Graduate Diploma Pre-Masters Programme

  • International Students Can Apply

Overview

Course Length:1 Year Full-Time
Start Dates:January 2020, September 2020, January 2021
Department:Language Centre
Location:Edge Hill University

Please note, this programme is suspended for January 2020 entry.

  • Guarantee your place on an Edge Hill University Masters programme;
  • Improve your English language skills and enhance your aptitude for academic and critical thinking;
  • Develop your conceptual understanding of a discipline and apply accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry.

This Pre-Masters Programme (PMP) provides an entry route for international students onto selected one-year, full-time Edge Hill University Masters awards.

It provides an opportunity for those without the standard entry requirements for a number of selected Edge Hill Masters courses to achieve a Graduate Diploma and develop the academic and English language skills, subject-specific knowledge and core research techniques required for postgraduate study.

The course will also help you make appropriate cultural transitions to living and studying in the UK.

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In Depth

What will I study?

The modules on the course will help you improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English, including enhancing your grammar and punctuation.

You will develop proficiency in systematic thinking and critical argument and be introduced to a range of academic and personal development skills.

Having chosen the subject you would like to pursue at Masters level, you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the subject area together with the core research skills required for your chosen discipline.

There is also a specialist English language module designed to strengthen your fundamental English skills in terms of any specific academic requirements for your choice of degree.

How will I study?

The programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, small group seminars and independent study.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a combination of assignments, coursework and examinations.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by a team of tutors who understand the needs of international students and are committed to supporting you at all times, aiming to make your studies both stimulating and enjoyable.

A Great Study Environment

Two students sat on a bench, with one writing notes in a notepad.The Language Centre is located on the ground floor of the new £6m Law and Psychology building. The three-storey building includes a 265-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

The facilities include a dedicated language laboratory with 16 computer stations, a reading corner and work space. The language laboratory is used for teaching and also as a self-study facility, enabling you to participate in language learning activities in 15 different languages.

You can also access the EAP Toolkit, an online learning resource which provides practice opportunities in academic writing, reading, critical thinking, listening, note-taking, communication, vocabulary and grammar.

Modules

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You will study a selection of the following modules and up to four additional subject specific modules.

IFP1006English for Specific Academic Purposes (20 credits)

English for Specific Academic Purposes helps you to strengthen the fundamental English skills that you will need for success with your academic work. Through a series of workshops, lectures, assignments, online tasks, practical work and small group and individual projects, you will improve your English in relation to meeting specific academic requirements.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PMP3006Academic Research Methods (10 credits)

Academic Research Methods introduces you to research, research methods and creative thinking. The module will discuss the requirements of a good dissertation whilst also introducing you to a range of techniques required for a critical literature review and the process of academic research. The module will also develop your understanding of professional skills in terms of professional ethics and the requirements for workplace conduct. It will also cover aspects such as teamwork skills, problem-solving and communication and presentation skills.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PMP3007Advanced Academic Writing (10 credits)

Advanced Academic Writing enables you to develop skills in areas such as report writing, essays and reflections. You will also learn how to employ correct quotation, paraphrasing and citation techniques within your writing. Applying reading to a specific issue or question and evaluating text will also be explored. The module will develop concepts such as counter arguments, writing to persuade, comparing and contrasting, and formulating effective introductions and conclusions. Different report styles will be introduced including layout, heading/subheading differences and recommendation sections. Elements of writing such as comparisons, discussions and using examples/evidence will also be discussed. The stages of writing, in terms of, planning, organising, rewriting and proof reading will be explored and you will develop the skills in order to produce third person, formal, evidence-backed pieces of writing that contain references both within the text and in the form of a bibliography.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PMP3008Study and Seminar Skills (10 credits)

Study and Seminar Skills introduces you to a range of academic study and personal development skills to provide a foundation for successful study in Higher Education within the UK. This module will enable you to develop and practise listening and speaking skills in the areas of group presentations, discussions and listening to lectures. The module will develop in you an appreciation of the Higher Education context in which study and personal skills are required.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PMP3009Literature Review (10 credits)

Literature Review presents an overview of research, research methods and creative thinking. The module will discuss the requirements of a good dissertation and introduce you to a range of techniques required for a critical literature review and the process of academic research. You will also develop an understanding of professional skills in terms of professional ethics and the requirements for workplace conduct. The module will also cover areas such as teamwork skills, problem-solving and communication and presentation skills.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PMP3011Cross-Cultural Communication (10 credits)

Cross-Cultural Communication explores the key themes and issues of cross-cultural communication. The module offers a broad view of classic and contemporary thinking on culture and communication and its implications on your own development and international experience.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

PMP3012Global Perspectives (20 credits)

Global Perspectives requires you to reflect on your own international experience with the dual aims of understanding both the ways in which national policies and practices have an international impact and the key themes and issues of cross-cultural communication. The module offers a broad view of culture and cross-cultural communication by making explicit the possible meanings of those terms. It also introduces you to the concepts of globalisation and international interdependence.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

PMP4000English for Academic Purposes (10 credits)

English for Academic Purposes will help you to strengthen the fundamental English skills that you will need for success with your academic work. Through a series of workshops, lectures, assignments, online tasks, practical work and small group and individual projects, you will improve your English in terms of specific academic requirements for Masters level study.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

Timetables

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

If you are an international student looking to join this programme, you will need either a Higher Diploma or a minimum of a third class degree.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 5.5, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or within individual elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

On successful completion of this programme you will achieve a guaranteed place on a one-year, full-time, Edge Hill University Masters award.

You can progress onto Masters study in the following broad subject areas:

  • Business
  • Computing
  • Education
  • English
  • Health
  • History

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the Pre-Masters Programme are:

  • £12,000 for international students joining the course in academic year 2019/20;
  • £12,250 for international students joining the course in academic year 2020/21.

Financial Support

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Download the international postgraduate application form (doc) and notes for guidance (doc).

Further information about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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Course Changes

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