Pre-Masters Programme

What is the Pre-Masters Programme?

The Pre-Masters Programme is designed to prepare international students for a postgraduate degree at Kingston University, London. If you have studied an undergraduate degree and want to expand your business knowledge by studying abroad, this programme will give you the opportunity to further your studies at a top university, celebrated for its entrepreneurial focus.

Key facts

Course length

Two terms or 12 weeks

Find out more about specific term dates for this programme.

Entry points

  • January (two term)
  • April (two term)
  • May (12 weeks - starting 2021)

Entry requirements and fees

Find out more about entry requirements and course fees for this programme.

Why study the Pre-Masters Programme?

This programme is designed to prepare international students to begin studying a postgraduate degree at one of the most entrepreneurial universities in the UK. By studying the Pre-Masters Programme, you will benefit from:

  • a curriculum tailored to international students
  • smaller, attentive class sizes to facilitate efficient learning
  • the improvement of academic study skills
  • a valuable introduction to university life
  • reinforcement of your understanding of the subject area
  • language-focused tuition to enhance your English skills for postgraduate study.

Another benefit of studying the Pre-Masters Programme is that you are able to apply for one single visa to study both this programme and your degree course. Please see below for additional details on this.

Once you have successfully completed the programme and achieved the required grades, you will be well-equipped to start your chosen postgraduate degree at Kingston University, London.

12-month Postgraduate work placement scheme

Students undertaking postgraduate study will also have the opportunity to take a 12-month work placement as part of their studies. Postgraduate students interested in gaining valuable business experience will be issued a CAS letter covering the 24-month period. By choosing this option, you can experience working in your chosen field, as well as spending another year living in the UK.

Susheel Rao, an MSc Accounting and Finance student who is currently undertaking the work placement scheme, said that "the placement offered at Kingston was the most important deciding factor in me ultimately accepting the place offered. I think the placement helps me to keep focused on getting what I want out of the course and out of my time in the UK, and I definitely secured the role I hoped for! It is going to give me a great opportunity to continue developing my skills and there are direct links between what I will be doing and the course content I have learned."

Which postgraduate programmes will offer the 12-month work placement?

Every postgraduate course offered by the Kingston Business School is available on this scheme. To be considered for a placement, you can choose the 'work placement' option when applying for your postgraduate programme. You will be responsible for finding your own placement opportunity, but will be supported with advice and workshops.

What you will study

The Pre-Masters Programme is composed of several core and route-specific modules that will better your understanding of Business and Management. The course also incorporates English language tuition, which is designed to improve your speaking, writing and academic language skills, and prepare you for studying in a second language.

English language tuition

If you need to improve your level of English language to enter the two-term Pre-Masters Programme, additional English language training is available at the International Study Centre. You will need an Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (with no skills less than 4.5) or equivalent to study the English Language Preparation for the Pre-Masters Programme.

Please visit the entry requirements page for more information.

Find out more about the subject pathway

Business and Management

A lecturer at Kingston University

Our Business and Management pathway is taught in two structures: a standard, two-term programme, and a shortened, 12-week programme. Both options will give you all the knowledge needed to study a postgraduate business degree, as well as strengthening your English language and academic study skills.

Assessments during the programme

During this programme there will be assessments at the end of each module, which are a combination of examinations, coursework, presentations and extended essays. Continuous assessment is also a feature of the course with lectures, small group seminar work and self-directed study.

Study plan

IELTS (overall)
Length Jul-Aug Sept-Dec Jan-Mar Apr-June June-Aug Sept
4.5 4 terms    
5.0 3 terms         Start your postgraduate degree
5.5 2 terms        
5.0 3 terms        
5.5 2 terms        

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Combined visa

Save time and money, and experience a seamless transition to postgraduate success, by studying our Pre-Masters Programme and your Masters degree with one visa. Doing this means you will benefit from:

  • Just one visa required for the whole length of your study
  • Alternatives to IELTS for UKVI can be used to join the Pre-Masters Programme*
  • No need for an additional IELTS test before starting your Masters degree
  • No visa requirement to return home between the courses
  • Work up to 20 hours per week
  • Ideal for students who have exceeded their two years of pre-degree study in the UK

*IELTS or equivalent required, alternatives accepted include TOEFL iBT, Pearson, IGCSE, IB, HKDSE, India HSC (recognised board), Malaysia SPM, WAEC, for more information please visit the Kingston University London website.

English Language Preparation programme students do not need to take an additional IELTS test at the end of their course to progress on to their Pre-Masters Programme. You will be assessed on your Academic English Skills (AES) grade at the International Study Centre (you will be required to achieve a minimum of 40% in all areas).

Please note - Students taking an English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters Programme will study on a B2 GSV visa as these courses are not included as part of the combined visa – this allows them to make the ICAS application in the UK for a combined visa for their pathway and degree study, as well as allowing them to remain in the UK before starting their pathway.

Your study options

Join us on campus

Student presenting at the front of a classroom

Find out about studying your programme on campus, what to expect from blended learning and tips for preparing to travel.

Join us virtually

Student working on a computer

If you are unable to join us on campus for the start of your programme, you can start virtually and join us in the UK at a later date.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.