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Engineering and Sciences Pre-Masters Programme

Key facts

Start dates

  • January
  • April

Course length

  • Two terms

Course overview

This two-term pathway will prepare you for your chosen postgraduate degree at the Faculty of Engineering or Faculty of Science.

You will study core modules, focusing on general skills and academic areas most useful to your chosen progression degree. Students achieve excellent progression; 93% of Pre-Masters Programme students who completed their course were offered a place to study at the University of Strathclyde in 2017.

The Pre-Masters Programme starts in January or April. If your need to raise your English language level to meet the entry requirements, you can study the English for Pre-Masters course first. 

Core modules

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 are exposed to through the AES 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, both group and individual, in response to a range of authentic academic scenarios in your field.

This module explores common mathematical techniques which are required for you to succeed on a postgraduate course in sciences and/or engineering, e.g. matrices, ordinary and partial differential equations. 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 will be 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 your 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 your 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.

This module seeks to develop awareness of the student’s own skills and abilities, increase recognition of their strengths and weaknesses, build communication skills, and ultimately enhance employability. Career Ahead software is used to prompt students on this learning journey. Students are also familiarised with current theories of leadership, helping them to identify their preferred team role, management ethos and leadership style. Practical skills such as creating bespoke CVs, personal statements, and Personal Development Plans will also be covered.

Entry requirements

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

Fees and scholarships 

To learn more about course costs visit our fees and payments page.

Scholarship opportunities are available. 

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
5G Advanced Communications Msc 60% 65%
Actuarial Science Msc 60% 65%
Advanced Biochemistry  MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Chemical & Process Engineering MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Computer Science MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Computer Science with Big Data MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Construction Technology & Building Information Management * MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Drug Delivery MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Software Engineering
MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Immunology MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Manufacture: Technology & Systems MSc 60% 65%

Advanced Mechanical Engineering *
Optional specialist streams include:

  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Energy Systems
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Materials
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Placement
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Power Plant Technologies
MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Pharmacology MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing MSc 60% 65%
Advanced Physics MSc 60% 65%
Applied Physics MSc 60% 65%
Applied Statistics MSc 60% 65%
Applied Statistics in Health Sciences *
MSc 60% 65%
Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage MSc 60% 65%
Architectural Design (International) MArch 60% 65%
Autonomous Robotic Intelligent Systems MSc 60% 65%
Biofluid Mechanics MSc 60% 65%
Biomedical Engineering MSc 60% 65%
Biomedical Sciences MSc 60% 65%
Cancer Therapies MSc 60% 65% 

Civil Engineering
Optional specialist streams include:

  • Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering & Project Management
  • Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering & Project Management
  • Civil Engineering with Geoenvironmental Engineering & Project Management
MSc 60% 65%
Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement
MSc 60% 65%
Clinical Pharmacy MSc 60% 65%
Communications, Control & Digital Signal Processing MSc 60% 65%
Design Engineering/Design Engineering with Advanced Product Development/Sustainability
MEng 60% 65%
Digital Health Systems MSc 60% 65%
Digital Manufacturing MSc 60% 65%
Electrical Power Engineering - Advanced ** MSc 60% 65%
Electrical Power Engineering with Business MSc 60% 65%
Electronic & Electrical Engineering MSc 60% 65%
Engineering Management for Process Excellence MSc 60% 65%
Enterprise Information Systems
MSc 60% 65%
Environmental Engineering MSc 60% 65%
Environmental Entrepreneurship MSc 60% 65%
Environmental Health Sciences
MSc 60% 65%
Forensic Science MSc 70% 65%
Global Innovation Management MSc 60% 65%
Hydrogeology MSc 60% 65%
Industrial Biotechnology MSc 60% 65%
Industrial Photonics *^
MSc 60% 65%
Information and Library Studies
MSc 60% 65%
Information Management
MSc 60% 65%
Information Management with Placement MSc 60% 65%
Marine Engineering MSc 60% 65%
Mechatronics & Automation MSc 60% 65%
Medical Devices MSc 60% 65%
Medicinal Chemistry MSc 60% 65%
Molecular Microbiology MSc 60% 65%
Nanoscience MSc 60% 65%
Offshore Floating Systems MSc 60% 65%
Oil & Gas Innovation
MSc 60% 65%
Optical Technologies MSc 60% 65%
Pharmaceutical Analysis MSc 60% 65%
Pharmacy Practice: Clinical Msc 60% 65%
Product Design MSc 60% 65%
Prosthetics & Orthotics
MSc 60% 65%
Renewable Energy Systems & Environment
MSc 60% 65%
Ship & Offshore Structures MSc 60% 65%
Ship & Offshore Technology MSc 60% 65%
Software Development MSc 60% 65%
Subsea and Pipeline Engineering MSc 60% 65%
Sustainability & Environmental Studies MSc 60% 65%
Sustainable Engineering: Architecture and Ecology  *
MSc 60% 65%
Sustainable Engineering: Marine Technology MSc 60% 65%
Sustainable Engineering: Offshore Renewable Energy
MSc 60% 65%
Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy System and the Environment  MSc 60% 65%
Systems Engineering Management MSc 60% 65%
Supply Chain & Operations Management / Logistics Management / Procurement Management
MSc 60% 65%
Technical Ship Management MSc 60% 65% 
Urban Design * MSc 60% 65%
Wind Energy Systems
MSc 60% 65%

* Pre-approval required before you can receive an offer.
**24 month course
† Portfolio and/or pre-approval required before you can receive an offer.
^ If you are not allocated an industrial placement, you may be considered for the Optical Technologies MSc.

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.