Programme Structure and Assessment

The Southampton pre-Masters Programme offers two entry points: September and January*

The shorter programme, starting in January, is designed for students who already have a relatively advanced proficiency in English and a stronger academic record.

The programme is made up of 20 hours of timetabled classes each week including lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials.

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, presentations, exams and the research projects.

*The Engineering and Law pathways are available from January only and the Winchester School of Art pathway is available from September only.

Core Modules

English for Masters Study

These classes focus on academic writing, listening and note taking, academic reading (where you will have an opportunity to deal with your own specialist subjects), grammar, pronunciation, and speaking skills.

Reasoning, Study & Research Skills

This module is based around the following five themes and includes a lecture and five hours of classroom work:

• Basic Study Skills
• Critical Reading & Listening
• Critical Thinking
• Critical Writing, Group Work and Oral Presentation
• Research Skills

The emphasis throughout will be on practice in the skills to be mastered – on learning by doing.

Research Project

You undertake a research project of your own choice and are supervised by a member of staff from the Faculty of Humanities.

Lecture Review

You develop your understanding of the concepts and approaches used in lectures at a UK university through lecture review sessions.

Subject Pathway Modules (All students follow one of these)

Introduction to Management

This module is taken by students on the Management and the Winchester School of Art pathways

Starting with an overview of the historical developments within the field of management, the module will go on to explore various aspects of management, such as: What is management and what do managers do?, Business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic management, Operations management, Business analytics (forecasting, etc.), Project management, Marketing, Accounting, Entrepreneurship and innovation, Organisational structures, Culture, Teams, Individual performance, Organisational power and control, Change management.


Through the study of carefully selected modules, you will gain the preparation and breadth of understanding required to pursue advanced studies in law. You will be able to choose from a range of related modules which include Politics and Criminal Law, Child Support Law, Transitional Justice and Health Care Law (Please note that the availability of these modules is subject to change/substitution due to operational reasons).

Introduction to Humanities

Understanding how and why humans behave the way they do is becoming more important in our modern, connected world. Exploring how culture, identity and values are created, and then change and evolve is increasingly relevant to our world. This module introduces study in the humanities at a UK university, offering you experience of a wide range of cultural influences including philosophy, music, language, literature, history, archaeology and film. You will become aware of the many interrelated influences that have made our cultures the way they are, in preparation for in-depth study of a subject of your choice.

Western Art Music in context

Music and its history over centuries have shaped the soundscape we live in today. It has a profound influence on all our lives. This module will equip you with an understanding of the history of western art music from the eleventh century through to the twentieth century and the contexts in which that music originated. You will be introduced to the important works of significant composers that make up the history of western art music. During your study, you will also develop your understanding and capability in musicology and will also receive a weekly performance class.

Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Through the study of carefully selected modules, you will gain the preparation and breadth of understanding required to specialise in themes in advanced mechanical engineering science. You will be able to choose from a range of related modules which include instrumentation, materials service performance, acoustics and noise control, structural aircraft design, complex variables and transforms and optimisation. Your choices will offer you a sound understanding of the relevant fundamental science, methods, analysis and engineering applications you will need to succeed in your postgraduate study in advanced mechanical engineering.

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"University of Southampton is a leading university with outstanding reputation. Secondly, the university has excellent facilities that can fulfill the students' needs. Regarding to the programme itself, I find its teaching methodology unique because it involves practical management application outside Southampton."

Halimatussaadah binti Dato Haji Metussin, our Bruneian student, MSc in Management, School of Management