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Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering and Computing

Find out more about Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering and Computing.

Your pathway to a Masters degree in the UK in engineering or computing

The programme includes academic modules, study skills and English language training, providing complete preparation for your Masters in computing or engineering. Learning in small-sized classes, you will receive 18 hours of teaching per week.

Is this programme for me?

Through the Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering and Computing, you will:

  • develop your understanding of concepts within mathematics and computing, including hardware, software and issues around design and usability
  • gain the mathematical skills necessary for postgraduate study by covering topics such as linear, second order, constant coefficient ordinary differential equations and apply to the modelling of engineering problems
  • complete a subject related research project.

Key facts

  • One semester (14 weeks)
  • March

View course-specific entry requirements and course fees.

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

Why study the Pre-Masters Programme in Engineering and Computing?

  • Improve upon the knowledge you gained in your undergraduate degree.
  • Continue to develop your English skills, ready for postgraduate study.
  • Liverpool John Moores University is ranked 16th in the UK for General Engineering (The Complete University Guide 2023)

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.


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.

This module aims to provide you with knowledge of the fundamental concepts within computer science and an understanding of hardware, software and issues around design and usability. You will learn how to use and select different IT applications and bases for particular situations. By the end of the module you will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the core concepts of key technologies and physical infrastructure elements used in computing. You will also be able to examine the nature and development of software and explain how computing interacts with social, organisational and individual user factors.

This module aims to refresh and further develop the common mathematical skills necessary to support you in preparation for progression to postgraduate programmes in Engineering and Computing. You will cover topics such as linear, second order, constant coefficient ordinary differential equations and apply to the modelling of engineering problems. You will also be taught to apply symbolic mathematical software e.g. Mathcad, in the solution to problems involving topics on the syllabus.

Study plan

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

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
Nepal3 year Bachelor’s degree: 45% overall
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
Sri Lanka3 Year + Bachelor's Degree: 45% overall
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 course were offered a place to do a postgraduate degree 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.

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