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Foundation Year in Law and Social Sciences

Prepare for a full-time law, criminology or sociology degree

Foundation year in Law and Social Sciences

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September 2024
1 year full-time
+ 3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£16,600 (INT) *
Course leader
Dr Keir Sothcott

Why choose Foundation Year in Law and Social Sciences at Middlesex?

This foundation year course will prepare you for entering an undergraduate degree on one of our law, criminology or sociology degrees.

This one-year course is perfect for you if you don't have to the right qualifications or you feel you need stronger grounding in your specialist area. Or maybe 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, many 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.

More information? Please visit our how to apply page.

What you will gain

You will be starting your journey to a full law, criminology or sociology degree. Once you complete your first year 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

  • Highly Ranked
    Ranked #5 for law in the UK – Times Higher Education Young Universities Ranking, 2023
  • Graduate destinations
    Our 4 year graduates secure roles at organisations including local and national government, the police, social services and youth work
  • We're an international university
    Ranked 5th in the UK and 14th Globally as most International University – Times Higher Education World University Ranking,  2023. 50% of our students are international

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You will study four modules over the year.


  • Core modules

    • World Literature for Social Sciences and the Law

      This module aims to prepare you to embark on studying the disciplines of sociology, criminology, politics and law. You will engage in active reading and writing, and will enhance your knowledge of the world within which the disciplines are located, and the skills with which to understand, decode and comment on it.

    • SMART (Students Mastering Academic writing, Research and Technology)

      This module provides the fundamental written and oral communication skills required to continue studying at degree level. You will develop analytical skills through a problem solving approach, build your confidence working individually and as a member of a team, and gain appreciation of research techniques by using libraries and a range of e-learning resources.

    • Foundation Mathematics

      This module introduces the fundamental mathematical topics and concepts that are required in a range of subjects studied at degree level. In a structured and supportive environment, you will begin to develop an appreciation of the importance of mathematics as an aid to understand and describe abstract ideas.

    • Foundation Project

      This module provides you with the experience in a range of related subject-related projects that reinforce understanding of topics taught, and provide opportunities to apply the knowledge gained in other modules.

  1. UK entry
  2. International entry
  3. How to apply

The fees below are for the 2024/25 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

  • Free access to everything on your reading list
  • 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.

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.


Our 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.

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.

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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