NCUK Graduate Diploma
The NCUK Graduate Diploma, which was previously called the Pre-Masters Programme (PMP), is a foundation course preparing you for university entrance at postgraduate level.
Our partner universities in Ireland and the UK recognise that the programme provides "added value" to Masters course applicants. NCUK guarantees students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma a place on a postgraduate degree course in chosen wide range of subject areas.
NCUK Course Structure
The NCUK Graduate Diploma is a modular course consisting of a core element and a subject theme. The core element includes modules in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Learning Skills including Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) and Research Methodology including project planning. Students following the longer duration programmes also undertake an individual research project and complete a substantial dissertation.
'Management' is currently offered as the subject theme at DIFC. This is, however, used as a vehicle for practising the academic study skills and is revenant for students wishing to study a wide variety of subjects at postgraduate level.
Example of NCUK Graduate Diploma for route A (10 month course starting Sept)
|English for Academic Purposes [Unit 1] (10 hrs p/wk)||100|
|Orientation to Western Study + ICT (2 hrs p/wk)||20|
|Subject Module (1) (6 hrs p/wk)||60|
|English for Academic Purposes [Unit 2] (10 hrs p/wk)||120|
|Research Methods, Data Analysis and Project Planning [7 hrs p/wk]||84|
|Subject Module [Unit 2] (3 hrs p/wk)||36|
|English for Academic Purposes [Unit 3] (10 hrs p/wk)||120|
|Research Project (7 hrs p/wk)||84|
|Subject Module [Unit 3] (3 hrs p/wk)||36|
NCUK Course Entry Requirements
You must have completed a degree course (for placement in Ireland or the UK) or three year diploma (for placemen tin the UK only) with English level equivalent to 5.0 IELTS for Route A and English level equivalent to 5.5 IELTS for Route B.
October and January each year.
'When I came to Ireland I found the Irish people
very friendly which helped me to settle in. I
studied the Graduate Diploma Programme at
DIFC and found it very helpful. In particular we
had to prepare a 5000 word dissertation. I am
now studying a Masters in Logistics and Supply
Chain at the University of Salford in the UK'
Jianchun Zhao (Bill) – China
University of Salford
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