This is a bridging course between undergraduate and postgraduate study which aims to help you develop postgraduate study skills to enable you to successfully transition to a Master's degree in a UK university. You will also develop an appropriate level of understanding of the subject area you wish to study at postgraduate level, improve your language proficiency and competence through content-oriented learning and practice in real-life communication, become familiar with the UK higher education system, including teaching styles, new ways of learning, the importance of research, and assessment methods, and gain confidence in independent study - an essential part of Master's study in the UK.
This course will also introduce you to British culture and equip you with professional communication skills for working in international contexts.
The programme aims to achieve a good balance between challenge and support. In addition to structured learning, extra-curricular activities (i.e. social and cultual activities, workplace visits, employability workshops) are planned to facilitate your career planning, cultural learning and intercultural friendships.
Currently the programme has 5 pathways: Business, Development Studies, Applied Linguistics, Philosophy or Politics.
You take 3 compulsory modules - including either the non-native English speaker or native English speaker Academic English Skills for Postgraduate Study module - and 1 optional subject specialist module/project.
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Good first degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised university.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6, with not less than 5.5 in each of the sub-tests.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Full-time home/EU students: £
paFull-time overseas students: £
Payment and Fees Discounts
Funding and Financial Support
Careers and employability
Teaching and assessment
Teaching mainly consists of seminars, practical classes (for Academic English Skills modules) and tutorials.
Modules vary in their assessment methods and formats. The compulsory modules use a combination of several assignments which aim to assess different skills. The specialism options use essays or research projects as the main methods of assessment.