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What can you do with a Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering?

Posted 10 February 2016
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The UK is the second most popular study destination in the world, with over 435,000 international students joining courses at universities and colleges in the UK in 2013-14. Many of these students enrolled on Masters degree courses. In fact, there are more international Masters students than there are British students at universities here – 18% of UK-domiciled students were studying at postgraduate level in 2012–13, compared to 51% of non-EU students and 37% of EU students.

International students are drawn to Masters courses in the UK for many reasons:

  • The quality of teaching in the UK
  • The number of world-class universities located in the UK
  • The vast and stimulating range of courses available at postgraduate level
  • Future prospects for work, research and further study
  • Statistically, graduates with Masters qualifications are shown to progress further with their careers and earn higher salaries than those with undergraduate qualifications
  • UK Masters degrees are recognised worldwide, which lets graduates further their study and career overseas

According to the latest figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Association (figure 2), Science and Engineering subjects are very popular with international students. More than half of all taught Masters students in Computer Science and in Engineering and Technology come from overseas.

Yet gaining entry to a UK Masters course in Science and Engineering isn’t easy. Competition is tough. Standards are high. International students also face the added challenges of meeting English language requirements, adapting to a new teaching system, and adjusting to a whole new culture.

This is where a Pre-Masters course can help.

What is a Pre-Masters course?

Typically two to three terms long, these courses are specifically designed for overseas students who want to enter Masters degree programmes in the UK. They combine a range of study areas, including English language tuition, to help prepare students for university life in the UK and for the challenges of postgraduate study here.

Pre-Masters courses are designed for the specific Masters degree that you want to study. The University of Sheffield International College offers a Pre-Masters Science and Engineering course. It’s specifically designed to match the entry requirements of Science and Engineering Masters programmes of UK universities.

Students taking the Pre-Masters Science and Engineering course study in small classes, for two to three terms, before beginning a Masters degree. This course includes:

Core study modules – subject-specific modules focusing on the academic areas most useful to your chosen degree

University-style teaching – to help you get used to the teaching you’ll experience as a postgraduate student at a British university, including taking part in tutorials, seminar-style classes and larger group lectures

Intensive English language training – ensuring that you reach the required level of English language to succeed at Masters degree level

Computational Mathematics with MATLAB

Laboratory skills and a final research project

You can choose one of three Pre-Masters pathways depending on what you want to study at Masters level:

  • Science and Engineering
  • Programming and Statistics
  • Statistics and Mathematics

What can you do with a Pre-Masters in Sciences and Engineering?

The Pre-Masters course at the International College can lead to a number of taught Masters degrees in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science at the University of Sheffield.

You can choose from all of these Science Masters courses, and all of these Engineering Masters courses, provided you have met the relevant entry requirements.

Enjoy world-class Masters teaching

  • The University of Sheffield is a world top-100 university
  • It’s ranked 7th in the UK for biological sciences, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, 9th for materials technology and 10th for aeronautical and manufacturing engineering by the Complete University Guide 2016
  • More than 90% of research at the university has been rated world-leading or internationally excellent by the Research Excellence Framework 2014
  • Its Faculty of Engineering is among the top three faculties in the UK for research income, at £40million

You’ll have an outstanding Masters experience, working alongside the university’s partners in industry and the professions. Your Masters qualification will be recognised and respected by employers and educational institutions all over the world.