Application and Entry Requirements

There is no deadline for application to the pre-Masters programme. However we advise you 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.

Academic Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree from a recognised institution. There are specific entry requirements by country online. Some pre-Masters pathways have subject specific requirements that must be met before joining the pre-Masters Programme. Click here for details.

English Language Entry Requirements


1 Semester (January start)

1 Semester (January start)

2 Semesters (September start)

2 Semesters (September start)

Overall IELTS (iBT) Minimum components Overall IELTS (iBT) Minimum components
Engineering, Management(except MSc HRM), Humanities (Except English Literature) and Winchester School of Art pathways 6.0 (81) 5.5 5.5 (71) 5.5
Law, Humanities (English Literature only) and Management (HRM only) 6.5 (81) 6.0 6.0 (81) 5.5
Humanities pathway leading to MA Medieval and Renaissance Culture 7.0 (81) 6.5 6.5 (71) 6.0

For applicants who do not already meet the English language requirements for pre-Masters programmes starting in September the University has a 6 week pre-sessional programme available. For further information click here. Please note that this programme is only suitable for pre-Masters programmes starting in September that require a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (across all components).

How to Apply

Applications are made direct to the University of Southampton.

To apply for the pre-Masters programme please use the online postgraduate application form.

If you have any queries regarding admission please contact the pre-Masters Admissions team as follows:

Tel: +44 23 8059 8062
Fax: +44 23 8059 2157

The pre-Masters Admissions Team is available from 0900 to 1700 UK time on weekdays.

All pre-Masters students will be given assistance in finding accommodation and those joining the programme in September will be guaranteed a single room in University accommodation if their accommodation application is received by 1 August (terms and conditions apply).

For more information about how to apply to the University, visit our dedicated web pages.

Useful Links:

Pre-Masters Programme Structure and Assessment Pre-Masters Programme Finance, Fees and Key Dates Southampton Management School

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