Master's Degree with International Graduate Diploma

This two-year programme combines preparation for postgraduate study with a specialist Master's degree at the University of Stirling.

Why apply for the Master's Degree with International Graduate Diploma programme at INTO Stirling?

  • A single programme of study so you can apply for one visa for the duration of your studies.
  • High contact hours and small class sizes for the first year of study.
  • A university-validated programme.
  • Study on campus from day one, with full access to university facilities.

There are two course options available:

  • Master's Degree with International Graduate Diploma - this option is the Graduate Diploma programme and your chosen Master's degree, providing a seamless study plan that requires one CAS.
  • Master's Degree with International Graduate Diploma and Pre-sessional English - this option includes an additional term of English tuition. It will help you to improve your English language level by up to 0.5 of an IELTS band.

What's special about this course?

This programme combines a Master's degree at the University of Stirling with a post-graduate preparation programme, designed exclusively for international students. As it is a single programme of study, you will be issued one CAS for the two year programme. This means you only need to apply for one visa to cover the duration of your studies.

Your first year of study will be the International Graduate Diploma. This ensures that you meet the English language and academic entry requirements for your Master's degree at the University of Stirling. When you have successfully completed the first year of study, you'll begin your chosen Master's degree at the University of Stirling.

As well as a conditional offer from the University of Stirling for successful students and full access to all the university facilities, you'll benefit from:

  • A quality-assured university programme.
  • A single programme of study, meaning you can apply for one visa to cover the duration of your course.
  • Full university status from your first day, with access to all the facilities on campus.
  • High contact hours and small class sizes throughout your first year.
  • The highest levels of pastoral care and support.

Who should apply for this programme?

This course is suitable for international students who do not meet the entry requirements to apply directly to the University of Stirling. The International Graduate Diploma will prepare you for your Master's degree by helping you to:

  • Improve your English language level.
  • Introduce you to your chosen subject in preparation for postgraduate-level study.
  • Upgrade your qualifications if you've studied a 3-year Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • Adjust to the UK education system, including referencing, academic writing and research.

What will I study?

All students study a set of core modules. The course is 120 credits in total and there is an average of 21 class hours per week.

To successfully complete the International Graduate Diploma and progress into your second year of study, you'll need to achieve 65% in the English for Academic Purposes module.

Core modules:

Academic Skills and ICT for Postgraduate Study (20 credits)


Topics covered include: learning styles and self-appraisal, improving your learning and performance, advanced digital literacy, application of numeracy skills, advanced reading and comprehension skills, originality and dependence, analysing, critiquing and synthesising argument, and research methods.

English for Graduate Study (20 credits)

The four key skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking are covered. The module develops overall academic skills, including the ability to write effectively for academic purposes using a variety of tasks, and the ability to use and synthesise source materials efficiently.

Extended Project and Research Skills (20 credits)

This module will draw upon research methods required at the postgraduate level, and will focus on your proposed subject area for study. This compulsory project brings together skills and understanding from other modules, and an adviser will give guidance on the content of the project. English language support will also be given.

Please note: Some Master's degrees require a different English for Academic Purposes score for entry. To study MSc Media Management or MLitt/MRes Publishing Studies, you'll need to achieve a minimum of 60% in this module. To study any TESOL degree programmes, you'll need to achieve 65% overall, with a minimum of 60% in speaking and listening, and 65% in reading and writing.

Specialist modules:

The course is also made up of specialist modules. These are optional, so you can choose the ones you would like to study as part of your International Graduate Diploma programme. You can study any combination of modules to achieve 120 credits.

You must achieve a minimum of 60% overall to successfully complete your first year of study and progress onto your chosen degree.

Empirical Enquiry and Critical Thought (20 credits)

This module helps you understand the relationship of theoretical models to empirical studies, the ways in which primary supporting data is collected and analysed and the philosophical grounds of rationalism and empiricism. You will learn to examine the reliability of sources, and distinguish between good and poor reasoning.

