Pre Masters Programme

Course Description

Objective: The aim of this course is to give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed on a Masters. It provides a bridge between undergraduate studies in your own country and a UK postgraduate degree in a Business related subject.

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The Business and Management component of the course is taught in collaboration with Aberystwyth Business School. This ensures that you receive a thorough preparation for your postgraduate degree, and become familiar with the academic culture of the UK and the expectations of your future department.

The course runs for 30 weeks, and you can join in either September or January. There is also a 15-week Fast Track option.

What English language level is the Pre-Masters Programme?

Students who successfully pass the course will have achieved a minimum English level of CEFR B2.

Progressing to a Postgraduate Degree from the Pre-Masters Programme

Students who pass the course at the level required by their academic department have a guaranteed postgraduate place at Aberystwyth University.

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Who is the course for?

1. Students who need to improve their English before starting their postgraduate degree in a Management or Business-related subject.

2. Students who already have the qualifications to begin postgraduate study, but want to develop their academic and language skills so that they can begin their degree with greater confidence.

3. Students whose undergraduate/Bachelor’s qualification from their own country is not equivalent to a British undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree. These applications will be judged on an individual basis.

Qualifications: Applicants should usually have completed a first degree and obtained good grades. Applicants holding a three year diploma will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


CourseDatesLengthIELTS Entry Level
PMP1 September to June 30 weeks IELTS 5.0 (with no score below 4.5)
PMP2 January to September 30 weeks IELTS 5.0 (with no score below 4.5)
Fast-Track PMP January to June 15 weeks IELTS 5.5 (with no more than 1 score below 5.5, and no score below 5.0)


English Test

Applicants must have an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity College SELT from a UK government approved test centre in order to get a CAS / Tier 4 Visa for a Foundation Course in the UK. Fast-track applicants without a UKVI recognised test may be able to apply for a Short-term Study Visa. Contact for more information

What will I study?

The Pre-Masters programme will help you develop both the academic and language skills needed for a postgraduate degree in Aberystwyth Business School. You will learn to research and write in your own subject area, and will work with tutors from Aberystwyth Business School to extend you subject knowledge. Emphasis is placed on developing independent research and study skills, and a high-level of self-directed learning is required.

The course involves 20 classroom hours per week, with regular one-to-one tutorials and plenty of individual attention.

The academic year is divided into three blocks. The 30-week Pre-Masters Programme consists of either Blocks 1 & 2 or Blocks 2 & 3.  Students on the Fast-Track Pre-Masters Programme take Block 2 only. 

Minimum age: 17

Maximum class size: 16

Block 1 Modules (September - January)

  • Introduction to Reading & Writing for University
  • Introduction to Listening & Speaking for University
  • Language, Culture & Communication

Block 2 Modules (January - May)

One of the following:

  • Skills for Management & Business
  • Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking for University
  • Listening & Speaking for University
  • Language Enhancement for University Study

Block 3 Modules (June - September)

  • Advanced Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking for University
  • Advanced Listening & Speaking for University
  • Advanced Integrated Skills for University








Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking  or University


Language Enhancement for University          


Listening & Speaking for University  


Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills


Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills



Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking  or University



Language Enhancement for University


Listening & Speaking for University


Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills


Language Enhancement for University: Integrated Skills                



Skills for Management and Business


Skills for Management and Business



Skills for Management and Business


Personal tutor meeting

This sample timetable shows you what a typical week on the course looks like. It is not a definitive timetable for your course.

Dates and Fees


Dates and Tuition Fees 2020-2021


CourseDatesLengthTuition Fee
PMP1 21 September 2020 - 28 May 2021 30 weeks £13,600
PMP2 4 January 2021 - 10 September 2021 30 weeks £13,600
Fast Track PMP 25 January 2021 - 28 May 2021 15 weeks £8,150

14 December 2020 - 2 January 2021

22 March 2021 - 10 April 2021

3 May 2021

31 May 2021

5 June 2021 - 26 June 2020

30 August 2021

Christmas Holiday

Easter Holiday

Bank Holiday

Bank Holiday

Summer Holiday

Bank Holiday





What our students say

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"What I loved about my Pre-Masters course was that the teachers don't just teach, they also help you develop your thought. I felt really well prepared when I started my masters."




