International students

Pre-Masters Programmes

The Pre-Masters programmes offer bespoke preparation for Masters level study at Queen Mary University of London and other prestigious UK institutions.


Our subject-specific pathways provide academic and English language preparation for International and EU students looking to progress to postgraduate study. The programme is fully integrated with Queen Mary University of London, which is part of both the University of London and the Russell Group, with all teaching being provided by Queen Mary academics at our Mile End campus.

Suitable for students who wish to change academic direction, or who have not met the criteria for direct entry onto your chosen Masters programme, our pathways will help you to deepen your knowledge in your chosen subject area and improve your academic and English skills

When you successfully complete the foundation year, you will progress onto one of more than 30 Masters degrees.

Click here to download our International Pathways Brochure 2021 [PDF 1,237KB]

Find out more about our pathways below:

99%Pass Rate

2019/20

93%Progression Rate

2019/20

85%Achieved Merit or Distinction on Masters

2019/20

Entry Requirements 

We accept a wide-range of qualifications for entry onto the Pre-Masters Programme. The grades you need to enter the will vary depending on what qualifications you have completed, and the pathway you wish to study.

Students will also need to meet minimum English language requirements.

Please click here for further details.

Teaching and Learning


One of the benefits of the International Foundation Year is that you will receive teaching from award winning Queen Mary academics. 

You will attend classes for up to 20 hours per week: 12 hours of English Language and Study Skills and up to eight hours of academic subjects. You will also be expected to undertake independent study.

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework (portfolios, individual and group presentations, written assignments, in-class tests, research projects and seminars) and/or examinations in May or June.

Your English Language and Academic Study Skills classes will be delivered by the multiple award-winning School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, who were recognised in 2019 with the Queen Mary Educational Excellence Award and Principals Award for their teaching excellence.

To progress onto Masters programmes at Queen Mary you will need to achieve minimum grades in individual modules.

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