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IFP for Film

Your QM Education

  • you prepare for a degree within Humanities and Social Sciences at a Russell Group university

  • you attend seminars and lectures given by our brilliant teaching team, all highly qualified and experienced members of QMUL staff

  • you receive personal attention and support to achieve your full potential; external examiners consistently highlight the excellent standards in teaching and support


Karim Jivani (2014-2015 September-start IFP Student) talks about his experience on the IFP:
The IFP at Queen Mary is perhaps the best and most well-rounded programme a student can undertake to prepare for undergraduate studies. Not only are we able choose a combination of modules that is tailored specifically to develop the skills we need for our chosen undergraduate course, we are also guided and given support along the way by experienced lecturers and members of staff who are able to provide valuable advice and insight regarding anything we may have questions about, from university choices to the structure of a written piece of work. The teachers and lecturers on the IFP are extremely supportive, assisting us with anything we may need help with. The modules compliment and build on one another and also alloallows for in-depth studies into areas one may be fascinated by.

The IFP student body is truly international. I have never before been in a class with students from such a wide range of countries and backgrounds before. Everyone has a lot of knowledge and information to share, and we do not learn from the teachers alone but from our fellow students as well.  Everyone is extremely friendly and welcoming, making the process of settling in very easy and relaxed. 

The style of teaching is the same as what is done at undergraduate level. We attend a lecture and a seminar for each module every week just as undergraduate students do. I feel has played a crucial role in helping me prepare for next year. I will already be acquainted with the way in which material is delivered and unlike students who have not undergone the IFP, I will not have to face the problem of adapting to the style of teaching at university.

I have seen, over the course of my time on the IFP, that there are students with a very broad range of academic abilities on the programme. It caters to students of all levels of academic skill and ability. Skills which need to be worked on are paid special attention to and developed over the course of the programme. One thing I would say is that the IFP is not too easy or too difficult. Whether your academic skills are highly advanced or rudimentary, you will find the course intellectually demanding. When I look back to myself at the start of the IFP, it is very clear that I my abilities and knowledge has increased by leaps and bounds.

I can say with great conviction that having done the IFP has put me at a very significant advantage for my undergraduate studies. It has also been a phenomenal experience. I am happy I chose to be part of it and would recommend it to everyone. 

IFP for Film Programme Structure


Compulsory : English Language and Study Skills, Introduction to Film Studies

Optional: choose TWO from: Introduction to Business and Management, Introduction to Politics, Introduction to Human Geography I, Liberal Arts I : the Making of the Modern World, Introduction to English Literature, Twentieth Century History I : 1900-1945, Microeconomics*, Pure Mathematics for Economics, French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture



Compulsory : Independent Study Project, Management, European and American Art Cinema 

Optional : choose TWO from: The Human Geography of London, Liberal Arts II : the Making of Modern Britain, Introduction to American Literature, Twentieth Century History II : 1945 - 1990, Introduction to International Relations, Macroeconomics*, Statistics for Economics, French Language and Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture 



Revision week and exam period.

For further details on module content, click here.

Your QM Experience

  • as an IFP student at Queen Mary, you will be a full member of both QMUL and the University of London
  • you are guaranteed accommodation on our Mile End campus**; live within the heart of our friendly and vibrant campus
  • you will experience a truly diverse international programme on a truly diverse international campus, surrounded by all the wonderful opportunities that London has to offer



  • if you achieve an average grade of 60 in your second semester modules with 60 in European and American Art Cinema, you can progress to the prestigious School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at QMUL, which offers a range of Film degree specialisms and combinations - click here for more details
  • Film at Queen Mary is highly ranked for research and for teaching quality. In recent the National Student Surveys (NSS 2016), Film Studies at Queen Mary was rated highly in terms of overall student satisfaction (96%) and in terms of the quality of teaching across the programme (96%).  
  • Queen Mary was ranked first in London and third nationally for media and film studies (Guardian University League Tables, 2015).


How to apply

To apply, you need to fill in the online application form and upload:

  • your High School Certificate 
  • your transcript (record of subjects and marks or grades)
  • contact details for a teacher who will write a reference for you
  • details of any further study
  • results of any English language exam you have taken (e.g. UKVI IELTS)

If you are still waiting for any of these documents, you are more than welcome to send your application now and email us missing documents later.  

Please note, the minimum age for enrolment on the IFP at QMUL is 17.  If you will be younger than 17 on the 1st of September, 2017, you will need to apply for our September 2018 programme instead.  

If you will be under 18 at the start of the IFP, your parents or agents should read the guidance available here:  Advice for Students Under 18 [PDF 52KB].

The IFP for Film is a pathway of the International Foundation Programme in Humanities in Social Sciences:

IFP for Film Dates and Fees 2018/19

September start

Course Start Date End Date
Induction Week 17 September 2018 21 September 2018
Semester 1 24 September 2018 14 December 2018
Semester 2 7 January 2019 29 March 2019
Revision & Exam Period 23 April 2019 7 June 2019


Tuition Fees for 2018/2019

International Foundation Programme in Humanities and Social Sciences - £16,950

Once you have accepted the offer and met any conditions you will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards your tuition fee in order to secure your place at Queen Mary, University of London.  The payment of this deposit will assist you in applying for immigration permission under Tier 4 of the UKBA (UK Border Agency) Points Based System.  If your fees will be paid by a government sponsor, we do not require you to submit a deposit. We do, however, require a formal letter from your sponsor confirming the arrangement.

For further details regarding deposits please go to the International Office website.

Full details of fees policies, including arrangements for refunds, are available here.


What's included in the fees?

Tuition, exams, and core teaching materials are all included in your fees.  Access to study resources on campus (including the QMUL library and campus wifi) and to university welfare services are also included.


Possible additional costs

Some lecturers may recommend that students buy set textbooks, but the Queen Mary library maintains multiple copies of all recommended texts

General printing/photocopying costs - printing facilities are widely available on-campus, and typically charged at 4p per A4 black-and-white page

Students need to pay their own transport costs when travelling to educational trips.  Compulsory educational trips are free, but may contain non-compulsory elements (such as a special exhibition) which students must pay for if they wish to participate.   



*Economics modules can only be taken alongside Maths modules 

**To qualify for guaranteed accommodation on campus, you must accept a conditional or unconditional offer and apply for campus accommodation by the 31st of May

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