Pre-Master's in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

Explore the wide-reaching impact of business or gain fascinating insights into human society and culture. 

Key facts
Entry requirements

Check our academic and English language entry requirements


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Explore the world around you

Business is vital to everyday life, from shopping online to multinational banking. It is an exciting and constantly evolving subject with excellent job prospects. Social sciences studies individuals, societies, and the interactions between both. Humanities centres on the the successes and failures of the human race: our language, literature, the arts, history and more.

The Pre-Master's programme is an opportunity for you to gain more knowledge of your subject as well as practising your English and study skills. After this, you will be ready to make a confident start to your Master's programme at Cardiff University.

  • Study Plan

    Study plan

    English language level* Semesters Course length Start date End date
    IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills) 2 semesters 30 weeks Sep-21 Jun-22
    IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills) 2 semesters 30 weeks Jan-22 Aug-22
    IELTS 5.5 (5.0 in all skills) 2.5 semesters 35 weeks Nov-21 Aug-22
    IELTS 5.0 (5.0 in all skills) 3 semesters 40 weeks Sep-21 Aug-22
    IELTS 5.0 (5.0 in all skills) 3 semesters 40 weeks Jun-22 Jun-23

    *equivalencies are accepted


Highly ranked

The Guardian Good University Guide 2021 ranks Cardiff University 10th in the UK for Media and Film Studies.

What will I study?

If you are studying either the 3 semester or 2.5 semester programmes, the first semester (10 weeks) or 0.5 semester (5 weeks) of your programme will focus on improving your English language skills. For the final two semesters, you will move to study academic skills modules, academic modules related to your chosen subject-area, and continue to receive English language training.

When you complete the first semester (10 weeks) or 0.5 semester (5 weeks), you will be assessed internally to ensure you have reached the required B2 level in order to progress to your final two semesters.

If you start the 2 semester programme, your programme will consist of academic skills modules, academic modules related to your subject-area, and English language training.

Core modules

  • This module will support you to develop your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a particular focus on the language uses that will prove most useful throughout your studies at Cardiff University. It features particular emphasis on grammar and language skills, whilst also allowing you to stretch yourself in your written and spoken work.

  • Critical Reading and Applied Writing Skills

    This is a designated module for all Pre-Master's students on the Business, Social Sciences and Humanities and Computer Science pathways. The module complements the Academic English Skills (AES) Module and helps the students to develop essential critical reading and applied writing skills needed at postgraduate levels. The first section of the module will introduce students to critical reading and writing, lexical and grammatical accuracy and report writing. The second part of the module will move on to explore the rudiments of applied writing skills and how to conduct a literature review. The third part of the module examines personal development strategies and the ability to conduct data analysis and interpret visual and graphical representations of data. 

  • Global Perspectives

    This is a designated module for all Pre-Masters students on the Business, Social Science and Humanities pathway. The module aims to empower students as global citizens with the requisite knowledge of emerging global issues in relation to politics and the economy. To do that, the module provides students with theoretical and practical global perspectives on some key issues, such as: culture, States and foreign policies, environment and leadership.

Business modules

  • Contemporary Business Issues
    This module introduces students to contemporary business issues and trends in today’s ever changing environment. The first section of the module will introduce students to ongoing technological advancements and activities in today’s business world, contemporary business theories and their application to organisational practices. The second part of the module will provide information on the nature of business organisations, tools for strategic environmental analysis and organisational culture. The final aspect of the module examines consumerism, ethics, supply chain networks, marketing and innovation within organisations.

Humanities, globalisation and planning modules

  • Mathematics for Master's
  • Statistics for Research
  • Urbanisation
    This is a core module for students progressing to a Master’s degree programme in Human Geography and Planning at Cardiff University. The module will provide students with extensive knowledge of urbanisation and recent trends in urban transformation globally. The first part of the module will introduce students to the history and theories of urbanisation; the second part provides students with the opportunity to examine the impact of urbanisation and the third part of the module considers the ethical issues in urbanisation.

Social sciences modules

  • Globalisation
    The globalisation module is essential for students on the Pre-Master's Social Sciences and Humanities route. The module allows the students to engage with the different definitions of globalisation, approaches to globalisation and highlight the advantages and disadvantages of globalisation. Students will learn key concepts, drivers and impacts of globalisation and will have the opportunity to use real life and contemporary examples to engage in academic debates and discussions on the relationship between globalisation and politics, trade and development.

Progress to your degree

After completing your Pre-Master's and achieving the necessary grades, you can transition to your chosen postgraduate degree.