Master's Preparation

Master the skills you need to succeed

Our range of Master’s Preparation qualifications will fully prepare you for a master’s degree at a world-class university. Whether you are looking for a short Master’s Pre-Sessional course or a longer Master’s Preparation course, our qualifications will equip you with the necessary academic and English language skills to get into your chosen university and help you succeed once you get there.



Successful completion guarantees* you a place on a master’s degree


91% of NCUK students successfully complete their master’s degree in just 1 year


89%of NCUK students achieve a pass or above at master’s degree level


Benefits at a glance

  • * Designed exclusively for international students
  • * Recognised by leading universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand
  • * Choose from over 2,500 master’s degrees in a wide range of subjects
  • * Improve your English language ability and enhance your academic skills
  • * English for Academic Purposes module is recognised for visa purposes at NCUK Universities
  • * Gain valuable master’s degree practice including group work and research skills
  • * A unique application service: submit one application to NCUK and we’ll apply to universities on your behalf

Our Master’s Preparation qualifications are designed to enable you to study your master’s degree with confidence and succeed within the optimal degree length at university.

What is a Master’s Pre-Sessional?

Delivered over 10 weeks, the Master’s Pre-Sessional is a short course designed for international students who want to improve their English language and academic study skills to ensure they are fully prepared for a master’s degree at a UK, Australian or New Zealand University.

During this course, you will study a range of modules that will equip you with the essential skills needed for a master’s degree. You will enhance your research skills by learning to effectively source and evaluate information, undertake a literature review to enhance your academic skills, and learn to manage roles and responsibilities by working as part of a group.

By completing the Master’s Pre-Sessional, you will have the confidence to succeed in your master’s degree.

What is Master’s Preparation?

Similar to the Master’s Pre-Sessional, the Master’s Preparation course will Improve your English language, academic study skills, and experience of working in a project group but will also give you the opportunity to complete a 5,000 word dissertation. Being able to formally undertake a practice dissertation before starting your master’s degree gives you chance to understand what is required whilst also improving your research and academic writing.

Depending on your English language level (see entry requirements below), you will either study our Master’s Preparation over 20 weeks, or Master’s Preparation (Enhanced) over 30 weeks.

This course will fully prepare you for a master’s degree at a UK, Australian or New Zealand University and will equip you with the key tools to succeed the first time.

University Progression

Our Master’s Degree Pathway qualifications are trusted by universities worldwide. Whether you complete Master’s Preparation or Master’s Pre-Sessional qualifications, you will gain access to more than 30 leading universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Click on the button below to view the universities where you can progress to study master’s degree.


What can I study at university?

Because of our partnership with a worldwide network of high-quality universities, you can choose from more than 2,500 master’s degree courses. There’s a wide range of subjects to choose from, including Business Management, Computer Science, Engineering, Pharmacy, Law, Environmental Sciences, Fashion, Marketing and so much more!

Use our University Course Finder tool to search for your dream master’s degree today.

The NCUK Guarantee


By choosing to study with NCUK, you will benefit from:

  • * Guaranteed Choice: choose from thousands of university degree courses
  • * Guaranteed Quality: our qualifications are designed with universities, specifically for international students
  • * Guaranteed Support: we will guide you through the entire university application process
  • * Guaranteed Access: gain access to world-class universities to universities

Successful completion of this qualification also guarantees* you a place on a master’s degree at an NCUK University!

Entry Requirements

Click on the bars below to find out all about our entry requirements, including age requirements, academic background, and work experience.

Qualification Framework and Module Overviews

Click on the bars below to read a full description of the modules that can be studied when completing NCUK’s Postgraduate Degree Pathway qualifications and find more information about the qualification framework.


Thanks to studying NCUK’s Master’s Preparation qualification, I learned the academic English and presentation skills that really helped me to succeed in my master’s degree at university.

Ruoying Wang



MSc Accounting

The subjects on the NCUK Master’s Preparation qualification were fascinating and all my teachers were British and friendly, which really helped me to improve my English language skills.

Rina Uesugi



MA Intercultural Communication

My NCUK Master’s Preparation experience gave me a huge advantage when I started my postgraduate study in the UK. I learned a lot about Western university culture and how to write a successful dissertation.

Chao Feng



MSc Management