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Pre-Master's in Business and Humanities

This international pathway course will prepare you to progress to a range of master’s degrees at Newcastle.

Course overview

This course will focus on developing your academic abilities and postgraduate research skills. You'll also improve your English language skills. If you successfully complete the course you can progress onto a selected master's degree at Newcastle.

You'll learn about local businesses that have an international focus. The business and management module links with these businesses through lectures and site visits.

This course is suitable if you:

  • need to upgrade your undergraduate degree ready for postgraduate study in the UK
  • want to increase your subject knowledge
  • need to improve your English language study skills within the context of your chosen subject

If you pass this course you'll receive an International Pre-Masters in Higher Education (FHEQ Level 6). You'll be able to progress to one of our internationally-focused master's degrees. These include:

  • business
  • finance
  • journalism

Find out which degrees you can progress to

What you'll learn

Compulsory modules (90 credits)

Optional modules (30 credits)

You'll select modules based on the master's degree you have chosen to progress to.

How you'll learn

This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University.

We work in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students.

Choosing this course means that you'll get:

  • a quality-assured university course
  • full Newcastle University status
  • a conditional offer on a designated master's degree at Newcastle
  • a campus-based course with access to INTO and University facilities (subject to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
  • a very supportive study environment

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For more information see our International Preparation Courses website

Progression degrees and requirements

To progress onto your chosen master's degree at Newcastle, you need to pass this course with:

  • a minimum of 65 (IELTS 6.5) in English for Academic Purposes
  • no less than 6.0 in some or all IELTS subskills, depending on your chosen master's degree
  • an average mark of 60% overall in your academic modules

For progression into the School of Law, you'll need:

  • a minimum of 65 (IELTS 6.5) in English for Academic Purposes
  • a minimum of IELTS 6.0 in writing
  • an average mark of 65% overall in your academic modules
  • no less than 60% in any module

Find out which master's degrees you can progress to below:

Fees and costs

2023-2024 tuition fees

January 2024 (3 terms) £21,750

  • January - September 2024

June 2024 (4 terms) £26,625

  • June 2024 - June 2025


Entry requirements

To study on this course you need to meet the following entry requirements.

Academic requirements

You need a:

  • an undergraduate degree with suitable grades, OR
  • diploma (3-5 years) with good grades

English requirements

  • For a 3 term programme: A minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
  • For a 4 term programme: minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in all subskills) or an equivalent score

The INTO Newcastle Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELTS). The INTO Newcastle website has guidance about UKVI IELTS. You can contact us for more details.


You need to be 17 years old, or older. If you want to start this course in September then you must be 17 by the 31 December.

For all other start dates, you must be 17 years old by the time the course starts.

How to apply

You can apply online through the INTO Newcastle application form.

You'll need to create a free account to apply for your chosen course. You can apply for accommodation at the same time as the course.