Pre-Masters in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities 

Architecture, law, education, economics or business management are just some of the possible areas you can pursue after following our tailored Pre-Masters course.

Prepare for your masters at the University of Sheffield

Prepare for masters degrees in management, the social sciences or humanities

The Pre-Masters in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities will introduce you to key elements related to your degree, such as analysing business projects or interpreting statistics. This programme leads to a number of masters degrees in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, including the Management School, School of Law and Sheffield School of Architecture at the University.

Who is the programme for?

  • Students who wish to further their knowledge by continuing with higher education
  • Those who want a competitive advantage in the graduate employment market
  • Students with an undergraduate degree from their home country

What will you study?

This Pre-Masters course is a 1.5 or 2-semester programme developed in collaboration with the University. Throughout this programme you will develop the academic and English language skills needed for your chosen masters at Sheffield.

You will study core modules that cover general academic skills and pathway modules relevant to your chosen subject area. This pathway includes 20 teaching hours per week.


  • Academic English Skills (AES)
  • Research Project
  • Academic Success

Pathway modules (related to your degree choice)

  • Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Advanced Economics
  • Statistics and Econometrics
  • Social Science
  • Statistics for Econometrics
  • Social Science
  • Advanced Law
  • Social Science
  • Communication, Cultures and Heritage

Why study business, social sciences and humanities at Sheffield?

  • 90% of Sheffield University Management School's research has been classed as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021)
  • Social Sciences students will benefit from innovative education and learning spaces in new flagship building for Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield, The Wave.
  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield is ranked amongst world’s best in global subject rankings (78th in the world according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023).

Progress to your degree

You will receive regular feedback on your progress throughout your course so you know you’re in the right track. We have a dedicated  team that offers progression support throughout your studies.

Once you complete your Pre-Masters in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities and achieve the required grades, you can enter your chosen postgraduate degree at the University of Sheffield.

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Please note:

Students wishing to progress to these degree programmes at the University will require an English level of IELTS 0.5 or equivalent higher than the standard level of entry to their Pre-Masters programme.

  • Broadcast Journalism MA
  • Journalism MA

Design portfolio on entry to the International College assessed by Study Group (sample portfolios of adequate standard will be provided by the department to the College selection team).

  • Architectural Design MA
  • Digital Architecture and Design MSc
  • Sustainable Architecture Studies MSc
  • Urban Design MA

Blog chat interview required.

  • Broadcast Journalism MA
  • Journalism MA
  • Magazine Journalism MA

Portfolio submission - progression must be via a video audition on principal instrument. This is required before progression at the end of the Pre-Masters programme.

  • Music Performance Studies MA

At least 5 years relevant full-time work experience after graduation with some managerial experience and interview is required.

  • Business Administration MBA

Applicants must have two examples of previous composition work (either instrumental or electroacoustic/electronic).

  • Composition MA

Places may be limited so you are advised to apply and confirm as soon as possible.

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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

English language courses

If you need additional support to reach the English language level for this programme you can take one of our English language courses first.

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How to apply

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Semester dates

You can start at the International College at multiple points in the year. Check semester dates for your programme.

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