Pre-Masters courses for international students 

The Pre-Masters course is a one or two semester course leading to a range of Masters degrees at the University of Sussex. It is designed for international students, to provide you with the skills you need to succeed in postgraduate study and in your professional career.

You will study a combination of core and subject-specific modules related to your intended Masters degree. Through these, you will improve your English language ability, gain study skills, and deepen your knowledge of academic subjects.

Why study the Pre-Masters?

  • Deepen your academic knowledge
  • Improve your English language ability
  • Receive university-style tuition in a focused academic environment
  • Develop career skills to prepare you for professional success
  • Gain international experience and make global connections while studying alongside students from different cultures.

There are a number of subject routes available, depending on the Masters degree you intend to study at the University of Sussex.

Focus on your career

We know that you may already be thinking about your future career, which is why we have integrated a careers element into our academic courses at the ISC. CareerAhead will guide you towards making the right choices and give you the tools you need to stand out in the competitive graduate job market. 

Your assessment

We will assess your progress regularly to ensure you are on track to complete your course successfully, so that you can go on to study your chosen degree at Sussex. For example, you may participate in exams, seminar discussions, group projects, presentations, laboratory practicals, software exercises and essays as part of your overall assessment.

Improve your English

Need to improve your English language or raise your IELTS score? You can study one of our English language courses at the International Study Centre. 

Study plan options

IELTS Length Jun-Aug Sep-Dec Jan-Apr May-Aug September
6.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other bands) 1 Semesters        

your chosen
Postgraduate Degree

6.0 overall (minimum 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other bands) 1 Semesters        
5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all other bands) 2 Semesters      
5.5 (minimum 5.5 in all other bands) 2 Semesters      
5.0 (with 5.0 in all skills) 3 Semesters      
5.0 (with 5.0 in all skills) 3 Semesters      
4.5 (with 4.5 in all skills) 4 Semesters    

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