NCUK Master’s Preparation

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Guaranteed Placement in Top Universities

The NCUK Master’s Preparation (known as the Pre-Master’s Programme) 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 that includes project planning and the submission of a 5,000 word dissertation. Students following the longer duration programmes also undertake an individual research project and complete a substantial dissertation.

‘Management and Science’ is currently offered as the subject theme at DIFC. This is, however, used as a vehicle for practicing the academic study skills and is relevant for students wishing to study a wide variety of subjects at postgraduate level.

Student’s graduating from a Masters in Ireland can stay in Ireland  for 24 months in employment, following their studies. 

Course Details


October & January


In Campus


6 – 8 Months


October intake – €12,000 plus reg

January intake – €10,000 plus reg


NCUK Course Entry Requirements

  • You must have completed a degree course (for placement in Ireland or the UK) or three-year diploma (for placement in the UK only)
  • English level equivalent to 5.0 IELTS for Route A (Octobter intake) and English level equivalent to 5.5 IELTS for Route B (January intake).

Click here if English is below 5.0 IELTS

Where can you go after completing the Master’s Preparation at DIFC?

The NCUK Master’s Preparation qualification, 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 Master’s Preparation a place on a postgraduate degree course in chosen wide range of subject areas.

Search the Masters programmes provided in our partner universities in our Entry Directory to discover your University progression options with our NCUK Master’s Preparation qualification.

“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


Course Content

TermModuleDirected Study Time (hrs)
One (10 weeks)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
Two (12 weeks)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
Three (12 weeks)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
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