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Pre-Masters Programme (Masters with Int Prep Study)

Change your future and secure the education you've been dreaming of. This Southampton Pre-Masters is an integrated programme designed to prepare and develop students from outside the UK who have an undergraduate degree but may not be considered adequately qualified for direct entry to their chosen Masters course.

(Please note: students with an undergraduate degree from the UK are not normally considered for this programme)

Introducing your course

This is the course page for Pre-Masters Programme (Masters with Int Prep Study) at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Pre-Masters Programme (Masters with Int Prep Study) and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.


The programme provides a direct route for students onto a variety of master’s degree programmes including Archaeology, Art, Business, Engineering, English, Film, History, Law, Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy.  It is available for 18 months (January start) or 2 years duration (September start) -some exceptions apply.

Successful completion of the Pre-Masters programme guarantees progression to a master’s programme from the list below:

Archaeology (Humanities)

MSc Business and Heritage Management

MA/MSc Maritime Archaeology

MA Osteoarchaeology


Winchester School of Art (Only available for September start)

MA Design: Design Management

MA Design: Advertising Design Management

MA Design: Fashion Management

MA Design: Fashion Marketing and Branding

MA Design: Luxury Brand Management

MA Design: Global Media Management


Southampton Business School (Management)

MSc Accounting and Finance

MSc Accounting and Management

MSc Corporate Risk and Security Management

MSc Digital Marketing

MSc Global Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

MSc Human Resource Management

MSc International Management

MSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management

MSc Marketing Management

MSc Organisational Change Management

MSc Project Management

MSc Strategy & Innovation

Southampton MBA*

*For admission to the Southampton MBA programme there is an additional requirement of at least four years relevant work experience.


Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Only available for January start)

MSc Bioengineering

MSc Computational Engineering Design

MSc Engineering Materials

MSc Mechatronics

MSc Propulsion and Engine Systems Engineering


English (Humanities)

MA 20th and 21st Century Literature

MA Creative Writing

MA Eighteenth-Century Studies

MA English Literary Studies


Film (Humanities)

MA Film

MA Film and Cultural Management


Health Sciences

Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study

MSc Leadership & Management in Health & Social Care

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice: Standard; Critical Care; Children and Young People & Midwifery pathways

MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care

MSc Health Sciences: Standard & Mental Health Pathway


History (Humanities)

MA History

MA Jewish History and Culture



LLM General

LLM Corporate and Commercial Law

LLM Information Technology and Commerce

LLM International Business Law

LLM International Law

LLM Maritime Law


Modern Languages (Humanities)

MA Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching

MA Applied Linguistics (Research Methodology)

MA English Language Teaching

MA Global Englishes

MA Language Acquisition Research

MA Transnational Studies


Music (Only available for September start)

MMus Music


Philosophy (Humanities)

MA Aesthetics

MA Philosophy

To Apply

To apply please complete our online form by selecting Masters with Int Prep Study

  • Before submitting your application, you should check both the academic and English language entry requirements specific to your chosen course.
  • Completed applications must be accompanied by academic transcripts, English level certificates (if available) and letters of recommendation.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 50

Average applications per place: 5

Application is made direct to the University of Southampton. 

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Application deadlines

There is no application deadline but we advise that you need to allow at least two months between applying and the start of your programme in order to have sufficient time to apply for a visa.

You will only need one visa for the duration of the two-year course.

Entry requirements

This programme is suitable for you if you: 

  • Have a bachelor degree from a recognised institution
  • Have not studied for an undergraduate degree in the UK
  • Are not considered qualified for direct entry to your chosen Masters programme
  • Do not have English as your first language
  • Have a good intermediate level of English language proficiency
  • Have the academic potential to succeed on your specified Masters programme once you have successfully completed part I of this programme.

More information about English Language requirements and support

English language proficiency
  • 2 year programme: minimum IELTS 5.5
  • 18-month programme: minimum IELTS 6.0 or equivalent qualification - exceptions apply

Find out more about our English Language requirements and the options available for English language support.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

You will have tutorials to provide guidance on your personal learning and progression.  All modules are delivered on campus and are assessed through coursework assignments, exams and the research project.

Year 1

Semester One
English for Academic Purposes
Introduction to Management
Semester Two

Research Project - Students undertake a research project of their own choice

Reasoning, Study and Research Skills

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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