What is a Pre-Masters?

A Pre-Masters is a preparation programme designed specifically to support international students for studying one of our Masters programmes.

You will study a combination of subject-specific modules alongside English language preparation, to enhance your study, employability and academic skills necessary to successfully progress in your undergraduate studies.

If you are looking to study a postgraduate degree but require additional support to meet the entry requirements or have not studied for a while, our Pre-Masters programmes are designed to give you extra preparation.

Benefits of studying a Pre-Masters

  • Bridge the skills gap: designed to help you meet the required entry criteria for an MSc programme
  • Prepare for postgraduate study: build core subject knowledge and boost your confidence and build academic skills, such as academic writing, critical thinking skills and understanding of research
  • Develop your English language skills: improve your written and spoken English language skills
  • Access to university learning support: you will have access to sessions facilitated by library staff on core academic skills and a wealth of online support materials readily available such as lecture recordings, webcasts or pre-recorded sessions
  • Guaranteed progression: upon successful completion, you will be guaranteed a place on one of our postgraduate degrees in Newcastle or London (subject to a 50% pass rate)
  • Available throughout the year: with start dates in September, January* and May*

*London only

Entry requirements

Typically, applicants should hold a pass or third-class honours degree and IELTS 6.5 with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.

Available pathways

We currently offer a Graduate Certificate in Business. Upon successful completion, you will be guaranteed progression onto one of our Business postgraduate programmes. Progression options also include Masters with Advanced Practice.


Graduate Certificate in Business
Graduate Certificate in Business
Full-time | 1 semester (3 months) | International Fee: £6,750 (2021/22)

Entry requirements

  • Third class, pass or ordinary degree from a UK university, or equivalent
  • IELTS 6.5 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent

Leads to postgraduate degrees in:

  • Business, Mass Communications, Computing and Information Technology

Start dates: Jan, May, Sep

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“I absolutely love Newcastle, there is so much to do and so many students. The campus is beautiful and there are loads of facilities where I can do extra-curricular activities around my studies.”

Christiane Zom A Iroume
International Foundation Programme - Business

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