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. In 2022, 96% of students who completed their Pre-Masters Programme at the International College were offered a place to study Masters degree at University of Sheffield. 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.

Key facts

Course length: 1.5 or 2 semesters

Entry points: 
2 semesters – September or 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

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.

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. 

PMP Study plan


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