Preparing you for a University of Sheffield postgraduate degree

The Pre-Masters programme at the University of Sheffield International College offers a path to a masters for international students.

What is the Pre-Masters?

The Pre-Masters is an intensive 1.5 or 2-semester programme. Once you successfully complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University. You can choose from two routes depending on the degree you want to study.

Why study a masters programme?

  • Develop the knowledge gained during your undergraduate degree. 
  • Improve your career prospects by building your academic experience.
  • Discover a new subject for a change of career.
  • Improve your language skills and experience new cultures.
  • Network with others in your field.

Course content

This course includes academic subjects, study skills and English language preparation. Modules have been tailored to focus on the academic areas most relevant to your chosen degree. It has been designed specifically to prepare you for taught masters study at the University, if you do not already meet the entry requirements for direct entry.


Your development will be assessed regularly throughout your course. This will make sure you achieve the grades needed for progression onto your chosen postgraduate degree.

Assessments may include: 

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations 
  • extended essays/case studies.

Key facts

Course length: 1.5 or 2 semesters

Entry points: 
2 semesters – September, November and January
1.5 semesters – March

Age on entry:
Students will normally be 21 years of age or older

Entry requirements: Check academic and English language entry requirements

Fees: Check fees for your programme

University-style teaching

The University of Sheffield International College introduces you to the style of teaching that you will experience at postgraduate level. You'll build on your research skills and immerse yourself in critical writing, analysis and literature reviews to prepare you for your masters at the University.

Skills employers look for

The Pre-Masters curriculum includes employability skills to help you prepare for your future career, from teamwork and problem solving to communication and presenting. These skills will help you stand out and prepare for success in the professional working world.

Study plan options

You can start the Pre-Masters programme at several points in the year, as long as you meet the entry requirements. There is also a 1.5 semester option for those with an Academic IELTS for UKVI score of 6.0*. If your Academic IELTS for UKVI score is less than 5.5* you could take one of our English language courses to prepare you for the Pre-Masters programme. 

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.

PMP Study plan

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting the 3-term International Foundation Year in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.


Find tuition fees for all International College programmes, as well as information on insurance and taxi transfers from the airport.


Entry requirements

Find out the academic and English language entry requirements for your chosen programme at the International College.

Entry requirements

English language courses

Improve your English language skills before starting your pathway programme with one of our English language courses. These are designed to help you reach the level needed to start either the International Foundation Year or Pre-Masters.

English language preparation