BEng Materials Engineering with a Foundation Year

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Course Overview

Engineering Foundation Year

Engineering offers an enormous range of opportunities for graduates. If you do not have typical entry qualifications these four-year schemes are designed to provide wider access to accredited honours degrees.


You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International Scholarships

Key Features

The Engineering integrated Foundation Year programme is a common one which leads on to any of our branches of engineering. It is not a stand-alone qualification, but is the first year of a 4-year BEng degree.

Why study an Engineering Integrated Foundation Year at Swansea University?

As all Engineering Foundation Year students study all the same modules, there is a good rapport amongst students which creates a friendly and supportive study atmosphere.

The majority of our Engineering Foundation Year students work very hard and pass all modules with good marks, which means that they are in the perfect position of being able to choose one of our engineering degree schemes.

Students typically progress to a BEng degree, but it is also possible to move up to the MEng degree after the end of level 2 (this is the end of the third year for foundation year students as their first year is known as level 0) provided you have around a 60% average.

Completing a MEng degree from the foundation year will take 5 years. Numerous foundation year students have progressed right through to MEng level and many have graduated with our top qualification, a 1st class honours degree.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Entry Level 3 / Foundation Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-040Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Electricity and Magnetism
EG-060Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mechanics
EG-061Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Thermofluid Mechanics
EG-062Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Development of Key Skills for Engineers
EG-065Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Basic Engineering Analysis 1
EG-066Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Basic Engineering Analysis 2
EG-080Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Fundamentals of Materials
EG-085Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Foundation Chemistry
EG-086Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Science

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-168Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Professional Development
EG-180Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Materials Engineering
EG-182Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Manufacturing Technology I
EG-183Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Materials Resources
EG-184Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mechanical Properties of Materials
EG-185Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Materials Practicals 1: structure / property links in metals
EG-187Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Analysis for Materials 1
EG-188Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Engineering Analysis for Materials 2
EGA110Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry
EGA113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Case Studies in Materials
EGA163Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Design and Laboratory Classes 1
Optional Modules

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one of three modules from Module Group 1. If a student has done A level (or equivalent) Chemistry but not Physics they must opt for EGA106. If a student has done A level (or equivalent) Physics but not Chemistry they must opt for EGA103. If a student has done A level (or equivalent) Physics and Chemistry they must opt for EG-108. In the unlikely event that a student has no chemistry or physics background they would be best advised to do EGA106.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Sustainability
EGA103Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Foundation Chemistry
EGA106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Engineering Science

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Materials for Energy
EG-279Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Functional and Smart Materials
EG-280Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Microstructure Evolution and Control in Metallic Materials
EG-281Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Polymers: Structure and Processing
EG-282Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Computational Materials 1
EG-283Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mechanical Deformation in Structural Materials
EG-284Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Manufacturing Technology II
EG-285Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Statistical Techniques in Engineering
EG-286Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Materials Practicals 2a: Microstructure Development in Alloy Systems
EG-287Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Materials Practicals 2b: Applied examples in polymeric and metallic materials
EG-290Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Order and Disorder in Materials
EG-292Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Modelling and Simulation of Materials

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-353Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)30Research Project
EG-380Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computational Materials 2
EG-381Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Fracture and Fatigue
EG-383Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ceramics
EG-385Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Polymers: Properties and Design
EG-386Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Engineering Management
EG-387Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Metals: Advanced Manufacturing and Protection
EG-391Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Microstructure and Characterisation
EG-392Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Physical Metallurgy of Steels
EGA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Composite Materials


The Engineering Integrated Foundation course is just the same as any other year of engineering. As a student on the course, you will be allocated an academic mentor and will have regular tutorials throughout the year alongside the lectures, laboratory and seminar classes.

Entry Requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds for the Engineering Foundation Year. Each application is considered on a case-by case basis, depending on the educational background and work experience of the applicant.

For A level or IB students, our standard offer is BBB - BCC at A level, or 26 at IB.

Students studying for BTEC or other vocational qualifications, who might not have the right pre-requisite Mathematical background for Year 1 entry, may also apply for this scheme. BTEC entry requirements for the Foundation Year are DDD, with D in all Mathematics modules.

All applicants are also expected to hold minimum B grades at GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics and all sciences, including at least two A grades.

Mature students with relevant work experience, or access courses with a good mathematical and science content, are also considered for this scheme; an interview may be required.

How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the BEng Materials Science and Engineering with a Foundation Year as an UK or EU student.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BEng (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £19,750

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Recommended textbooks for this course are available in the library. All software needed for the course is available on the Engineering network, for use within our PC rooms at Swansea University.

Free wireless internet access is available across the whole of the University campus and halls of residence.


As a student studying on the foundation year, don’t worry that you will miss out on an accredited engineering degree. You won’t. The courses are accredited by a range of professional institutions. Depending on which course you choose, will depend on which Professional Body accredits your degree.

The various examples of accreditation organisations include IET, IMechE, IOM3, IChemE, RAeS.

International Students

If you are an international student please find more information about our Foundation Year here.