International Study Centre

Pre-Masters Programme in Business and Social Sciences

Course overview

Formerly known as Business and Social Studies, this two-term pathway will prepare you for your chosen postgraduate degree at the Strathclyde Business School or Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

You will study core modules, focusing on general skills and academic areas most useful to your chosen progression degree. 

Who is this course for?

If you’ve studied an undergraduate degree in your home country and want to continue with your Masters in the UK, our programme can help. In just two terms, you’ll develop the academic, study and language skills to study a Masters degree in business or social sciences at a UK university.

Why study this programme?

We’ve designed our programme to offer a mix of specialist core modules and route modules based on your chosen progression degree. You’ll study useful skills for your Masters degree, such as research skills and communication, as well as an optional route module related to your progression goals. Our Academic English Skills module ensures your language ability is suited to postgraduate study at a UK university.

What you will study

Core modules

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at the partner University.

The Critical Reading and Applied Academic Writing Skills module aims to develop Pre-Master’s students’ critical reading skills and allow them to identify and comply with the norms of academic writing in their own written work. It complements the Academic English Skills module and supports elements taught as part of Research Methods.

The main aim of this course is to equip the students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge for their chosen masters’ degree in business and social sciences at the University of Strathclyde. The course not only provides fundamental knowledge of mathematics and its application, but will also give the students a much broader context of applications in related disciplines. After completion of this course, the students will be able to appreciate the importance and applications of mathematics in their chosen pathway.

Personal awareness, communication and employability skills is a module which seeks to familiarise students with the importance of reflection to develop awareness of the student’s own skills and abilities, increase recognition of strengths and weaknesses, and build on communication and ultimately enhance employability with an additional focus on management and transferable skills.

This course is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for our Pre-Masters students to establish and advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and approaches. This course will not only prepare our students for their Masters degrees at the University of Strathclyde, but will also teach them life-long skills that they can tap on rest of their professional life. The course introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Students will use these theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in forming their understanding of their work.

This course is continuation of the course titled ‘research methods’ and the students will apply the techniques that they have learned. The aim of this module is to further develop skills in the methods and techniques of research and the ability to write a substantive piece of academic work. Students will be introduced to a variety of sources relevant to their specialist subject area and will consider the application and limitation of techniques for understanding and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data. Although students will be introduced to the methods and techniques of empirical research, their project is likely to be based on secondary data sources.

Route modules

The module you will study depends on what subject you are planning to study at Strathclyde.

Route module descriptions

The main aim of this module is 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 probability theory and basic econometrics using the linear regression model. At the end of the course students will be able to take numerical primary data and run simple regressions with an ability to interpret the basic regression output using various software programmes.

This module aims to provide students with an insight into the fundamental concepts found within the global business arena, in order to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and understanding of the Business Environment and what it might encompass. Students will explore the fundamental concepts of incorporated and unincorporated business models, Organisational Structures, Industry Sectors, Supply Chains & Market Players, Business Practices, Strategic Management, and Financial Planning. Students thus consolidate a strong foundation from which to progress on to Masters’ level study in a Business related subject at the University of Strathclyde.

This module focuses on the study of contemporary Social Sciences with a focus on global issues. Students will interact with a range of contemporary issues, including education, poverty gap and international human rights. There will be an opportunity to explore the concepts in detail, develop understanding of relevant policies and legislation, discuss and debate issues in these contexts as well as extending critical appraisal and evaluation skills throughout the learning journey.

This is a pathway option for students progressing on to Humanities or Social Science degrees. The intention is to for them to gain insight into global perspectives in relevant areas to aid them in their independent research topic as well as enrich their subject specific vocabulary.

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 Overall grade
Applied Economics MSc 60% 60%
Autism *† MSc 60% 60%
Business & Management (MBM) MSc 60% 60%
Business Analysis & Consulting MSc 60% 60%
Business Translation and Interpreting *^ MSc 60% 60%
Business Translation and Interpreting *^
PG Dip 60% 60%
Construction Law LLM 60% 60%
Criminal Justice & Penal Change LLM 60% 60%
Criminal Justice & Penal Change MSc 60% 60%

Digital Journalism

MLitt 80% 60%
Digital Marketing Management MSc 60% 60%
Data Analytics MSc 60% 60%
Economics and Finance MSc 60% 60%

Education Studies

MSc 60% 60%
Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership MSc 60% 60%

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology

MSc 60% 60%
Finance ∆ MSc 65% 60%

Finance and Management ∆

MSc 65% 60%
Financial Technology ∆ MSc 60% 60%
Global Energy Management MSc 60% 60%

Global Environmental Law and Governance

LLM 60% 60%
Health History MSc 60% 60%
Historical Studies MSc 60% 60%
Human Resource Management MSc 60% 60%
Human Resources and International Management MSc 60% 60%

Human Rights Law

LLM 60% 60%
Innovation and Marketing Management MSc 60% 60%
International Accounting & Finance ∆ MSc 60% 60%
International Banking & Finance ∆ MSc 65% 60%
International Commercial Law LLM 60% 60%
International Human Resource Management MSc 60% 60%
International Management MSc 60% 60%
International Marketing MSc 60% 60%
International Relations MSc 60% 60%
International Relations, Law and Security MSc 60% 60%
International Relations, Law and Security LLM 60% 60%
International Social Welfare MSc 60% 60%
Internet Law & Policy LLM 60% 60%
Investment & Finance ∆ MSc 65% 60%
IT & Telecommunications Law LLM 60% 60%
Law LLM 60% 60%


MSc 60% 60%
Media & Communication MLitt 60% 60%
Mediation & Conflict Resolution LLM 60% 60%
Mediation & Conflict Resolution MSc 60% 60%
Physical Activity in Non-communicable Disease Prevention and Control MSc 60% 60%
Politics MSc 60% 60%
Political Research MSc 60% 60%

Primary Education **

PGDE 60% 60%
Project Management and Innovation MSc 60% 60%
Public Policy MSc 60% 60%
Quantitative Finance * MSc 60% 60%
Secondary Education ** PGDE 60% 60%
Social Policy MSc 60% 60%
Social Policy (Research Methods) MSc 60% 60%
TESOL and Intercultural Communication MSc 60% 60%
Tourism Marketing Management MSc 60% 60%

* Pre-approval required before you can receive an offer.
** PGDE interview and Advanced disclosure check required.
^ In addition to English, students must be proficient in one of the following languages: Chinese, German, Spanish, Italian or French. Applicants complete written and oral aptitude tests.
† Students must have relevant degree or direct experience living or working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Statement detailing experience required on application.
∆ Students will need achieve 65% for the Econometrics module as well as Maths for Business and Sciences module, and 60% overall for progression to the University.

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.

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