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Pre-Master’s Programme (PMP)

Our Master's Foundation Programme is now titled 'Pre-Master's Programmes' and taught at level 6. The programme has been revised to ensure students are best prepared for postgraduate study. The Pre-Master's Programme is a three-term programme, with guaranteed progression* to a wide range of Master’s degrees at Aston University. You will study your Master's programme at our Centre located at the heart of Aston University campus.

PMP 1 and 2 term options are available through iCAS at ONCAMPUS Aston. Please note that PMPs through iCAS are not available for November 2022 or January 2023 intakes.

The Pre-Master's Programme is a three-term programme. It offers you guaranteed progression* to a wide range of Master’s degrees.

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate study in the UK. The PMP will allow you to improve your English while learning the study skills and research methods that you will need during your Master’s degree studies. Depending on the length of the programme you study, you may also study academic modules relating to your chosen progression route.

How long will I study for?

The programme lasts either 1, 2, 3 or 4 academic terms of approximately 10 weeks per term. The weekly hours of study varies by depending on a student's individual academic and English level but will be between 15 and (up to) 23 hours per week. 

English Language forms up to six hours of your timetable, is compulsory for students who are below the required level for progression, and will be integrated into the teaching of academic subjects as well as being taught separately if you need additional support. Students who are at or above the required English level for progression are likely to follow a reduced timetable.

Students will be expected to timetable self-study hours in addition to the classroom-based hours.

Please note: Minimum and maximum hours are estimated, hours may vary depending on the student’s academic and English level and may be adjusted throughout their course.

What will I study?

You will study two core units (a research project and postgraduate skills development), plus English language. You will also study two additional academic subject units, relating to your intended progression degree on the 3 term PMP.


  • Business Environment
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Economics for Business

Engineering and Physical Sciences

  • Maths for Engineers
  • Engineering
  • Introduction to Programming

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Psychology for Social Sciences
  • International Development, Law, and Education
  • Understanding Learning and Development
  • Contextual and Cultural Studies for Postgraduates
  • Intercultural Communication

Life Sciences

  • Statistical Analysis of Scientific Data
  • Pharmacology and Drugs
  • Molecular Biology

Modules are subject to availability and you will be guided onto the best combination of academic modules for your intended degree when you arrive at ONCAMPUS Aston.

Click here to download the Master's programme guide.

How will I be assessed?

Each module will have an assessment schedule, which will be completed by the end of the appropriate term. 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, oral examination and unseen written

*Guaranteed progression is subject to meeting the specified entry criteria

Programme details:

Course length: 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms
Minimum age: 21+
Hours per week: up to 23

Dates and Fees:

Programme dates No. of terms

Tuition fee

Progressing to Master’s degree starting in
25 September 2023 - 09 June 2024 3 £17,470 September 2024
25 September 2023 - 09 August 2024 4 £23,270 September 2024
25 September 2023 - 15 December 2023 1 £5,870 January 2024
08 January 2024 - 09 August 2024 3 £17,470 September 2024
08 January 2024 - 09 June 2024 2 £11,670 September 2024

All programmes are subject to a £350 registration fee. 

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