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English for Pre-Masters

Postgraduate English preparation

Studying a Masters degree in the UK is a great way to develop your subject knowledge and improve your English language skills. Our Pre-Masters programme helps provide you with the skills to succeed in your English Masters degree, but if you don't have the required language skills for one of our pathway programmes, then this English language course is for you.

Our dedicated tutors are here to give you the support you need to reach the IELTS requirement for your pathway programme. We offer a choice of programme lengths and intake dates, with your level of English determining how much English preparation you will need before beginning your academic programme.

Course length

You can take one or two semesters of English language preparation. If you have IELTS 5.0 (5.0 in all bands) or equivalent, you will need one semester of English for Pre-Masters. If you have IELTS 4.5 (4.5 in all bands) or equivalent, you will need to complete our two-semester English for Pre-Masters programme.

Intake dates

This course has two start dates, depending on when you begin your Pre-Masters Programme.

One-semester programme: September, before starting your academic programme in February, or June, before starting your academic programme in September

Two-semester programme: June, before starting your academic programme in February

English for Pre-Masters students at the University of Surrey International Study Centre will not need to take an additional IELTS test for progression to their Pre-Masters Programme. Students will be assessed on their Academic English Skills (AES) grade at the International Study Centre (they will be required to achieve a minimum of 40% in all skill areas).

Key facts

Course length: one and two semesters

Entry points: June and September

Semester dates for one semester:

June 2020
08/06/2020 - 28/08/2020


September 2020
28/09/2020 - 11/12/2020

Semester dates for two semesters:

June 2020
Semester 1: 08/06/2020 - 28/08/2020
Semester 2: 28/09/2020 - 11/12/2020

Progression to: Pre-Masters Programme

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.


Pre-Masters Preparation for Surrey University

This one or two-semester pathway programme leads to a wide range of postgraduate degrees at the University of Surrey.


Find out about tuition fees for all International Study Centre programmes, plus accommodation and additional costs. 

International Study Centre

A busy lecture hall at Surrey ISC

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