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Pre-Masters Programme

Designed to improve the skills required for successful postgraduate study.

What is the Pre-Masters Programme?

The Pre-Masters Programme is a fast-track programme, designed for students who would like to gain the specialist skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their Masters degree at Liverpool John Moores University. You will build on the knowledge gained in your undergraduate studies, whilst developing your practical English language abilities, as well as study and research skills.

Who is the programme for?

The Pre-Masters Programme is ideal for students who have already completed their undergraduate studies, and now want to study their Masters in the UK. You will be ambitious and driven to succeed in your future career. You can view the entry requirements for the Pre-Masters Programme on each subject route page. Find out more about our fees here.

Why study a Pre-Masters Programme in the UK?

Through the Pre-Masters Programme at LJMU International Study Centre, you will continue to develop the academic knowledge you gained through your undergraduate degree while becoming familiar with studying and living in the UK. By earning a postgraduate degree from a UK university, you show potential employers your:

  • talent in your chosen subject area
  • English language abilities
  • confidence when faced with challenges.

Subject routes

When you apply to the International Study Centre, you will choose between two pathways - Business, Management and Law, or Engineering and Computing. Upon acceptance to the Pre-Masters Programme, you will also receive a conditional offer to study a Masters degree at Liverpool John Moores University after successful completion of your Pre-Masters.

Three students in LJMU's Business School

Business, Management and Law

A student working on an engineering project.

Engineering and Computing

Entry information 

We have expanded the list of English tests we will accept for entry to programmes at Liverpool John Moores University International Study Centre. Find out more on your chosen subject page.

If you are studying the Pre-Masters, if you provided a SELT equivalent to start virtually, you will not need to submit a SELT. Find out more on the SELT equivalent tests accepted on your chosen subject page.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are now able to accept a wider range of English tests for entry this academic year.

You can start your studies with a UKVI- approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), provided you have met 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.

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

If you do not meet the English language requirements for your pathway programme, you can join an English language preparation course first.

To progress to your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, you will be required to successfully complete your pathway programme and achieve the required grades.

Why should I study a Masters?

  • Further develop the knowledge you gained during undergraduate study
  • Boost your career prospects by building on your academic experience
  • Develop your English language skills in the heart of the UK
  • Network with others in your field
  • Learn a new subject and change your career

Combined visa

You can save both time and money, and experience a seamless transition to postgraduate success, by studying one of our Pre-Masters courses and your Masters degree with one visa.

Joining with a combined visa means that you will benefit from:

  • Just one visa required for the whole length of your study
  • Alternatives to Academic IELTS for UKVI can be used to join the Pre-Masters Programme*
  • No need for an additional IELTS test before starting your Masters degree
  • No visa requirement to return home between the courses
  • Work up to 20 hours per week.

*IELTS equivalent required

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