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Pre-Masters Preparation Programme. If you want to take your Masters in the UK, this two-term Business and Management Pre-Masters programme will prepare you for a postgraduate degree across a range of areas, including International Business Management, Accounting and Finance, Human Rights and Marketing and Strategy. Read more

Pre-Masters Preparation Programme

If you want to take your Masters in the UK, this two-term Business and Management Pre-Masters programme will prepare you for a postgraduate degree across a range of areas, including International Business Management, Accounting and Finance, Human Rights and Marketing and Strategy.

Achieve success at university

If you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen Masters, or you want to improve your English before starting your course, the Pre Masters Programme will help you achieve success at the University and in your professional career.

Held over two terms, the programme will teach you how to:

  • Use a range of academic and learning skills
  • Adapt to your new cultural and academic environment
  • Enhance your understanding of your subject
  • Improve your English

Modules

There are four modules which you will study:

  • Academic English Skills
  • Business and Management
  • Individual Research Project
  • Research Methods

Monitoring and support

Your development will be regularly assessed throughout the programme to ensure you achieve the standard required for your chosen Masters. Assessments include:

  • Coursework
  • Final examinations at the end of each module
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Extended essays

Progress on to your masters

Once you successfully complete the Pre-Masters Programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University.

  • Accounting & Finance MSc
  • Banking & Finance MSc
  • Engineering Projects & Systems Management
  • Financial & Business Management
  • History
  • Human Rights
  • International Business Management
  • International Business Management with Entrepreneurship
  • International Conflict
  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Relations
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Managing in the Creative Economy
  • Marketing & Brand Management
  • Marketing and Strategy
  • Marketing Communications and Advertising
  • Public Relations and Corporate Communications
  • Terrorism and Political Violence


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A programme of exceptional quality, designed with and for universities. The Pre-Masters Preparation (PMP) qualification is the best preparation for success on your chosen postgraduate degree and in your future career – it ensures you Get In and Get On. Read more

A programme of exceptional quality, designed with and for universities

The Pre-Masters Preparation (PMP) qualification is the best preparation for success on your chosen postgraduate degree and in your future career – it ensures you Get In and Get On.

The PMP is for:

  • Anyone wanting to upgrade their English language level ahead of a postgraduate degree programme
  • Those wanting to ensure they have the academic skills necessary for successful postgraduate study in English
  • Anyone wanting to improve their career pathway or prospects through skills development and postgraduate study
  • Employers/sponsors looking to upskill their workforce through postgraduate study and want a one stop solution with academic and language preparation and the application processes

Advantages of the Pre-Masters Preparation Qualification

  • Guaranteed progression to thousands of Masters Degrees at leading universities. Takes the worry away about whether you will get a place
  • A unique one-stop application service. Reduces the stress of applying to each university separately and trying to find the right point of contact
  • The research skills and the English language knowledge and ability you will need to succeed on a PG qualification. Ensures you not only get in but you’re ready to get on with your studies – some of our students say they were better prepared than UK students

What is Pre-Masters Preparation?

The NCUK Pre-Masters Programme qualification gives guaranteed access to a postgraduate degree on successful completion. It includes:

  • Subject Module – choose from Management, Life Sciences, Engineering
  • Research Methods – this module is assessed by a dissertation or project proposal. It enables you to source and evaluate information from literature and the web; qualitative and quantitative research methods; research project planning; manipulating and analysing data; intellectual property conventions.
  • Orientation to Western Study – this module introduces you to the major differences between studying in their home country and studying in a western university setting. There is no formal assessment for this module.
  • English for Academic Purposes – this module gives you an English qualification that is recognised by NCUK universities and can be used for visa purposes. The module aims to develop your English language skills with a focus on Academic English.

Will I get help applying for my Masters?

Only the NCUK PMP gives you access to our unique Placement Support Service. This means you make a single application and NCUK follow through the applications with each individual university on your behalf. As well as this you will also receive expert advice on degree options and your supporting personal statement. Alternative routes into postgraduate degrees mean that you have to make multiple applications, one for each programme you wish to apply to.

To find your nearest Pre-Masters Preparation Study Centre, please visit our website here: https://www.ncuk.ac.uk/where-can-i-study/?programme=pmp For information relating to pricing, please contact the Study Centre directly



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This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline. . Read more

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline. 

On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc Economics programme in the Department of Economics. 

