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Entry requirements: Pre-Masters Programme

Studying the Pre-Masters Programme

To join us at Liverpool John Moores University International Study Centre, you must meet certain academic and English language criteria.

Our courses are available to students who are:

  • at least 20 years old when they join us
  • non-UK nationals.

Entry requirements

Nationality: Available to international and EU students

Age: 20+

English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5* (with minimum of 5.5 in all sub skills)

IELTS equivalents: If you do not have an IELTS test then with the combined visa, we can accept a number of IELTS equivalents which include:

  • IB: 4
  • GCSE: C
  • A Level: 

Academic entry requirements

A recognised first degree. Please see below. If you have any questions, please contact us.

AfghanistanBachelor of Science (Engineering) degree from Kabul University 70%  or Masters degree 60%.
AlgeriaRecognised first degree: (Licence, Diplome de (Subject area) - professional fields only, Diplome d'Etudes Superieurs, Diplome d'Ingenieur, Diplome d'Architect d'Etat) all 10/20 or Master a cursus de Licence Integree 10/20.
AustraliaSuccessful completion of Bachelor degree.
Bangladesh3 Year Bachelor's Degree (Hons): 45% overall
3 Year Bachelor's Degree (Regular Pass): 50% overall
4 Year Bachelor's Dgree (Any): 45% overall
3 Year Diploma: 55% overall (Diploma only accepted if taken after Year 11 or 12 of school) Fazil degree not eligible.
BoliviaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
BotswanaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
BrazilBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
BruneiBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
BulgariaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
CambodiaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
CameroonBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
CanadaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.

Full time studies Bachelor's degree (Max 1 year internship accepted): 60%+ overall
Full time studies Undergraduate Graduation Certificate/Full time studies Junior College Diploma (Max 1 year internship accepted): A/B grades or 60% overall
Adult Education/Self-taught Education/Top-up with Bachelor's degree recognized by MoE of China: 60% overall
Adult Education/Self-taught Education with  Junior College Diploma recognized by MoE of China: 70% overall

(Accepting Higher Education qualifications of 5 years, 2/2.5 years if recognized by MoE as a HE qualification equivalent. Full time studies only.  Accepting  Bachelor's degree/ Junior College Diploma if recognized by MoE of China for Vocational education (including vocational higher education diploma.

ColombiaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
EgyptBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
GambiaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
GhanaRecognised first degree or  HND in related subject area.
Hong KongRecognised first degree (honours/ordinary) or HND/Honours Diploma/Associate Degree/Professional Diploma in a related subject area at 60%.
IndiaBachelor's degree minimum Pass
3 year Diploma 50% if taken after 11 or 12 years of school.
IndonesiaRecognised first degree or D3/D4 Diploma.
IranSuccessful completion of License/Karashansi degree with grade 10/pass.
IraqBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
ItalyDiploma di Laurea overall grade 70.
JapanRecognised first degree (50%, GPA 2.0/4.0, Associate Degree or 3-year JCD in a related subject area 60%.
Jordan4 Year Bachelor's degree: GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale.
KazakhstanRecognised first degree, Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma or Kazakh Diploma (4-5 years).
KenyaRecognised first degree, University Diploma or HND in a related subject area.
KoreaRecognised first degree - Pass grade.
Kuwait4 Year Bachelor's degree with minimum pass.
LaosBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
LebanonBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
LibyaBachelor's Degree minimum pass
Higher Diploma in a related subject: pass.
MacauRecognised first degree (honours/ordinary) GPA 2.0 or HND, Honours Diploma, Associate Degree, Professional Diploma in a related subject Area.
MalaysiaRecognised first degree with minimum pass or Advanced Diploma, Polytechnic Certificate or College Diploma with minimum grade average of 60%.
MexicoBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
MoldovaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
MoroccoRecognised first degree (Licence / Licence d'Études Fondamentales / Licence Professionnelle / Diplôme du Cycle Normal / Diplôme de Doctorat en Pharmacie / Diplôme d'Écoles Nationales de Commerce et de Gestion), lengths of study vary with programme, 10/20.
MongoliaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
MyanmarBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
Nepal3 or more years Bachelor's Degree: 40% overall.
New ZealandBachelor's degree with C- overall, 1 out of 9 GPA scale or 50%.
NigeriaRecognised first degree or HND in related subject area.
Oman4 Year Bachelor's degree: GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale.
Pakistan2 Year Bachelor's Degree (Regular Pass) with min 1 year  work experience: 55%.
3 Year Bachelor's Degree (Hons): 45% overall
3 Year Bachelor's Degree (Regular Pass): 45% overall
4 Year Bachelor's Degree (Any): 45% overall
3 Year Diploma: 55% overall (Only accepted if taken after Year 11 or 12 of school) Associate degree not eligible.
PanamaTitulo de Licenciado with minimum Pass.
ParaguayTitulo de Licenciado with minimum Pass.
PeruTitulo de Licenciado with minimum Pass.
PhilippinesBachelors degree with pass grades.
QatarBachelors degree with pass grades.
Russia (+ Chechnya)Recognised first degree, Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma or Kazakh Diploma (4-5 years).
Saudi ArabiaRecognised first degree GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale.
South AfricaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
SpainBachelor's degree (Licenciado) overall grade 5.0.
SingaporeRecognised first degree or Advanced Diploma in a related subject GPA 2.0.
Sri Lanka3 or more Years Bachelor's Degree: 40% overall
3 Year Diploma: 55% overall
HND: with 75% minimum.
SudanBachelor degree : GPA 2.00/4.00 or Third division or 50%.
SyriaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
TaiwanRecognised first degree or recognised higher/advanced diploma in a related subject area. 5 year Junior College Diploma holders (no work experience required).
TanzaniaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
ThailandRecognised first degree minimum pass.
TunisiaRecognised first degrees (Bachelors degree (Licence), 3 years of study / Diplome Nationale d' (Architecture / Ingenieur) / Docteur en (Medecine / Veterinaire) / Maitrise), minimum score 10/20.
TurkeyRecognised first degree (Lisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi) GPA of 2.0 from all schools. Or Associate Degree (On- Lisans Diploması) GPA of 3.0.
UAEBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
UgandaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
UkraineRecognised first degree, Bakalavr, Junior Specialist Diploma or Ukrainian Diploma (4/5 years) - minimum grades 3/5 or 4/12.
UKBachelor's degree - Pass level (ordinary degree).
USABachelor's degree minimum Pass.
UzbekistanBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
VenezuelaBachelor's degree minimum Pass.
VietnamBachelor's degree minimum Pass.

For the Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Management and Law, you may hold a degree that is not necessarily related to the programmes you are aiming to progress to.
For the Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering and Computing, you will need to hold a degree that is in a related area and has Maths content.

You can start your studies with a UKVI approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), or an accepted alternative equivalent assessment, provided you meet all the programme entry requirements.

The test results must have been achieved in the past 24 months and meet the minimum English equivalency score for your chosen programme.

UKVI-approved SELTS include:

  • IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • Trinity Integrated Skills in English UKVI
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT
  • PSI Skills for English UKVI (4 components)

Alternative tests and qualifications accepted include:

  • Pearson PTE Academic (non-UKVI) / Online
  • IELTS Academic (non-UKVI)
  • LanguageCert International ESOL
  • TOEFL iBT/ Home Edition
  • Cambridge ESOL

  • AS Level English
  • Cambridge iGCSE English (First Language)
  • Cambridge iGCSE English (Second Language)
  • BGCSE (Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education) English
  • Brunei-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (B-C GCE O Level) English
  • GCE O level
  • Canadian High School Diploma
  • Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE)
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination Use of English (HKALE)
  • Standard XII English ISC and CBSE Boards
  • Standard XII English Maharashtra Board and Tamil Nadu and Karnataka
  • Standard XII English Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Kerala Boards with Karnataka Boards
  • Standard XII English  West Bengal
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
  • Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)
  • Cambridge English Language syllabus 1119 - Malaysia
  • Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) English pass - Norway
  • Singapore A Levels:
  • H1 Literature in English
  • H2 Literature in English
  • H2 English Language and Linguistics
  • Singapore O Level English
  • National Senior Certificate - South Africa
  • Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) in English - Tanzania
  • Ugandan Certificate of Education (UCE) in English
  • USA High School Graduation Diploma
  • West African Examination Council Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) English
  • Senior School Certificate Education (SSCE)  English
  • Zambia School Certificate  English
  • Cambridge School Certificate / Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
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