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Study Abroad and Exchange

Preparation For Master's

AUB offers students the opportunity to explore their creative practice while broadening their horizons.

Join our Pre-Master's programme

Explore your creative practice and prepare for your Master’s degree.

Our Preparation for Master’s course is designed for international students and creative professionals who already have an undergraduate degree but may not have the required academic qualifications or entry requirements to progress directly onto one of AUB’s Master’s degrees.

This six-month programme gives you the opportunity to improve your English language and study skills, develop your portfolio and deepen your understanding of your creative practice to ensure you can secure entry onto an AUB Master’s degree with confidence.

The Preparation for Master's programme will help you:

  • Improve your creative skills and arts portfolio to meet the level required for postgraduate study in a subject that may be different from your undergraduate (BA) degree.
  • Develop your academic English levels in terms of writing, listening and discussing your work.
  • Fully understand the study skills required at Master’s level if you do not have the required academic experience.
  • Receive academic support from your MA course leader and Graduate School staff.
  • Improve your knowledge about British culture and the arts to appreciate the range of cultural influences.
  • Increase your confidence as a creative arts student within a specialist field.
  • Gain experience living and studying in the UK as a creative arts student.

Course information

Your MA course leader will determine your suitability for Master’s level before you are offered a place on the Preparation programme. You will then be offered a programme of learning to help you develop your skills and prepare for your future Master's application.

You will join undergraduate students on selected modules to refine your individual capabilities and receive mentoring from our academic tutors, who will provide support and guidance to help you improve sufficiently to apply to your Master's degree.

Students will be required to pass all elements of the Preparation programme to be considered for the Master's course.

Our Pre-Master’s course does not automatically guarantee your entry onto an AUB Master’s degree; you will need to ensure that you meet the minimum stated academic and English language requirements for these courses, and this will be checked at the point of application. During the course, your MA course leader will work closely with you and academic colleagues to ensure you are well supported, to meet the expected learning outcomes and develop your creative practice. Please note, this is not an accredited course and therefore may not necessarily be accepted by other institutions as a progression pathway to their own Master’s courses.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our Pre-Master’s course, please contact our International team:

Course details

Mode of Study

Full time

2 Terms

Term Duration

2 Terms

September – March

2 Terms

January – May

Contact Study Abroad on +44 1202 363824 or Skype: aub-studyabroad.

English requirements

Students with language scores of IELTS 5.5 to 6.5 or equivalent, will be supported by English language study during their course to improve academic listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students with language scores below IELTS 5.5 or equivalent will be offered an additional English programme, before the Preparation programme. Extra English language support courses will incur an additional fee, depending on the duration of study.

In order to progress onto a Masters level course, all students will need to demonstrate language levels of minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Students should also have an undergraduate award in a related subject. Please refer to our full list of Master's courses for details of what’s on offer.

Entry requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
  • BA (Hons) degree
  • All students are asked to submit examples of creative work with their application in order for tutors to assess current ability and assess future potential.
  • A personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation

  • On successful completion, students are awarded a 'Certificate of Attendance' and a 'Transcript of Marks'.

    On successful completion of the Preparation programme and minimum English levels of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, direct entry onto the designated MA pathway will be offered.

    To apply, you can contact the Study Abroad Office on +44 1202 363824 or email

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Study Abroad courses are for students and professionals who wish to spend time learning in the UK with our students for one or more terms

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Outgoing Opportunities

Exchange programmes offer the opportunity for current AUB students to study part of their degree with one of our partner universities.

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Incoming Opportunities

Find out more about studying at AUB, either as a Study Abroad student or an exchange student from one of AUB’s partner institutions.