MSc Economics

This programme provides an advanced training in economic theory and econometrics, and application of these to achieve a sophisticated understanding of policy issues. 

Pre-Masters

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules. 

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English. 

Other general MSc programmes, or more specialised and policy-oriented programmes, are available in the area of Economics, Banking or Finance.

Course details

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues.

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers. For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required.

Employability

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills. 

At the start of your Masters programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online.

Please see further general information on Careers



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This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline. Read more

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the Pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc International Economics programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc International Economics

The MSc International Economics is a taught graduate programme that provides specialised and advanced training in international economics. This is achieved through the delivery of specialised courses in trade theory, trade policy and econometrics.

Pre-Masters

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.

Other general MSc programmes, or more specialised and policy-oriented programmes, are available in the area of Economics, Banking or Finance.

Course details

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence.

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues. 

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers. For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required. 

Employability

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills. 

At the start of your Masters programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online.

Please see further information on Careers



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This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline. Read more

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc International Money and Banking programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc International Money and Banking

This programme complements the MSc in Money, Banking and Finance, and, as with that programme, is of particular interest to those wishing to pursue careers in the financial sector. It provides you with an advanced knowledge of the related disciplines of macroeconomics, banking, international finance and financial markets.

Pre-Masters

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.

Other general MSc programmes, or more specialised and policy-oriented programmes, are available in the area of Economics, Banking or Finance.

Course details

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles. 

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues.

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers. For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required.

Employability

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills.

At the start of your Masters programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online.

Please see further information on Careers



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This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline. Read more

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the Pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc Money Banking and Finance programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc Money Banking and Finance

There is a worldwide demand for those trained in the areas of money, banking and finance, which shows no sign of abating. Graduates from this programme hold high-ranking positions in financial centres around the globe. In addition to those aiming for careers in the private sector, it attracts economists currently working in economics, treasury or finance ministries, or in central banks, and graduates preparing for such careers.

Pre-Masters

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.

Other general MSc programmes, or more specialised and policy-oriented programmes, are available in the area of Economics, Banking or Finance. 

Course details

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Birmingham also offers the Money, Banking and FInance MSc

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues.

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers. For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required.

Employability

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills. 

At the start of your Masters programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online.

Please see further information on Careers



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This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline. Read more

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc Development Economics programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc Development Economics

The MSc in Development Economics is one of the Department's newer taught MSc programmes and it reflects the Department's growing strength in both theoretical and applied policy areas, particularly as they relate to developing countries.

Pre-Masters

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.

Course details

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Learning and teaching

The MSc programmes provide students with an advanced training in core areas of economics, while also enabling them to specialise according to their interests. They reflect the rapid expansion of the subject in recent years, and deal with topical issues. 

The aim is to train students for careers as economists or managers in commerce, industry, banking, financial services or the public sector. Module assignments, and in particular the dissertation, provide an initial training in the kind of skills needed for the independent investigations which are likely to be important in professional careers. 

For students proceeding to research training, the MSc programmes provide much of the basic methodology and techniques required.

Employability

Careers in Business is a dedicated service for postgraduate Business School students. We support you in planning your career, deciding upon your job seeking strategies, making applications, preparing for interviews and assessment centres and developing your skills. At the start of your programme you will receive an email from the Careers in Business team giving details of how you can access Careers in Business Online. 

A Skills Development Consultant is available to support you in developing personal skills such as team working, leadership, presentations and interpersonal skills. Individual 45 minute appointments can be made through Careers in Business Online.

Please see further general information on Careers



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This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline. Read more

This two-year course is suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for a one-year MSc course, including students who have graduated in an unrelated discipline.

On successful completion of the pre-Masters year you will progress to an MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics programme in the Department of Economics.

MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Environmental and natural resource economists deal every day with the most challenging problems facing mankind: global climatic change, environmental pollution, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and food poverty, to name but a few. This programme is aimed at providing you with the skills necessary to understand the fundamental causes of contemporary environmental problems, and to design policies to solve them.

Pre-Masters

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, the pre-Masters year is designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the postgraduate programme at Birmingham. You will develop both subject specific knowledge in the area of Economics and your academic English.

Other general MSc programmes, or more specialised and policy-oriented programmes, are available in the area of Economics, Banking or Finance.

