International Pre-Master’s - Engineering

Study level: International Pathways Programme
International Pre-Master's
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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)

Study mode



Up to 1 year

Course code

See how to apply section

Start date

September 2023
January 2024
March 2024

Course overview

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 engineering and research knowledge with concepts such as reasoning principles, Internet of Things (IoT) systems, and sustained studies. 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.
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Global experience

Study in the UK and gain international experience

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Degree ready

Get the skills needed to progress onto a UK degree

Progression degrees

The Engineering 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):

*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.

I like the engineering lab I’m taught in at the CU Coventry campus. It’s clean and comfortable, and the computers are new. I’ve also been to the engineering building on the main campus with the F1 simulator and it’s nice. The facilities at Coventry University are really professional and you can use industry-standard software and simulations.

Rico Tang, International Pathways Programme student (Engineering), 2022
An international student using the F1 simulator in the Coventry University Engineering Building

What you'll study

By choosing to study the Engineering 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.


  • This module is required for students who enter at IELTS level 5.0.

    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 is required for students who enter at IELTS level 5.0 and 5.5.

    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 is required for students who enter at IELTS level 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0.

    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.


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.

Entry requirements

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 entry: 5.0 overall (with no component lower than 4.5)
  • IELTS 5.5 entry: 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5.0)
  • IELTS 6.0 entry: 6.0 overall (with no component lower than 5.5)

UKVI or SELT equivalent will be required for IELTS 5.0 entry.

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.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 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  
Not available

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 Your Students' Union 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.

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Mile Lane

Mile Lane is home to an on-site library with bookable 1-2-1 academic writing service and library support sessions, fully equipped seminar rooms, industry-standard labs, open access study areas, café and IT suite.


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The Hub

At The Hub 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, Enterprise Hub and food court.


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Lanchester Library

You will have 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 - 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.

Degree ready

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

Course codes

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:

  • 1Study location

    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.

    2Tuition fees

    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.

    Student Contract

    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.