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. 

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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.

Who is the programme for?

  • Ambitious students aiming to learn more about the subject they love
  • Students looking for a a head-start in the competitive graduate employment market
  • Students with an undergraduate degree from their home country

What will you study?

This Pre-Masters is a 1.5 or 2-semester 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 a number of core modules, along with a module relevant to your chosen subject area. This pathway includes 20 teaching hours per week.


  • Academic English Skills (AES)
  • Research Project for STEM
  • Statistics
  • Academic Success

Pathway modules (related to your degree choice)

  • Bioscience
  • Programming
  • Mathematics

Why study science or engineering at Sheffield?

  • The Faculty of Science or Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield is one of the biggest and best providers of engineering research and education in the UK.
  • State-of-the-art facilities give you much needed experience for your career.
  • 98% of research and impact from the School of Biosciences is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021).
  • 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.

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 21 years of age or older

Entry requirements: Check academic and English language entry requirements

Fees: Check fees for your programme

Engineering and Science world rankings

World top 50
- Architecture (32nd in the world)
- Archaeology (42nd in the world)

World top 100
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Dentistry
- Materials Sciences
- Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

Top 10 in the UK


- General Engineering (3rd)
- Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (5th)
- Materials Technology (4th)
- Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering (5th)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering (5th)
- Mechanical Engineering (5th)
- Chemical Engineering (8th)
- Civil Engineering (10th)

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Join us in November 2023

Get a head start on your studies with our 3-week Enhanced Induction programme, designed to help you settle into your new home before starting your programme in January 2024 – all offered at no extra cost.

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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.


  • Places are limited on some degree courses, so you are advised to apply and confirm your place as soon as possible.
  • In addition to the overall academic and English grades as displayed in the table below, students are also required to meet the minimum module grades for their chosen progression degree. All information will be provided to students when they begin their studies on campus.
Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish Grade
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Degree in psychology or a related discipline and will also need to provide evidence of undergraduate training in statistics:

  • MSc Psychological Research Methods with Data Science

Design portfolio required at application:

  • Sustainable Agricultural Technologies MSc

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How to apply

Ready to apply? Discover how to submit an application and learn more about fees, semester dates and entry requirements.

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University of Sheffield International College

The University of Sheffield International College helps you improve your English, develop your academic skills, and grow the confidence needed to succeed in a degree at the University.

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English language courses

Improve your English skills with one of our English language courses designed to support international students studying a pathway programme at the International College.

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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.