Course details

You will take Economics modules including Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Introductory Econometrics, together with an optional module. These modules will ensure that you have the knowledge and technical base that you need to succeed on one of our MSc programmes. Studying alongside undergraduate students will fully prepare you for the demands of a UK postgraduate course, as well as allowing you to adjust to UK learning and assessment styles.

One third of your pre-Masters year will be spent developing your English skills and academic skills; allowing you to approach academic reading and writing with confidence. You will also develop analytical and mathematical skills in your Economics modules.

Learning and teaching

The Department of Economics boasts a large group of academics highly active in the field of Environmental Economics. You will be taught by senior members of staff, who regularly publish in the leading journals in their fields, such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, and Ecological Economics. We also value excellence in teaching, all our lecturers have received outstanding teaching evaluations, and one of them is a co-author of the best-selling environmental economics textbook in Europe.

The Department of Economics also has numerous PhD students, many working on environment related projects, some of which graduated from our MSc course. We foster a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment by regularly hosting a range of visiting speakers, running a specialized seminar series, and organising postgraduate workshops inviting students from other leading universities.

Employability

This programme provides rigorous training in environmental and resource economics. This will prove valuable to employers in local and national government, government agencies, environmental organisations, business and academia. 

In recent years, our students have gone on to take up positions in; 

• Government ministries (the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, etc.) 

• public and private sector companies 

• international and non-governmental organisations 

• consultancy firms

Some of our graduates pursue further studies either in Birmingham or elsewhere, and go on to research and teaching careers in institutions of research and higher education.

Please see further general information on Careers



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This Pre-Masters Programme (PMP) provides an entry route for international students onto selected one-year, full-time Edge Hill University Masters awards. Read more
This Pre-Masters Programme (PMP) provides an entry route for international students onto selected one-year, full-time Edge Hill University Masters awards.

It provides an opportunity for those without the standard entry requirements for a number of selected Edge Hill Masters courses to achieve a Graduate Diploma and develop the academic and English language skills, subject-specific knowledge and core research techniques required for postgraduate study.

The course will also help you make appropriate cultural transitions to living and studying in the UK.

What will I study?

The modules on the course will help you improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English, including enhancing your grammar and punctuation.

You will develop proficiency in systematic thinking and critical argument and be introduced to a range of academic and personal development skills.

Having chosen the subject you would like to pursue at Masters level, you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the subject area together with the core research skills required for your chosen discipline.

There is also a specialist English language module designed to strengthen your fundamental English skills in terms of any specific academic requirements for your choice of degree.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, small group seminars and independent study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a combination of assignments, coursework and examinations.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a team of tutors who understand the needs of international students and are committed to supporting you at all times, aiming to make your studies both stimulating and enjoyable.

What are my career prospects?

On successful completion of this programme you will achieve a guaranteed place on a one-year, full-time, Edge Hill University Masters award.

You can progress onto Masters study in the following broad subject areas:

- Business
- Computing
- Education
- English
- Health
- History

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Pre-Masters (October start). The Pre-Masters is a 10-week practical, project-based course to equip you with the necessary business content knowledge, English language and Masters level study skills. Read more

Pre-Masters (October start)

The Pre-Masters is a 10-week practical, project-based course to equip you with the necessary business content knowledge, English language and Masters level study skills. A minimum of 18 class hours per week in small classes of no more than 14 students, the Pre-Masters includes:

  • Personal language development with a focus on business English
  • Academic skills for study at Masters level: : for example, you learn to participate confidently in seminars, workshops and group discussions as well as upgrade your oral presentation, academic reading and writing skills
  • Exploration of a range of case studies to develop and improve your knowledge and approach to the study of International Business
  • Weekly individual tutorial guidance on your progress and personal development strategies

 MSc International Business Studies

The MSc prepares you to work as a business manager in an international environment. It gives you experience of a wide range of modules covering many aspects of international business.

Pre-Masters

The Pre-Masters is a 10-week practical, project-based course which covers the necessary business content knowledge, English language and Masters level study skills for you to be successful in business studies at postgraduate level. If you have a third class honours degree you need to successfully complete the Pre-Masters before moving on to the MSc programme, as outlined below. The Pre-masters provides a minimum of 18 class hours per week in small classes of no more than 14 students. The Pre-Masters includes:

  • Personal language development with a focus on business English
  • Academic skills for study at Masters level: for example, you learn to participate confidently in seminars, workshops and group discussions as well as upgrade your oral presentation, academic reading and writing skills
  • Exploration of a range of case studies to develop and improve your knowledge of international business
  • Weekly individual tutorial guidance on your progress and your personal development strategies

Assessment is included within the main elements and, at the end of 10 weeks, you need to complete the assessed tasks successfully (minimum 50%) to move on to the MSc programme. If you are not successful at your first attempt, you can improve and resubmit each assessment task one further time.



