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Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Management and Law

Find out more about Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Management and Law.

Your pathway to a Masters in the UK in business, management or law

The Pre-Masters Programme includes academic modules, study skills and English language training, providing complete preparation for your postgraduate degree. You will learn in a small class of eight on average and receive 18 hours of teaching weekly.

Is this programme for me?

As part of the Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Management and Law you will: 

  • gain understanding of the analysis of academic concepts and issues relating to operations management, organisational strategy and organisational behaviour with an emphasis on critically evaluating ideas and applications
  • identify the limitations of business models and management theory
  • complete a subject related research project
  • if you take the Law route, you will study the principles of legal methods, legal argument and legal concepts are outlined, and you are encouraged to develop skills in legal argument.

Why study the Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Management or Law?

  • LJMU is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business which is dedicated to improving the quality of business education worldwide.
  • 86% of LJMU School of Law graduates are in work or further study 15 months after completing LLB Law*.
  • Staff in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are research active and produce world-leading research that has real-world impact.

What will you study?

In this one-semester programme, you will study a subject-specific modules alongside the Academic English and Research Skills module which is designed to improve your English levels and your academic skills to prepare you for postgraduate studies at Liverpool John Moores University.

Core modules

This module aims to develop your English language capability to an IELTS equivalent of 6.5. It will also develop your critical awareness, analytical and evaluative study skills, and provide you with practice in secondary research skills.

You will be introduced to some of the key areas of academic business and management. You will analyse academic concepts and issues relating to operations management, organisational strategy and organisational behaviour with an emphasis on critically evaluating ideas and applications. You will also identify the limitations of business models and management theory, this will be considered with the decision making process for Businesses.

Optional modules

This module provides you with an understanding of economic theories and systems, and the economic environment in which businesses and other organisations operate. The aim is to offer a sound knowledge of economic theories and systems for the next level of study, and to enable you to examine critically economic topics, problems and issues.

You will be introduced to the principles of legal methods, legal argument and legal concepts, and be encouraged to develop skills in legal argument both in writing and orally. You will broaden your engagement with a variety of legal materials, including law textbooks, journal articles, statutes and case law. You will be guided on how to use these effectively in your research and argument. The module aims to ensure that you have a solid introduction to the key elements of legal studies’ terminology and procedures of law, as well as an overview of its main theoretical and practical aspects which are necessary to address the subject at postgraduate level.

Study plan

English language levelSemestersCourse lengthStart dateEnd date
IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)1 semester15 weeksMarchJuly

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: 

GCSE English

International Baccalaureate

A Level English

AS Level English

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

Cambridge iGCSE English (First Language)

Cambridge iGCSE English (Second Language)

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

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

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 Kanataka

Standard XII English Andhra Pradesh 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

Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate) English pass

Singapore A Levels:

H1 Literature in English

H2 Literature in English

H2 English Language and Linguistics

Singapore O Level English

National Senior Certificate

Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE) in English

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)

Academic entry requirements

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

Bangladesh3 Year + Bachelor's Degree only: 45% overall. Fazil degree not accepted.
China (Mainland)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):r 60% overall
China (Hong Kong)Recognised first degree in related subject area
China (Macau)Recognised first degree GPA 2.0 in related subject area
GhanaRecognised first degree or 4 year HND in related subject area
IndiaRecognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate degree at 40% or above, 4 year degree in Professional subjects (listed NARIC) minimum pass
IndonesiaRecognised first degree or D3/D4 Diploma
JapanRecognised first degree with 50%
KazakhstanRecognised first degree, Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma or Kazakh Diploma (4-5 years)
KoreaRecognised first degree - 60%, grade D, GPA 1.0
MalaysiaRecognised first degree
NigeriaRecognised first degree or 4 year HND in a related subject area
Pakistan3 Year Bachelor's Degree: 45% overall - 4 Years: Pass
RussiaRecognised first degree or a Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma or Kazakh (4-5 years)
Saudi ArabiaRecognised first degree, GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale
Taiwan5 year Junior College Diploma holders
ThailandRecognised Bachelor degree
TurkeyLisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi with a GPA 2.0 from all schools
UAERecognised first degree, GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale
UkraineRecognised first degree, Bakavalar, Specialist Diploma or Ukrainian Diploma (4-5 years)
VietnamRecognised first degree with GPA 6.0

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 accepted include:

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

Study Group is permitted to assess students’ suitability for entry onto programmes which are degree level and above under the registration for the UK Office for Students. You are therefore not required to have a UKVI SELT to obtain a Student Visa when you come to campus.

If you begin your course virtually and transfer to the UK to complete your programme, you may be issued a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) based on the Academic English Skills module assessments (as part of your Pre-Masters).

A CAS for a Student Visa will only be issued if you have met the minimum language requirement of CEFR B2 in all skills, and the academic entry requirements for your chosen programme.

Progression degrees

Successful completion of this programme leads to a range of postgraduate degrees at LJMU, subject to achieving the required grades. As well as achieving the grades necessary, you will be required to take an Academic English Studies (AES) test at the end of your course. Once you successfully complete this, you will be ready to start your degree at Liverpool John Moores University.

In 2021, 88% of Pre-Masters students who completed their programme were offered a place to do a postgraduate course at LJMU.

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Please note:

*The English language entry requirements stated are for information regarding entry to the course. If you require a UK visa to study, depending on the type of visa you need, the English language requirements and valid English tests to satisfy the UK visa criteria may differ.

If you are applying to study in the UK under the Student visa route it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of your visa application.

Key facts

Course length: One semester (14 weeks)

Entry date: March

Semester dates

March 2023
19/3/2023 - 13/7/2023
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