The University System in the UK
International Foundation Programme
International Foundation Programmes are designed for those who don't necessarily meet the entry requirements to gain entry onto a particular degree course and enable students to develop their learning to an appropriate standard in preparation for starting Year 1 of degree.
This is a full undergraduate degree qualification. A bachelor's degree normally takes three or four years to complete and most are awarded at honours level (BA hons). Examples of bachelor degrees are: BA - Bachelor of Arts, BEng - Bachelor of Engineering, and BSc - Bachelor of Science.
Foundation Degrees are normally deemed to be equivalent to the first two years of a three year bachelor's degree in terms of the amaount and type of study that students complete. after a Foundation Degree, students may then have the option to study for a "top-up" bachelor's degree course so that they can gain the full undergraduate degree qualification.
Masters Degree in the UK are very intensive and can be completed in just one year - much less than in most other countries where they take two years. Examples of Masters courses are MBA - Master of Business Administration, MA - Master of Arts, MEng - Master of Engineering, MSc - Master of Science. A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in the UK can take between three and seven years to complete, where most are fully funded positions.