International College
Student pathways to The University of Sheffield

Moving on to further study as a postgraduate

The pre-masters programme at the University of Sheffield International College offers a path to postgraduate study for international students.

The pre-masters is an intensive two or three-term programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language preparation. It has been designed specifically to prepare you for taught masters study at the University.

If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry to a masters degree, or want to refresh your language skills and knowledge, our specialist programme is for you. Once you successfully complete the programme and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University. 

The University of Sheffield Management School

Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

This will prepare you for a taught postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences, including the School of Law or Management School.

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Science and Engineering

This will prepare you for a taught postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Engineering or the Faculty of Science.

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Why study a Masters programme?

  • Develop the knowledge gained on your undergraduate degree or study
  • 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

Study structure

You will study core modules common to each route, plus subject-specific modules. These have been carefully designed to focus on the academic areas most useful to your chosen degree.

You can choose one of two pre-masters routes:

University-style teaching

The University of Sheffield International College introduces you to the style of teaching that you will experience on your degree. Taking part in tutorials, seminar-style classes and larger group lectures will prepare you for your masters at the University.


Your development will be assessed regularly throughout your course. This will make sure you achieve the standard needed for progression onto your chosen postgraduate degree. Assessments may include coursework, examinations, presentations and extended essays/case studies.

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 two-term 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 5 terms       Start your degree
4.5 5 terms      
5.0 4 terms        
5.0 4 terms        
5.5 3 terms        
5.5 3 terms        
6.0 2 terms          

   Pre-Masters Programme    English for Pre-Masters

* Academic IELTS for UKVI. If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Pre-Masters Key Facts

Course length: Two or three terms, dependent on English language Academic IELTS for UKVI* score

Entry points:

Three terms - September and January

Two terms - March

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

Average class size: 12 students

Term dates

Entry requirements


* If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.



Born in Beijing.

Made in Sheffield.

“They support your PhD, and they offer you opportunities to do teaching or other kind of academia jobs, so while you improve yourself, you also feel you benefit the other students here.

“In China, the culture is quite different. I think my time here has taught me how to be confident; how to face everything. It’s really excellent. By coming here, it will benefit my whole life.”

Dawai, studying Urban Design