In the UK, a master’s degree program is also called a postgraduate degree course or second degree. Those Pakistani students who have completed their 4-year bachelor’s degree program or 16 year’s M.A/MSc degree program with a minimum of 60% marks or 2.6 to 3.3 out of 4 CGPA are eligible to take admission in the postgraduate degree program of the higher education institutions of the UK.
Bachelor’s degree program is also known as an undergraduate degree or first degree in the United Kingdom. Those Pakistani students who have completed their secondary school or intermediate courses and are keen to take admission in one of the higher education institutions of the UK must take admission in the international foundation course.
Foundation Year: If you are an international student finishing your high school exams, have completed less than 13 years of education and would like to take your first degree in the UK, you will need to study a foundation course at a UK university or college. A foundation is a one-year preparation course for international students who need additional English language and academic preparation for entry onto a UK university undergraduate course.
Foundation programmes are for school-leavers who have studied a non-British curriculum but wish to pursue a degree at a UK university. The foundation course acts as a bridge between your current qualifications and UK university undergraduate entry requirements and is designed to plug academic gaps, improve your English and familiarise you with UK life and culture in preparation for university.
What is a Pre-Masters?
A Pre-Masters is for international students who need to improve their English or develop research, academic writing and seminar skills ahead of a taught master’s degree. Pre-Masters programmes in the UK are designed to prepare students fully for studying at postgraduate level.
Courses range from ten weeks to twelve months and provide an essential grounding for successful postgraduate study. A Pre-Masters will greatly increase the English language and study skills required for successful postgraduate study, as well as familiarising international students with UK teaching methods.
Do I need to study a Pre-Masters?
You will need to take a Pre-Masters if:
Your undergraduate degree does not meet the academic requirements of your chosen masters
You need to improve your use of academic or general English
You need to improve your study, research and presentation skills