International Study Centre

Business, Management and Law

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

Your pathway to the Masters degree in the field of business or law

The programme includes academic modules, study skills and English language training, providing complete preparation for your postgraduate degree.

  • 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.
  • For Law, the principles of legal methods, legal argument and legal concepts are outlined, and you are encouraged to develop skills in legal argument.

Core modules

This module aims to develop the students English language capability to an IELTS equivalent of 6.5. It will also develop the students’ critical awareness, analytical and evaluative study skills, and provide them 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. Teaching will include mathematical and IT applications to support learning for these topics, and real-world scenarios will be used to enable you to apply theory to practice.

Optional modules

This module provides students 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 student 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.

Entry requirements

Nationality: Available to international and EU students
Age: 18+
English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (with minimum of 5.0 in all sub skills)*

Academic entry requirements

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

Country Qualification
Bangladesh Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate BA (hons) at 45% or above
China (Mainland) 3 year Junior College Diploma at 60% (Chinese Dazhuan) in a related subject or a recognised first degree
China (Hong Kong) Recognised first degree (honours/ordinary) in related subject area
China (Macau) Recognised first degree (honours/ordinary) GPA 2.0 in related subject area
Ghana Recognised first degree or 4 year HND in related subject area
India Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate BA (hons) at 40% or above, 4 year B Comms
Indonesia Recognised first degree or D3/D4 Diploma
Japan Recognised first degree with 50%
Kazakhstan Recognised first degree, Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma or Kazakh Diploma (4-5 years)
Korea Recognised first degree with 60%
Malaysia Recognised first degree
Nigeria Recognised first degree or 4 year HND in a related subject area
Pakistan Recognised first degree - 3 year undergraduate (hons) at 45% or 4 year B Comms
Russia Recognised first degree or a Bakalavar, Specialist Diploma or Kazakh (4-5 years)
Saudi Arabia Recognised first degree, GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale
Taiwan 5 year Junior College Diploma holders
Thailand Recognised Bachelor degree
Turkey Lisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi with a GPA 2.0 from all schools
UAE Recognised first degree, GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale
Ukraine Recognised first degree, Bakavalar, Specialist Diploma or Ukrainian Diploma (4-5 years)
Vietnam Recognised 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.

Where does this course take me?

Successful completion of this programme leads to a range of undergraduate degrees at LJMU, subject to achieving the required grades.

Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Law and Social Studies

Degree progression Award Subject-specific module grade English grade
Construction Project Management  MSc 40% 60% with 40% in each component
Criminal Justice ! MA 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Digital Marketing MSc 40% 50% with 40% in reading, listening and speaking. 50% in writing
Entrepreneurship MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component, 50% writing
Financial Management ^ MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Global Crime, Justice and Security $ LLM/MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Human Resource Management MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
International Business Corporate and Finance Law ! LLM 40% 50% with 40% in each component
International Business and Management MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
International Human Resource Management MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
International Events Management MSc 40% 60% with 40% in each component
International Tourism Management MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
International Transport, Trade and Logistics MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Management MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Management and Digital Business MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Maritime Operations Management MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Mass Communications MA 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Port Management MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component
Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management
MSc 40% 50% with 40% in each component

! Must have relevant undergraduate degree
^ Must have relevant Finance undergraduate degrees
$ Must have relevant Law undergraduate degree
† Students will be required to take an Academic IELTS for UKVI test in Semester 2 and will receive additional support should they need it. Students will also be required to take a further Academic IELTS for UKVI test before the completion of their International Foundation Year course; this is in addition to Academic English Skills. Please note, students must achieve a progression exit requirement of Academic IELTS for UKVI overall 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in each component) to successfully progress.


*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 Tier 4 student route it may be necessary for you to submit a Secure English Language Test (SELT) as part of your visa application.

Find out more about valid test providers and approved test centre locations for tests taken on or after 6 April 2015 (as well as information about valid SELT tests if taken before 6 April 2015**). To find out if you are exempt from the SELT requirement and to find out about acceptable English language tests please contact us.

** SELT taken before 6th April 2015 is only valid if used as part of a Tier 4 visa application submitted before 5th November 2015. The certificate is subject to the validity periods as outlined in the table in the link above.