International Development and Relations with Integrated pre-Masters MA/MSc

The aim of the pre-Masters programme is to provide an entry route into our MA/MSc courses in the School of Government and Society for students who do not have the traditional requirements for direct entry to the programme.

The pre-Masters year is comprised of 40 credits of Academic English and Study Skills along with 80 credits of subject modules. One third of the pre-Masters year will be devoted to developing your English skills and academic skills; equipping students with confidence in their approach to academic reading.

The remainder of the pre-Masters year will consists of subject-specific modules, which you will study alongside undergraduate students, ensuring you have the knowledge-base to progress onto and succeed in the Masters programme.

Upon successful completion of the appropriate Intergrated pre-Masters, you will progress on to a full Masters degree.

Course details: Details | Modules | Fees and funding | Entry requirements | How to apply.

Course details: Modules | Fees and funding | Entry requirements | How to apply.

The pre-Masters year is comprised of 40 credits of Academic English and Study Skills along with 80 credits of subject modules. One third of the pre-Masters year will be devoted to developing your English skills and academic skills; equipping students with confidence in their approach to academic reading.

The remainder of the pre-Masters year will consists of subject-specific modules, which you will study alongside undergraduate students, ensuring you have the knowledge-base to progress onto and succeed in the Masters programme.

Upon successful completion of the appropriate Intergrated pre-Masters, you will progress on to a full Masters degree.

Course details

Progression to the Masters programme is subject to the following requirements:

  • An overall weighted average of at least 55%
  • A weighted average of 55% in the subject specific modules
  • A weighted average of 55% in the English and study skills modules
  • All modules passed with a mark of at least 40%

MA/MSc Programmes to progress onto:

Please see a full list of the programmes you can progress onto after completion of your pre-Masters year:

Global Cooperation and Security MSc

International Development

Development Management

International Relations

Modules

In your pre-Masters year, you will study the following modules:

Academic English & Study Skills 1 20
Academic English & Study Skills 2 20
Diplomatic History Post 1945 20
International Security 20
Development Theory and Practice 20
Optional Module taken from level I/H modules available in POLSIS.


The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees for the pre-Masters year in 2016/17 are £13,860. Fees for the Masters year (your second year) will be the standard fees payable for the chosen Masters programme.

Fees for the second year will be the standard fees payable for the chosen masters programme. Details of fees for masters courses can be found on the individual course pages.

Entry requirements

These two-year programmes - 'Masters Degree with Integrated pre-Masters' - are suitable for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the one year masters courses in the fields of Music and Economics. Entry requirements for International pre-Masters programmes.

How to apply

Application to our pre-masters pathways are made online through our application portal. How to apply to our pre-Masters programmes.

To find out more about studying the International pre-Masters at the University of Birmingham, sign up for help and advice on the application process and entry requirements. You will also receive reminders about applying for accommodation and other essential information.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Please see the International Development Department (IDD) and the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) for more information about learning and teaching.

Please see the International Development Department (IDD) and the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) for more information about employability.