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Pre-Master's - Bangor University International College

The Pre-Master’s is designed for students who do not qualify for direct entry to the masters programmes at Bangor University, this could be because of the grades achieved in your bachelor degree; your current qualifications are not equivalent to a UK Bachelor degree or because you have a different background.

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Key Information

The Pre-Master’s stage of our IIM focuses on equipping you with the academic English language skills you need to complete your postgraduate study at Bangor University.

You can select from a range of degree courses at Bangor University.

Depending on your English language level, there’s two options available:

15 months Pre Masters (one term Pre-Masters): 

  • IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5)
  • Completion of undergraduate degree from a recognised university or equivalent.

18 months Pre Masters (Two Term Pre-Masters)

  • IELTS 5.5 (with no component below 5.5) OR
  • IELTS 4.5 (with no skill below 4.0) with 12 week pre-sessional English programme, OR
  • IELTS 5.0 (with no skill below 4.5) with 6 week pre-sessional English programme
  • Completion of undergraduate degree from a recognised university or equivalent.

Key Information



15 months:

(one Term Pre-Masters) + 1 year degree

18 months:

(two Term Pre-Masters) + 1 year degree


Start Dates

January 2023 | November 2022 | November 2023 | October 2022

Pathway Tuition Fee


How does this course work?

Choosing to study abroad is a rewarding experience that can help you succeed both academically and personally. At Oxford International, we design our courses to prepare you both for your future studies and beyond.

When choosing a pathway course, you need to know what is right for you based on your academic and personal development goals. Our pathway courses will prepare you with subject-specific knowledge and academic English language skills. Alongside this, our dedicated and friendly college teams will ensure that you have the help you need to adjust to life as an international student abroad.

During your pathway course, you will take a combination of core and subject modules specific to your chosen degree. It’s a great way to get familiar with your subject area while learning core university study skills such as academic writing and referencing. There is still a lot of studying involved, but all our courses are designed to prepare you in the best possible way.

With experienced tutors and small class sizes, you will have the space to develop your confidence while strengthening your university-level study skills. Once you’ve completed, you will continue onto the next stage of your chosen degree course at university.

Throughout your time with us, we will support you to realise your true potential.


As well as modules unique to your specific pathway, you will also study several modules that are common to all pathways.

Common modules

This course features additional academic English language support. It will provide you with an initial period of intensive English language training and assessments before you can continue onto the modules from your chosen route. The number of terms you complete will depend on your current English level.

This module introduces the structure, demands and expectations of postgraduate study in business or psychology in the UK. There is an emphasis on the development of academic skills of particular relevance to postgraduate study, including research methods. You will be encouraged to become more independent, reflective and critical, as well as developing group-working and teambuilding skills.

These modules prepare you for study at Master’s level at Bangor University, by raising your English language standard from a minimum of 5.5 IELTS to 6.0 IELTS or higher. You will continue to increase linguistic competence and boost confidence in the use of English. There is emphasis on the development of critical and analytical ability, evaluation and creative engagement with study materials, and the development of skills as an independent learner.

This module introduces and develops English skills directly relevant to the academic study of business. You will develop an understanding of basic business models, explore and interpret business source materials, and use these and other learning materials in business case studies designed to enhance understanding of how business works in practice.

Available subjects
Accounting and Finance

The Pre-Masters will give you the essential skills you need to continue studying one of Bangor’s exceptional postgraduate degrees in accounting and finance.


This course offers you an alternative route to a masters in Psychology at Bangor University. With this course you’ll develop your English language skills, critical thinking while developing your knowledge in the field of Psychology.

Investment and Banking

This course aims to broaden your skillset and understanding of Finance, Investment and Banking as well as Business and how those influence each other.

Business and Management

The Pre-Masters in Business and Management is the ideal start to your chosen Masters degree at Bangor University.

Supporting students to success

Learn more about what our students have to say when studying across our education network.

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)