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Business and Social Studies

Key facts

Start dates

  • January
  • April

Course length

  • Two terms

Course overview

This pathway will prepare you for your chosen postgraduate degree at the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences or Strathclyde Business School.


Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. 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.

You will further develop your writing fluency and accuracy within the patterns, conventions and register of academic communication that you have been exposed to through the ESUS programme. You are given more opportunity to demonstrate that you are able to identify the relevant structures and organisational patterns required for effective completion of specific writing tasks, in response to a range of authentic academic scenarios based on undergraduate study in your field.

This module explores common mathematical techniques which are required for you to succeed on a postgraduate course in business and/or social studies, e.g. for the study of economics and/or as inputs to managerial decision-making. The emphasis of the module is on practical application, with use to be made of appropriate software.

This module refines and further develops knowledge and skills relating to research methods. The module is focused on developing an understanding of the application and limitations of a variety of research techniques used for data gathering and analysis in their specialist subject area.

This individual project provides you with a learning experience that will enable you to carry out independent research, integrating many of the academic skills that you have been developing with regard to an area of subject knowledge of their own choosing. You are expected to plan, research and execute your task while developing skills in critical judgement and independent working. You will present an extended piece of written academic work, appropriate to their preferred area of subsequent postgraduate study.

The module covers common statistical techniques for data analysis and for decision-making, as applied in academic and practical situations. The emphasis of the module is on developing your knowledge and skills, with extensive use of appropriate software.

Entry requirements


  • Only available to overseas students, non-UK and non-EU


  • Students are normally at least 20 years old

English language

  • Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 in all skills*

Additional English language training is available if you need it. Our English for Pre-Masters course will improve your English language skills up to the level of IELTS 5.5. There are 1 term or 2 term options available, dependent on your IELTS level.

1 term

  • Start: September or January
  • Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.0 (5.0 in all skills)*
  • Term dates:
    January 2017: Term 1: 09/01/2017 to 24/03/2017
    September 2017: Term 1: 11/09/2017 to 01/12/2017
    January 2018: Term 1: 08/01/2018 to 23/03/2018

2 terms

  • Start: September
  • Academic IELTS for UKVI 4.5 (4.5 in all skills)*
  • Term dates:
    September 2017:
    Term 1: 11/09/2017 to 01/12/2017
    Term 2: 08/01/2018 to 23/03/2018

* If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.


  • Recognised degree in related field

For full entry requirements information, please visit entry requirements page.


How much will my Pre-Masters course cost?

2017/18 tuition fees are valid from 13 February 2017 for programmes commencing from 1 September 2017 and are in £ sterling. The enrolment fee will be £200 for UK International Study Centres.


  • £8,850 (two terms)

English for Pre-Masters

  • £4,566 (per term)

The fees shown may be subject to change. For full fees and payment information, please visit fees and payments page.

Degree progression

Once you have completed the Pre-Masters Programme, and subject to satisfying the progression criteria, you can proceed to your postgraduate degree at the University.

University Degree Award English grade Subject grade
Applied Economics MSc 60% 65%
Autism * +
MSc 60% 65%
Business & Management (MBM) MSc 60% 65%
Business Analysis & Consulting MSc 60% 65%
Business Translation and Interpreting * ^
MSc/PG Dip 60% 65%
Construction Law LLM 60% 65%
Criminal Justice & Penal Change LLM / MSc 60% 65%
Digital Journalism MLitt 80% 65%
Economics and Finance MSc 60% 65%
Education Studies # MSc 70% 65%
Environmental Entrepreneurship MSc 60% 65%
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology
MSc 60% 65%
Finance MSc 65% 65%
Finance and Law
MSc 65% 65%
Finance and Management
MSc 65% 65%
Global Energy Management MSc 60% 65%
Global Environmental Law LLM 60% 65%
Health History MSc 60% 65%
Historical Studies MSc 60% 65%
Human Resource Management MSc 60% 65%
Human Resources and International Management
MSc 60% 65%
Human Rights Law LLM 60% 65%
Information & Library Studies MSc 60% 65%
Information Management MSc 60% 65%
International Accounting & Finance MSc 60% 65%
International Banking & Finance MSc 65% 65%
International Commercial Law LLM 60% 65%
International Human Resource Management MSc 60% 65%
International Law & Sustainable Development LLM 60% 65%
International Management MSc 60% 65%
International Management and Law
MSc 60% 65%
International Marketing MSc 60% 65%
International Relations MSc 60% 65%
International Relations, Law and Security
MSc/LLM 60% 65%
Internet Law & Policy LLM 60% 65%
Investment & Finance MSc 65% 65%
IT & Telecommunications Law
LLM 60% 65%
LLM 60% 65%
Law & Finance MSc 65% 65%
Lean Six Sigma for Process Excellence MSc 60% 65%
Literature, Culture & Place MLitt 60% 65%
Marketing MSc 60% 65%
Mediation & Conflict Resolution MSc 60% 65%
Operational Research MSc 60% 65%
Operations Management in Engineering MSc 60% 65%
Physical Activity in Non-communicable Disease Prevention and Control
MSc 60% 65%
Political Research MSc 60% 65%
Primary Education *** PGDE 60% 65%
Psychology (Research Methods in) MSc 60% 65%
Public Policy MSc 60% 65%
Quantitative Finance
MSc 60% 65%
Research Methods in Psychology MSc 60% 65%
Secondary Education *** PGDE 60% 65%
Social Policy
MSc 60% 65%
Social Policy (Research Methods)
MSc 60% 65%
Social Work
MSc 60% 65%
Supply Chain & Operations Management / Logistics Management / Procurement Management  MSc 60% 65%
Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment MSc 60% 65%
Tourism Marketing Management MSc 60% 65%

* Pre-approval is required before an offer can be made
*** Subject to PGDE interview process and Advanced Disclosure check
^ We only admit students who can master another language in addition to English, from the following: Chinese, German, Spanish, Italian, French. Applicants complete written and oral aptitude tests
# Some subjects may require previous teaching qualification and experience
+ Only those with relevant degree or direct experience living or working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Applicants must complete a statement as part of their application detailing their experience. Referral to centre required prior to offer being made

Please note that integrated Masters programmes (not listed above) cannot be accessed via the Pre-Masters Programme.

These degrees and grades are subject to change.