IFP Structure and Course Outlines

Lynne RobertsThe International Foundation Programme has been designed to ensure that you achieve high academic standards, learn appropriate subject knowledge and acquire both the skills and intellectual curiosity necessary for rigorous degree-level study. IFP graduates have gone on to study for degrees with the University of London International Programmes and at many other prestigious universities in the UK and elsewhere.

Lynne Roberts, Head of University of London International Foundation Programme

Mathematics and statistics

The course offers an overview of key mathematical methods and statistical concepts frequently applied to economics, management, finance and related areas. Topics include: an overview of arithmetic, algebra and calculus; insight into concepts of probability; an introduction to financial mathematics; basic knowledge of how to summarise, analyse and interpret data and an introduction to modelling the linear relationships.

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Economics

The course offers a broad overview of the key economic concepts and their applications to everyday situations and current economic affairs. Course topics include: an introduction to the nature and scope of economics; competitive markets; market failure and government intervention; managing the economy; development and sustainability and the current financial and economic crisis.      

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*International relations

This course offers a basic introduction to International Relations (IR), its classical and contemporary theories, schools of thought and research areas. The course has three major aims; to provide an introduction to IR as a social scientific discipline, its history, key contributors and methodologies; to consider key ways in which knowledge derived from IR can be applied to real-life contexts and to provide tools that support students in critical thinking and argumentation.

*International relations is only available at MPW London

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*Sociology

This course offers a broad introduction to Sociology, its key thinkers, concepts and research areas. Topics include an overview of sociology and the development of the discipline. The course then covers three main topics: sociology as a discipline; sociological issues in relation to policy and finally sociology in relation to contemporary issues such as urbanisation and environmental change.

*Sociology is only available at MPW Cambridge

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Politics

This course provides an introduction to the discipline, its theories and key empirical issue areas that are the focus of political thought. The course introduces the history of political thought, outlining how key thinkers have contributed to the development of the discipline. It then covers political concepts and theories and explores these in the context of real-life issues.

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*Pure Mathematics

This course develops proficiency in working with a range of mathematical methods including logic and proof by contradiction, algebraic equations, trigonometric functions and expressions, coordinate geometry, vectors and calculus. The theoretical concepts underlying these areas are explored and related to working methods and application which together build on the elementary techniques of mathematics.

*Pure Mathematics is only available at MPW Cambridge. 

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Students who are seeking advice and information about our International Foundation Programme please do not hesitate to contact us by completing the International Enquiry Form