International Foundation Programme (IFP)
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    International Foundation Programme

    The International Foundation Programme (IFP) aims to build students’ confidence and provide them with the necessary transferable skills needed to progress onto an undergraduate degree.

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    • Overview - Why Sign Up?

      The IFP is a well-chosen decision for students who do not have the required UCAS points to start their undergraduate degree and who want to strengthen their personal and academic skills. The IFP is also a well-chosen decision for students who are not sure if their considered undergraduate degree is the right choice and would like to familiarise themselves the UK degree level study and the Middlesex University Mauritius programmes of study. A well-established preparatory course, embracing a multicultural perspective it seeks to equip every student with essential skills to succeed at tertiary education. The programme builds students’ confidence, offers close supervision and provide tailored guidance throughout the course to ensure academic progress.

      Students who successfully complete this programme will be equipped with professional and employable skills and attributes such as:

      • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and in teams;
      • the ability to formulate arguments and apply problem solving strategies to a range of real-life scenarios;
      • the ability to communicate effectively to different audiences;
      • the ability to use IT and maths skills in project work;
      • the ability to lead and manage others;
      • and the ability to interact effectively with people from different cultures.
    • Course Highlights

      • Learn in a culturally diverse classroom.
      • Guest speakers are invited to discuss a ‘real life’ perspective on taught topics.
      • Developing groupwork skills.
      • Sharing first hand experiences on topics taught.
      • Learning thorough a variety of engaging teaching methods –including peer learning.

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    • Associated Modules

      • Academic Writing Skills

        The IFP course is particularly prized for the range of academic skills it equips students with. We recognise that our students may come from multi-lingual backgrounds with English being, in many cases, a foreign language. Through our academic writing module, we ensure that each student masters the necessary writing standard in English for undergraduate studies.

      • Researching and Presenting

        This module specifically seeks to provide essential researching and presenting skills in English. We forge each student’s confidence and give tailored individual support to give persuasive speeches at academic level.

      • Developing Independent Learning

        Developing Independent Learning through the use of a range of ICT applications, students have the opportunity to broaden their learning and communication skills. Tailored ICT lab sessions are offered for every student to develop a range of essential digital skills. The course additionally provides a stimulating introduction to Mathematics and Statistics for analysis and presentation of data and problem solving.

      • Integrated Subject Based Project

        Through a common theme this module connects what has been taught in the other modules and develops student’s ability to transfer skills and learning using suitable concepts and techniques, thereby enhancing skills development.

    What will you gain?

    The IFP challenges and develops the student to develop new learning methods, adapt to a new learning environment, separate themselves from the familiar and grow as an informed person. Students will find new approaches, build self-confidence and successfully deal with the challenges of a multi-cultural learning environment.

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    About the MDX Mauritius Campus

    Our new campus demonstrates what can be achieved when all stakeholders share a clear vision. The concept was developed by a London architect, Graham Wilson, who also is credited for developing many of Middlesex buildings in Hendon.

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    Fees and Funding

    Course fees are subject to annual inflation. An international Admin Fee is also applicable for international students. For more details, see link to respective fees and payment plans below.

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    • Teaching and Learning

      You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions. Lectures allow you to gain and develop knowledge in specific topics. You can discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller seminar groups usually made up of around 35 students. In laboratory sessions, you will be able to develop your skills by doing exercises, with teaching staff at hand to provide help and answer questions. In addition, you can arrange one to one sessions with your module coordinator. You will also have access to and use resources to support your learning including library support, a broad range of available software and laptops on loan throughout your course.

      During your 20 -24 weeks your weekly timetable will typically consist of:

      • 4 hours of lectures,
      • 6 hours of supervised seminars
      • 6 hours of supervised laboratory sessions

      Independent Learning

      When not attending your teaching, sessions mentioned above, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on projects, undertaking research, and preparing for assessments including coursework, presentations and examinations. Your independent learning is supported by the facilities available including the library, Study Rooms and online materials accessible via MyUniHub.

      Overall Workload

      In addition to the weekly taught sessions students are expected to undertake 5 hours per week of self-directed study.

      Academic Support

      You will have access to academic support services that you assist you in the following areas;

      • Study Skills, including academic writing, reading and numeracy skills.
      • Employability, with workshops and tutorials on CV writing, interview and presentation skills.
      • Library Support, including sessions on finding, and choosing the right resources and software and tutorials on referencing and plagiarism.
      • Your Module coordinator will assist you if you experience difficulties with your studies.

      More information on how to access these services would be provided to you at your induction.

    • Assessment

      The course will provide you with opportunities to test your knowledge and understanding informally through ‘formative’ assessment. This will be completed before your formal ‘summative’ assessment which will count towards your final marks. Formative assessments are developmental and any grade you receive from formative assessment does not count towards your final marks.

      There is formal ‘summative’ assessment as part of the module. Assessment is by assignment – this includes project reports, both individual and group presentations and other written work. The grades from the summative assessments count towards your module mark. Assessments are reviewed bi-annually and may be updated based on student feedback, to suit content or based on feedback from an external examiner.

      Percentage of course assessed by assignments

      There are assignments for each module. In order to successfully complete the IFP students must achieve a minimum pass in all 9 assignments.

      Feedback

      You will receive feedback on formative assessment and written summative assessments. Feedback is intended to help you learn and progress, and you are encouraged to review and discuss your feedback with your module coordinator.

      We will aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission.

      Details of progression and pass marks for assessment can be found in the university regulations.

      Teaching Staff

      You will be taught by an experienced multi- cultural teaching team who possess the expertise, knowledge and experience closely aligned to the content of the modules on offer.

    How can the International Foundation Programme support your career?

    The world has become globally interconnected. Different skills and abilities are valued today: productivity, curiosity and resilience. It is the international experience which is likely to develop these skills in students. The International Foundation Programme prides itself in being the most culturally diverse and increasingly popular programme at Middlesex University Mauritius. It is not unusual to be sharing a classroom with students from Brazil, Italy, Germany, Norway, Zambia, Seychelles, India, Tanzania, Nigeria, Madagascar to name but a few. Learning in a multi-cultural classroom prepares students to become global citizens prepared for international career opportunities and differing worldviews.

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    The international foundation programme has been an excellent journey to strengthen my academic skill set and also it has been a great experience.

    Kushal Sreekeessoon, IFP - Class of 2019

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