Pre-Master's Programme (PMP)

Our Master's Foundation Programme is now titled 'Pre-Master's Programmes'. The programme has been revised to ensure students are best prepared for postgraduate study.

The Pre-Master’s Programme (PMP) is a two-semester programme, with guaranteed progression upon successful completion of the programme to a wide range of Master’s degrees at the University of Southampton.

Who is this programme designed for?

The Pre-Master’s Programme is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study in the UK. The programme will allow students to improve their English while learning the study skills and research methods that they will need during their Master’s degree studies.

How long will I study for?

The duration of the programme is two semesters. Each semester consists of a minimum of 13 teaching weeks. Students will undertake 21 hours of classroom-based study per week. Students will be expected to timetable self-study hours in addition to the classroom-based hours.

Please note: Learning hours are estimated and may be adjusted throughout the course.

As part of these hours, all students will study Academic English Language Development up to 6 hours per week.

What will I study?

All students will study the following modules:

  • Undergraduate Research Dissertation

  • Academic English Language Development

  • Personal Development for Employability

  • Research and Digital Literacy Skills

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

  • Working in Teams

Click to download the ONCAMPUS Pre-Master's Programme Guide for full course details and learning objectives. 

How will I be assessed?

Each module will have an assessment schedule, which will be completed by the end of the appropriate semester. Assessments will be designed to demonstrate learning across the individual modules of the programme and to allow you to experience a wide range of the assessment methods used in UK postgraduate programmes.

Assessments will include coursework, essays, reports and other structured assignments and oral examinations.

Programme details:

Course length: 2 semesters
Hours per week: up to 21

Dates and Fees:


Number of semesters

Tuition fee

Progressing to Master’s degree starting in

September Intake

23 September 2024 - 08 June 2025

2 £28,785 September 2025

September Intake

23 September 2024 - 08 August 2025

3 £34,705 September 2025

November Intake

04 November 2024 – 08 August 2025

2.5 £31,745 September 2025

January Intake

13 January 2025 - 08 August 2025

2 £28,785* September 2025

*Fees are subject to change.

All programmes are subject to a £450 registration fee.

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