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Preparing you for a University of Sheffield postgraduate degree

The Pre-Masters programme at the International College offers a path to a masters for international students at the University of Sheffield. This programme is designed in collaboration with the University and is delivered by Study Group.

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.

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.

Key facts

Course length: 1.5 or 2 semesters

Entry points: 
2 semesters – September, November (Enhanced Induction) or January
1.5 semesters – March

Age on entry:
Students will normally be 19 years of age or older

Entry requirements: Check academic and English language entry requirements

Fees: Check fees for your programme

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.

94% of students

who completed their Pre-Masters Programme at the International College were offered a place to study Masters degree at University of Sheffield in 2023.

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.

Course lengthStart dateEnd dateProgress to the University of Sheffield
2 semestersSeptemberJuneSeptember
3 weeks Enhanced Induction + 2 semestersNovemberAugustSeptember
2 semestersJanuaryAugustSeptember
1.5 semestersMarchAugustSeptember

English language preparation

If you meet the academic entry requirements for the Pre-Masters Programme but need help with your English language, you can join our English Language Preparation programme first. The programme is designed to develop your English language skills and introduce you to essential academic and study skills prior to your pathway programme.

On-campus: Taught on-campus by the English Language Teaching Centre staff, the English for Pre-Masters programme is designed to help you improve your English while getting accustomed to life in Sheffield in preparation for your pathway programme in January or September.

Online: If you were unable to take your English language test or receive your visa in time to join the on-campus English for Pre-Masters in June 2024, you can join our English Language Preparation for Pre-Masters (Online), also taught by the English Language Teaching Centre staff.

Explore English programmes.

Geovanni's inspiring journey at the University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield student Nur

Born in Malaysia. Made in Sheffield.

I find the teaching style is really good. They really know what they are doing and what they are talking about and
especially teaching me for research projects. They are all very good and experienced, I think the College is doing
a good job in choosing people that can really teach and deliver what they need to
for the courses, for all the subjects across the board.

Pre-Masters Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

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Our student enrolment advisors are here to help with your application and answer any questions you have about studying with us.