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Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme

Course overview

With the Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme you will receive excellent academic and English language teaching you need for postgraduate success within just 12 weeks (plus induction and exam week). Start in September, and alongside completing your pathway programme faster, you will also progress to the University of Strathclyde in January.

You can choose from two subject routes, depending on the degree you want to study: Business and Social Sciences or Engineering and Sciences. Once you successfully complete this programme and achieve the required grades, you can start your chosen Masters degree at Strathclyde. 

Who is this course for?

This programme helps international students enhance their skills in preparation for postgraduate study in the UK. If you have successfully completed your undergraduate degree in your home country, and need to develop your English or academic skills to study your Masters at the University of Strathclyde, this 12 week programme is for you.

This programme is also a great option if you have a higher IELTS score than what is required for our two-term Pre-Masters Programme.

Why study this programme?

This course has been designed by expert academics to help international students progress to the University of Strathclyde. Across the 12 weeks, you will study a mix of specialist core modules and route modules based on your chosen progression degree. The modules you study will boost your academic and English language skills in preparation for your chosen postgraduate degree.

What you will study

Core modules

  • Academic English Skills
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Awareness, Communication and Employability Skills

Route modules

  • The Business Environment
  • Social Sciences: Global Perspectives
  • Lab Skills and Scientific Communication
  • Applied Numerical Analysis using MATLAB

Need to improve your IELTS score?

We offer additional English language programmes which are designed to raise your IELTS to the required level.

English Language Preparation  Online for Accelerated Pre-Masters

  • 6 weeks: February or June
  • 10 weeks: May or September

Find out more about our English language preparation courses.

Degree progression

After completing the Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme, and achieving the required progression criteria, you can progress to one of the below postgraduate degrees at the University. (Please see the accordion below for additional information on entry and progression conditions.)

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish Grade
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Please note

Pre-approval is required for the following Masters before you can receive an offer for the Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme. Students will need to achieve 65% for the Maths for Business and Social Sciences module as well as 65% for the Research Methods and Data Analysis module, and 60% overall for progression to the University.

  • Finance MSc
  • International Accounting & Finance MSc

Students should already be working in an education setting as teaching assistants, teachers, head of department, senior managers, or other professional roles. This Masters course is online only.

  • Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies MSc

This Masters course is online only.

  • Safety & Risk Management MSc

Pre-approval is required for the following Masters before you can receive an offer for the Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme.

  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace MSc
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Energy Systems MSc
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Materials MSc
  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Power Plant Technologies MSc
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How to apply

Find out how to apply to study at the International Study Centre and how the admissions process works, plus all the supporting information you need to apply.

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International Study Centre

The International Study Centre is located on the University of Strathclyde campus. You’ll have access to world-class facilities, and you’ll meet other students from the day you arrive.

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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.