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Premaster's courses

Premaster's courses

Why Pre-Masters Courses?

Class 12 qualifications from some countries are not equivalent to A-level qualifications in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Nor are many overseas Bachelor’s degrees equivalent to those in the aforementioned countries. Pathway and similar courses are often considered necessary if you wish to successfully enrol on to a medical or engineering course, or any other course from a top ranking university.

In situations where students do not have the relevant High School (GCSE) results to start a degree, they are required to complete a Foundation, Pre-Masters or Pathway course. Similarly, these courses give you the foundation you need to gain access to undergraduate and post-graduate degree studies.

Age Range

17+ years


Pre-Masters courses take 4-9 months

Start Date

January - February, May - June, and September – October

Course Location

UK, EU, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand


Advanced Level / Extended / University Foundation

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Foundation Programme (IFP) in English

Law / Art Foundation

Medical / Engineering Foundation

International Business Foundation

Pre-Masters Certificate or Pre-Masters Diploma Certificate

Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma Certificate

Entry Requirements

General entry requirements:

For Pre-Masters courses: a third or a pass in a bachelor’s degree in any discipline; or a pass in a non-honours degree with any classification in any discipline; or a 3 year Diploma (DAZhuan) or equivalent (China only).

English entry requirements:

IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent.


The fees can vary from £6,000 - £35,000 depending on the duration and type of course, as well as the institutions at which you wish to study.

Application Process Time

1 week to 4 weeks depending on the type of course, institution and the country

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