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Pre-Masters Programmes - All that you Need to Know

Pre-masters programmes are in high demand as they offer the skills needed by an undergraduate student to join a postgraduate degree abroad.


Pre-masters programmes are designed to offer international students a clear entry into a taught masters programme abroad.

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What are Pre-Masters Programmes?

Securing admission into a postgraduate degree abroad requires the applicant to meet the stringent English language and subject-specific requirements as laid out by the University. This invariably results in many international students failing to make the mark. Here is where pre-masters programmes help such international students. A pre-masters programme typically ranges from nine months to twelve months and offers intensive subject-specific and English language training. Additionally, modules on research skills are also incorporated within the programme. On completion of the pre-masters programme the applicant takes a test and based on a successful score is granted admission to a postgraduate programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants would be required to have a relevant full-time undergraduate degree.
  • They should have an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent. Some institutions require an IELTS score of 6.
  • Some institutions grant conditional admission to a student onto a postgraduate programme by enrolling them first on a pre-masters programme. On completing the pre-masters programme and clearing an entrance examination, they are eligible to join the postgraduate degree classes.

Components of the Pre-Masters Programme

The pre-masters programme typically comprises modules in English language, computer skills and research methods. In addition to these modules based on the postgraduate programme that the student aspires to study, relevant subject-specific modules will be added. So if a student is aiming to study an MSc in Physics, the subject-modules in the pre-masters programme will be Physics and Mathematics.

Top-Ranked Pre-Masters Programmes in the UK

Some of the most popular pre-masters programmes in the UK are offered by the following universities:

  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bath
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • University of Cardiff
  • University College London
  • University of Durham
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Exeter

On completion of these programmes, students can progress to a relevant full-time postgraduate programme at the same university or some other university in the UK. Similar preparatory programmes to study a postgraduate degree are also offered in the USA and Australia. 

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