Pre-Masters in Management, Finance and Economics

About this route

The Management, Finance and Economics Pre-Masters programme provides the subject knowledge, language proficiency and study skills you need to progress to postgraduate study in a related field at the University of Surrey.

During the programme you will study a core unit of general subject skills and subject-specific units, which are carefully designed for your academic development.

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level, you can take our English for Pre-Masters programme over one or two semesters before starting your Pre-Masters programme.

Modules

Core units

Academic English Skills


Career Ahead for 1-semester programme

This module provides the opportunity for students to identify and develop skills for success, both in their studies and future career. The focus on employability skills reflects the fact that Pre-Masters students are closer to the job market than any of our other students.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Evaluate own level of personal development through the application of Kolb’s learning cycle
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Recognise and analyse the importance of behavioural competencies required for success in own chosen career area
  4.  

    Key Skills

  5. Self-assess relative strengths of career resume and identify areas for self-development
  6. Reflect on the application of a range of effective interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills through both independent and group work

Research Skills for Masters (Management, Finance and Economics)

This module is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the ability to frame questions and apply learned techniques of inquiry.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Summarise the main concepts and components needed to produce quality research
  2. Evaluate the importance and process of Research Ethics, a Literature Review and Data Analysis
  3.  

    Subject-specific

  4. Develop and justify a quality research proposal as a rationale for research
  5. Summarise a research project in visual form
  6.  

    Key Skills

  7. Carry out and document an investigation to address a research question
  8. Evaluate an investigation and assess similar investigations in a peer-review process

Critical Reading

In this module, students will build their critical skills familiarising themselves with a range of academic texts they are likely to encounter in their Masters studies.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Prepare for and participate in seminar discussions based on a set text, producing a portfolio of readings with relevant worksheets and critical summaries
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Demonstrate the ability to access and analyse the content of academic texts
  4. Use reading strategies and critical skills in order to produce critical synopsis of texts
  5.  

    Key Skills

  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand and discuss the position and key arguments of a text within a wider context
  7. Demonstrate the ability to be an active reader and critically evaluate the content of an academic text

Business Environment

This module will provide students with an insight into the fundamental concepts found within the global business arena.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Analyse how the structure, size, and scope of different organisations link to the business objectives and product and services
  2. Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of relationships between organisational functions and their impact
  3. Apply a range of frameworks for business analysis
  4.  

    Subject-specific

  5. Analyse types, purposes and functions of organisations and how they link to organisational objectives and structure
  6. Critically evaluate the social and environmental impact business operations have on the macro environment, supported by examples
  7. Critically evaluate the impact on sustainability that both macro and micro factors have upon business objectives and decision-making
  8.  

    Key Skills

  9. Work independently and with peers in the selection, evaluation and presentation of materials
  10. Develop interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills through independent and group work

Core units

Business Environment

This module will provide students with an insight into the fundamental concepts found within the global business arena.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Analyse how the structure, size, and scope of different organisations link to the business objectives and product and services
  2. Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of relationships between organisational functions and their impact
  3. Apply a range of frameworks for business analysis
  4.  

    Subject-specific

  5. Analyse types, purposes and functions of organisations and how they link to organisational objectives and structure
  6. Critically evaluate the social and environmental impact business operations have on the macro environment, supported by examples
  7. Critically evaluate the impact on sustainability that both macro and micro factors have upon business objectives and decision-making
  8.  

    Key Skills

  9. Work independently and with peers in the selection, evaluation and presentation of materials
  10. Develop interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills through independent and group work

Finance and Investment

This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to use financial tools to construct, rebalance and evaluate a portfolio of financial assets and equities.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Apply an understanding of what institutional investors are and how they operate
  2. Analyse important historical trends in the innovation of markets, trading and financial instruments
  3. Analyse the drivers of diversification as an investment strategy
  4. Apply knowledge and understanding of the tools of portfolio management and investment analysis
  5.  

    Subject-specific

  6. Critically analyse the key challenges in employing portfolio risk-adjusted performance
  7. Apply financial tools to construct, rebalance and evaluate a portfolio consisting of different assets
  8.  