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English language skills are taught within the classes below. (Precise details of the classes change from time to time. this is a general outline.). Read more
English language skills are taught within the classes below. (Precise details of the classes change from time to time: this is a general outline.)

- Business English
- Meetings & Negotiating
- Business Communication
- Business Correspondence
- Business Role Play
- Business Presentation Skills
- Business Texts
- Business Vocabulary
- Management
- Case Studies
- Management Readings
- Management project work (where appropriate)

English Examinations
The Management English course prepares students for the IELTS test, and students can sit this test in Sheffield. Students wishing to enrol for a course of academic study in Sheffield (a Masters degree, for example) will be entered for the University of Sheffield English Proficiency Test, which is accepted as equivalent to the IELTS test by both Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam University.

Commercial Visits
Visits to British businesses and organisations are arranged. The visits provide a chance to meet British business people in a work situation. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to extract relevant business information from these situations. Students broaden their general knowledge of western business practice and gain insights into their own special areas.

Examples of visits are:

- a steel company
- a hospital laborartory
- Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
- Meadowhall shopping complex management suite

Length of Course
The course runs throughout the year, and students may join the course at any time. Details of term dates and entry requirements are shown on the application form. There are approximately 22 hours of tuition per week (including commercial visits).

Maximum Class Size
The maximum class size for English Language is 15 students.

Certificate of Successful Attendance
A University of Sheffield certificate of successful attendance will be presented to students who complete their course.

Pre-MBA/MSc Entry Requirements

The following are the recommended minimum IELTS requirements.
Students with higher grades are welcome to join the course at any stage and will be placed in a higher group.
September entry 4.0 IELTS minimum (or equivalent)
January entry 4.5 IELTS minimum
April entry 5.0 IELTS minimum
Mid June entry 5.5 IELTS minimum
July entry 6.0 IELTS minimum with 6 in writing

TOEFL and TOEIC scores are also accepted. Please contact the Course Director for details. Students with 7.0 in IELTS and over are welcome to join the summer course. They will have the opportunity to do more management instead of attending IELTS classes.

Comments on the Pre-Masters course from recent past students

Marie-Helen Zabe (France)
“My overall assessment of the Pre-MBA course is highly positive. The teaching is of a high quality and there is a good professional background link between theory and practice.”

Ms Claudia Loyola (Chile)
“The Pre-MBA English course has been really useful for me in order to develop the necessary skills to face my current MSc in HRS course. The commercial visits are really interesting and offer a real advantage to understand business topics and that has been a real help now.”

Dr Victor A. Pushnykh (Russia)
“This course has enabled me not only to really communicate with my business partners and to understand much more fully the commercial ideas they assume but also to create my own ideas on how to successfully run my business...The tutors were wonderful, hospitable and sophisticated. I highly recommend all managers doing international business to join this programme.”

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The Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma in Economics & Finance is for students who have a first degree or diploma and would like to study for a postgraduate degree in the School of Economics and Finance. Read more
The Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma in Economics & Finance is for students who have a first degree or diploma and would like to study for a postgraduate degree in the School of Economics and Finance. The diploma programme is suitable for students who need to 'top up' their academic qualifications or improve their level of English.

Why study the Pre-Masters Diploma at Queen Mary?

• Successful candidates are guaranteed progression onto postgraduate courses in the School of Economics and Finance.
• Students develop knowledge in Economics and Finance subjects and English, helping them to prepare for postgraduate degrees.
• Students have full access to campus facilities including accommodation (Sept start only), the library, careers service, leisure facilities and restaurants.

Module details

Students on the Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma in Economics & Finance study three modules:

• English language and study skills
• Economics and Finance
• Quantitative Techniques.

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The Pre-Masters is a full-time course designed for international students who want to study on a postgraduate Masters programme at the University of St Andrews or at another top UK university. Read more

The Pre-Masters is a full-time course designed for international students who want to study on a postgraduate Masters programme at the University of St Andrews or at another top UK university. The programme aims to develop your English language proficiency and your academic literacy within your chosen subject to prepare you for successful graduate study.

