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Pre-Masters in Health and Medical Sciences

About this route

The Health and Medical Sciences Pre-Masters programme provides the subject knowledge, language proficiency and study skills you need to progress to post-graduate degree study at the University of Surrey in a related field.

During the one and two-semester Pre-Masters 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 are studying the three-semester programme, the first semester will focus on improving your English language skills to the required level.

Modules

Semester 1 - Inspire and Explore

  • Journal Club
    • In the Journal Club module you will build the skills and confidence you need in preparation for scholarly study and research at postgraduate level with a focus on the principles of critical reading to support self-critical writing. You will undertake a literature review in the subject area of your Major and develop the skills to handle evidence, claims, reasoning, arguments, sources, citations, evaluation, synthesis and summary. You will develop your understanding of the structure and staging of a research process including refining the research topic and writing effective objectives; creating an effective literature search; using online sources and catalogues; and using data and illustrations; discussion of findings and linking findings to the literature.
  • The Modern Scientist
    • In the The Modern Scientist module you will be equipped with analytical skills embedded in research design. You will develop a strong understanding of core values of scholarly conduct and scientific practices. In this module, you will have a chance to re-establish maths and science fundamentals. Your tutor will be ready to adapt to your unique needs and circumstances. Indicative module content includes maths of statistical distributions, data management and protection, health and safety, communication, sampling, hypothesis testing, scholarly misconduct, collaboration.
  • Biochemistry and Physiology OR Psychology
    • In the Biochemistry and Physiology module you will build a robust, flexible understanding of fundamental biochemical principles, such as the structure & function of biomolecules, metabolic pathways, and the regulation of biochemical processes. You will develop the skills to reflect, evaluate and draw conclusions based on data, evidence and their critical interpretation and analyse quantitative and qualitative information to make reasoned judgements and identify solutions in a HMS Masters Programme. Indicative module content includes living organisms as open systems, equilibrium as a driver of biological processes, osmolality, bioelectricity and action potentials, ventilation and perfusion coupling.
    • In the Psychology module you will learn to compare and contrast theoretical perspectives in cognitive psychology. You will develop the skills to critically evaluate relevant psychology research literature and analyse the quantity and quality of evidence in psychology. You will prepare for success on your University of Surrey Masters degree by applying statistical and analytical skills and evaluating the practical impact of research and scholarship. Indicative module content includes foundations of social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology theories and research, individual differences, and biological bases.
  • Research Skills for Masters
    • In the Research Skills for Masters module you will develop your ability to critically analyse theories related to health and medical sciences through extended reading and writing. You will have the chance to write a dissertation, produce a poster presentation and write up a research proposal. You will develop the skills to prepare for success when submitting a research proposal and a research enquiry within the framework of a health and medical Sciences postgraduate degree. Indicative module content includes methodologies in nutrition like HPLC, gel electrophoresis, and BMI; and research process elements like aims, quantitative and qualitative techniques, primary and secondary data, discussion, results and limitations.

All students also take the Academic English Skills module, the Student Leadership Programme and are eligible to enter the Sustainable Enterprise Competition.


Semester 1 - Inspire and Explore

  • Skills for Enterprise and Innovation
    • In the Skills for Enterprise and Innovation module you will learn the skills needed in engineering industries to produce value and drive sustainable economic, social, technological and organisational development. You will identify your own potential capabilities, and learn to manage engineering projects and business start-ups including financial considerations. The module offers you the opportunity to work in or lead a team, and develop self-management, organisational awareness, creativity, communication, prioritising, problem-solving, influencing, self-reflection, numeracy and research skills.
  • Journal Club
    • In the Journal Club module you will build the skills and confidence you need in preparation for scholarly study and research at postgraduate level with a focus on the principles of critical reading to support self-critical writing. You will undertake a literature review in the subject area of your Major and develop the skills to handle evidence, claims, reasoning, arguments, sources, citations, evaluation, synthesis and summary. You will develop your understanding of the structure and staging of a research process including refining the research topic and writing effective objectives; creating an effective literature search; using online sources and catalogues; and using data and illustrations; discussion of findings and linking findings to the literature.
  • The Modern Scientist
    • In the The Modern Scientist module you will be equipped with analytical skills embedded in research design. You will develop a strong understanding of core values of scholarly conduct and scientific practices. In this module, you will have a chance to re-establish maths and science fundamentals. Your tutor will be ready to adapt to your unique needs and circumstances. Indicative module content includes maths of statistical distributions, data management and protection, health and safety, communication, sampling, hypothesis testing, scholarly misconduct, collaboration.
  • Biochemistry and Physiology OR Psychology
    • In the Biochemistry and Physiology module you will build a robust, flexible understanding of fundamental biochemical principles, such as the structure & function of biomolecules, metabolic pathways, and the regulation of biochemical processes. You will develop the skills to reflect, evaluate and draw conclusions based on data, evidence and their critical interpretation and analyse quantitative and qualitative information to make reasoned judgements and identify solutions in a HMS Masters Programme. Indicative module content includes living organisms as open systems, equilibrium as a driver of biological processes, osmolality, bioelectricity and action potentials, ventilation and perfusion coupling.
    • In the Psychology module you will learn to compare and contrast theoretical perspectives in cognitive psychology. You will develop the skills to critically evaluate relevant psychology research literature and analyse the quantity and quality of evidence in psychology. You will prepare for success on your University of Surrey Masters degree by applying statistical and analytical skills and evaluating the practical impact of research and scholarship. Indicative module content includes foundations of social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology theories and research, individual differences, and biological bases.

