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Pre-Masters Programme (Masters with Int Prep Study)

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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

If you still have questions, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries.

The programme provides a direct route for students onto a variety of master’s degree programmes including Archaeology, Art, Business, Economics, Engineering, English, Film, History, Law, Medicine, Modern Languages and LinguisticsMusic, Philosophy and Economic, Social & Political Sciences.  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

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 Digital Marketing

MSc Entrepreneurship and Management

MSc Human Resource Management

MSc International Management

MSc Knowledge and Information Systems Management

MSc Marketing Management

MSc Project Management

MSc Business Strategy & Innovation Management

Southampton MBA*

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

Economics (Only available for September start)

MSc Economics

MSc Finance and Economics

MSc Finance and Econometrics

Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Only available for January start)

MSc Computational Engineering Design

MSc Engineering Materials

MSc Mechatronics

MSc Propulsion and Engine Systems Engineering

English (Humanities)

MA Creative Writing

MA English Literary Studies

Film (Humanities)

MA Film

MA Film and Cultural Management

History (Humanities)

MA History

MA Jewish History and Culture


LLM General

LLM Corporate and Commercial Law

LLM International Law

LLM Maritime Law


MSc Public Health

MSc Diabetes Best Practice

MSc Genomic Medicine

MSc Allergy

Modern Languages (Humanities)

MA Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching

MA English Language Teaching

Music (Only available for September start)

MMus Music

Philosophy (Humanities)

MA Philosophy

Social Sciences (Only available for September start)

MSc Criminology


View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

To apply please complete our online form and select Masters with Int Prep Study, or click on the apply button above. 

Application process and required supporting documents:

• University online application including a personal statement

• Transcript

• 2 references

• English language

If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8062    Email:


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 (minimum 2.2, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University)
  • 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.
English language proficiency
  • 2 year programme: IELTS 5.5 (with minimum of 5.5 in each section) or equivalent qualification- exceptions apply
  • 18-month programme: IELTS 6.0 (with minimum of 5.5 in each section) or equivalent qualification - exceptions apply

(Please note: Pre-sessional English language courses are not available for this programme)

Find out more about our English Language requirements.

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

The Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study has two entry points; September (two semesters) or January (one semester).

Entering the programme in;

·         September for two semesters provides you with 24 months of integrated study

·         January for one semester provides you with 18 months of integrated study. 

Research Project (Semester 2 only)

The Research Project will allow you to undertake an independent piece of research that relates to your future Masters programme. By applying the skills learned on other Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study modules and by taking full advantage of weekly tutorials, the Research Project will encourage you to formulate your own methodologies, conduct your own research and deliver a clearly structured Research Project. This module provides strong preparation for further research at Masters level.

Pathway-specific modules (Semester 1 and 2/semester 2 only – depending on pathway)

Students will have the choice subject-specific undergraduate modules during the second semester (or full year for some pathways – e.g. Law, Music and Sociology). This provides a chance to really get to know tutors in your chosen area and practice studying and completing assignments in your discipline before you begin your postgraduate study.

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.

Below is a list of core modules. Depending on the pathway you take will determine the combination of core modules. Please refer to the programme specification to view the core modules related to each specific pathway.

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Masters with Int Prep Study (24 months) - Sept 2019 start *MA2020Full-timenot offered£18,812
Masters with Int Prep Study (18 months) - Jan 2020 start - yr 1 in 19/20*MA 2020Full-timenot offered£9,300
Masters with Int Prep Study (18 months) - Jan 2020 start - yr 2 in 20/21*MA 2020Full-timenot offered£18,812
View the full list of course fees

*fees shown for pre-masters element only

Find out about 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.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentComputer Discs or USB drives - Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses - All software is provided Hardware - It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

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

Study locations

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