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:
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.
Progression to the University of Glasgow
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 ‘Degrees‘ on the tab at the top of this 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.
Business and management degrees
The Pre-Masters business and management pathway leads to the following degrees:
- MSc Development Studies
- MSc Economic Development
- MSc Environment and Sustainable Development
- MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship
- MSc International Management and Leadership
- MSc International Politics (China)
- MSc International Strategic Marketing
- MSc Management
- MSc Management with Enterprise and Business Growth
- MSc Management with Human Resources
- MSc Management with International Finance
- MSc Management with International Real Estate
- MPA Public Administration
- MSc Public Policy and Management
Economics, accounting & finance degrees
The Pre-Masters economics, accounting and finance pathway leads to the following degrees:
- MSc Banking and Financial Services
- MSc Economics, Banking and Finance
- MSc Economic and Financial Sector Policies
- MSc Financial Economics
- MSc Finance and Economic Development
- MSc Financial Forecasting and Investment
- MSc Financial Modelling
- MSc Financial Risk Management
- MAcc International Accounting and Financial Management
- MSc International Banking and Finance
- MSc International Corporate Finance and Banking
- MSc International Development
- MSc International Financial Analysis
- MSc International Finance and Economic Policy
- MFin International Finance
- MSc International Trade and Finance
- MSc Investment Banking and Finance
- MSc Quantitative Finance
The Pre-Masters law pathway leads to the following degrees:
Social Sciences degrees
The Pre-Masters social sciences pathway leads to the following degrees:
- MSc Adult and Continuing Education
- MSc Chinese Studies
- MSc City and Regional Planning
- MSc City Planning and Real Estate Development
- MSc City Planning and Regeneration
- MSc Global Economy
- MSc Educational Studies
- MLitt Environment, Culture and Communication
- MSc Equality and Human Rights
- MSc European Politics
- MSc European Politics and Law
- MSc Europe and International Development
- MSc Geoinformation Technology & Cartography
- MSc Global Security
- MSc Corporate Governance and Accountability
- MSc Housing Studies
- MRes Human Geography
- MSc Human Rights and International Politics
- MSc International Relations
- MSc Political Communication
- MSc Real Estate
- MSc Real Estate and Regeneration
- MSc Russian Central and East European Studies
- MSc Social and Cultural History
- MSc Social Science Research
- MSc Sociology
- MLitt Toursim Heritage and Development *
- MSc Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- MSc Urban and Housing Practice
- MSc Urban Policy and Practice
- MSc Urban Regeneration
- MSc Young People, Social Inclusion & Change
^ 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
Key course facts
We have various start dates throughout the year. Our Spring courses start in January 2014.
Pre-Masters, Spring 2014 start dates
English language level
|Course||Enrolment date||Course length|
|5.5 in all skills or equivalent*||Pre-Masters for Business, Social Sciences and Law||13 January 2014||2 Terms|
|5.5 in all skills or equivalent*||Pre-Masters for Business, Social Sciences and Law||17 February 2014||2 Terms|
|4.5 in all skills with no more than one skill at 4.0*||Pre-Masters for Business, Social Sciences and Law||10 February 2014||4 Terms (2T PE)|
*All scores are IELTS but any equivalent secure English language test would be accepted.
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 test (or equivalent Secure English Language Test – SELT (PDF)). A higher IELTS score means your course will be shorter and you can progress to the University of Glasgow more quickly.
UKBA 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.
“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