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Pre-Masters Programme

The Pre-Masters is a full-time preparation programme for students with a Bachelor's degree who want to study on a Master's programme. It combines English language development with an excellent introduction to postgraduate level study and allows students to develop the skills that enable them to be more effective team members, and become more critically aware and autonomous learners.

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We welcome applications from students with an undergraduate university degree in any arts, science or business-related discipline. This programme is specifically designed to help you make the transition to Masters level study, possibly in a different academic discipline from your Bachelor’s degree. 

There are two entry points for this programme:

  • September, studying for two semesters, from September to June.
  • January, studying for one semester, from January to June.

Overview

Aims

The main aim of this programme is to develop both your English language proficiency and your academic literacy, so that by the end of the programme you will be able to

  • write essays and reports in an appropriate academic style, using sources effectively and showing critical awareness;
  • write a well-structured, fully-referenced 5000 word mini-dissertation on a topic relevant to your discipline and academic interests;
  • give effective academic presentations, both as a member of a group and individually, using a variety of formats and software;
  • take adequate notes from lectures to allow you to record key concepts, ideas and issues in your subjects;
  • read and take notes from academic journals and other texts effectively so that you can refer to them appropriately in your own writing;
  • work effectively as a member of a group;
  • develop an autonomous and critical approach to learning;
  • participate confidently in academic life at Master's level.

The second aim is to provide you with a solid base in your chosen academic subject which will support and develop your knowledge and understanding of the subject area. This will be achieved through a series or lectures and seminars delivered by the academic staff of the University of St Andrews and other subject experts.  This will ensure that you are familiar with the key concepts of your intended academic subject area in English; the kinds of assessments which are typical in that subject and you will have a good knowledge base to build on when you start your postgraduate studies.

What will I study?

The focus throughout is on English language and academic literacy, integrated with introductory  academic courses in a variety of subjects designed to provide an interesting and relevant context for your language development. The aim is to ensure that you will feel confident and well-prepared for the challenges of studying on a postgraduate programme at a top UK university.  

How will I be taught?

The programme is taught by University of St Andrews staff  - both English language specialists and a range of subject tutors - and is designed to prepare you for the linguistic and academic demands of postgraduate study at the University of St Andrews or another UK higher education institution.  You will have lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, presentations from guest speakers and field trips.  You will work in groups, and individually, on reports and essays, case studies and questionnaires, research projects, posters and presentations so by the end of the programme you will feel well-prepared to tackle the wide range of tasks and assessments that postgraduate study may require.

Structure

Students starting in September will study for two semesters. 

Semester One – September to December

S1 Pre-Masters structure

Semester Two – January to June

 S2 Pre-Masters structure

Assessment

Students who begin in September will study Semesters One and Two. Students who begin in January will study only Semester Two.

Regular coursework assignments are set throughout each semester, which will contribute towards your final grade. In addition, students who start in September will have two sets of examinations, one at the end of each semester, and two sets of mid-semester tests. Those students who start in January will have one set of mid-semester tests and one set of exams.

We use a variety of types of assessments, to give you experience of the variety of assessments in use across the University.  These include essays, book reviews, group projects, class tests, exams, group and individual presentations.

How do I progress on to a Master's programme?

To progress from the Pre-Masters onto a St Andrews degree requires students to score an overall 14 on the University's 20-point marking scale. This score is derived from work submitted as continuous assessment, as well as mid-semester tests and end of semester exams.

Most of our students progress to degrees at the University of St Andrews, although some students choose to take up their offers at other UK institutions. Since 2013, Pre-Masters graduates have gone on to study at Durham, Aston, King’s College and CASS Business School, amongst others. 

Entrance requirements

For September start

AcademicYou should have a good Bachelor's degree from your own country with a GPA equivalent to a 2:1 from a UK university. Applications are assessed holistically on their individual merits. 

English language: If you are starting your course in Semester One, you should have IELTS for UKVI with 5.0 – 5.5 overall, with no component score lower than 5.0. To allow enough time for us to arrange your CAS number, you should send us your IELTS test report form by 1 August.

For January start

Academic: You should have a good Bachelor's degree from your own country with a GPA equivalent to a 2:1 from a UK university. Applications are assessed holistically on their individual merits. 

English language: If you are starting your course in Semester Two, you should have IELTS for UKVI with at least 6.0 overall, with no component score lower than 5.5. To allow enough time for us to arrange your CAS number, you should send us your IELTS test report form by 1 December.

All applicants

References: We require two references which must be on official headed paper. Any information about relevant work experience is welcome.

Statement of Purpose (SOP): Please provide a brief explanation of why you wish to study on this programme and what you hope to achieve on your degree programme.

Accommodation

The cost of the programme includes both tuition and self-catered accommodation, in a university hall of residence. 

Students will be allocated a room in the award-winning Fife Park Apartments/David Russell Apartments complex. Situated close to the School of English Language Teaching, accommodation is provided in comfortable study bedrooms with en suite shower and wc and well-equipped communal kitchen space. Each apartment has five bedrooms.

Dates

Semester dates 2016-17

Semester One

Orientation week start date: Monday 05 September 2016

Semester start date: 12 September 2016

Christmas vacation: Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017

Semester Two

Semester start date: 9 January 2017

Spring vacation: Saturday 11 March 2017 to Sunday 26 March 2017

End date: Friday 02 June 2017

Fees

Fees for the full year programme starting in September 2016-17 are £20,000, which is inclusive of both tuition fees and self-catered University accommodation.

Fees for the programme starting in January 2016-17 are £13,300, inclusive of both tuition fees and self-catered University accommodation.

Apply for 2016-17

Apply for September 2016 entry

Semester dates: 

Programme start date: Monday 05 September 2016
Christmas vacation: Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 08 January 2017
Spring vacation: Saturday 11 March 2017 to Sunday 26 March 2017
End date: Friday 02 June 2017

Fees: The Fee Package for 2016-17 is £20,000, inclusive of both accommodation and tuition. A deposit of £2,000 is required to formally accept an offer.

Who can apply?: Graduates with a good BA or BSc degree.

Programme director: Jonathan Harvey

English Language Teaching
Kinnessburn
Kennedy Gardens
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9DJ
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (1334) 462255
Fax:+44 (1334) 462270