Pre-Masters Programme


Program Description

Change your future and secure the education you've been dreaming of. This Southampton Pre-Masters is an integrated programme designed to prepare and develop students from outside the UK who have an undergraduate degree but may not be considered adequately qualified for direct entry to their chosen Masters course.

(Please note: students with an undergraduate degree from the UK are not normally considered for this programme)

The programme provides a direct route for students onto a variety of master’s degree programmes including Archaeology, Art, Business, Economics, Engineering, English, Film, Health Sciences, History, Law, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Music, Philosophy and Social Sciences. It is available for 18 months (January start) or 2 years duration (September start) -some exceptions apply.

Successful completion of the Pre-Masters programme guarantees progression to a master’s programme from the list below:

Archaeology (Humanities)

  • MSc Business and Heritage Management
  • MA/MSc Maritime Archaeology
  • MA Osteoarchaeology

Winchester School of Art (Only available for September start)

  • MA Design: Design Management
  • MA Design: Advertising Design Management
  • MA Design: Fashion Management
  • MA Design: Fashion Marketing and Branding
  • MA Design: Luxury Brand Management
  • MA Design: Global Media Management

Southampton Business School (Management)

  • MSc Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Accounting and Management
  • MSc Digital Marketing
  • MSc Entrepreneurship and Management
  • MSc Human Resource Management
  • MSc International Management
  • MSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management
  • MSc Marketing Management
  • MSc Project Management
  • MSc Business Strategy & Innovation Management
  • Southampton MBA*

*For admission to the Southampton MBA programme there is an additional requirement of at least three years relevant work experience.

Economics (Only available for September start)

  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Economics and Econometrics
  • MSc Finance and Economics
  • MSc Finance and Econometrics

Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Only available for January start)

  • MSc Surface Engineering and Coatings
  • MSc Computational Engineering Design
  • MSc Engineering Materials
  • MSc Mechatronics
  • MSc Propulsion and Engine Systems Engineering

English (Humanities)

  • MA 20th and 21st Century Literature
  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • MA English Literary Studies

Film (Humanities)

  • MA Film
  • MA Film and Cultural Management

Health Sciences

  • Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study
  • MSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
  • MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care
  • MSc Health Sciences: Standard pathway

History (Humanities)

  • MA History
  • MA Jewish History and Culture
  • Law
  • LLM General
  • LLM Corporate and Commercial Law
  • LLM Information Technology and Commerce
  • LLM International Business Law
  • LLM International Law
  • LLM Maritime Law

Modern Languages (Humanities)

  • MA Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching
  • MA Applied Linguistics (Research Methodology)
  • MA English Language Teaching
  • MA Global Englishes
  • MA Transnational Studies

Music (Only available for September start)

  • MMus Music

Philosophy (Humanities)

  • MA Philosophy

Social Sciences (Only available for September start)

  • MSc Criminology
  • MSc International Social Policy
  • MSc Sociology and Social Research

Entry requirements

This programme is suitable for you if you:

  • Have a bachelor degree from a recognised institution (minimum 2.2, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University)
  • Have not studied for an undergraduate degree in the UK
  • Are not considered qualified for direct entry to your chosen Masters programme
  • Do not have English as your first language
  • Have a good intermediate level of English language proficiency
  • Have the academic potential to succeed on your specified Masters programme once you have successfully completed part I of this programme.

English language proficiency

  • 2 year programme: IELTS 5.5 (with minimum of 5.5 in each section) or equivalent qualification- exceptions apply
  • 18-month programme: IELTS 6.0 (with minimum of 5.5 in each section) or equivalent qualification - exceptions apply

(Please note: Pre-sessional English language courses are not available for this programme

Typical course content

You will have tutorials to provide guidance on your personal learning and progression. All modules are delivered on campus and are assessed through coursework assignments, exams and the research project.

Last updated Apr 2018

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