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Engineering, Maths and Physics

Study Engineering, Maths and Physics

The International Foundation Year in Business, Humanities, Science and Engineering (Engineering, Maths and Physics) is your route to a variety of undergraduate degrees at the University of Sussex. You will study a range of subject specific modules, as well as develop your English language skills and future employability as part of this programme.

Why study with us?

There are many reasons why you may want to study this preparational programme and have the opportunity to progress to a range of undergraduate degrees. These include:

  • 95% of our research overall in Mathematical Sciences was assessed to be world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)
  • The campus is home to cutting-edge facilities, including the Future Technologies Lab, which houses leading robotics and technology equipment
  • The University of Sussex is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

What you’ll study

During the International Foundation Year two-semester programme you will study a combination of academic modules, specific to your pathway, and compulsory modules.

You will study a total of seven modules and achieve 120 credits required in your chosen pathway to progress.

Core modules

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

This module aims to introduce you to the fundamental skills that underpin the practice of science within all STEM subjects, introducing core concepts and practical techniques. This module will also provide you with basic study skills and an understanding of good academic practice to facilitate effective engagement with all other modules within your programme of study.

This module aims to provide a solid foundation in mathematics applicable across several disciplines including computing, engineering, life sciences and psychology. The module will develop your confidence in some of the basics such as algebra and calculus, which will prepare you for further study.

Building upon the foundations laid in Pure Mathematics 1, Pure Mathematics 2 aims to deepen and broaden your grasp of diverse mathematical concepts. From trigonometry and algebra to calculus and series expansions, you will be given the opportunity to dive into the captivating world of advanced mathematical topics and explore new dimensions of mathematical thinking. The module is designed to equip you with the knowledge and confidence to excel in a transformative mathematical expedition.

The aim of this module is to develop interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with engineering where detailed knowledge of physics is required. The module will introduce concepts and develop your ability to solve scenario-based real-life problems associated with materials, heat and temperature, gases, quantum physics, radioactivity, and nuclear energy.

The aim of this module is to introduce the concepts related to the basics of electric circuit analysis, magnetism, and wave motion. The module will develop your ability to solve problems associated with electric circuits, wave motion and investigate these topics through laboratory experiments.

This is a comprehensive module, which offers a deeper insight into fundamental concepts such as statics, kinematics, and dynamics, specifically tailored to align with core subjects at the University of Sussex. Whether you're an aspiring engineer or simply eager to delve into the world of mechanics, this module will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to unravel the complexities of mechanics and apply them to real-world engineering challenges.

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How to apply

Ready to apply? Discover how to submit an application and learn more about fees, semester dates and entry requirements.

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University of Sussex International Study Centre

Develop skills to change the world at the University of Sussex International Study Centre. Improve your English, develop your academic skills, and grow the confidence you need to succeed in your degree.

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English language courses

Our online English Language preparation courses will help you develop your English language skills to the level required to begin your chosen pathway programme.

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