Semester 2 - Learn to Innovate

  • Skills for Enterprise and Innovation
    • In the Skills for Enterprise and Innovation module you will learn the skills needed in engineering industries to produce value and drive sustainable economic, social, technological and organisational development. You will identify your own potential capabilities, and learn to manage engineering projects and business start-ups including financial considerations. The module offers you the opportunity to work in or lead a team, and develop self-management, organisational awareness, creativity, communication, prioritising, problem-solving, influencing, self-reflection, numeracy and research skills.
  • The Future Scientist
    • In the The Future Scientist module you will learn to deploy methodologies as a tool to critically analyse topics with great societal impact. You will develop the confidence to explore the responsibilities of the scientific practitioner and reflect on the interaction between science and society You will have opportunities to choose and explore topics with a relevance to our society and our emerging futures, and use data analysis and scientific thinking to see structure into complexity. Indicative module content includes SPSS software, t-test, ANOVA test, time management, research misuse, dissemination, non-parametric tests, Bayesian methods, science and media, science and society, grants.
  • Research Skills for Masters
    • In the Research Skills for Masters module you will develop your ability to critically analyse theories related to health and medical sciences through extended reading and writing. You will have the chance to write a dissertation, produce a poster presentation and write up a research proposal. You will develop the skills to prepare for success when submitting a research proposal and a research enquiry within the framework of a health and medical sciences postgraduate degree. Indicative module content includes methodologies in nutrition like HPLC, gel electrophoresis, and BMI; and research process elements like aims, quantitative and qualitative techniques, primary and secondary data, discussion, results and limitations.

All students also take the Academic English Skills module, the Student Leadership Programme and are eligible to enter the Sustainable Enterprise Competition.

Semester 1

The first semester focuses on developing your English language so you reach the level required to progress to Semester 2. You will work to develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, presenting and developing language accuracy and range in general academic contexts. Core language-related academic skills such as participating in discussions and responding to texts, effective note-taking and essay writing are also introduced.

You will also focus on assessment preparation and practice to be able to show independent learning skills, literacy and critical-thinking skills. This semester includes induction, teaching and assessment weeks.

Semester 2 - Inspire and Explore

  • Skills for Enterprise and Innovation
    • In the Skills for Enterprise and Innovation module you will learn the skills needed in Engineering industries to produce value and drive sustainable economic, social, technological and organisational development. You will identify your own potential capabilities, and learn to manage engineering projects and business start-ups including financial considerations. The module offers you the opportunity to work in or lead a team, and develop self-management, organisational awareness, creativity, communication, prioritising, problem-solving, influencing, self-reflection, numeracy and research skills.
  • Journal Club
    • In the Journal Club module you will build the skills and confidence you need in preparation for scholarly study and research at postgraduate level with a focus on the principles of critical reading to support self-critical writing. You will undertake a literature review in the subject area of your Major and develop the skills to handle evidence, claims, reasoning, arguments, sources, citations, evaluation, synthesis and summary. You will develop your understanding of the structure and staging of a research process including refining the research topic and writing effective objectives; creating an effective literature search; using online sources and catalogues; and using data and illustrations; discussion of findings and linking findings to the literature.
  • The Modern Scientist
    • In the The Modern Scientist module you will be equipped with analytical skills embedded in research design. You will develop a strong understanding of core values of scholarly conduct and scientific practices. In this module, you will have a chance to re-establish maths and science fundamentals. Your tutor will be ready to adapt to your unique needs and circumstances. Indicative module content includes maths of statistical distributions, data management and protection, health and safety, communication, sampling, hypothesis testing, scholarly misconduct, collaboration.
  • Biochemistry and Physiology OR Psychology
    • In the Biochemistry and Physiology module you will build a robust, flexible understanding of fundamental biochemical principles, such as the structure & function of biomolecules, metabolic pathways, and the regulation of biochemical processes. You will develop the skills to reflect, evaluate and draw conclusions based on data, evidence and their critical interpretation and analyse quantitative and qualitative information to make reasoned judgements and identify solutions in a HMS Masters Programme. Indicative module content includes living organisms as open systems, equilibrium as a driver of biological processes, osmolality, bioelectricity and action potentials, ventilation and perfusion coupling.
    • In the Psychology module you will learn to compare and contrast theoretical perspectives in cognitive psychology. You will develop the skills to critically evaluate relevant psychology research literature and analyse the quantity and quality of evidence in psychology. You will prepare for success on your University of Surrey Masters degree by applying statistical and analytical skills and evaluating the practical impact of research and scholarship. Indicative module content includes foundations of social psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology theories and research, individual differences, and biological bases.