This programme is specifically designed to help you make the transition to Masters level study, even if you wish to study a different subject to your undergraduate degree. Applications are open to students with an undergraduate or Bachelors university degree in any arts, science or business-related discipline.

Most students on the Pre-Masters programme progress to degrees at the University of St Andrews, although some students choose to take up offers from other UK institutions. Previous students have found this programme enables them to start their postgraduate study with greater confidence and to adapt more quickly to UK academic life.

Teaching format

Modules are taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, presentations from guest speakers and field trips. Lectures and seminars delivered by experienced University academic staff and other highly qualified subject experts, which will ensure that you are familiar with the key concepts of your intended academic subject area in the medium of English.

You will work both individually and in groups on reports, essays, case studies, questionnaires, research projects, posters and presentations. By the end of the programme, you will feel well-prepared to tackle the wide range of tasks and assessment that postgraduate study may require.

Students are assessed on regular coursework assignments set throughout each semester which contribute towards the final grade. Students who start in January will have one set of mid-semester tests and one set of exams.

Modules

  • Academic Skills 2: academic writing and reading, grammar for writing, oral presentation and listening.
  • English Language for Academic Study: further development of the key themes and language areas relevant to your given academic subject.
  • Academic Subjects 2: lecture and seminar courses relevant to your academic field.




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This programme is for international students who may not qualify for direct entry on to a Master's programme for a number of reasons.Develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed. Read more
This programme is for international students who may not qualify for direct entry on to a Master's programme for a number of reasons.Develop your knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed. Build your language skills with dedicated modules in English for the purposes of study in the fields of business and finance and develop a broad set of academic skills to prepare you for a Master's degree in business, management or finance.

*This course will be taught at the Canterbury campus*

Key benefits

Kent Business School (KBS) has over 25 years’ experience delivering business education. Our portfolio of postgraduate programmes demonstrates the breadth and depth of our expertise. Academic research and links with global business inform our teaching, ensuring a curriculum that is relevant and current. We are ranked as a top 30 UK business school for the standard of our teaching and student satisfaction. We also hold a number of accreditations by professional bodies.

Studying at KBS gives you the opportunity to increase your employability with real-life case studies, a student council and a business society. We have strong links to local and national organisations providing opportunities for projects, internships and graduate placements. The School attracts many high-profile speakers from industry and last year included visits and lectures from staff of the Bank of England, BAE Systems, Barclays, Lloyds Insurance, Cummins, Delphi and Kent County Council.

Course detail

On this programme you learn about:

the effects of the external environment, including economic, environmental, cultural and ethical, at local, national and global levels upon the behaviour, management, and sustainability of organisations
the processes, procedures and practices for effective management of organisations including the management of people and corporate social responsibility
the development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment, especially in relation to: marketing; finance; cross-cultural issues; diversity and values; operations management; communications; strategy; innovation, and social responsibility.

Purpose

You develop critical thinking and analysis skills, as well as effective problem-solving and decision-making. You also learn to apply ideas to various situations via effective oral and written communication, including the preparation and presentation of business reports and an aptitude to conduct research into business and management issues.

You can develop your independent study and research skills through a combination of subject modules within KBS. You also have the opportunity to improve your English language competence through dedicated modules offered by Kent International Pathways at the Centre for English and World Languages.

Format and assessment

On successful completion of the Pre- Master's (and through meeting the University’s rules of progression and English language requirements), you can choose from a number of postgraduate degree programmes offered within Kent Business School including:


Business Analytics MSc
Finance and Management MSc
Human Resource Management MSc
International Accounting and Finance MSc
International Banking and Finance MSc
International Business and Economic Development MSc
Logistics and Supply Chain Management MSc
Management (International Business) MSc
Management Science 
Marketing MSc


How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/1699/business-management-and-finance-pre-masters

Why study at The University of Kent?

- We are a top 25 university, offering inspirational teaching alongside first-class library and IT facilities
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research intensity, confirming us as one of the UK's most prestigious research universities and 97% of our research is deemed to be of international quality

*of 122 universities not including specialist institutions; rankings are taken from the Times Higher Education, Jan 2015

Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why-kent

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We offer one £4,000 tuition fee scholarship for our Pre-Master’s programme:
Find out more:https://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/premasters-gdips/fees-and-schol.html

The University of Kent has a range of scholarship funds to support postgraduates. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/pre-sessional/

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The International Pre-Masters Certificate in Business and English is designed to prepare non-native English speaking students for postgraduate study in business related disciplines. Read more

The International Pre-Masters Certificate in Business and English is designed to prepare non-native English speaking students for postgraduate study in business related disciplines.

