International Study Centre

Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering and Sciences

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. 

Who is this course for?

If you’re passionate about continuing your higher education journey in the UK, and don't yet meet the entry requirements, then our Pre-Masters Programme can help equip you with the skills to succeed in just two terms. You can prepare for postgraduate study in the UK at the International Study Centre before beginning your Masters degree at the University.

Why study this programme?

Our programme includes specialist core modules designed to prepare you for a Masters degree in engineering or science. You’ll learn everything from research skills to mathematics in order to enjoy postgraduate study at Strathclyde. We include an Academic English Skills module to ensure you have the language skills necessary for a postgraduate student at a UK university. You’ll also be able to choose a route module based on your chosen progression degree.

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-Masters 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.

This course aims at introducing essential mathematical techniques for the Engineering and Science students aiming to start their Masters degrees at the University of Strathclyde. It is specifically designed towards students not familiar with mathematical thinking and oriented mostly on hands-on manipulations and calculus. The class covers basic mathematical methods for engineers and scientist including: linear algebra, differentiation and integration, ordinary and partial differential equations, Laplace and Fourier transforms.

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 degree 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 course is to equip the students with essential programming skills for their chosen Masters degree in science and engineering at the University of Strathclyde. It uses the programming system and language called MATLAB. It is designed to give students a basic understanding of MATLAB, including popular toolboxes. MATLAB is a powerful language used by Computer Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians for applications such as image processing and signal analysis. These skills are useful in sciences like Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. This module also introduces students to appropriate mathematical methods for scientists and engineers and explores their application using MATLAB.

This is a core module for all students studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or any combination of the above. The main aim of this module is to strengthen provision relating to practical and communication skills necessary for undergraduate study. Acquisition of these skills will form the building blocks of students’ ability to demonstrate their knowledge and skills as they progress through the programme and onto the next level of postgraduate study.

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

Advanced Mechanical Engineering*

MSc 60% 60%

Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace *

MSc 60% 60%
Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Energy Systems * MSc 60% 60%
Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Materials * MSc 60% 60%

Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Placement *

MSc 60% 60%

Advanced Mechanical Engineering with Power Plant Technologies *

MSc 60% 60%
Advanced Naval Architecture MSc 60% 60%
Advanced Pharmacology MSc 60% 60%
Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing MSc 60% 60%
Advanced Physics MSc 60% 60%
Applied Physics MSc 60% 60%
Applied Statistics MSc 60% 60%
Applied Statistics in Health Sciences * MSc 60% 60%
Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage MSc 60% 60%
Architectural Design (International) MArch 60% 60%
Artificial Intelligence & Applications *
MSc 60% 60%
Autonomous Robotic Intelligent Systems * MSc 60% 60%
Biofluid Mechanics * MSc 60% 60%
Biomedical Engineering MSc 60% 60%
Biomedical Sciences MSc 60% 60%
Cancer Therapies MSc 60% 60%

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% 60%
Civil Engineering with Industry *◊ MSc 60% 60%
Design Engineering/Design Engineering with Advanced Product Development/Sustainability MEng 60% 60%
Digital Health Systems MSc 60% 60%
Digital Manufacturing MSc 60% 60%
Electrical Power and Energy Systems * MSc 60% 60%
Electronic & Electrical Engineering MSc 60% 60%
Energy Systems Innovation MSc 60% 60%
Engineering Management for Process Excellence MSc 60% 60%
Environmental Engineering MSc 60% 60%
Environmental Entrepreneurship MSc 60% 60%
Forensic Science MSc 70% 60%
Global Innovation Management MSc 60% 60%
Hydrogeology MSc 60% 60%
Information and Library Studies MSc 60% 60%
Information Management MSc 60% 60%
Machine learning and Deep Learning * MSc 60% 60%
Manufacturing Management MSc 60% 60%
Marine Engineering MSc 60% 60%
Mechatronics & Automation MSc 60% 60%
Molecular Microbiology MSc 60% 60%
Nanoscience MSc 60% 60%
Offshore Floating Systems MSc 60% 60%
Optical Technologies MSc 60% 60%
Pharmaceutical Analysis MSc 60% 60%
Product Design MSc 60% 60%
Prosthetics & Orthotics *# MSc 60% 60%
Renewable Energy Systems & Environment MSc 60% 60%
Satellite Applications (with Data Science) * MSc 60% 60%
Ship & Offshore Structures MSc 60% 60%
Ship & Offshore Technology *^ MSc 60% 60%
Software Development MSc 60% 60%
Subsea and Pipeline Engineering MSc 60% 60%
Sustainability & Environmental Studies MSc 60% 60%
Sustainable Engineering: Architecture and Ecology * MSc 60% 60%
Sustainable Engineering: Marine Technology MSc 60% 60%
Sustainable Engineering: Offshore Renewable Energy MSc 60% 60%
Sustainable Engineering: Renewable Energy System and the Environment MSc 60% 60%
Systems Engineering Management MSc 60% 60%
Supply Chain & Sustainability Management/ Logistics Management/Procurement Management MSc 60% 60%
Sustainable Engineering: Chemical Processing MSc 60% 60%
Technical Ship Management MSc 60% 60%
Urban Design * MSc 60% 60%
Wind Energy Systems * MSc 60% 60%

* Pre-approval required before you can receive an offer.
† Portfolio and pre-approval required before you can receive an offer.
^ Two year programme
◊ January start
# Applicants must have a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics

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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