International Study Centre

Pre-Masters Programme in Science and Engineering

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Studying Science and Engineering

The Pre-Masters Programme in Science and Engineering is your route to a variety of postgraduate degrees at the University of Sussex.

You can choose one of two pathways, based on your intended Masters degree:

  • Computing and Engineering
  • Life Sciences

See our entry requirements and fees pages for full information.

On both pathways you will study a combination of general and academic modules to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need for postgraduate study. All of our programmes include an integrated career skills module, Skills for Success, to help you develop career skills needed for the world of work.

There are two lengths of study available:

You should choose the length of study based on your entry requirements.

Changing your degree subject

During the Pre-Masters programme you have the option to change your progression degree, provided your first degree is suitable for the Masters degree you want to change to. 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.

Why study the Pre-Masters Programme in Science and Engineering with us?

There are many reasons to study this preparational programme and progress to one of over 15 brilliant postgraduate degrees. These include:

  • Sussex is ranked 14th in the UK for Mechanical Engineering (The Guardian University Guide 2023).
  • The campus is home to cutting-edge facilities, including the Future Technologies Lab, which houses leading robotics and technology equipment.
  • 89% of the University of Sussex’s research was categorised as "world-leading" or "internationally excellent" (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

Discover more about Engineering

If you're interested in studying engineering at university, read more about your degree options and related career opportunities on our dedicated Engineering subject page.

What you’ll study

The two-semester programme

On the two-semester programme you will study nine modules (worth 120 credits), including five academic modules, based on your chosen pathway as well as Academic English Skills, Skills for Success, Critical Reading, and Research Skills.

The one-semester programme

On the one-semester programme, you will study six modules (worth 75 credits): two academic modules based on your chosen pathway, Academic English Skills, Skills for Success, 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

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, your previous study and the pathway you choose). The degrees and grades listed are subject to change.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish GradeGrade Module
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Choose your own path

As your interests develop, it is possible to change your chosen degree subject once you have started your programme at the International Study Centre.

Entry requirements

Discover the entry requirements for studying the Pre-Masters in Business, Media and Social Sciences.

Check your entry requirements

English Courses

Need to improve your English? You can study a range of our Online English language courses.

See our English courses


Learn more about the tuition fees for your course, as well as any additional costs for studying at Sussex.

Fees for Business, Media and Social Sciences

How to apply

Ready to apply? Discover how to submit an application and learn more about fees, semster dates and entry requirements.

University of Sussex International Study Centre

Develop skills to change the world at the University of Sussex International Study Centre. Improve your English, develop your academic skills, and grow the confidence you need to succeed in your degree.

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English language courses

Improve your English skills with one of our Online English language courses designed to support international students studying a pathway programme at the International Study Centre.

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Our Student Enrolment Advisors are available to answer any questions you may have and help you with your application. We can't wait to meet you!