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Study mode

Full time


6 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Pre-masters Programme

Subject areas

Preparatory Courses English For Specific Purposes

Course type


Course Summary

Who is this course for?

We’ve designed this course for international students aiming to study a postgraduate degree at UCL and other leading UK universities.

You’ll be particularly well suited to the IPM if you have an undergraduate degree that meets the academic requirements of your future degree, but you would like to enhance your academic ability and improve your English language level.

It will appeal equally to recent graduates or those returning to study after some time away, as well as to students changing their future degrees, or those wanting time and support to consider their future options.

The course will benefit all those wishing to prepare for postgraduate study on a UK university campus and be supported as they are introduced to a new academic culture and living in a foreign country.

What this course will give you?

The IPM offers the ideal opportunity to develop your academic abilities and English language and gain an insider’s perspective on what it takes to be successful at UK and other leading UK universities.

The focus is on experiencing authentic academic situations and tasks that you will typically undertake on degree programmes so that you are more academically confident and independent.

On the course, you will develop your ability to:

Use English accurately, flexibly, and confidently in an academic context.
Understand and critically respond to lectures and academic texts.
Write convincing, structured academic texts in an appropriate academic style, with particular emphasis on the essay.
Speak effectively in academic contexts, with a focus on seminar discussions and academic presentations.
Learn how to think – not what to think - by developing your skills of analysis and evaluation.
Reflect on educational experiences in preparation for the challenges of postgraduate study.
Conduct effective, library-based research required at postgraduate level.
Contribute effectively to your academic community by understanding the expectations and practices both generally and within your individual discipline.
Develop independent learning skills and learner autonomy to the level expected for postgraduate study in the UK.


You will examine research skills used at graduate level, whilst developing your critical, analytical and argumentation skills.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

You must normally show that you have a strong academic background by demonstrating a minimum of a lower second-class degree (2:2) or an overseas equivalent.

University information

UCL (University College London) is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the world, conducting leading research across a wide range of subject areas. Throughout its long and prestigious history, it has inspired and educated countless minds and produced 30 Nobel prize recipients. With one campus located in the heart of Bloomsbury and a second campus in vibrant east London, the university is home to around 42,000 students...more