The International pre-Masters programme

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Part of the Birmingham Foundation Academy and aimed at highly motivated international learners with an excellent academic record, our International pre-Masters programmes are designed to bridge the gap between your current qualification and the Postgraduate programme at Birmingham.

The International pre-Masters is suitable for you if you do not meet the entry requirements for the one year Masters programmes at Birmingham in the subject areas of Music, Biosciences and Economics.

This is a two-year programme, consisting of the Masters degree you wish to study, with an integrated pre-Masters year. We require successful completion of the pre-Masters year before progression is permitted onto the one-year Masters degree.

The pre-Masters year

One third of the pre-Masters year will be devoted to developing your English skills and academic skills; equipping you with confidence in your approach to academic studies.

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. 


A tuition fee of £12,565 will be payable for the pre-Masters year in 2014. Fees for the Masters year (your second year) will be the standard fees payable for the chosen Masters programme.


If you receive an offer for your chosen pre-Masters programme, you can apply for accommodation at Birmingham by visiting the Postgraduate Accommodation pages

The subject areas available are Music, Biosciences and Economics and more information on the programmes available can be found on the  Pathways pages

The start date for all pre-Masters programmes is October 2014.