Choosing your pre-master's course

  • Our pre-master's courses have been specially designed to help you meet the academic and language requirements for your postgraduate study. You will have the opportunity to specialise in the subject of your choice and develop the essential skills you will need for your master's course.

    Who should take a pre-master's course?

    English language teachingPre-master's courses are for you if:

    • your undergraduate qualifications do not meet the level required for postgraduate study
    • you wish to take a master's in a subject different from your undergraduate degree
    • you need to improve your study skills or academic English

    Which course is for me?

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

    Two Year Master's: Combined Pre-Master's Diploma and Master's

    Many master's courses at Oxford Brookes are available as a 2 year programme. Your first year will be your Pre-Master's and you will automatically transfer to the second year which will be your chosen master's degree. You will only need to make one application and can apply for one student visa for the whole 2 years.

    Pre-Master's Diploma (2 semesters) or Pre-Master's Certificate: English Language and Study Skills (1 semester)

    These self-contained courses improve your subject knowledge, study skills and English language to meet the requirements for your Master's degree.

    Pre-Master's Certificate: Study Skills (1 semester)

    This option is for native or near native speakers of English. It will improve your subject knowledge and study skills to help you meet the academic requirements for your Master's degree at Oxford Brookes.

    The table below shows you how you will progress on these programmes.

  • Pre-Master's diagram

  • 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.