Pre-master's courses for international students

  • Our pre-master's courses help you meet the academic and language requirements for your master's degree. You will take classes in your chosen subject and develop the essential skills you will need for postgraduate study. We will ensure you have a guaranteed pathway to an Oxford Brookes master's degree once you enrol on a pre-master's.

    Apply online

    Apply directly to our international admissions team using our online application form. We aim to respond to applications in 48 hours.

    Who should take a pre-master's course?

    Take a pre-master's course if:

    • your qualifications are not at the required level for postgraduate study
    • you want to take a master's degree in a different subject from your undergraduate degree
    • you need to improve your study skills or academic English
    • you have not studied for some time and want extra preparation
    • you want to become more confident before your master's

    See how a pre-master's helped these students

    Which pre-master's course is for me?

    Your choice of course will depend on your English language skills, your subject knowledge and your academic study skills.

    • Pre-Master's Diploma - from IELTS 5.5 (Sept and Jan start)
      24-week course to improve your subject knowledge, study skills and academic English
    • Two-Year Master's Programme - from IELTS 5.5 (Sept and Jan start)
      Combines the Pre-Master's Diploma with your chosen master's degree with just one visa and one application required - you will graduate with a full British master's degree
    • Pre-Master's Certificate: English Language and Study Skills - from IELTS 6.0 (Jan and May start)
      12-week course to improve your subject knowledge, study skills and academic English

    Pre-master's for native English speakers

    • Pre-Master's Certificate: Study Skills - IELTS 7.0 or native/near-native speakers (Jan start)
      12-week course to rapidly boost your study skills in preparation for your master's degree - a popular choice for North American, African and European (including Irish and British) students and anyone who needs a short course to improve their study skills for further study
  • Scholarships for pre-master's students

    If you progress from a pre-master's to a master's degree at Oxford Brookes you may be eligible for a £2,000 scholarship. Selection will be based upon your performance during your pre-master's.

  • Pre-Sessional English

    If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your master's or pre-master's we have language courses available. See our pre-sessional University English pages.

    Combined offers

    Want to take a University English course before your pre-master's? We can give you a combined offer letter to show how you will progress from one course to the next. (You will still need separate Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letters.)