International Study Centre

Degree preparation programmes

Your pathway to university success

We offer a range of university preparation programmes at the International Study Centre that cover all levels of study in higher education. The programmes available are:

Each of our programmes will introduce your chosen subject area as well as improve your English language skills. After successful completion of your International Study Centre pathway programme, you will be able to progress to your chosen undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Strathclyde.

If you need extra English language support before your pathway programme, discover our English Language Preparation courses. These are available for students wishing top study the Undergraduate Foundation Programme, Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme, or the Pre-Masters Programme.

Who is a degree preparation programme for?

If you have dreams of studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the UK, we can help you get there. Our preparation programmes are designed for ambitious international students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to the University of Strathclyde.

We offer programmes that can be studied in-person on campus or virtually from home, so you can choose a study option that best suits you. Find out about doing your programme online or our other study options.

How do degree preparation programmes work?

Our preparation programmes are taught on the University campus* and introduce you to the style of teaching you’ll experience at the University of Strathclyde whilst you settle into life in Scotland. You will learn in a supportive environment surrounded by other international students who will also be adjusting to a new culture and lifestyle. You will be part of university life from your first day, and be able to get involved with student events and join clubs where you can meet people with similar interests to you.

Discover your eligibility via our entry requirements and find out how to apply.

* Does not apply to the Accelerated Pre-Masters Plus (Digital)

Flexible study options

You can choose to study your programme on campus or start virtually from home. Find out more about preparing to study and choosing how you study your programme with us.

Alternatively, you can now opt to study your whole programme from home with the Accelerated Pre-Masters Programme Plus (Digital). This new preparational programme offers students the opportunity to prepare for a postgraduate degree remotely, with flexibility and ease.

Choose the right programme for you

Degree preparation programme duration

Each International Study Centre programme gives you the opportunity to progress to the next suitable year following successful completion of your pathway programme.

In Scotland, undergraduate degrees are usually four-year programmes, with some exceptions. This gives you the flexibility to find out what suits you best before committing to your final degree subject. With a broader knowledge base, you’ll have a stronger academic foundation for when you decide to specialise.



This is an example timeline. Some exceptions may apply. Find out more on the programme pages.

Why study a pathway course?

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