Management and Organisation (20 credits)

This module provides an introduction to different organisational structures and designs, organisational cultures and the decision-making process within an organisation. The module offers an overview of the main subdivisions of general management theory and practice, and helps students understand the development of theory in organisational behaviour and its relation to management in organisations. 

Mathematics for Science and Engineering (20 credits)

This module assumes a strong background in mathematical concepts and skills. It is designed to develop competencies in areas of mathematics with a wide applicability at postgraduate level, including algebra, geometry and trigonometry, functions and matrices. In addition, it continues work in differential and integral calculus and their application to a range of functions and curves, as well as to the solution of practical problems.

Media and Creative Industries (20 credits)

This module draws upon and develops a critical understanding of the contemporary creative economy, its main issues and practices. Students will engage with the latest media theories and established texts in order to have a broad foundation for understanding how media and creative industries have developed over the last century.

Principles of Computing (20 credits)

This module provides a foundation in knowledge and understanding of a range of computing skills. It helps students develop skills for planning and designing systems and/or software. 

Quantitative Methods in Business and Social Sciences (20 credits)

This module builds on core knowledge in Mathematics, and pays particular attention to the solving of economic problems and relating these to applications in the real world. It covers mathematical techniques required to solve applied economic problems, beginning with a revision of basic algebraic methods.

Software Development for Internet Computing (20 credits)

This module aims to provide an appreciation of typical computer systems using the Internet and the most commonly available Internet tools and applications. It offers insight into the ways in which information may be accessed on remote machines or be transmitted between machines linked over the internet.

How do I qualify?


Academic requirements:

Any one of the following: a recognised International Foundation, the first year of a relevant undergraduate degree programme or A-level equivalent in a suitable range of subjects.

English requirements:

Master's with Graduate Diploma: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Master's with Graduate Diploma and Pre-sessional English: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or equivalent. 

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.

Please note that in addition to the UKVI IELTS, INTO is able to accept other English language qualifications for this course. Check which other qualifications we accept.

When can I start?

Master's with International Graduate Diploma

Start date Term dates Fees

September 2017 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018


January 2018 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 2: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 3: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018



Master's with Integrated Graduate Diploma and Pre-sessional English

Start date Term dates Fees

June 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 19 Jun 2017 to Fri 25 Aug 2017

Term 2: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 3: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 4: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018


September 2017 start (4 terms)

Term 1: Mon 25 Sep 2017 to Fri 15 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Tue 03 Apr 2018 to Fri 08 Jun 2018

Term 4: Mon 18 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018




Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional cost in the region of £240 (three term) or £315 (four term) per academic course

Fees for Integrated International Graduate Diploma

For Integrated programme fees, add the tuition fee for your chosen degree to the Graduate Diploma fees above.

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply to INTO University of Stirling.

Degree options available for this course include:

Communications, Media and Culture

MSc Media Management

MSc Strategic Public Relations and Communication Management

Computing Science and Mathematics

MSc Big Data

MSc Computing for Business
MSc Computing for Financial Markets
MSc Information Technology
MSc Software Engineering 


MLitt/MRes Publishing Studies


MSc Business and Management

MSc Energy Management
MSc Finance
MSc Human Resource Management
MSc International Accounting and Finance
MSc International Banking and Finance
MSc International Business
MSc International Business (Finance)
MSc International Business (Marketing)
MSc International Business (Human Resource Management)
MSc International Human Resource Management
MSc Investment Analysis
MSc Retail Marketing

Social Sciences

MRes/MSc Applied Social Research

MSc Applied Social Research (Criminology)
MSc Applied Social Research (Social Statistics and Social Research)
MSc Criminological Research
MSc Social Enterprise
MSc TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
MSc TESOL and Applied Linguistics
MSc TESOL and CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning)


MSc Sports Coaching

MSc Sport Management
MSc Sport Psychology

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