What is a Pre-Masters?
Pre-Masters is for international students who need to improve their English or develop research, academic writing and seminar skills ahead of a taught masters degree. Pre-Masters programmes in the UK are designed to prepare students fully for studying at postgraduate level.
Courses range in length from ten weeks to twelve months and provide an essential grounding for successful postgraduate study. A Pre-Masters will greatly increase the English language and study skills required for successful postgraduate study, as well as familiarising international students with UK teaching methods.
Do I need to study a Pre-Masters?
You will need to take a Pre-Masters if:
- Your undergraduate degree does not meet the academic requirements of your masters
- You need to improve your use of academic or general English
- You need to improve your study, research and presentation skills
Pre-Masters entry requirements
You must have finished an undergraduate degree at a recognised institution with at least a pass. For a typical two-semester Pre-Masters, a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 is required.
If you have not yet reached the required score for your desired programme, you can take extra IELTS preparation lessons at any good IELTS centre to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Top Pre-Masters programmes in the UK
UK universities welcome postgraduate students from all over the world and you should not be discouraged if your academic and English language skills fall short of what is required. Learn more about some of the best Pre-Masters providers in the UK.