International Pre-Master’s (Engineering) 2021/22 entry
The course has been designed to prepare international students from different educational and language backgrounds for postgraduate study at a UK university. It aims to give you a deep understanding of the academic culture that will allow you to flourish on your postgraduate degree programmes.
As well as providing a thorough orientation and induction to postgraduate study, it also supports you to develop the appropriate level of academic language, study skills, and content knowledge to enable you to meet the entry requirements of your destination degree programme on successful completion. This solid foundation aims to enable you to ‘hit the ground running’ on your postgraduate degree, help you take a critical approach, reflect on your learning, and organise your studies to be an independent learner.
Subject to meeting the academic entry requirements, on successful completion of the International Pre-Master’s (Engineering), you will be eligible to progress onto one of the following Coventry University master’s degrees:
- Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc*
- Aerospace Engineering MSc*
- Air Transport Management MSc*
- Automotive Engineering MSc*
- Connected Autonomous Vehicles Engineering MSc*
- Control, Automation and Artificial Intelligence MSc
- Electrical Automotive Engineering MSc
- Embedded Systems Engineering MSc
- Engineering Management MSc
- Engineering Project Management MSc
- Renewable Energy Engineering MSc*
- Supply Chain Management and Logistics MSc
*Due to the nature and particular specialism of the course, applications are reviewed by the faculty course academic teams prior to offer to ensure a compatible level of understanding. Where appropriate, the faculty may offer alternative progression degrees to students for consideration.
The Pre-Master’s Programme consists of six modules – three academic language and skills modules, one research skills module and two subject-specialist modules. Depending on your English language score, you could have the opportunity to join the course at the third language and skills module, subject to meeting the minimum requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Embedded Systems Engineering
This module will prepare you with the skills and knowledge needed in constructing an efficient Internet of Things (IoT) system. In the first part of the module, we will study features of high-level languages and develop an understanding of software programs and reasoning principles. In the second part, you'll learn to build a secure and sophisticated IoT system using an embedded device.
Systems Operation and Control Project
The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake sustained independent study and demonstrate expertise in the specialised field of mechatronics and robotics, encompassing a study focused around a course of research and investigation of a specific problem, conducted as a professional engineer. It will enable you to understand the importance of correct analysis of all the factors involved in a mechatronic problem and develop initiative within the development of the investigation.
In more detail...
This Pre-Master’s Programme will be delivered by CU, part of the Coventry University Group, for and on behalf of Coventry University. You will be taught using a variety of approaches, which may include lectures, group discussion, pair work, individual and group presentations, research projects and tutorials.
Each one of the modules requires the equivalent of between 225 and 300 study hours. They run over six weeks and are taught consecutively, with a combination of assessments in each six-week block.
The university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.
Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.
*We have set out the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course. Teaching contact hours will vary in different semesters/blocks and years of study and may vary due to module selection (if applicable). In addition to the contact hours detailed, we offer the opportunity to attend additional optional sessions, or to meet with staff during their advice and feedback hours.
You will be assessed on the first three academic language and skills modules through a combination of continuous, formative and final assessments. Formative assessments will be delivered at the end of module one and two, and there will be continuous assessment of your performance and output throughout each module.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
On successful completion of all your modules, including the subject-specific module, you will be able 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.
On successful completion of the International Pre-Master’s (Engineering), you will be eligible to progress onto one of the Coventry University postgraduate degrees listed in the Overview tab (subject to meeting the specified entry criteria).
All modules are non-credit bearing. A progression meeting is held at the end of your modules to determine whether you can progress to the postgraduate degree course.
You will receive approximately 18 hours of teaching contact hours per week through a combination of lectures (which may take place in person on-campus or online. There will also be regular small group or individual tutorials. The remaining study hours required for the module will be self-guided.
Applicants are required to have suitable academic qualifications, in a subject relevant to their chosen pathway, equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree.
You must have a valid Secure English Language Test (SELT) listed on the UKVI’s ‘List of approved tests and providers’, score of 5.0 or equivalent.
Non-Student visa students may be accepted with equivalent scores on Cambridge Preliminary (PET), First (FCE) or Advanced (CAE); PTE Academic; TOEFL iBT; or the Coventry University English Test (CUET), on a case-by-case basis.
Depending upon the SELT score already obtained, you will have the opportunity to join the course at the second or third module, subject to meeting the minimum requirements.
Entry to the course on the first Language and Skills Module requires a SELT. Direct entry on to the second or third Language and Skills Modules requires students to have obtained CEFR Level B2 or above; evidence of B2 level competence can take the form of a non- SELT language test.
Once we have processed your application form, you will receive the outcome of your application by email.
Please be aware you will need the following information to make your application:
- Copies of your full (final) and up-to-date academic transcripts
- Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
- An English Language test result or certificate
- One academic reference letter
- Your personal statement supporting your application to study at Coventry University
- Copy of your current passport
£16,000 - CUCIPM03 (IELTS 5.0)
£11,750 - CUCIPM04 (IELTS 6.0) (per year)
We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees, which we review annually. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course, and we aim for total financial transparency.
|Pre-Master’s Programme (IELTS 5.0)||CUCIPM03||£16,000|
|Pre-Master’s Programme (IETLS 6.0)||CUCIPM04||£11,750|
If you successfully pass the International Pre-Master’s (Engineering), 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.
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