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Pre-Master's Programme (PMP)

The Pre-Master's Programme is available as a two-semester programme. All pathways offer a guaranteed opportunity for progression to a number of Master's degrees at the University of Reading.

Who is this programme designed for?

This programme is designed to prepare international students, who have completed a Bachelor's degree, for entry to postgraduate studies at the University of Reading. If you successfully complete the PMP to the required level of attainment in all academic areas and achieve the required English language score, you will have the opportunity to progress onto a place on a suitable programme of postgraduate study.

How long will I study for?

Each semester consists of a minimum of 13 teaching weeks. You will have 21 hours of classroom-based study per week and you will timetable self-study hours in addition to classroom-based hours. Please note: Learning hours are estimated and may be adjusted throughout the course.

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

What will I study?

You will study the following modules

  • Research Project
  • Academic English Language Development
  • Research and Digital Literacy Skills
  • Personal Development for Employability
  • Working in Teams
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

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, and will include formative and summative assignments and other assessment tasks. 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 normally include coursework, essays, reports and other structured assignments, oral examination and unseen written examinations.

What support will I receive?

You will be supported by a personal tutor and subject pathway leaders who will regularly check your progress.

Programme details:

Course length:  2 or 3 semesters
Minimum age: 20+
Hours per week: up to 25

Dates and Fees:

Programme dates Number of semesters Tuition fees Opportunity to progress to
a Master's degree in
15 January 2024 - 09 August 2024 2 £21,600 September 2024
23 September 2024 - 09 May 2025 2 £22,470 September 2025
23 September 2024 - 08 August 2025 3 £29,200 September 2025
04 November 2024 - 08 August 2025 2.5 £25,835 September 2025
13 January 2025 - 08 August 2025 2 £22,470 September 2025

All programmes are subject to a £450 registration fee.

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