Pre-Masters Programme in Business and Management

Take your business studies further

The Pre-Masters Programme provides a pathway to a Masters degree at Kingston University, London. With two different course lengths, this programme is ideal for students who want a supportive introduction to studying their postgraduate business degree in the UK. You can choose from a two-term or 12-week version of this programme. The 12-week version is a condensed, fast-track option for students who have higher IELTS results than what is required for the 2-term course.

Through this programme, you will be able to discover a range of academic study skills, while also improving your written and spoken English language. The small class sizes and attentive teaching methods used will help you adapt to studying in the British education system.

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.

English language tuition

If you need to improve your level of English language to enter the Pre-Masters Programme, additional English language training is available at the International Study Centre. To join the English Language Preparation for the Pre-Masters Programme, you will need to meet the requirements below.

  • Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 overall (with no skills less than 4.5), or equivalent.

Please visit the Pre-Masters Programme entry requirements page for more information.

What you'll study

During your Pre-Masters Programme, you will study the following modules:

This module builds on your knowledge of business research methods and focuses on the rudiments of research including data collection and analysis which are crucial to academic success at Masters’ level in Kingston University. In this module, you will be introduced to the various types of research, statistical techniques and packages for data analysis. The module will also cover data interpretation and presentation techniques.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: list and demonstrate critical awareness of the different types of data collection techniques; critically discuss the relevance of qualitative and quantitative research to business organisations and their operations; analyse and interpret statistical data using Excel and SPSS; conduct hypothesis testing and differentiate between null and alternative hypothesis; formulate research question and undertake detailed literature review including due consideration of ethical requirements on chosen topic and also plan and present research findings in a clear and coherent manner accurately citing a range of sources using appropriate academic conventions.

The module aims to develop your knowledge of business and management concepts and theories in addition to their importance and application to practise. The course will introduce you to fundamental organisational functions, the business environment, leadership in organisations and human resource management. Key themes include an understanding of strategic change in organisations, organisational marketing practices, supply chain management, operations management, sustainability and innovative practices in organisations.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: outline fundamental business and management theories and critically discuss their relevance to contemporary business practise; define organisational structure, culture and business models; differentiate between the internal and external business environments and explain the factors influencing an organisation’s business environments; critically evaluate the effectiveness of leading innovative and sustainability practices adopted by leading business organisations; analyse organisational strategies and their impacts on human resource, business finance, supply chain, operations management and marketing management and deploy good written communication skills to produce a well-structured report and ability to demonstrate commercial awareness.

The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge of core concepts in project management and enable you to develop crucial project management skills required to deliver projects successfully in organisations. You will gain in-depth understanding of the project management life cycle, project management strategies and project management software tools such as Microsoft Project.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: identify key project management tools and critically discuss how they can be used to effectively manage and enhance business performance; list and explain the stages of the project life cycle; critically evaluate the effectiveness of project management strategies deployed by organisations and determine their suitability for a given project; undertake impact assessment of a given project for the purpose of ascertaining the appropriate sustainability and corporate social responsibility strategy for a business organisation and show teamwork, analysis and presentation skills by using project management software to manage projects and present the project plan employed.

The Pre-Masters Academic English Skills module aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at postgraduate level at Kingston University London and ensures students are able to meet the requirements of the UKVI through demonstrating an English language level of CEFR B2+ in the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related skills required for successful study at Higher Education level. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Progress on to your business 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 Additional Grade
Accounting & Finance MSc 50% 60% -
Banking & Finance MSc 50% 60% -
Engineering Projects & Systems Management MSc 50% 60% -
Financial & Business Management MSc 50% 60% -
Human Resource Management MSc 50% 60% -
International Business Management MSc 50% 60% -
International Business Management with Entrepreneurship MSc 50% 60% -
International Business Management with Marketing MSc 50% 60% -
International Business Management with Project Management MSc 50% 60% -
International Human Resource Management MSc 50% 60% -
International Relations MA 50% 60% -
Logistics and Supply Chain Management MA 50% 60% -
Managing in the Creative Economy MA 50% 60% -
Marketing & Brand Management MSc 50% 60% -
Marketing Communications and Advertising MSc 50% 60% -
Public Relations and Corporate Communications MA 50% 60% -

John testimonial

Teacher John Cotis at the Kingston University International Study Centre in the UK

"One of the beautiful things about Kingston is that you have all the advantages of a small English town, but you are 20 minutes by train from central London."

John Cotis

Academic Lead at Kingston University International Study Centre

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