Pre-Masters Programme

What is the Pre-Masters Programme?

The Pre-Masters Programme is available over two or three terms at the International Study Centre, helping you to develop the skills to graduate with a postgraduate degree from a top-ranking UK university. You will build on the knowledge gained in your earlier studies whilst developing your practical English language and mathematical abilities, as well as your study and research skills. 

How does the Pre-Masters Programme work?

When you apply to the International Study Centre, you will choose between two pathways, depending on your career aims. Upon acceptance to the Pre-Masters Programme, you will also receive a conditional offer to study a Masters degree at Lancaster University after successful completion of your Pre-Masters.

Who is the Pre-Masters Programme for?

If you are an ambitious student looking to continue your education through postgraduate study, our programme can help you enhance your previous knowledge and study experience in order to meet the requirements of a top UK university. No matter which of our pathways you choose, you will gain the skills to graduate with STEM degree and a head start in your career.

Choose your pathway

Business, Law and Social Sciences

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Leading to a degree from a choice of faculties, including a top-ranking business school.

Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science

An international student at the Lancaster University International Study Centre in the United Kingdom

Leading to a postgraduate degree a from a variety of scientific disciplines.

Progression degrees

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Discover the degrees you can progress to from the Pre-Masters Programme.

Pre-Masters Programme: fees and entry requirements

If you need to improve your level of English before starting your Pre-Masters Programme, we offer an English for Pre-Masters course to help you to improve your IELTS grade in order to get the most out of your pathway programme. Our English language courses have lower entry requirements, so you still have the opportunity to graduate with a Masters degree from Lancaster.

There are different costs depending on the length of your Pre-Masters Programme. You can find out more about them on our fees page.

Why study the Pre-Masters Programme in the UK?

  • Gain international experience: Not only will you be gaining a higher education inside the classroom, but you will be doing so whilst living in another country – experiencing the culture and learning more about the world.
  • Develop your networking skills: You will be studying with people from all over the world, creating new connections and meeting new people.
  • Access career support: Throughout your Pre-Masters Programme, you will receive expert career support through our CareerAhead service – helping you plan for the future and develop the skills you need to succeed.
  • Study in a global language: Studying a postgraduate degree in the UK is an ideal way to develop your English language skills – with a particular focus on your chosen subject area.

Why study a Pre-Masters Programme?

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Your study options

Join us on campus

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Find out about studying your programme on campus, what to expect from blended learning and tips for preparing to travel.

Join us virtually

If you are unable to join us on campus for the start of your programme, you can start virtually and join us in the UK later.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.