Semester 3 - Learn to Innovate

  • Skills for Enterprise and Innovation
    • In the Skills for Enterprise and Innovation module you will learn the skills needed in engineering industries to produce value and drive sustainable economic, social, technological and organisational development. You will identify your own potential capabilities, and learn to manage engineering projects and business start-ups including financial considerations. The module offers you the opportunity to work in or lead a team, and develop self-management, organisational awareness, creativity, communication, prioritising, problem-solving, influencing, self-reflection, numeracy and research skills.
  • The Future Scientist
    • In the The Future Scientist module you will learn to deploy methodologies as a tool to critically analyse topics with great societal impact. You will develop the confidence to explore the responsibilities of the scientific practitioner and reflect on the interaction between science and society You will have opportunities to choose and explore topics with a relevance to our society and our emerging futures, and use data analysis and scientific thinking to see structure into complexity. Indicative module content includes SPSS software, t-test, ANOVA test, time management, research misuse, dissemination, non-parametric tests, Bayesian methods, science and media, science and society, grants.
  • Research Skills for Masters
    • In the Research Skills for Masters module you will develop your ability to critically analyse theories related to health and medical sciences through extended reading and writing. You will have the chance to write a dissertation, produce a poster presentation and write up a research proposal. You will develop the skills to prepare for success when submitting a research proposal and a research enquiry within the framework of a health and medical sciences postgraduate degree. Indicative module content includes methodologies in nutrition like HPLC, gel electrophoresis, and BMI; and research process elements like aims, quantitative and qualitative techniques, primary and secondary data, discussion, results and limitations.

All students also take the Academic English Skills module, the Student Leadership Programme and are eligible to enter the Sustainable Enterprise Competition.


Study plan

English language levelSemestersCourse lengthStart dateEnd date
IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all skills)1 semester15 weeksMay-22Aug-22
IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all skills)1 semester15 weeksSep-22Feb-23
IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all skills)1 semester15 weeksJan-23May-23
IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all skills)1 semester15 weeksMay-23Aug-23
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semesters30 weeksSep-22Jun-23
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)2 semesters30 weeksJan-23Aug-23
IELTS 5.0 (5.0 in all skills)2.5 semesters35 weeksNov-22Aug-23
IELTS 5.0 (5.0 in all skills)3 semesters40 weeksJun-22Jun-23

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.

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.

Degree Programme NameAwardOverall GradeEnglish Grade
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Please note:

Students progressing onto Environment Psychology require degrees related in the fields of Architecture, Psychology or Environmental Engineering.

Students progressing onto Human Nutrition require degrees related in the fields of either Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Nutrition and Veterinary.

Key facts

Course length

1, 2, 2.5 or 3 semesters

Entry points: September, November or January

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.

3 Semester

September 2023
27/9/2023 - 14/12/2023
28/1/2024 - 16/5/2024
19/5/2024 - 15/8/2024

2.5 Semester

November 2023
5/11/2023 - 14/12/2023
28/1/2024 - 16/5/2024
19/5/2024 - 15/8/2024

2 Semester

November 2022
27/11/2022 - 18/5/2023
21/5/2023 - 17/8/2023
January 2023
29/1/2023 - 18/5/2023
21/5/2023 - 17/8/2023
September 2023
24/9/2023 - 1/2/2024
4/2/2024 - 30/5/2024

1 Semester

November 2022
27/11/2022 - 18/5/2023
January 2023
29/1/2023 - 18/5/2023
September 2023
24/9/2023 - 1/2/2024

New November start

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

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