International Study Centre

Pre-Masters courses

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Your pathway to a postgraduate degree

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students who wish to study one of a range of Masters degrees at the University of Sussex. It is specially designed to improve your English language level, study skills, and academic knowledge so that you can succeed in postgraduate study and in your professional career. You can choose from one or two semesters of study, depending on your entry requirements. 

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.

Course facts

  • Course length:
    One or two semesters
  • Entry points:
    One semester:
    February 2020 and April 2020
    Two semester:
    September 2019 and January 2020
  • Entry requirements:
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  • Fees:
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Semester dates

  • September 2019 two semester
    Semester 1 : 23 September 2019 – 17 January 2020
    Semester 2 : 10 February 2020 – 22 May 2020
  • January 2020 two semester
    Semester 1: 06 January 2020 – 10 April 2020
    Semester 2: 20 April 2020 – 31 July 2020
  • February 2020 one semester
    Semester 1: 03 February 2020 – 22 May 2020
  • April 2020 one semester
    Semester 1: 13 April 2020 – 31 July 2020

Why study the Pre-Masters Programme?

  • 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.

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

Science and Engineering - with pathways in:

  • Computing and Engineering
  • Life Sciences

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
  • English for Pre-Masters
  • 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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