Pre-Masters programme 2019 entry

The full-time Pre-Masters programme is for students who intend to study a business-related degree at Masters level at the University of St Andrews or another UK university. It is an intensive, academically challenging programme designed for students who use English as an additional language, preparing them for success at postgraduate study in this field. For students who have never studied in the UK, are returning to education after a period of work, or are looking to change discipline for their Masters study, the Pre-Masters programme offers a valuable linguistic, academic and cultural orientation.

This course is no longer running for January 2019 entry. You can see which courses are running for the upcoming year on the subjects pages.

Course type

Full-time, postgraduate pre-degree programme for students who use English as an additional language. 

Course dates

  • Semester dates: 24 January to 7 June 2019 (includes a compulsory two-day student orientation)
  • Spring vacation: 18 March to 29 March 2019.

If you attended this programme in 2018, you can find information about 2018 entry on the 2018 Pre-Masters programme course page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Tuition fees


Tuition fees include self-catered University accommodation. 

Entry requirements

To enter, you must have good Bachelor's degree with a GPA of around 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent to a 2.1 from a UK university).

You must also have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component score.

If you require a visa to study in the UK, you must take the UKVI version of the IELTS test.

Application deadline

This course is no longer running for January 2019 entry. You can see which courses are running for the upcoming year on the subjects pages.

Application requirements

To apply, you will need to provide:

  • two references on official letterhead, at least one of which must be academic
  • a statement of purpose (400 words)
  • a copy of your passport.

Course information

The Pre-Masters is a full-time course designed for international students who want to study on a postgraduate Masters programme at the University of St Andrews or at another UK university. The programme aims to develop your English language proficiency and your academic literacy to prepare you for successful graduate study.

The programme is specifically designed to help you make the transition to business-related Masters level study, even if this is a different subject to your undergraduate degree. Applications are open to students with an undergraduate or Bachelors university degree in any arts, science or business-related discipline. 

Most students on the Pre-Masters progress to business-related degrees at the University of St Andrews, although some students choose to take up offers from other UK institutions. Previous students have found this programme enables them to start their postgraduate study with greater confidence and to adapt more quickly to UK academic life. 

Teaching format

Modules are taught through a mixture of classes, lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and field trips. Discipline-specific lectures and seminars delivered by experienced University academic staff and other highly qualified subject experts will ensure that you are familiar with the key concepts of business and management in the medium of English.

You will work both individually and in groups on reports, essays, questionnaires, research projects, posters and presentations. 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.

Students are assessed on regular coursework assignments and end-of-module written exams.


You will study three modules during the course:

  • English for Academic Purposes: academic writing and reading, grammar for writing, presentation skills and listening.
  • Language for Business and Management: further development of the key themes and language areas relevant to your given academic subject.
  • Academic Subjects: lecture and seminar courses relevant to your academic field.

Progression requirements

To successfully complete your course, you must attend all obligatory classes, lectures, seminars and workshops and complete all assignments.

To progress from the Pre-Masters onto a business-related degree at the University of St Andrews, you must achieve a minimum overall score of 14 on the University's 20-point marking scale. Further explanation of assessment and progression will be provided during orientation. The specific Masters degree you can study will also depend on your undergraduate degree subject.


The cost of the Pre-Masters includes both tuition and self-catered accommodation in a University hall of residence. 

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

Contact information

English Language Teaching
University of St Andrews
Kennedy Gardens
St Andrews
KY16 9DJ

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2255

ELT website


Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.

Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).