International College

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.

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

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.

Modules

  • Academic English Skills (AES)
  • Research Project

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?

  • Study at the University of Sheffield's Management School – one of the few business schools in the world awarded a Triple Crown accreditation.

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.

Degree options

Degree Programmes Pathway Overall Grade % English Grade
MSc Acquired Communication Disorders SS&H 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MA American History SS&H 65% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MSc Applied GIS SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Applied Linguistics with TESOL* SS&H 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MSc Archaeological Science SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Archaeology SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Architectural Design SS&H 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Broadcast Journalism**^ SS&H 60% 80% with min 70% in all skills
MBA Business Administrationø BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Business Finance and Economics E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Cognitive Studies SS&H 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
LLM Corporate and Commercial Law L&C 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Composition SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Creative Writing SS&H 60% 80% with min 70% in all skills
MA Cultural Data Management & Communications SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Cultural Heritage Management SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Data Science IS 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Digital Culture & Communications SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Digital Literacies, Culture and Education SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Digital Media and Society SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Early Modern History SS&H 65% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MSc East Asian Business SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Economics E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Education SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Education: Early Childhood SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Education: Language and Education SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA English Literature SS&H 60% 80% with min 70% in all skills
MSc Environmental Change and International Development SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Finance and Accounting † BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Financial Economics E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Global History SS&H 65% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MA Global Journalism SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Heritage and Archaeology SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Human Resource Management BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Human Resource Management with CIPD Pathway BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills

* Requires a relevant first degree OR 24 months experience of teaching English
† Due to the high volume of applications for the 2019-20 academic year, we are no longer issuing offers for this programme. New applications will be added to a waiting list and may be issued an offer later in the year, subject to availability
∆ Design Portfolio on entry to USIC assessed by Study Group [sample portfolios of adequate standard will be provided by the department to the USIC selection team]. First Degree in architecture, design art, computing, engineering, social sciences and education or any other discipline that has a demonstrable relationship to some aspect of architectural design and/or research
^ Blog Chat Interview Required
ø Any subject discipline. At least 5 years relevant full-time work experience after graduation with some managerial experience. Relevant experience means that this should be graduate-level work (i.e. at the level expected and in line with the UG degree). For instance if somebody has an UG degree in Engineering, the work experience would usually be a job in Engineering. Interview is required.
** 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 International Foundation Year/Pre Masters programme
† Due to the high volume of applications for the 2019-20 academic year, we are no longer issuing offers for this programme. New applications will be added to a waiting list and may be issued an offer later in the year, subject to availability
∆ Design Portfolio on entry to USIC assessed by Study Group [sample portfolios of adequate standard will be provided by the department to the USIC selection team]. First Degree in architecture, design art, computing, engineering, social sciences and education or any other discipline that has a demonstrable relationship to some aspect of architectural design and/or research
^ Blog Chat Interview Required
ø Any subject discipline. At least 5 years relevant full-time work experience after graduation with some managerial experience. Relevant experience means that this should be graduate-level work (i.e. at the level expected and in line with the UG degree). For instance if somebody has an UG degree in Engineering, the work experience would usually be a job in Engineering. Interview is required.

Degree Programmes Pathway Overall Grade % English Grade
MSc Information Management IS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Information Systems IS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Information Systems Management BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Intercultural Communication SS&H 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MA International Criminology L&C 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA International Development SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MPH International Development SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
LLM International Law and Global Justice L&C 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc International Management BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc International Management and Marketing BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA International Political Economy SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA International Public and Political Communication SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA International Relations SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA International Relations and East Asia Any pathway 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc International Social Change and Policy SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Journalism**^ SS&H 60% 80% with min 70% in all skills
MA Law (two-year qualifying law degree) L&C 60% 70% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Management BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Management (International Business) BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Marketing Management Practice BM&F 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Medieval History SS&H 65% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MA Modern History SS&H 65% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MSc Money, Banking and Finance E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Musicology
SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Music Management+ SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Music Performance Studies SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Music Performance Studies (Piano) SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Osteoarchaeology SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Palaeoanthropology SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Philosophy SS&H 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MA Political Theory SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Politics and Media in East Asia SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Politics, Governance and Public Policy SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Psychology and Education SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Psychology of Music* SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills

* Bachelors degree in Music or Psychology (or a related subject)
** 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 International Foundation Year/Pre Masters programme
^ Blog Chat interview required
† Pass in an interview required as well as meeting progression requirements
∆ Degree in a Social Sciences discipline
+Music or a combined degree with a substantial music component and allows other subjects to be considered by department on an individual basis
 

Degree Programmes Pathway Overall Grade % English Grade
MSc Real Estate SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Real Estate, Planning and Development SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Speech Difficulties SS&H 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies# SS&H 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Translation Studies Any pathway 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
MSc Urban and Regional Planning SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Urban Design SS&H 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Urban Design and Planning SS&H 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills

# Design Portfolio on entry to USIC assessed by Study Group [sample portfolios of adequate standard will be provided by the department to the USIC selection team] First Degree in Architecture, landscape architecture, town planning, chartered surveying and engineering, or another subject area where applicants can demonstrate a clear interest in sustainable architecture.. Download flyer for more details

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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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