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Online Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme*

Through our online learning experience platform, insendi, we offer a postgraduate preparation programme specifically designed for virtual study. The Online Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme offers you the opportunity to complete a whole International Study Centre programme remotely, with flexibility and ease, and get the best start possible to your postgraduate level study at the University of Strathclyde.

Course overview

On a programme that is as efficient, extensive and easily accessible as the Online Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme, students are able to prepare for studying a Masters programme at the University of Strathclyde without relocating or leaving their lives behind. This provides great flexibility and stability, as you can get the most out of your education without the immediate cost of coming to study in the UK. 

Over one semester, this online programme will equip you with the academic skills, ability in business or finance and English language in preparation for your chosen postgraduate degree.

If you don't meet the English language requirement for the one semester Online Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme, then you have the option to study this programme either over two or three semesters, depending on your IELTS level. This will allow you to improve your language skills to a point where you are ready to study a postgraduate degree in the UK and communicate your points articulately in English, as well as prepare you for studying your degree subject by guiding you through specialist subject knowledge, skills and study techniques.

By design, the programme ensures that your teachers will be heavily involved in your studies, no matter where you are in the world, meaning that excellent academic and language tuition is assured.

*Subject to programme approval

Who is this course for?

Designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study at the University of Strathclyde, this programme will allow you to enhance your English language and academic skills ahead of arriving to study in Glasgow. Accessible from anywhere in the world, the programme is designed to be inclusive and flexible. For students who cannot commit to studying abroad at this time in their lives, this programme offers the ultimate alternative. Benefit from more financial, professional, educational and time freedom with the Online Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme.

Why study this programme?

The Online Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme has been designed by experts in international education, who have a deep understanding of how best to utilise insendi’s learning experience platform. There are many reasons to study this course online, including the following:

  • Study at your own pace, benefitting from the flexible nature of the programme.
  • Become part of an interactive community through your online learning group.
  • Learn from experts in international education, who are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.
  • Allow yourself a strong focus on professional development, supported by the curriculum.
  • Access a high-quality course, of the same standard as any of our programmes, that is great value for money.
  • Save up to £10,000 with reduced tuition fees and savings on travel, accommodation and living costs.
  • Gain support every step of the way from our attentive staff, no matter where you are in the world.

What you will study

Core modules

Designed to support students who intend to study at postgraduate level at a UK university, but need to improve their level of English, this module focuses on developing the written and spoken language required to communicate effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context. You will also develop awareness and competency in the language-related academic skills you need to achieve your academic potential at the University of Strathclyde, including 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.

This module introduces a variety of mathematical concepts embedded within the business contexts commonly used in postgraduate programmes. As well as developing your mathematical skills, this module will focus on improving your ability to critically evaluate mathematical findings from a variety of publications, including the business and press reports.

Specifically designed for students coming from diverse educational backgrounds, this module aims to build the reading and research skills you’ll need to successfully study a Masters degree.  Additionally, this module will allow you to develop the necessary presentation, communication and group work skills to progress to the degree of your choice with confidence.

Route modules

During the Online Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme, you will be given the option to study one of two subject routes: Business or Finance. You may choose your route based on which degree you are interested in progressing to. The subject-specific module for each respective route are detailed below.

For a chosen Masters degree in Business Management at the University of Strathclyde, this module will introduce key business concepts used in postgraduate study, as well as offering opportunities to apply them to a wide range of examples. Throughout the module, you will develop the necessary skills required for success in your future studies and beyond.

Designed to equip the students with essential econometric skills and knowledge for their chosen Masters degree in Finance at the University of Strathclyde. The course provides fundamental knowledge of basic econometrics using the linear regression model. This covers theoretical approaches and practical applications using cross-sectional and time series data.

Your programme overview

What do I need to study online?

You will need to have a PC or Mac based computer. Whilst it is possible to access and interact with most course content using a tablet or smartphone, these devices will not work for assessments. If you do not have access to equipment, please let us know so that we can support you.


  • Any Microsoft Windows based PC (laptop or desktop, preferably running Windows 10)
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom


  • Any Apple MacOS based laptop or desktop
  • Web Browser: Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge (Chromium version)
  • Webcam
  • Microphone
  • Installation of Zoom for Virtual Classroom

Internet Connection:

Internet connectivity is required for access to all coursework. Internet connectivity could be in the form of a fixed line connection, 3G/4G/5G, wi-fi or other technologies.

  • Minimum: 600kbps download and 600kbps upload speed
  • Recommended: at least 1.5Mbps download and 1.5Mbps upload speed

Degree progression

Once you have completed the Online Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme, and achieved the required progression criteria^, you will have the ability to progress to one of the below postgraduate degrees at the University of Strathclyde. (Please see the accordion below for additional information on entry and progression conditions.)

^Students are to submit their final year transcripts and degree/graduation certificate before 31st July to the International Study Centre to ensure it is considered by the Programme Assessment Board, as a part of their guaranteed conditional progression offer.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish Grade
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Please note

Students will need achieve 65% for the Econometrics module as well as Mathematics for Business, and 60% overall for progression to the University. Pre-approval required before you can receive an offer.

  • Finance MSc
  • Finance and Management MSc
  • Financial Technology MSc
  • International Accounting & Finance MSc
  • International Banking & Finance MSc
  • Investment & Finance MSc
  • Quantitative Finance MSc

Not available for the September Online Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme:

  • Data Analytics MSc
  • Digital Marketing Management MSc
  • Economics & Finance MSc
  • Economics, Applied MSc
  • Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership MSc
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology MSc
  • Finance and Management MSc
  • Financial Technology MSc
  • Economics & Policy of Energy & Climate Change MSc
  • Human Resource Management MSc
  • Human Resources and International Management MSc
  • Innovation and Marketing Management MSc
  • International Banking & Finance MSc
  • International Human Resource Management MSc
  • International Marketing MSc
  • Investment & Finance MSc
  • Project Management and Innovation MSc
  • Quantitative Finance MSc
  • Tourism Marketing Management MSc
  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship MSc
  • Health Analysis, Policy and Management MSc

For more information about studying a digital programme with us, please see our terms and conditions.