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Pre-Masters Programme

What is the Pre-Masters Programme?

Prepare for postgraduate study and boost your career prospects with our Pre-Masters Programme. This is an intensive programme of academic subjects, study skills and English language preparation designed to help you succeed. 

On this programme, you will develop a greater depth of knowledge in your area of study through classes designed specifically for international students. These will be based on study and careers skills, as well as subject specific modules to prepare you for your chosen Masters degree. 

The length of your programme and your intake date will depend on your level of English. If you are studying the three-semester programme, your English language skills will be assessed at the end of first semester to ensure you reach the required level, allowing you to continue to the second semester. 

Successful completion and achievement of the required grades of the Pre-Masters Programme leads to a postgraduate degree at one of the UK’s most prestigious universities, the University of Surrey.

Course lengths differ depending on the subject pathway you to choose to study, as well as your English language skills. More detailed information can be found on your chosen subject page. 

Entry points: May*, June, September, November or January

*Engineering and Health and Medical Sciences will not be running for the May intake in 2023

Our Pre-Masters Programme has different English language and academic entry requirements depending on the length of the programme and your chosen progression degree. Find out more on our entry requirements page.

Check out the tuition fees and associated costs of studying with us on our fees page.

With multiple entry points throughout the year, visit our semester dates page to see when you can join us.

Why study a masters degree in the UK?

Our Pre-Masters Programme prepares you for postgraduate study at the University of Surrey. A masters degree is right for you if you want to: 

  • Boost your career prospects by building on your academic experience 
  • Enhance the knowledge you developed during your undergraduate studies 
  • Benefit from the prestige of studying at a prestigious British university 
  • Show dedication to your subject by continuing with your studies 
  • Develop your English language skills 
  • Network with others in your academic field 
  • Learn a new subject and change your career 
  • Get an international outlook valued by employers 
  • Become more independent by studying abroad on your own


of students who completed their Pre-Masters programme and achieved the required progression grades were offered a place at the University of Surrey in 2022. 

Leo from China

"I think the Pre-Masters programme is a very good opportunity to enrich yourself before you go into a Masters course."

Leo from China
Studied Pre-Masters programme Management, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism

Choose your subject route

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Study this pathway leading to postgraduate degrees in electronic, civil, bridge and structural engineering.

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Health and Medical Sciences

Access postgraduate study in areas such as environmental psychology, social psychology and human nutrition.

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Management, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism

Interested in economics, accounting and finance, or marketing management? Choose this route to progress to masters study at Surrey.

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How to apply

Ready to join us at the International Study Centre? Learn more about the application process and what you need before you arrive.

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Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We can't wait to meet you.