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Pre-master's programmes for international students

The Pre-Master’s Programme is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study in the UK.  Upon successful completion, it will enable you to progress onto your chosen Master’s degree if you don’t meet our requirements for direct entry. 

The Programme allow students to improve their English while learning the study skills and research methods they will need during their Master’s degree.

Welcome to ONCAMPUS Southampton

How long will I study? 

The duration of the programme is two semesters. Each semester consists of a minimum of 13 teaching weeks. Students will undertake 21 hours of classroom-based study per week. Students will be expected to timetable self-study hours in addition to the classroom-based hours. 

Please note: Learning hours are estimated and may be adjusted throughout the course. 

As part of these hours, all students will study Academic English Language Development up to 6 hours per week. 

What will I study? 

All ONCAMPUS Pre-Master’s students will study the following modules: 

  • Undergraduate Research Dissertation 
  • Academic English Language Development
  • Personal Development for Employability 
  • Research and Digital Literacy Skills 
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Working in Teams 

How will I be assessed? 

Each module will have an assessment schedule, which will be completed by the end of the appropriate semester. Assessments will be designed to demonstrate learning across the individual modules of the programme and to allow you to experience a wide range of the assessment methods used in UK postgraduate programmes. 

Assessments will include coursework, essays, reports and other structured assignments and oral examinations. 

How you’ll benefit 

During your Pre-Master’s Programme you’ll benefit from:  

  • expert teaching to meet your specific needs  
  • excellent facilities in Southampton city centre 
  • regular personal tutor sessions  
  • an extensive support network  

You’ll be a member of the University of Southampton community from the moment you start, with access to:  

  • clubs and social events  
  • international societies  
  • libraries and facilities
  • support and advice  

Find out more

Find out more about Pre-Master’s Programmes on the ONCAMPUS Southampton webpage.

The course at ONCAMPUS is very useful. Besides the English courses, the Postgraduate Skills Development course made me look back on my past, taught me how to study more effectively, and made me think deeply about my future Cyber security career.
Mr Mingyang He, China
Progressing to MSc Cyber Security