation module.
- neuroscience, chemistry or biology will take Foundation Inorganic and Physical Chemistry and Foundation Physiology.
Students will take the following three modules in their second semester:
- Communicating in Academic Contexts 2: develops your presentation skills, which will be essential for your academic career and beyond.
- 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.
- Academic Thought in Arts and Science: this module will further facilitate your transition into the wider academic community by enhancing your knowledge of the key principles underpinning academic thought and study at undergraduate level.
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.