International Study Centre

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Pre-Masters Programme

A programme to enhance your postgraduate degree at Royal Holloway

The Pre-Masters Programme aims prepare you to undertake a postgraduate degree at Royal Holloway. This two-term programme is designed for international students, and aims to help you make the transition into life abroad, as well as giving you the tools to successfully undertake a Masters degree at a highly-ranked university.

Open to all, this programme is designed for international students who want to boost their academic and English language skills prior to studying a Masters degree in the UK. If you have studied previously and achieved the required grades in an undergraduate degree, you can choose from any of our pathways to enable your postgraduate study.

If you need additional English language support, or do not meet the English language requirements for this course, you can opt to take our English for Pre-Masters term. Check our entry requirements for more information.

Choose your pathway

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Business and Management

This pathway leads to a wide range of business-based Masters degrees at Royal Holloway. As a part of this programme, you will study topics such as marketing, digital innovation and international management.

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Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Designed to allow you to progress to postgraduate degrees in the electrical engineering and computer science, this pathway will incorporate study areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science.

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Our economics pathway will allow you to progress to one of three Masters degrees at Royal Holloway. Covering topics like corporate finance and pure economics, this pathway will enrich your studies and give you a good base for a maths-related degree.

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Social Science, Arts and Humanities

This pathway is designed for progression to a huge variety of Masters degrees in several areas. Looking closely at international relations, media, history and literature, this programme will give you many options for future progression.

What will you learn?

After finishing your Pre-Masters Programme, you will be equipped to use your pre-existing knowledge alongside a renewed confidence in your English language and academic skills to successfully complete a postgraduate degree at Royal Holloway. You will gain:

  • Appropriately improved level of academic English skills
  • Enhanced knowledge of your chosen field of study
  • Detailed, informed research methods
  • Ability to coherently express academically-informed points
  • Deep, extensive dissection of academic materials
  • Improved time management and effective prioritisation of work
  • Effective contribution to group work, while excelling independently

Progress to Royal Holloway

After completing one of our four pathways and successfully meeting the progression requirements for your chosen degree, you will have the opportunity to progress to undergraduate study at Royal Holloway.

Entry requirements

Check the academic and English language requirements you’ll need to study one of our pathway programmes.

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Find out how much it costs to study one of our programmes and how to pay for it.

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Term dates

Our programmes run throughout the academic year and have multiple start dates. Find out when you could begin studying with us.

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