Prepare for a Masters course at university.

Our Masters Pre-sessional course will give you the language level and academic knowledge you need to study at postgraduate level.

Pre-Masters Course

The main focus of the course is a 2,000 word research methodology report, followed by a 7,000 word major project in a specialism of the student’s own choosing.  The course will cover; the research proposal, thesis statements, research methodologies, recording/reporting results, report structure, literature reviews, statistical analysis, primary/secondary data collection/analysis, sampling frames, qualitative/quantitative triangulation etc.

Specialist Subject

Students also follow an academic module in their specialism according to the course they intend to follow at university.  This will be taught by a specialist tutor and provide the necessary subject content and theory to enable the student to fulfil their project objectives. Students may also pay for extra tutorial support with an academic tutor in their specialist field, where available. The academic tutor will offer advice on subject content, research methodology and how to structure reports.

The academic module can be chosen from a range of topics in many different areas according to the intended University Qualification e.g.

  • Business
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources Management]
  • Logistics
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Managing Information Systems
  • Aviation
  • Medicine
  • Tourism
  • Media and Communications/Journalism
  • Art

English for Academic Purposes

Students are taught a range of EAP study skills, including research methodology, preparing for lectures, note taking, working in teams, preparing seminars, designing presentations, structuring assignments, referencing, process writing etc.
At the end of the course, students will receive an ETC Award as listed below depending on the nature and achievement of their course of study. They will also receive an end of course report which will show Pass, Merit or Distinction criteria according to the performance of the student in the project and assignments.  This will also record their perceived English level based on all internal and external tests completed during the course.

Course Certificates
ETC Pre-Masters Diploma – Level 6

You will find a sample timetable below.  Please note all timetables are subject to change.

Pre-Masters Weeks 1-6 Timetable

8:45 – 10:15Pre-Sessional WritingPre-Sessional WritingPre-Sessional WritingPre-Sessional WritingIELTS
10:45 – 12:15Research MethodologyResearch MethodologyResearch MethodologyResearch MethodologyIELTS
13:15 – 14:45Research MethodologyResearch MethodologyResearch MethodologyResearch Methodology

Pre-Masters Weeks 7-14 Timetable

8:45 – 10:15Pre-Sessional WritingPre-Sessional WritingPre-Sessional WritingPre-Sessional WritingIELTS
10:45 – 12:15Major ProjectMajor ProjectMajor ProjectMajor ProjectIELTS
13:15 – 14:45Major ProjectMajor ProjectMajor ProjectMajor Project

Students studying 24 weeks on our specialist courses will receive a Diploma.

Pre-sessional CoursesHours Per WeekLessons Per Week12 Week Course24 Week Course36 Week Course
Higher Pre-sessional2128£6600

Entry Requirements
The entry requirement for the Masters Pre-sessional is level 5, which includes a UK Degree or NARIC equivalent qualifications.

For students taking a 24 week course (2 terms) IELTS 4.5 is required.

Start Dates
Our courses run in 12 week terms.The Pre-sessional Higher has 4 start dates throughout the year:

3rd July 201715th December 2017
2nd October 201730th March 2018
8th January 201822nd June 2018
3rd April 201814th September 2018

ETC’s University Counsellor Services

When you study on the ETC Business UFP you will be assigned to our University Counsellor.  They will help you to:
Find the university of your choice
Find the university of your choice
Write your personal statement
Write your personal statement
Get letters of recommendation
Get letters of recommendation
Complete your university application
Complete your university application
Find out about extra curricular activities
Find out about extra curricular activities

Other Services

EFL exam preparation course book
General English lesson at ETC
Students in a University Foundation Programme class