Master's Preparation

NCUK’s Master’s Preparation: A qualification of exceptional quality, designed with and for universities

NCUK’s Master’s Preparation (also referred to as NCUK Pre-Master’s Programme) is the best route for success on your chosen postgraduate degree and in your future career – it ensures you Get In to university and Get On with your studies.

View the Master’s Preparation brochure here


Why Should I Study The Master's Preparation Qualification?

Who is the Master’s Preparation programme for?

  • Anyone wanting to upgrade their English language level ahead of a postgraduate degree programme
  • Those wanting to ensure they have the academic skills necessary for successful postgraduate study in English
  • Anyone wanting to improve their career pathway or prospects through skills development and postgraduate study
  • Employers/sponsors looking to upskill their workforce through postgraduate study and want a one stop solution with academic and language preparation and the application processes

Advantages of the NCUK Master’s Preparation programme:

  • Guaranteed progression to thousands of Masters Degrees at leading universities. Takes the worry away about whether you will get a place
  • A unique one-stop application service. Reduces the stress of applying to each university separately and trying to find the right point of contact
  • The research skills and the English language knowledge and ability you will need to succeed on a PG qualification. Ensures you not only get in but you’re ready to get on with your studies – some of our students say they were better prepared than UK students

About the NCUK Master's Preparation Qualification

What is the Master’s Preparation programme?

The NCUK Pre-Masters Preparation qualification gives guaranteed access to a postgraduate degree on successful completion. It includes:

  • Subject Module – choose from Management, Life Sciences, Engineering
  • Research Methods – this module is assessed by a dissertation or project proposal. It enables you to source and evaluate information from literature and the web; qualitative and quantitative research methods; research project planning; manipulating and analysing data; intellectual property conventions.
  • Orientation to Western Study – this module introduces you to the major differences between studying in their home country and studying in a western university setting. There is no formal assessment for this module.
  • English for Academic Purposes – this module gives you an English qualification that is recognised by NCUK universities and can be used for visa purposes. The module aims to develop your English language skills with a focus on Academic English.

What are the start dates and how long does it take?

We have intakes in September, January and March for courses that vary between 10, 20 or 30 weeks based on your current level of English. This means you can plan your time and investment accordingly. With the Pre Masters Programme and a one Year Masters in the UK, you can be back on your career track more quickly than anyone else.

Will I get help applying for my Master’s?

Studying an NCUK qualification gives you access to our unique Placement Support Service. This means you make a single application and NCUK follow through the applications with each individual university on your behalf. As well as this you will also receive expert advice on degree options and your supporting personal statement. Alternative routes into postgraduate degrees mean that you have to make multiple applications, one for each programme you wish to apply to.

What is the NCUK Guarantee?

Once accepted on the qualification, only NCUK can guarantee you a place on a postgraduate degree (upon successful completion) at one of our NCUK university partners. Unlike other preparation courses the Pre-Masters Preparation leads onto thousands of postgraduate degrees in all subject areas from Art to Engineering, Life Sciences to Theatre Design, Business and Finance to Marketing.

How do I enrol?

Choose whether you want to study in the UK, Europe or your nearest Study Centre from our list of quality approved Delivery Partners. Contact details and an enquiry form are provided on Study Centre pages.

Who awards the Master’s Preparation qualification?

NCUK awards the final certificate. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate showing that you have passed the course and a transcript that details your achievements.

Where Can I Study the Master's Preparation?

You can choose to study in the UK or find a Study Centre closer to home. There are currently NCUK Pre-Master’s Study Centres in the UK, Ireland, Japan, China, South Korea and Colombia.

What Master's degree can I study?

NCUK students have the choice of thousands of degree courses. Whether you want to study Art or Computer Science and Engineering, Life Sciences and Pharmacy or Business, Law and Management, your NCUK qualification guarantees you two conditional offers and one guaranteed place.

Where can I study my Master's degree?

NCUK qualifications are accepted by universities worldwide. Please use our Course Finder or visit our University pages to see where your qualification could take you. If you can’t find the university you want to study at on our list, please Contact Us.

How do I apply to university?

NCUK has a dedicated team that helps you with your university application. We also have Counsellors in each of our Study Centres that are dedicated to helping you. We will help you with your application and let you know about all the deadlines. With the NCUK guarantee, we ensure you get at least two conditional offers and if you pass the Master’s Preparation, a guaranteed place.

Students at Sheffield Hallam University

Why Choose NCUK?

NCUK is a unique organisation. Our qualifications are specially designed with our universities to give international students the skills they need to succeed at university. As a university consortium, we can also offer our students a guaranteed place on thousands of degree courses at leading universities

Tens of thousands of successful students and a 30-year track record of creating opportunities internationally

We’ve helped tens of thousands of international students gain guaranteed access to leading UK universities, choosing from thousands of different courses, and earning good undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a huge range of subjects.

Where Next – Career Opportunities?

UK university graduates have the knowledge and skills that are valued by employers all around the world. At your NCUK university you will have access to top level careers advice and guidance to help you focus on the right job for you and to stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive jobs market. Choosing your NCUK qualification is the first step to realising your dreams and ambitions.


Ruoying Wang

Ruoying Wang

Studying on the NCUK Pre-Masters Preparation Programme, I learned the academic English and presentation skills that really helped me on my Masters degree.

Leeds Beckett University MSc Accounting

Rina Uesugi

Rina Uesugi

The subjects on the NCUK Pre-Masters qualification were fascinating and all my teachers were British and friendly, which really helped me to improve my English language skills.

The University of Manchester MA Intercultural Communication

Chao Feng

Chao Feng

My NCUK experience gave me a huge advantage when starting my postgraduate study in the UK. I already know how to write a dissertation and about UK culture.

The University of Sheffield MSc Management

Get in, Get on.

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