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How to apply

You can download an application How to Apply.

  1. Complete the application form and return it to us by email or post, with a copy of your passport and any other documents specified on the application form.
  2. If you would like to stay in the university accommodation, tick this box on your application form. If you have ticked the accommodation box, we will arrange your accommodation. You do not need to do anything more to reserve your place in University Halls of Residence.
  3. We will assess your application to ensure that the course you have applied for is appropriate for your needs, and that you meet our entry requirements. If you have not met the entry requirements we will recommend a course for you (subject to availability).
  4. When we accept your application, we will send you an offer letter and an invoice. You will be asked to pay a deposit for your course. You can choose to pay the full fee at this time, or just the deposit.
  5. Once you have paid your deposit, your course application is complete. If you have not paid the full fee before, you must pay it on the first day of the course.

Key Facts


Pre-Masters Programme (PMP)

Course objective

The aim of this course is to give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed on a Masters programme. It provides a bridge between undergraduate studies in your own country and a UK postgraduate degree in a Business related subject.

Maximum class size



Students who successfully pass the course will have achieved a minimum English level of CEFR B2.

Available to


Taught hours per week


Private study periods

Students should typically expect to study independently for an additional 10 – 15 hours per week.



PMP1 2019/2020 – 23 September 2019 – 29 May 2020

PMP2 2019/2020 – 6 January 2019 – 11 September 2020

Fast Track PMP 2019/2020 – 27 January 2020 – 29 May 2020


Non-teaching days


There are no classes on Saturdays or Sundays, or during the following holidays:

  • 16 December 2019 - 4 January 2020 (Christmas Holiday)
  • 30 March 2020 - 18 April 2020 (Easter Holiday)
  • 4 May 2020 (Bank Holiday)
  • 25 May 2020 (Bank Holiday)
  • 6 June 2020 - 28 June 2020 (Summer Holiday)
  • 31 August 2020 (Bank Holiday)

Tuition Fee


PMP1 2019/2020 - £11,500

PMP2 2019/2020 - £11,500

Fast Track PMP 2019/2020 - £7,250

Course material costs

You may be required to purchase course books. The cost will not exceed £50 per course.

Social life

During the academic year the university offers many opportunities for social activities. You can join clubs and societies at the Students Union; enjoy the variety of films, music, drama and comedy at the University Arts Centre; get active at the University Sports Centre or get involved in the Global Experience Programme with trips, cultural events and international meals.

The IEC Summer Social Programme runs from 01 July 2019 - 06 September 2019 and includes a full day trip every Saturday, a half day trip every Wednesday and two evening activities per week. Most activities are free, and any costs will never exceed £25 per week.


If you request accommodation when you apply for your course, this will be reserved for you automatically in one of our self-catering halls of residence. Most of our IFC students are allocated rooms in Cwrt Mawr or Pentre Jane Morgan Residences.

These are a 5-10 minute walk from your classroom, and cost £103.11 per week in 2019-2020.

You will have a single study bedroom in a 6 or 10 person apartment with shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities, and free wi-fi. Accommodation is provided on a self-catering basis.

If you want to live in a single-sex apartment, please inform us when you apply and we will arrange this.

If you want en-suite accommodation, please inform us when you apply. We will do our best to arrange this for you but cannot guarantee it.

Accommodation will be reserved for you from the Saturday before the course starts. Please contact us if you plan to arrive earlier.

When you arrive, you will be offered the option of buying bedding (sheets, pillows, duvet) at the cost of £25. Laundry facilities are located near all Halls of Residence.


You are responsible for making your own insurance arrangements. We strongly advise you to take out insurance to cover your journey and your time in the UK. There are many insurance policies designed especially for international students.