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

  • Journal Club
  • The Modern Scientist
  • Biochemistry and Physiology OR Psychology
  • Research Skills for Masters

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
  • Journal Club
  • The Modern Scientist
  • Biochemistry and Physiology OR Psychology

Semester 2 - Learn to Innovate

  • Skills for Enterprise and Innovation
  • The Future Scientist
  • Research Skills for Masters

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.

Semester 2 - Inspire and Explore

  • Skills for Enterprise and Innovation
  • Journal Club
  • The Modern Scientist
  • Biochemistry and Physiology OR Psychology

Semester 3 - Learn to Innovate

  • Skills for Enterprise and Innovation
  • The Future Scientist
  • Research Skills for Masters

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 level Semesters Course length Start date End date
IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all skills) 1 semester 15 weeks Sep-21 Feb-22
IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all skills) 1 semester 15 weeks Jan-22 May-22
IELTS 6.0 (5.5  in all skills) 1 semester 15 weeks May-22 Aug-22
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills) 2 semesters 30 weeks Sep-21 Jun-22
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills) 2 semesters 30 weeks Jan-22 Aug-22
IELTS 5.5 (5.0 in all skills) 2.5 semesters 35 weeks Nov-21 Aug-22
IELTS 5.0 (5.0 in all skills) 3 semesters 40 weeks Oct-21 Aug-22
IELTS 5.0 (5.0 in all skills) 3 semesters 40 weeks Jun-22 Jun-23

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 Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Developmental Psychology in Research and Practice MSc 60% 70% with 60% in all skills AES
Environmental Psychology MSc 60% 70% with 60% in all skills AES
Food Science MSc 60% 70% with min 60% in all skills
Human Nutrition MSc 60% 70% with 60% in all skills AES
Social Psychology MSc 60% 70% with 60% in all skills AES

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

Semester dates

Dates for 3 semester:

October 2021

Semester 1: 11/10/21 - 17/12/21
Semester 2: 31/1/22 - 20/5/22
Semester 3: 23/5/22 - 19/8/22

Dates for 2.5 semester:

November 2021

Semester 0.5: Term starts on 22nd November
Semester 1: 31/1/22 - 20/5/22
Semester 2: 23/5/22 - 19/8/22

Dates for 2 semester: 

September 2021

Semester 1: 27/09/2021 - 04/02/2022
Semester 2: 07/02/2022 - 03/06/2022 

Dates for 1 semester:

September 2021

Semester 1: 27/09/21 - 4/02/2022 

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.

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