International Study Centre

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Pre-Masters programmes

What is the Pre-Masters Programme?

The Pre-Masters 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 The University of Sussex Pre-Masters programme in Business, Humanities, Science and Engineering is intended for students who already have an undergraduate degree, looking to study 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: November (Enhanced Induction), January and April
  • Two semester: September, November (Enhanced Induction) and January

Find out more about specific semester dates for this programme.

There are requirements you must meet to study an academic programme at the University of Sussex International Study Centre. Find out more about the specific entry requirements for this programme.

Your course fees will vary depending on the programme you choose to study. Find out more about fees at the University of Sussex International Study Centre.

Choose your subject route

International student at graduation

Business, Media and Social Sciences

Interested in expanding your business knowledge? Study a Pre-Masters pathway to prepare for a postgraduate degree at a top UK business school.

International student at graduation

Science and Engineering

Want to study STEM at a an innovative, research-led university? Discover the Pre-Masters pathway programme at the Sussex International Study Centre to unlock your scientific potential.

Why study a Pre-Masters Programme?

By studying a Pre-Masters in the UK, 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 careers element into our academic courses at the International Study Centre. Our Skills for Success module will guide you towards making the right choices and give you the tools you need to stand out in the competitive graduate job market.

Assess 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. You may take part 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 online before the Pre-Masters Programme, or Language Lift – studied simultaneously with your course.

Study plan options

English language levelSemestersStart dateEnd dateProgress to the University of Sussex
IELTS 6.0 overall (min 6.0 in writing, 5.5 in all other skills)1 semester plus 3 weeks of additional study and life skillsNovemberMaySeptember
IELTS 6.0 overall (min 6.0 in writing, 5.5 in all other skills)1 semesterJanuaryMaySeptember
IELTS 6.0 overall (min 6.0 in writing, 5.5 in all other skills)1 semesterAprilAugustSeptember
IELTS 5.5 overall (min 5.5 in all skills)2 semestersSeptemberMaySeptember
IELTS 5.5 overall (min 5.5 in all skills)2 semesters plus 3 weeks of additional study and life skillsNovemberAugustSeptember
IELTS 5.5 overall (min 5.5 in all skills)2 semestersJanuaryAugustSeptember

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