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Master's Foundation Programme (MFP) - Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Term)

Master's Foundation Programme (MFP) - Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Term)

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Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Pre-masters Programme

Subject areas

Humanities / General Studies / Combined Studies Social Sciences Preparatory Courses

Course type


Course Summary

The Master’s Foundation Programme is a three-term programme, with guaranteed progression to a wide range of Master’s degrees at Aston University. You will study your Master's programme at our Centre located at the heart of Aston University campus.

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study in the UK. The MFP 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?

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.

What will I study?

You will study two core units (a research project and postgraduate skills development), plus English language. You will also study two additional academic subject units, relating to your intended progression degree on the 3 term MFP.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Psychology for Social Sciences
International Development, Law, and Education
Understanding Learning and Development
Contextual and Cultural Studies for Postgraduates
Intercultural Communication

How will I be assessed?

Each module will have an assessment schedule, which will be completed by the end of the appropriate term. 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 include coursework, essays, reports and other structured assignments, oral examination and unseen written examinations.

Progression Degrees

When you successfully complete your ONCAMPUS Aston programme you are guaranteed entry to an Aston University degree.

  • MA Forensic Linguistics
  • MA International Relations and Global Governance
  • MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • MSc Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience


Psychology for Social Sciences
Intercultural Communication
Contextual and Cultural Studies for Postgraduates
Understanding Learning and Development
International Development, Law, and Education

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

To study this programme you will need to have successfully completed your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, from a recognised university. Minimum age: 21+