Pre-Master’s courses and Graduate degree preparation

If you want to earn a master’s degree from a UK or US university a master’s preparation programme (also known as Pre-Master’s pathway) may be the right choice.

Kaplan has many university preparation pathways for those looking to progress to a master’s degree. These provide routes to excellent universities in the UK and USA. A preparation pathway gives you the best possible chance of achieving success in your degree, and can set you up for a fantastic future.

Why might you need master’s degree preparation?

There are a number of ways a master’s degree preparation course can help you achieve your ambitions:

  • Meet degree requirements

    If you currently fall short of the academic or language requirements for a master’s degree at a UK or North American university, a master’s preparation course can help get you to the required standard. When you pass your master’s preparation course at the required level and with good attendance, you are guaranteed progression to a master’s degree at your chosen university.

  • Prepare to succeed

    You’ll be fully equipped for your degree when you complete your preparation course. You’ll develop the study skills, English language ability and subject knowledge you need to succeed in your master’s degree.

  • Fantastic support

    With Kaplan, we’ll support you in every area of your studies. You will benefit from small class sizes, dedicated and experienced teachers, courses designed specially for master’s-level international students, and one-on-one tutoring tailored to your needs.

  • Experience life abroad

    By studying a master’s preparation course, you have the amazing opportunity to experience life in your chosen study destination before your master’s degree begins. You’ll have a fantastic support network to help you adapt to the challenges of living and studying abroad, so you’ll be able to focus on your degree.

Christian, Venezuela

Christians from Venezuela

Pre-Master's student at Glasgow International College (UK)

The master's preparation course helps you get ready for the UK university system. I learned how to answer essay questions, cite sources, write outlines and structure my work in a way that will help me succeed in my degree. If I hadn’t learned about these things during my Pre-Master's, I wouldn’t feel so prepared for my master's degree.

Northeastern Student Miranda (Jing)

Jing from China

Global Pathways student at Northeastern University (USA)

During the Global Pathways program, we didn’t just focus on improving our English vocabulary. We completed several group projects that looked at real business case studies. I felt well-prepared by the time I moved on to my graduate degree studies.

What master's degree preparation courses are there?

  • Pre-Master's courses in the UK

    Many of our Pre-Master’s courses are taught right on university campuses. Once you pass your Pre-Master’s course at the required level and with good attendance, you are guaranteed progression to a master’s degree at one of our world-leading UK university partners.

    Entry requirements vary. Typical requirements are:

    • Academic: at least 3 years of higher education
    • English language: UKVI IELTS 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in all skills)

    Note: the duration of your Pre-Master’s course will vary between 4 and 18 months, depending on your needs and level of English language.

    Contact us about Pre-Master’s courses for UK postgraduate degrees.

  • Graduate pathways in the USA

    In the United States, successful completion of the master’s pathway guarantees you progression to a degree, and you will earn credit that you can transfer to your master’s.


    Entry requirements vary. Typical requirements are:

    • Academic: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent and minimum GPA 2.5–3.0 (or equivalent)
    • English language: TOEFL iBT 55 / IELTS 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any skill) / PTE 42

    Note: the duration of your preparation course will vary between 4 and 12 months, depending on your level of English language.

    Contact us about pathway programs for US master’s degrees.

Which Pre-Master’s subjects can you study?

We offer UK and US university master’s degree preparation in many subject specialisations. These include:

  • Art and Design Pre-Master’s
  • Business Pre-Master’s
  • Computing Pre-Master’s
  • Economics and Finance Pre-Master’s
  • Engineering Pre-Master’s
  • Law Pre-Master’s
  • Life Sciences Pre-Master’s
  • Mathematics Pre-Master’s
  • Media and Communication Pre-Master’s
  • Physical Sciences Pre-Master’s
  • Social Sciences Pre-Master’s
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management Pre-Master’s

Explore our education options to find the right master’s preparation course for you.

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1,000+ master's degrees

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