International College


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.

Choose from two subject routes

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 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. 

IELTS* Length Apr Jun Sep Jan Mar Jun Aug Sep
4.5 2 semesters + 2 EPM terms       Start your degree
4.5 2 semesters + 2 EPM terms      
5.0 2 semesters + 1 EPM term        
5.0 2 semesters + 1 EPM term        
5.5 2 semesters        
5.5 2 semesters        
6.0 1.5 semesters          

   Pre-Masters Programme    English for Pre-Masters

* Academic IELTS for UKVI. If you do not need a Student visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.
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