University of Huddersfield International Study Centre


About this route

This two-term programme will prepare you for progression to a range of business-related Master’s degrees.

You will study core modules, which are general skills subjects, and route modules, which are specific and important for your academic development. You will develop a basic grounding in financial and management accounting, and an understanding of key principles of operations management and strategic models. You will benefit from 18 hours of teaching per week. While learning research techniques and developing skills in quantitative and qualitative data, you will be able to progress to your chosen master's degree, and demonstrate the practical application of research methods to solve a realistic business problem.

You can begin your two-term Pre-Master's programme in January, April or August. If you need to improve your English before starting your Pre-Master's, you can begin with the English for Pre-Master's course for one of two additional terms. After completing your Pre-Master's, you may progress to your degree in September. For the August intake, you may progress to the university in January. View the programme key facts to view study plan options. 

Core modules

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills, enabling you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Route modules

The module provides you with an introduction to economic theories and systems and considers principally the macroeconomic environment in which businesses and other organisations operate. In addition this module will give you a basic grounding in financial and management accounting. The module will progress from the understanding of the basic financial statements through to interpretation and critical analysis of these in relation to prevailing external economic circumstances.

The aim of this module is to further develop your skills in the methods and techniques of research and the ability to write a substantive piece of academic work. You will be introduced to a variety of sources relevant to your specialist subject area and will consider the application and limitation of techniques for understanding and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data. The module will also cover common mathematical techniques for managerial decision-making used in many business environments. On completing this module you will be able to demonstrate the practical application of research and quantitative methods to solve a realistic business problem and present their findings effectively.

Success depends on a combination of a strategic vision, operational efficiency, process orientation, and the willingness of leaders to make difficult decisions to implement and manage change. In this module you will develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply, analyse and evaluate strategic models. You will also then critically consider how the key principles of operations management help bring strategy to fruition.

Key facts


  • Two terms


  • January
  • April
  • August

Term dates

  • January 2019 start:
    Term 1: 07/01/2019- 22/03/2019
    Term 2: 01/04/2019- 07/06/2019
IELTS* June September January April June August September December January
4.5             Start your master's degree    
5.5                 Start your master's degree

   Pre-Masters    English for Pre-Masters

If you do not need a Tier 4 visa, or are exempted in another way, we can accept equivalent proof of English.

Admissions information 

If you do not meet the entry requirements to study the Pre-Master's, you can start at the International Study Centre with one or two terms of English for Pre-Master's.

Progress to Huddersfield

This programme can lead to one of the postgraduate degrees listed below (subject to meeting the grades outlined). These degrees are subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Business MSc 40% 50%
Business with Finance MSc 40% 50%
Business with Human Resource Management MSc 40% 50%
International Business Management MSc 40% 50%
International Human Resource Management MA 40% 50%
International Marketing MSc 40% 50%
Management MSc 40% 50%
Management with Marketing MSc 40% 50%
Marketing Communications MSc 40% 50%
Master of Business Administration MBA MBA 40% 50%
Risk, Disaster and Environmental Management MSc 40% 50%

Please note: International Human Resource Management MA and Master of Business Administration MBA are only available for progression following January or April Pre-Master’s start dates. You must have three years of managerial experience to study the Master of Business Administration MBA.

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