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International Masters

Course Description

Our unique, combined academic English and masters course is for non-native speakers of English, including students from the European Union (EU) as well as international students. On this two-year course you will improve the academic and language skills you need for a masters, enhancing your ability to research, reference correctly and avoid plagiarism.

Class time: Minimum of 13 hours per week of Academic English and subject specific modules in Year 1 plus personal tutorials and an approximately equal amount of self-study. Year 2 class time depends on the masters chosen.

Teaching Materials: The cost of teaching materials varies per module but will not exceed £20 for any one module. Many of the materials are available for loan free-of-charge from the University library.

Please note: Your class timetable will be provided at induction. All classes take place from Monday to Friday.

Class size: Maximum 20 students for English Classes.

Teaching dates:

Semester 1 teaching is from 28 September 2015 to 18 December 2015. There will be no teaching during the Christmas holiday period of 21 December 2015 to 8 January 2016. The semester 1 assessment and exam period is from 11 January 2016 to 22 January 2016.

Semester 2 teaching is from 1 February 2016 to 18 March 2016 and 4 April 2016 to 6 May 2016. There will be no teaching during the Easter holiday period of 21 March 2016 to to April 2016. The semester 2 assessment and exam period is from 9 May 2016 to 20 May 2016.

Minimum age on entry is 18.You can study the International Masters with over 30 of our masters courses across the University, including:

MSc International Tourism & Hospitality Management
MA International Business
MA International Trade & Finance
MSc Toxicological Sciences
MA Sound Design
MA Childhood Studies & Early Years
MSc Management
MA International Relations
MSc Creative Technology
MA Sport Business
MA Physical Education
Click here for the full list.

Research Excellence Framework 2014:
Twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/internationalmasters

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


The subject knowledge, language and other skills developed in the first two semesters such as communication, presentation and organisation, are all relevant for your masters and can all be transferred to the world of work. You will develop the English language skills and subject knowledge necessary to work in a range of roles - the exact job roles available will depend upon your choice of masters.

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will also gain a cultural awareness of the university environment in the UK and get the most from your masters course as you develop your academic reading and writing skills, as well as your spoken skills allowing you to present and discuss your research.

International students will need only one visa for this two-yearcourse. In year one, in addition to English, you will also study modules in the faculty of your chosen masters. In year two, you will study the masters course of your choice.

In the International Student Barometer Summer Wave 2015 our Virtual Learning Environment was ranked 1st in the world and we were ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world for our online library and technology* .

*International Student Barometer, Summer Wave 2015. This is an independent survey of 69 institutions worldwide, of which 51 are in the UK.

Year One Core Modules

Research Skills
You will develop your ability to conduct research in English. This includes learning how to find information from online and written sources, making effective notes, planning your assignments, using both in-text and bibliographic references correctly, writing in your own words, and avoiding plagiarism

Language Studies
This module supports the Research Skills module and is essential to that module. Skills you will develop include academic writing and an awareness of context and argument. You will also study a range of language structures and vocabulary that you will need to support your studies

Cultural Skills
You will develop your awareness of British culture, especially in relation to university life and student culture. You will study areas such as: student contemporary language, stereotypes and perceptions of the UK, the UK education system and the role of English as an international language.

Independent Study
During the second semester of Year 1, you will research and write a project linked to your area of Masters study. You will engage in primary and secondary research and be supported throughout by a personal supervisor who will be assigned to you.

Two modules from the faculty where you will study your masters course
You will also study 2 modules from the receiving Faculty where you will eventually study your masters in Year two of the course. You will study these modules in preparation for your masters and will be in the same lectures and tutorials as British students.

Year Two Core Modules

Masters modules
After successful completion of Year 1 modules, you will progress onto year 2 of the International masters which will be your chosen masters. See your masters course description for module information.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the International Masters page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Nasser Al-Shekaili

This is the only university I found with a programme like the International Masters and it's a great course if you're studying English for the first time. The Research Skills module is my favourite - it's helping me to understand more about studying in the UK and is opening my mind to new ways of learning.


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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