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Pre-Master's programme

Prepare for a Master's at Cardiff

The Pre-Master's prepares you for success on a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University. The route is for Business, Social Sciences and Humanities subjects, with sub-routes related to your chosen degree subject. Your start date and duration of the programme will depend on your English language level.

You will study a combination of English language preparation and subject-specific content, and progress to a Master's degree when you complete the programme and achieve the required grades.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Check our academic and English language entry requirements


Visit the Fees page for full details.

*First intake for the Pre-Master's in Science and Computing is September 2023.
^May intake only for Pre-Master's in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Who is the programme for?

The Pre-Master's programme is designed for international students who would like to study a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University. If you don't have the grades required for direct entry, you need to improve your English, or you just want extra support as you begin your university experience, it could be a great choice for you.

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships    
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency  
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success  
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available   
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.

Join us today

We're here to support you throughout the application process. Use our online application form and our student enrolment advisors will be available to answer your questions.