Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering

Overview

Subject outline

The Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering course prepares you for a wide range of postgraduate degree courses at the University of Glasgow. After successfully completing your Pre-Masters course you will progress to studying at the University’s College of Science and Engineering. The course provides you with an intensive and integrated academic education in science and engineering, as well as advanced level English and high-level study skills. There are two pathways to choose from:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Engineering

Entry requirements: engineering or science education

The Pre-Masters pathway is a great way for international graduates to gain entry to the University of Glasgow. In general, to take this course you will need to have completed a minimum of three years of higher education.

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

Progression to the University of Glasgow

Once you complete this Pre-Masters course and gain either a Pre-Masters in Engineering or a Pre-Masters Science education to the level noted in your offer letter, your admission onto a master’s degree in a related subject area is guaranteed.

To see these degrees click on ‘degrees’ on the right of this page under Related Links.

Subject modules

Students take seven modules, with one module being weighted double.

One core module

  • Aspects of British Culture and Society

Three core academic skills modules

  • Skills for Study 1, 2 and 3.

Three core subject modules

  • Engineering, Science and Society
  • Research Project (double module)
  • Statistical Design for Science and Engineering Research

* Three term courses contain additional English Language modules. Some two term courses may also include additional English language modules, depending on language level.

Degrees

Science pathway

Engineering pathway

^ Course subject to approval by the University of Glasgow.

* Course takes place at Dumfries campus.

** Begins in September 2012.

*** Subject to approval.

Key Course Facts

Start date

We have various start dates throughout spring, summer and autumn.

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 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.

Preparatory English

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.

Pre-Masters, Spring 2014 start dates

Your current
English language level
Course Enrolment date Course length
5.5 in all skills or equivalent* Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering 31 March 2014 2 Terms

*All scores are IELTS but any equivalent secure English language test would be accepted.

Pre-Masters, Summer 2014 start dates

Your current
English language level
Course Enrolment date Course length
5.5 in all skills or equivalent* Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering (0.5T PE) 14 July 2014 2.5 Terms
Minimum of two skills at 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills* Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering (1T PE) 2 June 2014 3 Terms (2T PE)
4.5 overall* Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering (2T PE) 2 June 2014 4 Terms

*All scores are IELTS but any equivalent secure English language test would be accepted.

Pre-Masters, Autumn 2014 start dates

Your current
English language level
Course Enrolment date Course length
5.5 in all skills or equivalent* Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering 15 Sep 2014 2 Terms
5.5 in all skills or equivalent* Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering (Language) 15 Sep 2014 3 Terms
5.5 in all skills or equivalent* Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering (Language) 27 Oct 2014 2.5 Terms
5.0 with no less than 4.5 in any skill* Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering (1T PE) 15 Sep 2014 3 Terms
4.0 overall* Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering (3T PE) 15 Sep 2014 5 Terms

*All scores are IELTS but any equivalent secure English language test would be accepted.

Student Story

Ifeanyi, studying the Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering course at Glasgow

“Before I came to study in the UK I just finished a year of service for my country. I chose the UK to further my education because I wanted to get a qualitative post graduate degree. I found out about GIC through an agent in Nigeria called Preparation for Life (PFL). Also some of the KIC team came to Nigeria with PFL to talk to students who were interested in going to the UK to study. They gave me a lot of information about what I would be studying and what life is like for a student in the UK but I also looked at the prospectus and website too which was also very helpful.

I chose GIC because it is based outside of England and I wanted to try something different. Before I came here for my higher education I really wanted to improve on my skills for studying. I studied the Pre-Masters for Science and Engineering. I really enjoyed the course as I gained a lot of experience in research and study skills. There were also some practical elements of the course which I liked. The teachers taught and delivered the classes really well and made sure we understood everything.

Studying at GIC has definitely made a difference to my life. I have noticed I have developed a critical approach towards life. I have also learnt to overcome my weakness in writing which is what I wanted to achieve. I really enjoyed my experience at GIC. I made a lot of friends and learnt many new things that will help me develop more at university. ”

Ifeanyi Samuel is from Nigeria and studied the Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering at Glasgow International College