Posted 08/08/2013 by FAhlborn
Nowadays, a master’s degree is often deemed essential for one to advance further up the ladder of success. A master’s degree is granted to individuals who already have in their possession a bachelor’s degree and have undergone study or research in a specific field of study. Thousands of students from all over the world come to the UK every year to pursue a master’s degree. The UK is famous for its outstanding and widely acclaimed universities.
Nowadays, a master’s degree is often deemed essential for one to advance further up the ladder of success. A master’s degree is granted to individuals who already have in their possession a bachelor’s degree and have undergone study or research in a specific field of study. Thousands of students from all over the world come to the UK every year to pursue a master’s degree. The UK is famous for its outstanding and widely acclaimed universities. Furthermore, a taught master’s degree in the UK takes only a year (a research-based degree would take 2 years, and a degree in Medicine, Pharmacy would take longer), in comparison with a similar degree in the US, which takes 2-3 years. Post-graduate education in the UK thus saves time and money.
Are you unsure about how to apply for a pre-master’s course in the UK and what a pre-master’s course is? A pre-master’s course essentially provides international students skills necessary for postgraduate study in the UK. A pre-master’s course aims to improve the four fundamental English skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading. In addition, a pre-master’s course also equips students with study skills that are indispensable in pursuing a master’s degree such as research, dissertation writing, and presentation skills to name but a few. Taking a pre-master’s course ensures that one will gain all the skills that not only will assist them in obtaining a master’s degree, but also improve their career prospects tremendously.
So, how to apply for a pre-master’s course in the UK - general advice
There are many institutions and universities that offer pre-master’s courses in the UK. This makes the task of choosing and applying for a pre-master’s course rather daunting. The following guidelines will outline some general information about pre-master’s courses for prospective students.
- Pre-master’s courses and Pre-master’s pathways: Many universities offer Pre-master’s pathways that allow students who do not have the qualifications that meet the university’s direct entry requirements or who wish to pursue a master’s degree in a field of study that is not relevant to their undergraduate degree. These pathways offer modules in the chosen fields that will provide sufficient knowledge for the students to proceed to master’s degree but only at the university that offers the course only. Pre-master’s courses on the other hand assume that the academic background of the students are suitable for their chosen postgraduate degree. These courses offer modules that aim to improve the students’ English and study skills, and will allow students to go on to study a master’s degree at other universities. So if you want to apply to different universities upon the completion of your pre-master’s course, don’t forget to check if the pre-master’s certificate of your chosen institution is valid elsewhere.
- Academic entry requirement: The standard academic entry requirement for a pre-master’s course is an undergraduate degree from a recognised institution. Most universities and institutions require a good bachelor’s degree.
- English entry requirement: This depends on the institutions. Some universities require the students to be native or near-native English speakers (with an IELTS score of 7 or higher). The pre-master’s courses at these universities often focus more on expanding the background knowledge and sharpening the study skills of student. Other institutions require much lower English skills; they usually ask for IELTS 4.5-5.5. These institutions will offer extra English classes to ensure that the students meet their postgraduate English requirement.
- Duration: Most universities offer 1-term and 2-term pre-master’s courses with two entry points: September and January. The shorter programme is suitable for those who already have strong academic background and advanced proficiency in English. Pre-master’s programme normally consists of 16-25 hours per week.
- Fees: Tuition fees vary from institutions to institutions. 1 term: £4750 - £9150. 2 terms: £10480 - £16590.
Application: There is usually no deadline for application to the pre-master’s programme. However, to make sure that you have enough time to apply for a visa, it is advisable to apply at least 2 months before the start of your programme.
Why choose Bellerbys for pre-master’s course
Bellerbys’ pre-master’s programme give you true value for money. With £4,840 per term, Bellerbys’ pre-master’s students receive 25 hours of class time (higher than many other institutions) with at least 10 hours of Academic English classes per week, which will improve your English considerably in a short amount of time. On top of that, you will receive 15 hours of skills training per week, which will equip you with the most essential skills.
In addition, you can choose to take an extra 5 hours of GMAT (General Management Admission Test), which is a standardised test in preparation for being admitted into a graduate management program in the US. With this additional tuition, Bellerbys is able to send you beyond the British border for your postgraduate studies (GMAT training is charged separately).
At Bellerbys, classes are kept small with like-minded students so that you can get the best education from your teachers and your peers. The low English entry requirement (IELTS 4.5) means that every student is given a chance to pursue higher education. Furthermore, Bellerbys will help you choose the right university for you and assist you in every step of the application procedure.
For more information, check out Pre-master programmes in the UK - start September 2013!