    Key Skills

  9. Communicate technically challenging concepts
  10. Critically analyse problems in both academic and practical contexts

Management and Leadership

This module aims to provide students with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning management and leadership.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Understand the relationship between management and leadership
  2. Apply management and leadership theory to support organisational direction
  3. Plan the development of leadership skills
  4.  

    Subject-specific

  5. Analyse the impact of management and leadership styles on decision making
  6. Review the impact theories of management and leadership to have on organizational strategy
  7.  

    Key Skills

  8. Use appropriate methods to review current leadership requirements
  9. Plan the development of leadership skills for specific requirements

The Visitor Economy

This module provides an understanding of the visitor economy in terms of hospitality, events management, travel and tourism.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Acquire an understanding of the key characteristics of the tourism and hospitality industry
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge on sustainable tourism, hospitality and events operations through case studies
  3.  

    Subject-specific

  4. Evaluate the strategic importance of the visitor economy
  5. Critically analyse the role of sustainability in the tourism, hospitality and events industry
  6.  

    Key Skills

  7. Appraise arguments on topical issues
  8. Develop communication and interpersonal skills through group work

Critical Reading

In this module, students will build their critical skills familiarising themselves with a range of academic texts they are likely to encounter in their Masters studies.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Prepare for and participate in seminar discussions based on a set text, producing a portfolio of readings with relevant worksheets and critical summaries
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Demonstrate the ability to access and analyse the content of academic texts
  4. Use reading strategies and critical skills in order to produce critical synopsis of texts
  5.  

    Key Skills

  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand and discuss the position and key arguments of a text within a wider context
  7. Demonstrate the ability to be an active reader and critically evaluate the content of an academic text

Research Skills for Masters (MFE)

This module is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the ability to frame questions and apply learned techniques of inquiry.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Summarise the main concepts and components needed to produce quality research
  2. Evaluate the importance and process of Research Ethics, a Literature Review and Data Analysis
  3.  

    Subject-specific

  4. Develop and justify a quality research proposal as a rationale for research
  5. Summarise a research project in visual form
  6.  

    Key Skills

  7. Carry out and document an investigation to address a research question
  8. Evaluate an investigation and assess similar investigations in a peer-review process

Career Ahead

This module provides the opportunity for students to identify and develop employability skills.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Evaluate own level of personal development through the application of Kolb’s learning cycle
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Recognise and analyse the importance of behavioural competencies required for success in own chosen career area
  4.  

    Key Skills

  5. Self-assess relative strengths of career resume and identify areas for self-development
  6. Reflect on the application of a range of effective interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills through both independent and group work

Progression degrees

This programme can lead to one of the postgraduate degrees in the table below. Grades and progression degree titles are guidelines and subject to change.

Study plans

One-semester

IELTS requirement Length Jan-May Jun-Aug Sept
6.0 1 semester     Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme   Vacation

Two-semester

September intake

IELTS requirement Length Sept-Jan Feb-May May-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters     Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme   Vacation

January intake

IELTS requirement Length Jan-May May-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters   Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Accounting and Finance MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Corporate Finance MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Economics (Conversion) MA 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
International Business Management MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
International Events Management MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
International Financial Management MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
International Hotel Management MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
International Tourism Management MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Investment Management MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Operations and Supply Chain in the Digital Era MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills
Strategic Marketing MSc 60% 60% with min 50% in all skills

Key facts

Course length: one or two semesters

Entry points: September and January

Teaching time: 21 hours per week

Dates for one semester:

January 2019 
21/01/2019 – 24/05/2019

Dates for two semesters:

January 2019

Semester 1: 21/01/2019 – 24/05/2019
Semester 2: 27/05/2019 - 06/09/2019

September 2019

Semester 1:
23/09/2019 – 31/01/2020
Semester 2:
03/02/2020 – 29/05/2020

Age: students are normally 21 years of age or older on the first day of their academic programme at the International Study Centre.

Entry requirements: visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements for all programmes.