Postgraduate pathway programmes

Pre-Master's programme

The Pre-Master's is a two-term programme that prepares you to succeed in a postgraduate degree at Cardiff University. There are two routes to choose from, with sub-routes within them related to your chosen degree subject. You will study a combination of English language preparation and subject-specific content, and progress to a master's degree when you complete the programme.

Key facts
Entry requirements

Check our academic and English language entry requirements

Fees

Visit the Fees page for full details.


What will I study?

All students will study a module in Academic English Skills. This will support you to develop your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, with a particular focus on the language uses that will prove most useful throughout your studies at Cardiff University. This critical module runs throughout each term at the International Study Centre, and features particular emphasis on grammar and language skills, whilst also allowing you to stretch yourself in your written and spoken work.

You will also study subject-specific modules, depending on which pathway route you choose.

Choose from two subject routes:


Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

Work towards studying your master’s degree in a wide range of subjects including Business Management, Education, Journalism and Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy. There are three routes: Business Management, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Human Geography and Planning.

Modules

You will study core modules in Critical Reading and Applied Writing Skills and Global Perspectives. Other modules vary depending on your chosen route, and include Global Perspectives and Globalisation and Urbanisation.

Progression degrees

  • Business Management
    Degree Award Overall Grade English Grade
    Business Management MSc 60% 60% (60% in writing, with no less than 50% in other skills)
    Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship MSc 60% 60% (60% in writing, with no less than 50% in other skills)
    Marketing MSc 60% 60% with 60% in writing and no less than 50% in other skills
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
    Degree Award Overall Grade English Grade
    Applied Linguistics MA 60% 70% with no less than 60% in all skills
    Cultural and Creative Industries MA 60% 70% with no less than 60% in all skills
    Digital Documentaries MA 60% 70% with no less than 60% in all skills
    Digital Media and Society MA 60% 70% with no less than 50% in all skills
    Education MSc 60% 60% with 60% in writing and no less than 50% in other skills
    Forensic Linguistics MA 60% 70% with no less than 60% in all skills
    Global Cultures MA 60% 60% with no less than 40% in all skills
    International Journalism MA 60% 70% with no less than 50% in all skills
    International Public Relations and Global Communications Management MA 60% 70% with no less than 50% in all skills
    Journalism, Media and Communications MA 60% 70% with no less than 50% in all skills
    Political Communication MA 60% 70% with no less than 50% in all skills
    Social and Public Policy MSc 60% 60% with 60% in writing and no less than 50% in other skills
    Social Science MSc 60% 60% with 60% in writing and no less than 50% in other skills
    Translation Studies MA 60% 60% with no less than 50% in all skills
  • Human Geography and Planning
    Degree Award Overall Grade English Grade
    Eco-Cities MSc 60% 60% with no less than 50% in all skills
    Environment and Development MSc 60% 60% with no less than 50% in all skills
    International Planning and Development MSc 60% 60% with no less than 50% in all skills
    International Planning and Urban Design MSc 60% 60% with no less than 50% in all skills
    Spatial Planning and Development MSc 60% 60% with no less than 50% in all skills
    Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy MSc 60% 60% with no less than 50% in all skills
    Transport and Planning MSc 60% 60% with no less than 50% in all skills
    Urban and Regional Development MSc 60% 60% with no less than 50% in all skills

All programmes are subject to approval. Modules are indicative and may change.


Science and Engineering

Prepare to study Computing, Computing and IT Management or Software Engineering at master’s degree level by choosing one of two routes: Computing or Software Engineering.

Modules

You will study core modules in Critical Reading and Applied Writing Skills and Mathematics for Masters. Other modules vary depending on your rote, and include Statistics for Research and Programming Concepts for Postgraduate Study.

Progression degrees

  • Computing
    Degree Award Overall Grade English Grade
    Computing* MSc 60% 60% (with no less than 40% in all skills)
    Computing and IT Management* MSc 60% 60% (with no less than 40% in all skills)

    * Places are limited on these degrees.

  • Software Engineering
    Degree Award Overall Grade English Grade
    Software Engineering* MSc 60% 60% (with no less than 40% in all skills)

    * Places are limited on these degrees.

All programmes are subject to approval. Modules are indicative and may change.

Places may be limited so you are advised to apply and confirm as soon as possible.


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