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.
All students will study the same two compulsory modules in their first semester:
- 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 Pathway to Medicine/Science 1: extend your vocabulary, learn how to evaluate the reliability of texts and know how to incorporate other people's ideas within academic writing while allowing your own voice to come through.
In addition to these two modules, students are assigned to Science modules depending on their intended degree route. Staff at the International Education Institute will be able to advise students on module choices, but students must take 20 Science subject credits in total in their first semester. Subjects typically available include:
- Foundation Art History
- Foundation Economics
- Foundation English Literature
- Foundation Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
- Foundation International Relations
- Foundation Management
- Foundation Mathematics
- Foundation Medieval History
- Foundation Philosophy
- Foundation Physiology 1
- Foundation Psychology 2
- Foundation Statistics
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 1'.
All students will study the same two compulsory 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.
Depending on your degree intention, you will study one or two additional compulsory modules. Students wishing to study:
- computer science, physics or mathematics will take Critical Thinking in Arts and Science.
- neuroscience, chemistry or biology will take Foundation Physiology 2 and Foundation Organic Chemistry.
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.