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Degree preparation programmes

Your pathway to university success

We offer a range of university preparation programmes at the International Study Centre that cover all levels of study in higher education. The programmes available are:

Each of our programmes will introduce your chosen subject area as well as improve your English language skills. After successful completion of your International Study Centre pathway programme, you will be able to progress to your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde.

If you need extra English language support before your pathway programme, discover our English Language Preparation courses.

Who is a degree preparation programme for?

If you have dreams of studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the UK, we can help you get there. Our preparation programmes are designed for ambitious international students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to the University of Strathclyde.

How do degree preparation programmes work?

Our preparation programmes are taught on the University campus and will introduce you to the style of teaching you’ll experience at the University of Strathclyde. Campus-based programmes will support you as you settle into life in Scotland, allowing you to get to know your new surroundings, including the University's facilities.

Discover your eligibility via our entry requirements and find out how to apply.

Academic programmes

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Undergraduate Foundation Programme

The Undergraduate Foundation Programme offers you a pathway to the second year of a four-year undergraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde. Study for three terms and choose from two subject routes: Business and Social Sciences, or Engineering and Sciences.

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International Year One BBA

The International Year One BBA offers you a pathway to the second year of a three-year Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Strathclyde Business School. This three-term programme teaches core modules related to your degree.

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International Year Two Civil Engineering

The International Year Two in Civil Engineering provides an accelerated route to the third year of a four-year Civil Engineering degree for students who perform above the level needed to study our Undergraduate Foundation Programme. This programme delivers a range of relevant core modules over three terms.

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Postgraduate pathways

We offer a variety of postgraduate pathways with different course lengths to suit you. These include a standard two-term Pre-Masters Programme and our 12-week Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme.


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English Language Preparation

You can improve your English level before starting your International Study Centre programme with our English Language Preparation courses designed for undergraduate and postgraduate-level students.

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Prepare for Success

Join our 4-week online preparation course at no extra cost, so that you are ready to begin your academic pathway programme.

Enhanced Induction

The Enhanced Induction is an optional 3-week programme that will better prepare you for living and studying in the UK.

Entry requirements

Learn about the academic and English language entry requirements you will need to meet to join our programmes.

Degree preparation programme duration

Each International Study Centre programme gives you the opportunity to progress to the next suitable year following successful completion of your pathway programme.

In Scotland, undergraduate degrees are usually four-year programmes, with some exceptions. This gives you the flexibility to find out what suits you best before committing to your final degree subject. With a broader knowledge base, you’ll have a stronger academic foundation for when you decide to specialise.


Undergraduate timeline


Postgraduate timeline

This is an example timeline. Some exceptions may apply. Find out more on the programme pages.

Why study a pathway course?