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Pre-master's programmes for international students

A master's foundation programme, sometimes called a pre-master's programme, will enable you to progress to your chosen postgraduate degree course if you’re an international student and don’t meet our requirements for direct entry.

You’ll learn English language skills, research skills and subject knowledge as you prepare for life as a master's student at one of the world's top 100 universities.

From September 2021 you'll be able to study your master's foundation programme through ONCAMPUS Southampton.

How the foundation programmes work

There are 5 master's foundation programmes to choose from:

  • Business, Economics, Finance and Management
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Art and Design

Each master's programme is made up of modules relating to your chosen subject area.

These will:

  • increase your knowledge of your chosen master's subject
  • develop your postgraduate research and study skills
  • improve your written and spoken English
  • help you understand more about British culture

After successfully completing your master's foundation programme, you can move straight on to your chosen postgraduate degree course at the University of Southampton. 

How you’ll benefit 

During your master's foundation programme you’ll benefit from: 

  • expert teaching to meet your specific needs 
  • excellent facilities in Southampton city centre
  • regular personal tutor sessions 
  • an extensive support network 

You’ll be a member of the University of Southampton community from the moment you start, with access to: 

  • clubs and social events 
  • international societies 
  • libraries and facilities 
  • support and advice 

​Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022.

We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page

Find out more

Find out more about master's foundation programmes on the ONCAMPUS Southampton webpage.

The course at ONCAMPUS is very useful. Besides the English courses, the Postgraduate Skills Development course made me look back on my past, taught me how to study more effectively, and made me think deeply about my future Cyber security career.
Mr Mingyang He, China
Progressing to MSc Cyber Security

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