International Study Centre

Pre-Masters Programme in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering and Information Security

A pathway leading to postgraduate degrees in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and information security

The Pre-Masters Programme in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering and Information Security at the International Study Centre prepares you for a range of technology-related degrees at Royal Holloway.

Key facts

Course length: Two terms

Entry points: March

Age: 20+

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What you will study

The Pre-Masters Programme in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering is structured to provide students with no prior knowledge of programming or computing systems with a modern introduction to the major technologies involved in computing and electronic engineering, in preparation to study a postgraduate degree.

Additionally, this programme will focus on enhancing your linguistic skills with a module dedicated to academic English language tuition. This will ensure your writing and speaking skills are at an appropriate level to study a postgraduate degree in English.

Combined visa

Save time and money, and experience a seamless transition to postgraduate success, by studying our Pre-Masters course and the remainder of your degree with one visa.

  • Doing this means you will benefit from:
  • Just one visa required for the whole length of your study
  • Alternatives to IELTS for UKVI can be used to join the Pre-Masters programme*
  • No need for an additional IELTS test before joining your postgraduate degree
  • No visa requirement to return home between the courses
  • Work up to 20 hours per week
  • Ideal for students who have exceeded their two years of pre-degree study in the UK.

*IELTS or equivalent required, alternatives accepted include TOEFL iBT, Pearson, IGCSE, IB, HKDSE, India HSC (recognised board), Malaysia SPM, WAEC.

Progression degrees

After completing your Pre-Masters Programme and meeting the required grades, you can progress to your chosen postgraduate degree at Royal Holloway. This will involve meeting the required grades, which can be subject to change. You will have the opportunity to discuss this with your teachers once you are approaching the end of your programme.

You can study one of the following postgraduate degrees:

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Artificial Intelligence MSc 50% 60% with no less than 40% in all skills
Artificial Intelligence (Year in Business) MSc 50% 60% with no less than 40% in all skills
Data Science & Analytics MSc 50% 60% with no less than 40% in all skills
Data Science & Analytics (Year in Business) MSc 50% 60% with no less than 40% in all skills
Information Security MSc 50% 60% with no less than 40% in all skills
Information Security (Year in Business) MSc 50% 60% with no less than 40% in all skills
Machine Learning MSc 50% 60% with no less than 40% in all skills
Machine Learning (Year in Business) MSc 50% 60% with no less than 40% in all skills

Term dates

March 2022 start

Term 1: 28/03/2022 - 03/06/2022
Term 2: 13/06/2022 - 19/08/2022

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