Southampton pre-Masters

The Southampton pre-Masters is an academically rigorous programme designed to equip international students with the academic and English language skills they will need to get the most from a University of Southampton taught masters degree.

The pre-Masters is taught by University of Southampton academic staff and all classes are delivered on campus. Subject to satisfactory performance participants are guaranteed a place on a range of masters programmes at the University.

pre-Masters Pathways

The Southampton pre-Masters offers the following six pathways:

Who is the pre-Masters for?

The Southampton pre-Masters can be taken over one or two semesters * and will suit you if:

• You are an international student;
• You have qualifications or grades that do not meet University of Southampton direct entry criteria for masters level study;
• You feel you need to improve your academic English, study and research skills before pursuing masters level study.

* Please note that some pathways only offer one entry point

Programme Aims

The Southampton pre-Masters has the following key aims:

• To enable you to develop skills to address and resolve academic problems critically and reflectively;
• To engage you in research-led academic study related to the masters programme you intend to join;
• To enable you to develop the academic English language skills essential for success at masters level;
• To help you develop the necessary cultural and study skills for effective learning through the medium of English;
• To familiarise you with the academic environment at Southampton and introduce you to life in the UK.

Progression to Masters

You will be guaranteed a place on one of the following masters programmes subject to successfully completing the pre-Masters. Visit our postgraduate study pages to find out more about these degree programmes.

Advanced Mechanical Engineering

MSc Advanced Tribology
MSc Bioengineering
MSc Computational Engineering Design
MSc Engineering Materials
MSc Mechatronics


All masters programmes within the Faculty of Humanities (including English Language Teaching, Film, Philosophy, English Literature, History and Archaeology)


LLM General
LLM Commercial and Corporate Law
LLM Information Technology and Commerce
LLM International Business Law
LLM International Law
LLM Maritime Law


MMus Music
MA Eighteenth Century Studies (Chawton)
MA Medieval and Renaissance Culture

Southampton Business School

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.

Winchester School of Art

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

Useful Links

Enquiry Form for Prospective Students

Enquiry form for prospective international students

Please click to download Pre-Master Poster for details.

"University of Southampton has a good reputation of teaching, which encouraged me to apply. My course provided me with practical knowledge of information system under both academic and managerial perspective."

Anh Nguyen, our Vietnamese student, MSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management, School of Management
Pre-Masters brochure

Pre-Masters brochure

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