Pre-Master's - Business

This course will enhance your skills, knowledge and understanding of professional practice within the business and commerce industry. You’ll develop subject knowledge in relevant areas such as management and marketing and improve your study skills to better prepare for your degree.

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Course overview

Whether you are a graduate or in the early stages of your career, a Master’s qualification will enable you to get the edge in today’s competitive jobs market.

DMUIC’s Pre-Master’s in Business will give you the in-depth grounding needed for postgraduate study at DMU’s Leicester Business School, which is at the forefront of business education in the UK.

It is specially designed to introduce you to the challenging and intensive study environment you can expect as a postgraduate student.

Select specialist topics including management, entrepreneurship, finance and marketing.

Key Information



One Term:

3 months Pre-Master's + 1 year degree

Two Terms:

6 months Pre-Master's + 1 year degree

Start Dates

April | January | June | September

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
One term IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component
Two terms IELTS 5.5 overall with 5.5. minimum in all components

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Modules you will study

Study the principal issues underlying international and comparative human resource management (IHRM) in a global context. These issues have gained in prominence with increasing trade liberalisation, ‘globalisation’, spread of multi-national corporations (MNCs), outsourcing to Asia and economic integration within the European Union. Examine how firms in different countries deal with major HR issues. The practical focus is on systems of recruitment, remuneration, training, employee participation, knowledge management and management of industrial relations as key human resource functions.

This module introduces you to the financial concerns of a business through an understanding of the global accounting function. You will be expected to draw reasoned conclusions with regard to issues such as performance evaluation and the suitability of various accounting techniques within a range of contexts. The module is used to help you develop a range of transferable skills of value in graduate study, for example, self-managed learning, team-working, presentation skills, report writing and critical analysis.

This module aims to provide an introduction to marketing – its various theories and concepts – and assess how these may be used to achieve a company’s objectives. You will consider the ways in which companies create an appropriate marketing strategy and the issues around marketing decision-making. Also covered is how a product may be positioned, priced and promoted and placed in different markets. The importance of research and development is placed in the context of updating and upgrading products and the devising of new products.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Master (Stage 1), you will continue onto stage 2 of your chosen IIM degree at DMU.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree courses

MSc (Hons)
Risk Management
MBA (Hons)
This is a dual accredited course by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), this programme will give you the opportunity to develop the leadership skills in demand for global careers.
MSc (Hons)
Project Management
Develop the expertise to undertake complex business planning projects in modern global workplace environments, and master skills that will prepare you for a career in a variety of industries and professions.
MSc (Hons)
Marketing Management

Learn how to analyse trends and develop marketing strategies through to advertising and social media, this programme is the opportunity to break into a creative and fast-paced career that opens up opportunities across a diverse range of industries.

MSc (Hons)
International Business and Marketing
Explore the latest theories, acquire specialist skills and gain practical knowledge of the relationship between business and marketing to effectively manage a variety of marketing challenges in companies of all sizes worldwide.
MSc (Hons)
International Business and Management
Widen your business and management knowledge in an international setting on this master’s course, aimed at graduates and professionals who want to give themselves an edge in today’s global jobs market.
MSc (Hons)
International Business and Human Resource Management
Widen your knowledge on how to play a key role in developing, reinforcing and changing the culture of an organisation through effective management of human resources and creation of sound business strategy.
MSc (Hons)
International Business and Entrepreneurship
This course has been designed for those who aspire to start their own business or develop enterprising skills for larger organisations.
MSc (Hons)
Finance and Banking
The Finance and Banking MSc programme is ideal for those wanting to pursue careers in banking, finance, or investment management.
MSc (Hons)
Cultural Events Management
Immerse yourself in the connections between culture, business and management in the dynamic and expanding industry surrounding cultural events, the cultural sector and the festival community, and learn to apply the theory and key skills to develop your own career in this field.
MSc (Hons)
Advertising and PR Management
This MA qualification is based on the latest theory and practice in the advertising and PR profession. Based on a strong practical element running through each subject area, this professionally accredited course will help equip you with the knowledge and confidence needed for a successful management career in the ever-evolving advertising and public relations (PR) sector.
MA (Hons)
International Relations
Widen your knowledge on key global issues affecting our society such as globalisation, international political economy, health, security and more.
MA (Hons)
Fashion Management with Marketing
Preparing you for a range of exciting career opportunities within the global fashion industry, DMU's Fashion Management with Marketing course will equip you with the advanced skills, agility and resilience to respond to the ever-changing challenges and opportunities in this fast-paced sector.
MA (Hons)
Design Innovation and Management
This course will teach you the key to running a successful creative business and how to examine global challenges in the business of design, you'll be given the chance to enhance your knowledge of specialist design management and develop your skills as a future entrepreneur in the creative industry.

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Syed Asim Hussain Pakistan, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I’ve enjoyed studying at DMUIC, the tutors are excellent and have helped me settle into life as a university student. They are also really supportive and have helped myself and other students with other issues outside of the classroom such as accommodation.

Nafisa Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I have successfully progressed onto my degree course at the University of Bradford because of UBIC's reliable policies and teaching programme. To the new students, those who just started their foundation at Bradford International College, I must say you are going to pass the class, the only thing required is your attention and leave the rest on UBIC's staff because they are the one that are going to lead you to a brilliant future as it is a pathway to success.

Shoaib Khan Pakistan, University of Bradford International College (UBIC)

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)