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Level of study:
Tuition fees:

UK/Home – £1,350 (not available as a standalone)

International – £4,250 (London), £4,000 (Birmingham)

Entry requirements:

A third or a pass in a bachelors degree in any discipline; or a pass in a non-honours degree with any classification in any discipline; or 3 year Diploma (DAZhuan) or equivalent (China only).

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.0 with no component less than 5.5, or equivalent.

Other English language tests are accepted, click here to find out more.

Mode of study:
1 semester
Assessment method:
Student finance:
Not available

London and Birmingham

Start dates:
January, May, September
Application deadline:
Response to Covid-19: Our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our students, and ensuring continued access to learning. As part of our response to Covid-19, in addition to live online learning activities we plan to offer some opportunities to engage in some small group face-to-face teaching at the London and Birmingham branch campuses as soon as it is safe for us to do so, continuing to follow Government advice and social distancing measures as required. Our plans are based on public health advice and robust risk assessments and will be regularly reviewed and updated in that context. More information about our response to Covid-19 and FAQs are available here.

About this course

This Pre-Masters programme has been designed as a bridging mechanism for students who wish to progress from undergraduate to postgraduate study at Ulster and will lead to a distinct award, the Graduate Certificate in Business.

The programme lasts for 1 semester and consists of 3 modules. The programme covers study skills as well as elements of a pathway course.

You will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and insight in the following areas:

  • The learning styles required for academic purposes at postgraduate level
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills to draw reasoned conclusions from data and make appropriate recommendations
  • The ability to use academic literature and a wide range of research and evaluation methods
  • Use a wide range of research methods to critically evaluate concepts, arguments and evidence in an objective manner

Teaching methods

You will be taught using a wide variety of teaching methods across the modules including lectures and seminars, totaling around 12 hours. In addition to your time in class, you will also be expected to engage in approximately 30 hours of self-study time per week.

You will get an excellent preparation for masters level study from highly experienced lecturing staff.

You will have access to Blackboard, our online learning environment, where you can access module resources and reading lists that will assist your preparation for classes and self-study.


Assessment for the Graduate Certificate (Pre-Masters) will be through coursework.


Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate with a minimum average of 50% across all modules, will be in a position to progress on to one of our Masters programmes in London or Birmingham.

Progression on to the MBA is conditional on passing the Graduate Certificate with an overall pass mark of at least 50% at the first attempt and normally the possession of 2 years’ relevant work experience.

The Graduate Certificate also serves as a stand-alone, internationally recognised qualification which will be awarded upon achieving a pass of 40% in each module.

Please note: International students progressing on to the MBA, MSc Marketing or MSc International Business will need to apply for a second visa if the Graduate Certificate is studied as a standalone programme. Alternatively, you can study the Extended MSc Marketing or Extended MSc International Business.

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Ideally located near many popular cafes, the West End and markets, our London campus is a great place for you to study in the heart of London.


Our Birmingham campus can be found right in the heart of the city, close to key transport links, cafes, shopping centres and museums.

Dates and fees

Find out all the information you need regarding application deadlines, course start dates and tuition fees here.

Entry requirements

Check our entry requirements here, including equivalences for local country qualifications.