The aims of the course are to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to confidently achieve at postgraduate level in a business discipline.

The course aims to develop your understanding of key business vocabulary, theories and concepts integral to postgraduate business courses, and your linguistic competence in specific Business English to enable successful study at postgraduate level. It also aims to develop your academic, cognitive, meta-cognitive and professional skills required for successful study at postgraduate level in a business-related area, and to provide you with the necessary personal, professional, interpersonal and key skills to enable development as independent, autonomous learners in preparation for postgraduate study.

The course is delivered in two modules

  • Study and Research Skills for Business develops your language, academic and study skills
  • Principles of Business provides you with a broad exploration of key contemporary business issues

You have the opportunity to carry out research projects with local and regional organisations, which will be an enriching cultural experience and enhance your employment prospects.

Successfully completing the course enables you to choose from a range of postgraduate courses to suit your interests and career development needs. These are available at Sheffield Hallam and other academic institutions.

Sheffield Business School runs postgraduate courses in

If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for a discount on your fees on a full-time Sheffield Business School postgraduate beginning in September.

The course focuses on three areas of skills and knowledge

  • Academic and Business English
  • Academic skills for postgraduate study in a Business context
  • Principles of Business

Course structure

Full-time – 12 weeks

September to December for masters courses starting in January.

Study and Research Skills for Business

The Study and Research Skills for Business module constitutes the larger proportion of the two modules during the twelve week course. In this module you will

  • acquire and apply academic skills, such as researching, referencing, critical reading and writing to a level equivalent to IELTS level 6
  • develop listening skills in the context of academic settings, such as lectures, and business settings, such as meetings, debates and news broadcasts to a level equivalent to IELTS level 6
  • develop oral communication skills for business negotiation and presentation to a level equivalent to IELTS level 6
  • develop employability skills: apply your business knowledge, theory and understanding in a real work context in an assessed project collaboration with a local business

Principles of Business

The Principles of Business module provides you with fundamentals of Business Strategy, Global Business and Finance. The module is designed to give students an understanding and appreciation of the contemporary issues faced by businesses, both within national and international markets.

It will interlink three broad subject areas: Strategic Management, Business Practice and Financial Management and will introduce students to the fundamental features and concepts of business management. For those students who do possess some business experience the module will provide academic underpinning to their business practise.

By engaging successfully with this module a student will be able to appreciate and appraise different theories and frameworks in the context of Business and Management, evaluate real life company situations by applying conceptual knowledge and understanding of business practice, and apply theories, concepts and frameworks to analyse and evaluate practical management solutions and formulate operational strategies.

Employability

This is a pre-masters course which allows you to progress to a postgraduate course leading to many careers in all business-related areas.

If you successfully complete this course you will be eligible for a discount on your fees for a full-time Sheffield Business School postgraduate beginning in September.

The course is designed in such a way that it contributes towards Sheffield Hallam University Postgraduate attributes. High level transferable skills, such as knowledge application, creative and critical thinking, research and enquiry are integral to the course. You will be encouraged to develop skills that will underpin your future academic and professional development. For example, during the assessed debate students propose a new sales strategy for a UK company, and present and defend their idea to their peers who take on the role of directors of different departments of the company, understanding the different drivers from each area of the company in the decision-making process.

The modules include case studies, team working and industry examples. Module content and related assessment will focus on past and present business scenarios and will form a vital chain in connecting theory with practice. These situations and practice led examples will enhance the student experience and will count towards greater student employability.

A major enhancement to the course will be the opportunity for you to carry out an assessed project based on real-world business problems faced by local organisations, which will be supported by the Venture Matrix team and by module tutors. The project aims to enhance your business awareness and take an enquiry-based approach to learning. The opportunity to visit and communicate regularly with a company will be particularly beneficial to you as an international student from the point of view of business engagement and real-life practical experience. You will be supported through this experience by the module teaching team to propose research-led solutions to a real business issue for a real company.

Examples of previous projects have included market research for a luxury snack company, researching new markets for a local engineering manufacturer, investigating the potential for a sportswear start-up and a competitor analysis for an online service provider.



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