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Master's Foundation Programme (MFP) - (3 Terms)



What will I learn?

The Master’s Foundation Programme is available as a two or three-term programme, with guaranteed progression* to a wide range of Master’s degrees at UCLan and the opportunity to apply to other top UK universities through the UCAS process. You will live and study your Foundation programme at our Centre located at the heart of the UCLan campus.

The Master’s Foundation Programme is available as a two or three-term programme. It offers you guaranteed progression to a wide range of Master’s degrees.

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study in the UK. The Master’s Foundation will allow you to improve your English while learning the study skills and research methods that you will need during your Master’s degree studies. Depending on the length of the programme you study, you may also study academic modules relating to your chosen progression route.

How long will I study for?

The duration of the programme is dependent on the number of terms studied (three, six or nine months). Each term consists of seven to eight teaching weeks, one reading week, and an assessment week. The weekly hours of study varies by term with students on average studying around 18-23 (and up to 25) hours per week.

English Language forms up to six hours of your timetable, is compulsory for students who are below the required level for progression, and will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects as well as being taught separately if you need additional support. Students who are at or above the required English level for progression are likely to follow a reduced timetable.

Students will be expected to timetable self-study hours in addition to the classroom-based hours.

How will I be assessed?

Each module will have an assessment schedule, which will be completed by the end of the appropriate term, and will include formative and summative assignments and other assessment tasks. Assessments will be designed to demonstrate learning across the individual modules of the programme and to allow you to experience a wide range of the assessment methods used in UK postgraduate programmes.

Assessments will normally include coursework, essays, reports and other structured assignments, oral examination and unseen written examinations. Guaranteed progression is subject to meeting the specified entry criteria.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (9 months)

Tuition fees
£15,735.00 (US$ 18,940) Overall cost
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January 2024



Kirkham Building,

Bhailok Street,



PR1 2XQ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Students will need to have successfully completed your Bachelor's degree or equivalent, from a recognised university. Students need to have a minimum age of 21+. Students need to have an IELTs score for 3 terms from 5.0 or equivalent, with no single element less than 4.5.


Successful completion of a programme guarantees entry to a degree programme at the UCLan, one of the top universities the North West of England.

  • Partnership with UCLan, a top 3.3% global university
  • Based in Preston, two hours from London
  • Three different foundation programmes available
  • Many progression degrees to choose from

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