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Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science

About this pathway

The Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science ensures you are prepared for postgraduate study at Lancaster University. Students on this programme can progress to a variety of scientific degrees.

Is this programme for me?

Passionate about STEM? Want to learn even more about the subject you love, all whilst studying in a top-ranking UK university? With this pathway programme, you will be able to find success on your chosen postgraduate degree – and in your career.

Programme structure

Throughout the programme, you will study subject specific modules to develop a deeper understanding of your chosen area. You will also study core English language modules that will develop both your language and academic skills to the level required for Masters study in the UK, as well as building your ability to study at postgraduate level by improving your research and critical analysis abilities.

What will I study?

You will study core modules within the Pre-Masters Programme alongside subject specific modules designed to help you on your degree.

The core modules included in this programme will improve your English language abilities and study skills. By completing the programme, you will be prepared for independent study at Lancaster University. Modules include:

Academic and Personal Development Planning

  • develop independent learning skills
  • understand your current learning style
  • engage in tutor and peer feedback and student-led sessions

Applied Academic Writing Skills

  • develop your writing fluency
  • gain a deeper understanding of the academic writing process at postgraduate level
  • revise and evaluate your own work

Academic English Skills 1, 2 & 3

  • improve your range of written and spoken language
  • develop the level of academic English necessary for postgraduate study

Research Evaluation and Critical Appraisal Project

  • undertake an independent research project
  • improve your ability to create extended pieces of academic work

By studying subjects directly related to your progression degree, you can start preparing for your time as a postgraduate student. These modules will help you develop the academic knowledge needed to succeed in your Masters degree and future. Modules include:

Advanced Research Methods for Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science

  • develop your comparative understanding and ability to critically evaluate your subject
  • evaluative understanding of key developments within your chosen area for research
  • demonstrate skills such as working independently in and presentation of appropriate materials in the subject

Coding Skills for Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science

  • learn a programming language widely used by statisticians, data analysts and engineers
  • develop your data handling and programming abilities
  • design algorithms to solve practical problems related to your chosen pathway

Quantitative Methods and Skills for Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science

  • develop your mathematical reasoning skills
  • study three important areas of mathematics, including probability and statistics, linear algebra, and vector calculus

Why study the Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science at Lancaster?

  • Mathematics is ranked 7th for research quality (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • Be a part of a community of other ambitious Masters students in the University's own postgraduate college

Progressing to your degree

After completing your Pre-Masters Programme and achieving the required grades, you will progress to your chosen Masters degree.

A wide choice of faculties and degrees

The Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering, Computing, Mathematics and Science leads to Masters degrees in a number of different faculties. You will be able to progress to degrees such as Engineering, Psychology, Environmental Science and Economics.

To see all available degree options, visit our progression degrees page.

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting the 3-term International Foundation Year in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

Key facts

Course length

Two or three terms

Entry points

Three terms: October and November
Two terms: November and January

Visit our term dates page for specific dates.

Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.


Visit our fees page to learn more.

Top rankings

4th in the UK for Biomedical Sciences
6th in the UK for Chemical Engineering
5th in the UK for Physics

Guardian University Guide 2023

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.