Pre-Masters for Business, Social Sciences and Law

The Pre-Masters for Business, Social Sciences and Law prepares you for a postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. As well as advanced level English and study skills, the course provides an intensive education in of one of the following pathways:

  • Business and Marketing
  • Economics, Accounting and Finance
  • Social Sciences
  • Law

You will need to have completed a minimum of three years of higher education to study the Pre-Masters course.

If you are applying to the MBA, you will also need three years of managerial or supervisory work experience.

Extra English Language tuition (Preparatory English) is also available if required.

The Pre-Masters will introduce you to your chosen path of either a graduate law education, or an education in business or comprehensive studies in the social sciences. Once you have achieved the level noted in your offer letter, your admission into a masters degree in a related subject area is guaranteed.

To see these degrees, click on the ‘degrees’ tab at the top of the page.

One core culture module:

  • Aspects of British Society and Culture

Three core academic skills modules:

  • Skills for Study 1, 2 and 3

Two core English language modules:

  • Language for study 2 and 3

Three core subject modules

  • Contemporary Organisational Behaviour or Social Science Principles
  • Research Design and Critique
  • Research Project
  • Social Science Principles

You will also take one pathway module (depending on your eventual progression choice) and three English language modules

Business and management pathway module

  • Global Corporate Marketing Strategies

Economics, accounting and finance pathway module

  • Economics and Finance

Law pathway module

  • Introduction to Scottish, European and International Law

Social sciences pathway module

  • European Liberal Democracy

* 3 term courses contain additional English language modules.


The Pre-Masters for Business, Social Sciences and Law allows you to progress to a broad range of degrees at the University.

^ Students progressing to this degree need to have three years of relevant managerial work before starting their studies at the College.

* This course is run at The University of Glasgow Dumfries Campus.

** all LLM degrees require IELTS 6.5 overall with no subtest below 6.5.

Key course facts

Start dates

We have various start dates throughout spring, summer and autumn. Please note, the tables below show the start and end dates of term one only. For information on later term dates, please contact one of our Personal Education Planners.

Course length

Courses start at 2 terms, and can go up to 5 terms depending on your academic and English needs.

Academic entry requirements

Entry to the Pre-Masters for Business, Social Sciences and Law course requires you to have an undergraduate degree, equivalent to a UK Ordinary degree.

English language entry requirements

You will need to show proof of English language ability – usually an IELTS or Pearson test (or equivalent Secure English Language Test as shown on the UKVI SELT approved list). A higher IELTS score means your course will be shorter and you can progress to the University more quickly.

Preparatory English

UKVI regulations stipulate that all students must meet the minimum English requirements for postgraduate study in the UK. If you do not meet the requirements (overall or in a single discipline) we can tailor an intensive English preparation course to help you progress onto your Pre-Masters course.

English language level Course Enrolment start date Course length
5.5 in all skills* Pre-Master’s 16 Feb 2015 2 terms
4.5 overall with no more than one skill at only 4.0* Pre-Master’s (Preparatory English) 09 Feb 2015 4 terms

*All scores are IELTS but any equivalent SELT (as shown on the UKVI SELT approved list) would be acceptable.

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English language level Course Enrolment start date Course length
5.5 in all skills* Pre-Master’s (0.5T Preparatory English) 13-Jul-15 2.5 terms
Minimum of two skills at 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills* Pre-Master’s (1T Preparatory English) 01-Jun-15 3 terms
5.0 with no less than 4.5 in any skill* Pre-Master’s (1.5T Preparatory English) 13-Jul-15 3.5 terms
4.5 overall* Pre-Master’s (2T Preparatory English) 01-Jun-15 4 terms

* All scores are IELTS but any equivalent SELT (as shown on the UKVI SELT approved list) would be acceptable.

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Student story

Glasgow student, Preetika, studied the Pre-Masters in Business, Social Sciences and Law

“I chose to study in the UK because it has a great quality of education and international recognition which is something that is important to me. But I wanted to study at GIC in particular because of the guaranteed progression to Glasgow University (GU) on successful application.

I am studying the Pre- Masters in Business, Law and Social Science and so far I have learnt a lot of academic skills, most I don’t think I could have coped without on direct entry to university. Term 2, I believe focuses more on business and my progression to GU. I am looking forward to gaining valuable knowledge in these next few months.

Being at GIC has been amazing. I have met students from so many different nationalities which has given me a wider outlook on life and has made me much more cultured. Also having access to facilities such as the library, gym and the unions gives you more opportunities to meet other people. But what has made the GIC experience better was the fact that it is located on the university campus which gives us a sense of university life.

Although I miss life back in India, I’m enjoying life in the UK immensely, mostly because this is my first time away from home and I am glad I chose to study in Glasgow. I love this city and it’s so beautiful. The people are so friendly and welcoming, you will never get bored. This time away from home and studying at GIC has definitely changed me as a person. I have become more responsible and I’m enjoying my studies so much.

Although there is a lot of work pressure as a two-term student, it prepares you well for masters at GU. I think I’ll perform much better as I won’t have to waste any time adjusting to the British higher education system and I can focus much more on my studies instead of academic skills. I say this all the time; I do not know how students with direct entry to university manage. All the skills I have learnt at GIC are crucial to a successful degree at the university. I can’t wait to get in to GU and use all the skills I have learnt at GIC. ”

Preetika Gosh is from India and studied the Pre-Masters for Business, Social Sciences and Law at Glasgow International College