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Foundation Year in Business

Get ready for a full-time business degree and exciting business career opportunities with our Foundation Year in Business

Foundation year in Business

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September 2024
1 year full-time
Plus 3 years full-time
September 2024: £9,250 (UK)*
£16,600 (INT)*
Course leader
Hong Woo

Why choose a Foundation Year in Business at Middlesex?

This course is a stepping-stone course to one of our three-year courses Business.

A foundation year might be a good choice for you if you don't have the right qualifications yet or feel ready for degree-level study. Or perhaps you are returning to study and want to get up to speed before starting a degree.

The number of students who progress to degree study is very high and in fact, have gone on to become some of our most successful graduates.

You will need to enrol on a four-year course, which includes the one-year foundation course. When you complete this year successfully you will progress directly onto one of our three-year degree courses.

We offer:

More information? Please visit our How to Apply page.

What you will gain

You will be starting your journey to a full business degree. Once you complete your first year satisfactorily you will move on to one of our three-year degree courses. You will also:

  • Be supported by personal tutors, student learning and academic assistants who have first-hand experience of the subject
  • Develop transferable skills in business, communication and problem-solving.

3 great reasons to pick this course

  • Top 5 university in the UK
    According to Times Higher Education (THE) 2023
  • Learn the latest software
    Enhance your employability prospects and learn how to use the latest software used in the workplace, including Xero, Sage, OneSource and our state-of-the-art Financial Markets Lab
  • Inspiring entrepreneurs
    The entrepreneurial focus in our curriculum has led to one in seven of our MDX graduates going on to manage or own a business — Hitachi, 2020

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About your course

You will study four modules over the year. Each module is one year long which means you have the chance to examine topics in-depth.


  • Modules

    • Introduction to Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to introduce students to the notion of business, its environment,and its domains through literature. The module develops students’ ability to source, read,understand and utilise business knowledge effectively. It aims to provide an introduction to business and help students develop their communication, study and team work skills.

    • Academic Writing and Research Skills for Business (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with the fundamental written and oral communication skills required for studying at degree level. Students will develop analytical skills through problem solving, build their confidence working individually and as a member of a team, and gain appreciation of research techniques by using a range of library and e-learning resources.

    • Fundamentals of Business Mathematics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of business subjects studied at degree level. Students will begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understanding and describing abstract ideas. The module covers introductory areas of mathematics including numbers, algebra, financial mathematics and index numbers in a structured and supportive environment. Software will be used to demonstrate and elucidate material and to motivate its use in real world situations.

    • Management Foundation Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to cultivate students’ learning and transferable skills by undertaking and managing a business project through structured supervision. The module provides students with experience of a range of project tasks that reinforce learning in other foundation year modules and opportunities to develop decision-making, problem-solving, planning, critical thinking, synthesis, research, analysis, evaluation and presentation skills to foster employability and further learning in higher education.

We review our courses regularly to improve your experience and graduate prospects so modules may be subject to change.

  1. Teaching and learning
  2. Coursework and assessments
  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2023/24 academic year:

UK students1

Full-time: £9,250

Part-time: £77 per taught credit

International students2

Full-time students: £16,600

Part-time students: £138 per taught credit

Additional costs

The following study tools are included in your fees:

  • Free laptop loans for up to 24 hours
  • Free specialist software for your course
  • Free printing for academic paperwork
  • Free online training with LinkedIn Learning.

Financial support for students

To help make uni affordable, we do everything we can to support you including our:

  • MDX Student Starter Kit can help with up to £1,000 goods, including a new laptop or iPad
  • MDX Excellence Scholarship offers grants of up to £2,000 per year for UK students
  • Regional or International Merit Awards which reward International students with up to £2,000 towards course fees.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Find out more about undergraduate funding and all of our scholarships and bursaries.

Work while you study

We help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

Fees disclaimers

1. UK fees: The university reserves the right to increase undergraduate tuition fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions. The tuition fees for part-time UK study are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

2. International fees: Tuition fees are subject to annual review and we reserve the right to increase the fees each academic year by no more than the level of inflation.

Any annual increase in tuition fees as provided for above will be notified to students at the earliest opportunity in advance of the academic year to which any applicable inflationary rise may apply.

How can the Foundation Year in Business support your career?

Our Careers and Employability Service, MDXworks will launch you into the world of work from the beginning of your course, with placements, projects and networking opportunities through our 1000+ links with industry and big-name employers in London and globally.

Our dedicated lifetime career support, like our business start-up support programme and funding for entrepreneurs, has put us in the top 10 university for producing CEOs – Novuana, 2023.

Global network

You’ll study with students from 122 countries who’ll hopefully become part of your global network. And after you graduate, we'll still support you through our alumni network to help you progress in your chosen career.

The Sheppard Library

Our library is open 24 hours a day during the term and includes:

  • Over 1,000 study areas with rooms for group study and over 600 computer spaces
  • 350,000 books and e-books and more than 24,000 online journals
  • Free laptop loans, Wi-Fi and printing.

Student support

We offer lots of support to help you while you're studying including financial advice, wellbeing, mental health, and disability support.

Additional needs

We'll support you if you have additional needs such as sensory impairment or dyslexia. And if you want to find out whether Middlesex is the right place for you before you apply, get in touch with our Disability and Dyslexia team.


Our specialist teams will support your mental health. We have free individual counselling sessions, workshops, support groups and useful guides.

Work while you study

Our Middlesex Unitemps branch will help you find work that fits around uni and your other commitments. We have hundreds of student jobs on campus that pay the London Living Wage and above.

Financial support

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries and our MDX Student Starter Kit to help with up to £1,000 of goods, including a new laptop or iPad.

We have also reduced the costs of studying with free laptop loans, free learning resources and discounts to save money on everyday things. Check out our guide to student life on a budget.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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