NCUK Master’s Preparation

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What Is The Master’s Preparation?

The NCUK Master’s Preparation (PMP) is a qualification designed to develop the study methods and academic English language skills of international students who are preparing for Masters degree study in English.

Student’s who study the Master’s Preparation qualification be benefit from the DIFC/NCUK Placement Support Service. DIFC will manage all of the university applications to each of the student’s chosen universities on their behalf, as opposed to students having to apply directly to each university.

Who should study the Master’s Preparation?

It is ideal for student’s who are wanting to improve their English language level and ensure that they have the academic skills necessary to successfully complete a postgraduate degree.

What will I study on the Master’s Preparation?

Your study plan will include a range of modules designed to prepare you for postgraduate study, including:

  • A Subject module: Management or Life Sciences
  • Research Methods
  • Orientation to Western Study
  • English for Academic Purposes
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When can I start?

We have two intakes each year; in September and January. Students on both intakes will be ready to progress to their postgraduate degree courses by the following September.

What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for the PMP, you need

  • Successfully completed a Bachelor degree in your home country
  • Have a minimum English level of 5.0 IELTS or equivalent (September intake) or 5.5 IELTS or equivalent (January intake)

Students who have successfully completed a three-year university diploma in a relevant subject may be able to use the PMP as a conversion programme to qualify for a Masters course in that subject. However, progress will be limited to our UK university partners.

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  • Successfully completed a recognised bachelor degree or three-year diploma
  • Have a minimum English level of 5.0 IELTS or equivalent (September intake) or 5.5 IELTS or equivalent (January intake)

How much does it

The tuition fees for NCUK Pre-Masters Preparation are €12,000 (September intake) or €10,000 (January intake) plus registration and other charges.

Compared to similar programmes offered in the UK, you can save up to 25% by choosing to study your Foundation Year in Ireland.

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DIFC has a dedicated team of staff that will help guide you through the University application process and fully prepare you for all the admission requirements. You will also receive regular tutorials that are dedicated to helping you prepare for your University applications.

“When I came to Ireland I found the Irish people very friendly which helped me to settle in. I studied the Graduate Diploma (Pre-Masters) 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) from China

Now studying at Univesity of Salford


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