Pre-Master's

The 6-month Pre-Master's programme will improve your English language and develop your research and study skills in preparation for postgraduate study.

It provides a direct route to a wide variety of master's programmes at the University of Stirling. You will improve your English language skills, develop the necessary study and research skills and become accustomed to living and studying in the UK in advance of your postgraduate degree.

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What is the Pre-Master's?

The 6-month Pre-Master's programme will develop your English language skill to the level required for entry to your degree.

You will also develop the necessary research and study skills – benefitting from the opportunity to undertake a research project in the area you intend to focus on in your university dissertation.

Who should apply for this programme?

This programme is for you, if:

  • you have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, but narrowly missed the academic admissions criteria for postgraduate study
  • you want to improve your academic English, as well as develop the necessary study skills before beginning your postgraduate programme
  • you want to undertake an extended research project to help to develop your research proposal – with the opportunity to enhance your understanding of research methodologies, data collection, analysis of statistical data and conducting a literature review
  • you feel you would benefit from a longer settling-in period in the UK

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

Academic Skills and ICT for Postgraduate Study

In this module you are supported in developing the skills necessary for studying at graduate level.

You will also consolidate core Information Communication Technology skills.

Topics covered include: an introduction to conducting research; how to choose your topic and narrowing your focus; developing aims and objectives; finding sources and using them to construct and develop arguments to support your research; and referencing.

English for Graduate Study

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.

You will also be prepared to participate in academic seminars and discussions, with topics from the social sciences forming the basis of creative, academic discussion and autonomy in learning.

Empirical Enquiry and Critical Thought

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. This will include some work in elementary formal logic, touching upon key fallacies and their detection.

Group discussion and written assessments will allow students to develop skills in analysis, critical thinking, debating and essay writing.

Extended Project and Research Skills

This module will draw upon research methods required at the postgraduate level, and will focus on your proposed subject area for study.

An adviser will give guidance on the content of the project. English language support will also be given.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed to determine whether you have met the University's English requirements before progressing to your degree programmes.

Methods of assessment include:

  • written texts
  • extended essays
  • listening tests
  • presentations
  • research project

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree or diploma (3–5 years) with high grades.

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

IELTS 6.0 (with minimum of 5.0 in writing) or equivalent.

If you're coming to the UK to study a course that is no longer than six months, a Short-term Study Visa (STSV) may be more appropriate for you than applying for a Student Tier 4 visa. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us.

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

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
April 2017 start Term 1: Mon 03 Apr 2017 – Fri 09 Jun 2017
Term 2: Mon 19 Jun 2017 – Fri 25 Aug 2017
£9,330
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Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic course, to be charged upon confirmation
  • text books: an additional charge in the region of £240 per academic course

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.

Where will it take me?

Successful completion of Pre-Master's programme leads to a certificate being awarded at SCQF Level 10 from the University of Stirling.

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