Studyng the Sciences pathway at Royal Holloway International Study Centre

Put theory into practice and become a part of the next generation of thinkers, creators, researchers and achievers.

The Sciences stream on the International Foundation Year (IFY) will prepare you for an intensive science-related degree at Royal Holloway, where it is believed that a dynamic research environment is essential in maintaining academic excellence at all levels, and this provides a very strong base for further research growth. Royal Holloway has a strong commitment to science teaching and research and this is reflected by the Science Faculty’s excellent results in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, achieving a top ten ranking for many of their disciplines.

What you will study

You will study English language modules as well as Sciences related topics.

Core modules:

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University.  These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Pathway-specific modules:


You will study a range of mathematical principles including algebra, differential calculus, trigonometry, vectors and complex statistics.


You will gain a basic knowledge of atomic physics, materials, heat and gases and oscillations and waves.

On completion of the programme, you will be able to understand the main ideas and methods of physics and apply your understanding to solve problems. You will also be able to describe phenomena in terms of geometrical, pictorial and mathematical models.


Psychology and Physics (combined module)

During the course you will gain an understanding of the concepts and methods in the study of Psychology. The main focus of study is on the various approaches to the subject in general terms but you will also study the methods by which psychological research is carried out. You will also gain a basic knowledge of atomic physics, materials, heat and gases and oscillations and waves.

Sciences graduate careers include:

  • Software engineering
  • Product management
  • Carbon consultant
  • Charity/Development
  • Coastal management
  • Environmental scientist
  • Geo-engineering
  • Media
  • Actuarial science
  • Accounting
  • Investment banking
  • Lecturer
  • Psychologist
  • Therapists
  • Counsellors