International College

Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering

Take the first step towards a postgraduate science or engineering degree at the University of Sheffield where you’ll be part of a cutting-edge environment from day one. 

Key facts

Course length: Two or three terms

Entry points: 
Three terms – September and January
Two terms – 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 a masters in the Faculty of Engineering or Faculty of Science

The Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering will introduce you to carrying out lab experiments and analysing statistics for research projects. This programme leads to a number of postgraduate engineering and science degrees in the engineering and science faculties at the University.

What will you study?

This Pre-Masters is a two or three-term programme developed in collaboration with the University. During the course you will develop your academic and English language skills needed for a masters degree in engineering or science.   

You will study modules relevant to your chosen subject area, some will be compulsory for progression onto specific degree programmes at the University. This pathway includes 22 teaching hours per week.

Modules

  • Critical Reading
  • Academic English Skills
  • Computational Mathematics with MATLAB
  • Literature Review and Journal Club
  • Laboratory and Experimental Skills
  • Maths Workshop
  • Personal Development Programme

Pathway modules (related to your degree choice)

  • Statistics for Research
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics for Research
  • Programming
  • Programming
  • Mathematics 
  • Statistics for Research
  • Bioscience

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.

Industry-level resources

Access the latest technology at the University of Sheffield’s innovative Diamond building. The new building has state-of-the-art laboratories, wind tunnels and jet engines. It also has study spaces for engineering students, a library and café. 

Siung, a student from Malaysia, shows us around with a tour of the Diamond Building:

 

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 Science and Engineering 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 Advanced Computer Science P&S or P&M 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering S&E or P&M 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Advanced Electrical Machines, Power Electronics and Drives S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MMet Advanced Metallurgy S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc (Eng) Advanced Software Engineering P&S or P&M 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc (Res) Aerodynamics and Aerostructures S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Aerospace Materials S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Antimicrobial Resistance S&E with BS 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Biodiversity and Conservation S&E or BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Biochemical Engineering with Industrial Management S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
MSc Biological Sciences S&E or BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc (Eng) Biological and Bioprocess Engineering S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
MSc Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Biomedical Science! S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Biomedical Science with Education S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Chemistry S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
MSc (Res) Chemistry S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
MSc Civil Engineering S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Civil Engineering and Management * S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience! S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging! S&E with BS 60% 70% with 70% writing and min 50% in all skills
MSc Computer Science with Speech and Language Processing P&S or P&M 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Data Analytics P&S or P&M 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc (Eng) Data Communications S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc (Eng) Electronic and Electrical Engineering S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Energy Engineering with Industrial Management
S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
MSc (Eng) Environmental and Energy Engineering S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
MSc Genomic Approaches to Drug Discovery! S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Hazards and Resilience * S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Human Anatomy with Education! S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Human and Molecular Genetics! S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Human Osteology & Funerary Archaeology Any S&E pathway 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills

! Only available to students joining the Pre-Masters in September
* Minimum 2:1 honours degree (BEng, MEng, BSc) in civil or structural engineering or other appropriate engineering or science subject.

Degree Programmes Pathway Overall Grade % English Grade
MSc Infrastructure and Urban Systems Engineering * S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Masters in Dental Public Health S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Material Science & Engineering S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Management S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MA Medicine in Society S&E 60% 70% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Molecular and Cellular Basis of Human Disease! S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology! S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Nanomaterials and Materials Science S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Neuroscience! S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Nuclear Science and Technology S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Osteoarchaeology Any S&E pathway 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
MSc (Res) Particle Physics S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc (Eng) Polymers & Polymer Composite Science & Engineering S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Polymers for Advanced Technologies S&E 60% 60% with min 40% in all skills
MSc Practical Entomology S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc (Eng) Process Safety and Loss Prevention S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Psychological Research Methods S&E or P&M 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Psychological Research Methods with Advanced Statistics S&E or P&M 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Psychological Research Methods with Data Science S&E or P&M 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills

! Only available to students joining the Pre-Masters in September
* Minimum 2:1 honours degree (BEng, MEng, BSc) in civil or structural engineering or other appropriate engineering or science subject.

Degree Programmes Pathway Overall Grade % English Grade
MSc (Res) Quantum Photonics and Nanomaterials S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Robotics S&E or P&M 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Science Communication* Any S&E pathway 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc (Eng) Semiconductor Photonics and Electronics S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Software Systems and Internet Technology P&S or P&M 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Solar Cell Technology S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Statistics S&E 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine! S&E with BS 60% 70% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Structural Engineering S&E 65% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Sustainable Agricultural Technologies~ S&E with BS 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Systems Neuroscience S&E or P&M 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc Translational Neuropathology S&E with BS 60% 70% overall with 70% listening, 50% other skills
MSc Translational Neuroscience S&E with BS 60% 70% overall with 70% listening, 50% other skills
MSc (Res) Translational Oncology S&E with BS 60% 70% overall with 70% listening, 50% other skills
MSc Water Engineering S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
MSc (Eng) Wireless Communication Systems S&E 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills

~ BSc in some area of bioscience or closely related subject (e.g. veterinary science, pest management, agricultural entomology, or any other agriculture related subject)
* Not available for university entry in 2021

100% progression

100% of Science and Engineering Pre-Masters students who completed their course were offered a place to study at the University of Sheffield in 2017.