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Pre-masters (Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study)


The Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study is open to international students and is designed to equip talented international students to prepare for and successfully complete one of the following MSc programmes:

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice: Critical Care pathway

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice: Standard pathway

MSc Clinical Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care

MSc Health Sciences: Standard pathway

MSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

Introducing your course

Find out everything about the Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MSc Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

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Undertaking a Masters programme here can pose challenges to international students in terms of studying in English and coping with different methods of teaching, learning and assessment than you may be used to. The programme is divided into two parts:

Part 1 aims to prepare you to study your chosen masters subject to the depth required. The focus will be on enhancing your critical thinking, reading, writing, speaking & listening skills in English so that you are able to express postgraduate level thinking through your written and verbal communication. By the end of part one of the programme you will have developed good communication, presentation & interpersonal skills. In addition you will be a reflective learner with a strong practical understanding of ethics & academic integrity.

If you do not currently meet the required entry requirements to your chosen Masters programme part one of the Masters with Integrated Preparatory Studies (Pre-Master’s) programme will help you to achieve the required standard.

Part 2 You will join one of the Masters programmes specified above which has its own specific learning outcomes. The integrated programme can be completed over 18 months or two years and successful completion of part 1 provides you with the entry requirements to study your chosen Masters degree:

  • The 18 month programme commences in January each year and comprises of 6 months of preparatory studies (part 1) and then 12 months full time on your chosen Masters programme (part 2)
  • The two-year programme commences in September each year year and comprises of 12 months of preparatory studies (part 1) and then 12 months full time on your chosen Masters programme (part 2)

To Apply

To apply for MSc with Integrated Preparatory Study please complete our online form and state on your application which of the above Masters programmes you are interested in studying. Please note only MSc program pathways detailed above offer this integrated programme in the Faculty of health Sciences. If you want further information about these Masters programmes please contact the relevant Programme Leader who can help you with your application (their contact details can be found on the relevant programme page).

We look forward to welcoming you to your studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. For more information about the Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study contact:

Programme Leader Elwyn Edwards


Tel: +44(0)23 8059 9149

Programme Structure

The Masters with Integrated Preparatory Study programme is divided into two parts:

Part 1 comprises of modules aimed at developing your academic English Language & study skills to prepare you for studying in English at masters level.

All of the modules are ‘core’ which means you must take and pass each of the modules in order to progress to part 2.

Part 2 comprises of modules associated with your chosen masters programme.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

International student with a first degree at 2:2 or above, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

IELTS 5.5 or above for the two year programme

IELTS 6.0 or above for the 18 month programme

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Part one comprises of 5 (18 month programme) – 6 (two year programme) core modules:

  • Reasoning, study & research skills;
  • English for master’s study;
  • Cultural perspectives (2 year program only);
  • Research project.

Subject specific modules:

  • Comparative Health Policy & Care systems
  • Leadership in Health & Social Care.

Part two comprises of modules associated with your chosen Masters programme (see the relevant Masters programme details:

Year 1

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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