Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Media and Social Sciences

International Relations and International Development

The Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Media and Social Sciences provides a route to a variety of postgraduate degrees at the University of Sussex.

You can choose one of three pathways, based on your intended progression degree:

  • Business, Management and Finance
  • Law, International Relations and Social Sciences
  • Film and Media

On all pathways you will study a combination of general and specialist modules to improve your knowledge and skills to prepare you for postgraduate study. You will also study our CareerAhead module to provide you with the employability skills needed to succeed in your career.

There are two lengths of study available: two or one semesters. You should choose the length of study based on your entry requirements.

During the Pre-Masters Programme you have the option to change your progression degree. This makes the programme a great choice for students who have decided on their area of further study and who are looking for a flexible route to university.

What you will study

The two-semester programme

On the two-semester programme you will study six modules (worth 120 credits).

The one-semester programme

On the one-semester programme, you will study five modules (worth 75 credits): one academic module based on your chosen pathway, Academic English Skills, CareerAhead, Critical Reading, and Research Skills.

Module descriptions

View the module descriptions for the one-semester programme and the two-semester programme.

Your degree at Sussex

The module options on this programme allow you to focus on areas relevant to your chosen Masters degree. This course can lead to one of the postgraduate degrees listed below (subject to meeting the grades outlined). The degrees and grades listed are valid for 2018/19 intakes only and are subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Anthropology MA 60% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation MA 60% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Art History MA 60% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Banking and Finance MSc 60% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Childhood and Youth Studies MA 60% 70% overall with min.60% in each skill
Conflict, Security and Development MA 60% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Contemporary History MA 60% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Corporate and Financial Risk Management MSc 60% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Corruption and Governance MA 60% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
Cultural and Creative Industries MA 60% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)