Pre-Masters Preparation

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


There are four modules which you will study:

This module provides you with intensive English Language preparation in all important skill areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and with the necessary academic study skills relevant to starting a degree programme at Kingston University.

As you progress through the module you will be taught a number of English language skills, including:

  • Sentence structure when writing
  • Scanning content for key information
  • Learning how to construct and deliver presentations

Business and Management covers a range of topics that will develop your ability to understand and analyse different business models. Topics include the history of organisational behaviour, approaches to management theory, leadership, change and culture, operations management, and planning and control.

During this module you will study a range of data sources used for analysis. It will also teach you how to write longer pieces of academic work containing critical evaluation of sourced data. Through undertaking this module it will raise and develop your awareness of the importance of acquiring and using an analytical approach towards your studies.

Research is an important part of postgraduate study. This module will help you understand a range of research methods relating to the collection of data and materials. The emphasis of the module is on practical application with extensive use of Excel spreadsheets and its associated functions.

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.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Accounting & Finance MSc 60% 50%
Banking & Finance MSc 65% 50%
Engineering Projects & Systems Management MSc 60% 50%
Financial & Business Management MSc 60% 50%
History MA 65% 50%
Human Rights MA 65% 50%
International Business Management MSc 60% 50%
International Business Management with Entrepreneurship MSc 60% 50%
International Conflict MSc 65% 50%
International Human Resource Management MSc 60% 50%
International Relations MA 65% 50%
Logistics and Supply Chain Management MA 60% 50%

12-month PG 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.

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

Most postgraduate courses offered by the Kingston School of Art and the faculty of Arts & Social Sciences are available on this scheme. Every taught postgraduate course offered by the Business School and faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing are also included. 

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.

Course facts

Students in the library at Kingston International Study Centre

Entry Requirements

English Language: IELTS 5.5 (in all components) or equivalent.

Academic: Recognised higher/advanced diploma in a related subject area, or recognised degree in related field or honours degree in any subject.

Age: Students are usually at least 20 years old. 

View country-specific entry requirements.

Course fees

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