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Pre-Masters Programme in Business and Social Sciences

Course overview

Formerly known as Business and Social Studies, this two-terms 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.  After you have successfully completed the Pre-Masters Programme and achieved the required grades, you can progress to Strathclyde in September.

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 university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, 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. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

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.

This module seeks to develop awareness of the student’s own skills and abilities, increase recognition of their strengths and weaknesses, build communication skills, and ultimately enhance employability. Career Ahead software is used to prompt students on this learning journey. Students are also familiarised with current theories of leadership, helping them to identify their preferred team role, management ethos and leadership style. Practical skills such as creating bespoke CVs, personal statements, and Personal Development Plans will also be covered.

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.

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.

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Need to improve your IELTS score?

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

English Language Preparation Online for two-term Pre-Masters

  • 6 weeks: February or June
  • 10 weeks: May or September​​
  • 16 weeks: April or July

Alternatively, if you're looking to study 2 terms Pre-Masters Programme and need to improve your IELTS score, you can take an on-campus English language course first starting in September 2024 or January 2025.

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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. (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 required before you can receive an offer

  • Autism MSc
  • Business Translation and Interpreting MSc / PG Dip
  • Finance MSc
  • Finance and Management MSc
  • Financial Technology MSc
  • International Accounting & Finance MSc
  • International Banking & Finance MSc
  • Investment & Finance MSc
  • Primary Education PGDE
  • Quantitative Finance MSc

PGDE interview and Advanced disclosure check required

  • Primary Education PGDE
  • Secondary Education PGDE

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

  • Business Translation and Interpreting MSc / PG Dip

Students must have relevant degree or direct experience living or working with individuals on the autism spectrum. Statement detailing experience required on application

  • Autism MSc

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

Pre-approval required before progression. These are conversion courses in the Science faculty. They are accessible from both the Business and Social Sciences, and the Engineering and Science Pre-Masters Programme

  • Artificial Intelligence & Applications MSc
  • Digital Heath Systems MSc
  • Information and Library Studies MSc
  • Information Management MSc
  • Software Development MSc

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