International Study Centre

Pre-Masters Programme in Social Science, Arts and Humanities

A pathway leading to postgraduate degrees in areas such as politics, international relations and law

The Pre-Masters in Social Science, Arts and Humanities at the International Study Centre prepares you for a wide range of degrees at Royal Holloway.

Key facts

Course length: Two terms

Entry points: March

Age: 20+

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What you will study

The programme consists of core and pathway-specific modules. The core modules will improve your academic and English language skills, while the pathway-specific ones will build specific knowledge about your chosen progression degree.

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 approach the end of your programme.

You can study one of the following postgraduate degrees:

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Ancient History MA 60% 60%, with 70% Wr, no lower than 40% other skills
Classical Art & Archaeology MA 60% 60%, with 70% Wr, no lower than 40% other skills
Classics MA 60% 60%, with 70% Wr, no lower than 40% other skills
Contemporary Political Theory MSc 60% 60%, with 70% Wr, no lower than 40% other skills
Creative Writing MA 60% 70%, with 70% Wr, no lower than 40% other skills
Crusader Studies MA 60% 60%, with 70% Wr, no lower than 40% other skills
Elections, Campaigns & Democracy MSc 60% 60%, with 70% Wr, no lower than 40% other skills
English Literature MA 60% 70%, with 70% Wr, no lower than 40% other skills
European Philosophy MSc 60% 60%, with 70% Wr, no lower than 40% other skills
History MA 60% 60%, with 70% Wr, no lower than 40% other 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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