The pre-Masters programme

The International pre-Masters programme has two subject areas in International Development and Economics. Information on each programme can be found below, to help you choose which is most suitable for you and your subject interests.

Each Masters programme includes an integrated pre-Masters year. Please check the individual programme pages for more information on progression:

You can apply directly through the course pages above.

The pre-Masters year

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.


The tuition fees for the pre-Masters year in 2017/18 is £15,660 . 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 as soon as possible.

Accommodation will incur additional charges to the tuition fee above.