The Pre-Master's Diploma has been designed to fully prepare international students for your future master's course. It allows you to to specialise in a subject of your choice and to improve your study skills and use of academic English.
Click 'Progression and degree options' below for a list of master's degrees you can study afterwards.
Prepare for postgraduate study
The Pre-Master's Diploma has been designed to fully prepare you for your future master's course.
You will improve your study skills and use of academic English - the essential skills you will need for your master's course. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in a subject of your choice through modules from the range of subjects offered at Oxford Brookes.
Your chosen subject specialism modules will improve your knowledge of the area you wish to study in the future, and allow you to gain experience of studying at a UK university. You can choose your modules from a range of subjects that include business, tourism, hospitality and leisure, law, social sciences, arts, humanities, computing and technology.
You should choose this course if:
- your undergraduate qualifications do not meet the level required for direct entry to postgraduate study
- you wish to take a master's in a subject that is different from your undergraduate degree
- you wish to improve your study skills and academic language level before starting your master's course
- you want to better understand the academic demands for studying at master's level in the UK
- you have had a break from education and want to build your confidence before starting your master's
The course runs twice each year starting in September and January. If you choose to start this course in January you will continue your studies through the summer so you can progress directly to a master's course starting in September.
Teaching learning and assessment
You will be taught by highly qualified academic staff, who have many years of teaching experience in the UK and overseas.
Learning methods include:
- lectures, seminars and tutorials
- group and individual project work and presentations
- supervised independent learning
- critical thinking tasks.
There will be a maximum of 18 students in a class in your compulsory modules. Your subject specialisation modules may be larger.
You will have 16-18 class hours each week, with approximately 20 hours per week of additional time needed for homework, projects, assignments and independent study.
Classes are Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays), usually between 9am and 4pm. Some subject modules may be 5pm and 8pm. Most classes are 3 hours long including a 10 minute break.
Assessment is by means of a range of coursework, including essays and papers, in-class writing tasks, project work and presentations, listening and summary assignments, and the compilation of reflective portfolios.
Accreditation and quality
We are accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English as a foreign language. The report from our last inspection stated:
The British Council inspected and accredited Oxford Brookes International in October 2009. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see the British Council website for details).
The large English language teaching department of this university offers courses in academic English for adults.
Points of excellence were noted in aspects of general management, academic resources, course design and learner training.
The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.
The course consists of six compulsory language and study skills modules, together with two subject specialism modules in an area chosen by you.
- Reading and Research enables you to improve your skills in academic research, reading and analysis. You will develop and refine the skills required to locate appropriate reading sources through library catalogues, databases and the internet, and to assess the academic credibility, validity and usefulness of those sources. You will also learn to make informed decisions as to what to read and what not to read for the purposes of seminar and writing assignments. You will practise intensive text comprehension skills, note-taking and summarising, critical thinking, reasoning and self-reflection.
- Academic Writing enables you to write a case study, argument essay and a report, to effectively summarise and evaluate secondary sources, and to apply your reading to a specific issue or question in an essay. You will learn to employ correct citation techniques, and the methods for producing a coherent argument in an essay and develop the microskills necessary for writing at this level: prewriting, planning, brainstorming, editing, text organisation and rewriting.
- Basic Seminar Skills enables you to develop and practise listening and speaking skills in the areas of: group presentations, voice and pronunciation, listening to lectures and news, and engage in critical discussions. This will help you to engage in seminar classes at UK universities.
- Advanced Reading and Research Skills enables you to carry out research for reports, essays, seminars and other presentations effectively and appropriately. You will learn to apply your reading to a specific issue or question, and to evaluate and summarise secondary sources for use in writing assignments. You will also learn to employ correct quotation, paraphrasing and citation techniques, and to write a bibliography following academic conventions. You will widen your library research skills and develop the necessary extensive and intensive reading skills as preparation for writing and seminar assignments at master's level.
- Extended Writing Project offers the opportunity to undertake a research project leading to an extended research paper in your academic field (in the format of a report or essay), and to a reflective essay on the process followed, as preparation for postgraduate study. The research can be undertaken using only secondary sources, or both secondary and primary sources. It is a double module, ie 6 hours a week (2 x 3 hours) to enable you to get practice and support with writing through a varied pedagogical approach of classes, tutorials, lectures, workshops and online discussion forums.
- Advanced Seminar Skills develops and practises advanced listening, seminar and presentation skills for academic purposes, and builds on skills acquired through the Basic Seminar Skills module. The module includes practice of listening to lectures with note-taking and summary writing activities. You will get varied speaking practice is given in the form of pair and group discussions, consensus activities and a formal debate. You will develop your presentation skills with a researched individual presentation in your own discipline.
Subject specialism modules
Your subject modules will improve your knowledge of your subject area, and give you experience of studying at a UK university. You can choose from a wide range of undergraduate modules that suit the master's degree you want to study afterwards:
Foundations of computation
Basic Mathematical Methods I
Social sciences, international relations and law
Corporate and business law
Introduction to Politics
Introduction to International Relations 1: Perspectives
Introduction to International Relations 2: Themes and Issues
Global governance and civil society
Foundations of developmental psychology
Social differences and divisions
Foundations of social theory
Introduction to Architectural History and Theory
Essential skills in the built environment
Economics of built environment
Sustainability and development
Environmental Decision Making
Business, marketing, accounting and hospitality management
Accounting and Financial Information
Raising Individual Financial Awareness
Accounting information systems
Corporate and business law
Applied financial skills
Foundations of Business
Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage
Basic Mathematical Methods I
Business Economics and Financial Markets
Management in International Hospitality and Tourism
Operational Finance for Hospitality and Tourism
Festival and Cultural Events Management
Food, drink and culture
Revenue management and pricing
Foundations of Marketing
Managing Business Projects
Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
Context of International Tourism
Planning a successful event
Global Business Communications
Humanities, education and publishing
Key Issues in Film Studies I
Museums and Society
Social world of childhood and youth
Methodology of Foreign Language Teaching
Science, nutrition and public health
Physiology for human movement
Physical activity and health
Scientific skills for health scientists
Psychology of food
Motivating health behaviour
The Leisure Environment
Human nutrition and metabolism
Basic Mathematical Methods I
Please note: the choice of subject modules depends on availability and may change without notice.
If you start your course in January, during the summer semester of your course you will take an independent study module instead of a subject module.
Our dedicated student support team are here throughout your time at Oxford Brookes International and can help with any problems or issue you may face. They can provide one to one support, pastoral advice and guidance to help you progress through your course. They also organise our welcome programme and social events for students.
September 2017 start
Enrolment and induction: 18-22 September 2017
Semester 1: 25 September - 18 December 2017
Semester 2: 29 January - 19 May 2018
January 2018 start