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Pre-Master’s in Computing

About this route

The Pre-Master's in Computing will refresh your subject knowledge and improve your English language skills, preparing you for your postgraduate degree at the University of Huddersfield’s Computing and Engineering School.

The programme is designed to boost your skills and knowledge to the level required to succeed in a master’s in computing or a computing-related postgraduate degree at the University of Huddersfield. By studying a postgraduate degree, you will develop a deeper understanding of your subject area, becoming a more employable graduate with opportunities for better roles and higher salaries.

Taught over a single semester, this programme consists of twenty hours of teaching time per week and is delivered on the University campus. 

Why study Computing?

  • Choose to progress to programmes at the University of Huddersfield accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).  
  • The programme has integrated CareerAhead activities, designed to develop your employability skills. 
  • Benefit from teaching excellence within University departments and Huddersfield’s connections with local businesses before you progress to your Master’s degree.

Combined visa

Save time and progress smoothly to the University with a combined visa. The visa covers the duration of your studies at both the International Study Centre and the University of Huddersfield.

  • No need to return home to apply for a new visa between your International Year One and chosen undergraduate degree
  • Over 30 alternatives to IELTS accepted as proof of your English language level
  • Allows you to work up to 20 hours per week, enhancing CV and graduate prospects
  • Suitable for students who have previously studied academic subjects in the UK
  • Gives you the opportunity to travel and explore the UK between courses.

Key facts

Academic: Successful completion, with appropriate grades, of a recognised higher/advanced diploma in a related subject area, a recognised degree in related field or a university or college honours degree, or equivalent.
English language: Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all components). Students with an IELTS score between 4.5 and 5.0 can take the Pre-Sessional English Programme in order to raise their IELTS to the required score.

Age on entry: 20+

Visit our entry requirements page for a complete list of country-specific requirements.


To ensure you will successfully progress to your postgraduate degree, the Pre-Master’s programme has a range of modules carefully selected to develop your skills and knowledge. You are expected to attend 100% of your classes at the International Study Centre. If you fail to do so, you are at risk of losing your Student visa. 

In this module will learn important academic reading and research skills may not have been part of their previous studies. These skills are necessary for their progression into a master's degree programme, as well as within a variety of professional contexts. This module will enable students to develop and enhance the necessary academic reading, research, communication and group work skills to progress with confidence to their desired postgraduate programme.

Programmers write using high-level programming languages because these languages are easier to understand and less complex than machine code. High-level languages also have the advantage to create user-friendly software programmes with codes that are easier to read, write and maintain. This is a beginner module to learning a high-level programming language where students will first be introduced to procedural programming. Students will then be learning some intermediate concepts such as data structures and files. In addition to procedural programming, the module will also cover an object-oriented programming approach and related topics on unit testing and debugging.

This module will provide students with an introduction to languages, applications and programming used for the design, implementation and maintenance of a web-based relational database. The practical elements of this module will equip students with the technical skills to design a relational database, use SQL to create and manipulate the database and interface a web server with a relational database. An introductory understanding of data warehousing and data mining will also be covered.

Academic English Skills aims to provide thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at university. Our Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

You will develop awareness and competency in a range of language-related academic skills, including 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.

Alongside your classes, your studies will be supported by an online learning platform, providing you with a range of tasks and activities specifically designed to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom and to give you more control over your own learning.

Course dates

Course length: 12 weeks
Entry points: June and September

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.

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University of Huddersfield International Study Centre

Begin your UK education journey at the University of Huddersfield International Study Centre. Improve your English, academic knowledge and grow the confidence you need to succeed in your degree.

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English Language Preparation

Our online English Language preparation courses will help you develop your English language skills to the level required to begin your chosen pathway programme.

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