International Study Centre

Pre-Masters courses

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What is the Pre-Masters Programme?

This programme is a preparational course for international students who wish to study one of a range of Masters degrees at the University of Sussex. You can choose to study either one or two semesters of the programme, depending on your academic level.

There are two subject pathways available, depending on your chosen progression degree. You will study a combination of core and subject-specific modules related to your intended Masters degree. During the Pre-Masters course you have the option to change your progression degree.

Who is this programme for?

The Pre-Masters Programme is intended for students with a first degree who want subject-focused additional tuition ahead of studying a Masters in the UK. Specifically designed to improve your English language level, study skills and academic knowledge, this course will help you to succeed in your postgraduate study and in your professional career.

Course facts

  • Course length:
    One or two semesters
  • Entry points:
    One semester:
    January and April
    Two semester:
    September and January
  • Entry requirements:
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  • Fees:
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Semester dates

  • January 2022 - one semester
    Semester 1: 04 January 2022 – 15 April 2022
  • January 2022 - two semester
    Semester 1: 17 January 2022 – 08 April 2022
    Semester 2: 03 May 2022 – 05 August 2022
  • April 2022 - one semester
    Semester 1: 25 April 2022 – 05 August 2022
  • January 2023 - one semesters
    Semester 1: 09 January 2023 – 21 April 2023
  • January 2023 - two semesters
    Semester 1: 09 January 2023 – 14 April 2023
    Semester 2: 02 May 2023 – 04 August 2023
  • April 2023 - one semester
    Semester 1: 24 April 2023 – 04 August 2023

Choose your subject route

Business, Media and Social Sciences - which offers pathways in: 

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

Science and Engineering - with pathways in:

  • Computing and Engineering
  • Life Sciences

Why study a Pre-Masters Programme?

Through this programme, you can enhance your natural academic abilities and be supported as you are introduced to living in a new culture and studying in a foreign country. You will receive university-style tuition in a focused academic environment, and benefit from an international experience by learning alongside students from a variety of different cultures.

Other reasons to study include:

Change your route

For both Pre-Masters Programmes, 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.

Focus on your career

We know that you may already be thinking about your future career, which is why we have integrated a specialist careers element into this course, designed specifically for postgraduates. 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. 

Assessing your progress

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. Choose from English Language Preparation (ELP), studied before the Pre-Masters Programme, or Language Lift – studied simultaneously with your course.

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 Start 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
  • Pre-Masters Programme
  • Online Pre-Sessional English
  • English Language Preparation
  • Vacation

Page Testimonial

Sussex student Bruce

“I feel very prepared to do my Masters degree because I got a lot of courage from the International Study Centre. They taught me how to use critical thinking, good team work and how to communicate with students from other countries.”

Bruce from China
Pre-Masters in Management and Finance

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