How do you want to study?




    A Pre-Masters course is an excellent route for international students to take before going on to study a full Masters programme in their specific subject area. This programme offers two routes; one to cater for students wanting to take a Master’s in the area of Business and one for those wishing to undergo a Master’s in the Arts and Humanities. Overall, the programme will equip you for the step up to post-graduate study both in terms of language levels and the other key areas which are vital for success at this level of study in a U.K. university.

    Why study a Pre-Masters Diploma?

    The Centre for Language and Linguistics has a wealth of experience in teaching overseas students on a range of related courses to this Pre-masters including our PhD pre-sessional programme, Summer Pre-sessional programme and the International Foundation year. In addition to this the historic city of Canterbury provides the perfect environment for study and travel to London and the rest of the U.K. as well as to continental Europe.

    Who is this course for?

    The course is for anyone whose first language is not English and who needs to improve their language skills and academic skills before going on to undertake post-graduate study. It is particularly useful for those who have not been able to attain the IELTS band to go directly into post-graduate study as well as those who feel they need to they some prior preparation (for whatever reason) before starting a full Masters programme.

    Moreover, it is invaluable for those who have got a particular career in mind or who are already in a profession but wish to return to education for a period of time before continuing their career with more qualifications and with an international study experience to back them up. Finally, the programme can be used as a stepping-stone for anyone who wants to pursue an academic career in the U.K. or in an environment where the English language is used predominantly.

      Entry requirements

      This programme is intended for applicants whose first language is not English.

      Applicants are expected to have:

      • An undergraduate degree or Higher Diploma, and
      • IELTS 5.5 score overall with no score less than 5.5 in any component.

      Equivalent qualifications in line with our standard overseas entry requirements may also be considered. 

      Further information about English language requirements is available here.

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      *Modules subject to validation

      How you’ll learn


      • The programme uses lectures, seminars, group work, practical work, individual and small-group tutorials and guided independent study. These are designed to develop students’ knowledge and skills and important ideas in students’ broad area of interest, and to develop cognitive and practical skills by applying this understanding to specific contexts.
      • Working with others and sharing experiences and perspectives with fellow students will deepen and refine your understanding of, and ability to assess and to explore the theories and ideas you encounter on the course. Through participation in discussion you will both refine your own understanding and develop communication and listening skills for effective collaboration relevant to future post-graduate study.
      • We also make use of a flipped classroom approach, whereby core learning is placed outside of class time to provide more time in class for critical discussion and practical group activities. A flipped approach provides you with opportunities to study module content at your own pace; develops and extends students’ independent learning, and builds confidence for full engagement and participation in classroom discussion and activities.
      • The course consists of two trimesters of eleven weeks of classes each. For much of the time students receive twelve hours of classes consisting of three four-hour modules per trimester. The exception to this is the Discipline Specific Research Project will be conducted mostly through tutorials but will still offer around six hours of classroom time. Most of those classes will be of the lecture/seminar type but following the teaching approach indicated previously. For each module it is anticipated that there will be fifty-six hours of guided independent study and around one hundred hours of independent study.


      • The teaching staff have a wealth of experience in teaching overseas students on similar programmes to this one. They will be a combination of lecturers and senior lecturers and professor or reader level academics for supervising the small-scale research project.


      How you’ll be assessed

      Throughout the course your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed through a variety of learning activities. You will be encouraged to engage in self-assessment and may be actively involved in peer assessment. Formally, the course is assessed solely through coursework, including portfolio work, reports, essays and presentations.

      Each module offers the same proportion of points (20) to contribute to the final award.



      Tuition Fees for 2022/23 have not yet been finalised. These course web pages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once they have been agreed.

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