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International Pre-Masters

pre-masters programme

In my time at Aston, I improved my English dramatically. I also gained a better insight into different cultures and made friends from all over the world as Aston is such a wonderfully cosmopolitan university."

Wenya Song
MSc Business & Management 

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (minimum third class) from a recognised institution.


T
he Aston International Pre-Masters Programme is for international students who want to accomplish a postgraduate degree at Aston Business School.
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A guaranteed pathway to a variety of Aston Business School postgraduate degrees.
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Learn core business and management processes suitable for graduates from any discipline.
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Use English with confidence in academic written work, discussions and presentations.
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Gain research skills to produce a dissertation ready for your masters programme.

 Diploma:

  •  A good UK honours degree (minimum third class) from a recognised institution. Or an equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.
  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements with a minimum of IELTS 5.5 overall, with no less that 5.5 in each component.

 Certificate:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum third class) from a recognised institution. Or an equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University. 
  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements with a minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in listening and speaking and no less than 6.0 in reading and writing. 

As well as: 

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee.
  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date.
  • A completed application form.
  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date.

Duration of programme:
Full-time.

9 months (Diploma)
Start date - September 2017

6 months (Certificate)
Start date - 
January 2018

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

The Aston International Pre-Masters Programme is for international students who want to accomplish a postgraduate degree at Aston Business School.

By successfully completing this course, students will have achieved the required levels of academic English Language and academic skills to apply for a masters degree programme. 

The course programme includes a range of modules to improve academic English as well as providing a base knowledge of key concepts and theories of strategic management. Students will also develop intercultural awareness and competence within culturally diverse contexts.

Is the programme right for you?

You should consider this programme if one or more of the following apply:

  • your current level of qualification does not meet the required level for direct entry to an Aston Business School postgraduate degree programme;
  • you want to study a postgraduate qualification in a different subject to your degree;
  • you want to build confidence and improve subject knowledge before starting a postgraduate degree programme;
  • and you need to improve your academic English and/or study skills. (If this is the only factor that applies, find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes).

By successfully completing the Aston International Pre-Masters Programme, students will have a guaranteed pathway to a variety of Aston Business School postgraduate degrees.

The programme is broken down into two types of award, the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate. The Diploma runs across three terms (one academic year) and the Certificate runs across two terms (6 months).

Graduate Diploma modules:

  • Academic Skills
  • Advanced Grammar and Vocabulary
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • International Business Environment

Core modules for the Diploma and Certificate:

  • Applications of English in Academic and Professional Contexts
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills
  • Business Policy

Both programmes are completed with a dissertation/research project.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework. This includes an open book exam, essays, reports and presentations (both individually and as a group).

The programme is then completed by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation.

Personal development

You will acquire skills in the following areas: giving presentations; team working; research; academic writings across multiple genres; and IT skills.

This programme will prepare you for a masters degree programme that will give you access to careers across a wide range of sectors, both in the UK and internationally

Recent graduate positions from Aston Business School masters degree programmes include:

  • Senior Business Analyst – Lloyds TSB (UK) 
  • Brand Activation Executive – Unilever (United Arab Emirates)
  • Analyst – Goldman Sachs (UK)
  • Personnel Manager – Tesco (UK)
  • Brand Manager – Pepsico International (Cyprus)

Our international alumni ambassadors share their experiences of studying at Aston Business School with students all over the world who consider applying for a course at Aston. Feel free to contact our ambassadors if you have any questions about 'Aston Life', the Campus, the courses or living in the UK/Birmingham.

Fees

Diploma:             £14,360
Certificate:         £11,450

Scholarships

While there are no scholarships available for this programme, graduates will be entitled to a 20% alumni discount on an Aston Business School masters degree providing students pass the programme with a mark of 50% or more.


Apply

This programme is split two types of award, the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate. The Diploma runs across three terms (one academic year) and the Certificate runs across two terms (6 months). 

Please check the entry requirements to see which award is the most suitable for you.

Apply: certificate
Apply: diploma

Interested? We'd love to hear from you


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