International Pre-Master’s - Computing
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CU Coventry (Coventry)
Up to 1 year
Study level: International Pathways Programme
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.
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 computing and research knowledge with concepts such as security, privacy and emerging technologies. 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.
Global experienceStudy in the UK and gain international experience
Teaching excellenceTaught by lecturers who are experts in their field
Degree readyGet the skills needed to progress onto a UK degree
The Computing 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 master's degrees (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria):
The teachers lay out all the material and everyone pays attention. They are passionate and the learning is straightforward and clear which really fuels my interest in coding and computing. Lessons are also recorded and uploaded online for us to refer back to. There are always teachers roaming around the class so if I have a question, I can signal them and they’ll come and offer individual support.
What you'll study
By choosing to study the Computing IPM, you will develop academic language skills through an intense language module, as well as be exposed to graduate study and subject-specialist modules. These modules will provide a strong framework for you to continue your studies to a master's degree.
Introduction to Graduate Study
This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to explore academic language and skills required for successful university study. You will be taught to consolidate strategies for approaching academic texts and for structuring academic writing and presentations. We will emphasise a critical approach to help you develop reasoned arguments and the ability to summarise and incorporate supporting evidence. The module will also explore different types of assessment tasks used in postgraduate degrees.
Developing Your Approach to Graduate Study
This module aims to provide an in-depth exploration of academic language and skills. This includes strategies for approaching academic assignments, structuring academic writing and presentations, developing a reasoned argument, incorporating supporting evidence, summarising and proofreading. It will also explore different types of assessment tasks used in universities.
Succeeding at Graduate Study
This module aims to develop and refine your academic skills, language accuracy and fluency. This will be done by analysing academic genres to identify successful approaches and strategies, deepening reading and listening skills for gathering information, and exploring different ways of organising arguments and appropriately incorporating source material. It aims to strengthen critical thinking and analytical skills and support you in refining an appropriate academic style. It will consolidate your knowledge and understanding of your destination postgraduate degree course and UK academic conventions.
Research Skills for Graduate Study
This module aims to develop your understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods. It will also introduce you to ethical issues surrounding research. We will ask you to design a research project, searching the literature around a subject of interest, and prepare a literature review. The emphasis is on developing knowledge and skills in the analysis and utilisation of quantitative and qualitative data.
Internet of Things
The underlying principles, technologies and architecture of wireless sensor networks will be examined in this module along with current practical applications and future trends. You will critically evaluate the security, privacy and trust implications of IoT technology and explore the approaches and mechanisms that mitigate security risks.
Contemporary Issues in Computing
This unit focuses on a range of contemporary and emerging technologies, applications and professional issues in computing. Throughout the module, you will engage with research and advanced practice literature with the aim of extending and broadening your subject knowledge. There’s a focus on professional, ethical, business and societal issues, through an international lens.
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.
Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:
You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.
Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 5.0 minimum
If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your study route. For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.
We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.
Fees and funding
2022/23 tuition fees. Fees and course duration are dependent on your IELTS entry level.
|Student||Full time||Part time|
|International|| 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.
During your international pre-master’s you'll be based at our modern CU Coventry Mile Lane campus1, located in the heart of the city. You will also have access to the wider facilities and amenities available at Coventry University3.
This includes full membership of Coventry University Students' Union (CUSU) where you will receive access to support and advice as well as societies and events, and access to TheHub, which is the centre of student life at our Coventry campus.
The campus is home to an on-site library with bookable 1-2-1 academic writing service and library support sessions, fully equipped seminar rooms, open access study areas, café and IT suite. Our labs contain industry-standard equipment, so that you learn using the same equipment as many industry professionals.
At TheHub you'll find the Health and Wellbeing Centre, the Students’ Union and Square One which provide entertainment from quiz nights to live music, the Spirituality and Faith Centre, Tank Studio, Careers and Add+vantage Office, Enterprise Hub and a fantastic food court.
You will have full reading rights in Coventry University’s Lanchester Library. The library is open 24/7, 364 days a year and has 1,400 study spaces, including group and silent areas. It also currently offers more than 550 computers and an additional 120 free-to-loan laptops.
Careers and opportunities
If you successfully pass the International Pre-Master’s - Computing, you will be guaranteed a place on a relevant postgraduate degree course at Coventry University (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 now
For 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 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 faculty 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. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.
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:
CUCIPM07 (IELTS 5.0)
CUCIPM12 (IELTS 5.5)
CUCIPM08 (IELTS 6.0+)