Pathways to a postgraduate degree

Study the two or three-term Pre-Masters programme to prepare for your postgraduate degree at Durham University. 

We offer a choice of subject routes depending on the degree you want to study. Once you successfully complete your Pre-Masters programme and achieve the required grades, you can start your chosen Masters degree at Durham University. Visit the subject pathway page to find out what you will study and grades required for your chosen progression degree.

If you need additional English lessons before your Pre-Masters, you can study one term of English language preparation

Why study a Pre-Masters?

You may choose to study the Pre-Masters programme if you want to:

  • Develop your academic skills or English language ability before starting your postgraduate degree
  • Improve your career opportunities and salary potential
  • Change your career direction and study a different field to your undergraduate studies
  • Study at a prestigious university with top researchers in your field
  • Strive for a challenging degree at a top-ranking university
  • Receive specialist support from tutors experienced in teaching international students.  

Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance

Durham international student

A Pre-Masters pathway that prepares you for a Business, Economics, Accounting or Finance related Masters degree at Durham University.

Science and Engineering

Science class at Durham University

A Pre-Masters pathway that prepares you for a Science or Engineering related Masters degree at Durham University.

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