International Pre-Master’s - Business
Study level: International Pathways ProgrammeInternational Pre-Master's
This study route is designed to prepare international students for postgraduate education while experiencing life abroad in the UK. It aims to prepare you with a deeper understanding of academic culture that will allow you to flourish in your chosen degree studies.
Year of entry
CU Coventry (Coventry)
CU London (Greenwich, London)
Up to 1 year
See how to apply section
It will offer you the chance to:
Explore academic, postgraduate skills and language through teaching methods focused on strategic learning, research methods, and leadership through case studies and more.
Acquire an in-depth overview of master's-level study including critical thinking, structuring academic writing and presentations, and gathering information.
Build upon your business and research knowledge with concepts such as ethics, cost and revenues. You will be introduced to professional software3 used in the real world and learn more about specialised sectors.
Develop and refine accuracy with academic language skills and fluency. You will also have the opportunity to develop reasoned arguments and incorporate supporting evidence.
Study in the UK and gain international experienceTeaching excellence
Taught by lecturers who are experts in their fieldDegree ready
Get the skills needed to progress onto a UK degreeProgression degrees
The Business International Pre-Master's (IPM) can help support you for a selection of degree specialism in this field. It also aims to build on previous experiences and expand the success of learning to use the English language while heading into your chosen degree. It will help you take a critical approach to your studies, reflect on your learning, organise your studies, and be a strong, independent learner.
On successful completion, you will be eligible to progress onto the following Coventry University or Coventry University London master's degrees (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria):
*Undergraduate degree to be subject specific.
The tutors are great, they made everything easier for me and it became possible to be where I am right now. As for the facilities, they are the best I've seen. I went to the second floor of the library recently with all of the computers and it’s absolutely astonishing to me. I thought, it’s really worth studying here. It’s so impressive and I’m thankful to get to study in Coventry every day.
Faith Okeguale, International Pathways programme student (Business), 2022
What you'll study
By choosing to study the Business IPM, you will develop your academic language skills through up to three intense language modules, depending on your IELTS entry level. You will then study graduate research skills and subject-specialist modules. These modules will provide a strong framework for you to continue your studies to a master's degree.
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
How you'll learn
This International Pre-Master's will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University. You will be taught using various approaches, which may include lessons and individual and group tutorials. You will also have self-study materials to follow outside of the classroom.
Each one of the modules requires the equivalent of between 225 and 300 study hours. They run over a six-week period and are taught consecutively, with a combination of assessments in each six-week block.
You will receive approximately 18 hours of teaching contact hours per week. This will be a combination of lectures (which may take place in person on-campus or live online). There will also be regular small group or individual tutorials. The remaining study hours required for the module will be self-guided.
You will be assessed on academic language and skills for the International Pre-Master's study route through a combination of continuous, formative and final assessments.
The learning outcomes of the modules will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve those outcomes.
For the subject-specialist modules, methods include practice assessments, oral presentations, and assessments.
Fees and funding
2023/24 tuition fees. Fees and course duration are dependent on your IELTS entry level.
IELTS 5.0 | £16,000 | 36 academic weeks IELTS 5.5 | £14,500 | 30 academic weeks
IELTS 6.0 | £12,500 | 24 academic weeks
For advice and guidance on tuition fees2 and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.
We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.
Careers and opportunities
If you successfully pass the International Pre-Master’s - Business, you will be guaranteed a place on a relevant postgraduate degree course at Coventry University or Coventry University London (listed in the Overview section), subject to meeting the specified entry criteria.
On successful completion of your modules, including the subject-specific modules, you will have had the opportunity to:
Understand approaches to learning in UK universities and expectations in your chosen subject area.
Write an extended piece of academic writing that requires elements of research and follows standard academic conventions.
Express facts, information and ideas with effective grammatical accuracy and accuracy, using an appropriate range of academic and subject specific vocabulary.
Communicate effectively in everyday situations within the university environment and more generally in English-speaking contexts.
Deliver a well-structured presentation on an academic topic.
Participate in seminar discussions on academic topics.
Access academic texts in order to select relevant information.
Differentiate between different academic genres of writing.
Comprehend extended academic listening texts and record relevant information.
Access online materials and demonstrate increased digital literacy.
Organise academic study and manage your time.
Reflect on learning.
Understand, engage with and critically evaluate knowledge relating to global issues.
Apply your knowledge and language skills to a realistic learning opportunity and assessment, at an appropriate academic level.
We are here to provide high-quality education for students as well as to teach you life skills for completing your future career goals. The university's dedicated employability support, the Talent Team, can provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your future studies and career.
How to apply
Students should apply directly to the university via our application portal.
Apply nowFor further support for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree view our International hub.
You can also download our International guide which contains lots of useful information about our courses, accommodation and tips for travel.
Get in touch with us today for further advice and guidance.
The code for your course is dependent on the location of study and your current IELTS score. See below to select the code you will need to use to apply.
Delivered at CU Coventry (Coventry), with progression onto a degree at Coventry University:
CUCIPM01 (IELTS 5.0)
CUCIPM09 (IELTS 5.5)
CUCIPM02 (IELTS 6.0+)
Delivered at CU London (North Greenwich), with progression onto a degree at Coventry University London:
CULGIPM01 (IELTS 5.0)
CULGIPM09 (IELTS 5.5)
CULGIPM02 (IELTS 6.0+)
Coventry University together with Coventry University London, Coventry University Wrocław, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough, and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the University) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University.
The International Pre-Master's study route will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University.
If you choose to study in Coventry for your International Pre-Master's, then your learning will be based at CU Coventry. Subject to meeting requirements you will then transition to the relevant Coventry University subject building for your progression degree.
If you choose to study in London for your International Pre-Master's, then your learning will be based at CU London (North Greenwich). Subject to meeting requirements you will then transition to Coventry University London in the City of London for your progression degree.
The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. We may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.
Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the University is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 2023/24 contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.