Pre-master's programme in Business and Management

Open the doors to a future in business.

Prepare for a future in business

Studying the Pre-master's programme in Business and Management is a great foundation for postgraduate study at Keele. Almost every aspect of modern society involves business practices and with a master’s degree in business, you can enter almost any career path.

What will I study?

The Pre-master’s in Business and Management is a two-term programme that will prepare you to become the specialists, innovators and leaders of the future. You will study a combination of core and specialist route modules to build a solid academic foundation while developing your skills in academic writing, listening and reading to help you succeed in your degree.

Academic English skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Dynamic Management for a Changing World

This module will help students gain a broad foundation of knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin masters level study at Keele Business School. The emphasis will be on using real-life case studies in order to solve business problems at a strategic level. The module will incorporate a number of key themes designed to prepare students for success not only in their further studies but as they embark on a business career in an increasingly international environment. Topics and case scenarios will require students to consider the implications for business practice of the organisation’s international context. Students will be expected to make and justify key strategic decisions using a range of accepted techniques and methods. Particular attention will be paid to ‘contemporary’ management issues facing 21st century organisations, such as ‘employer branding’, the role of digital media and the impact of new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics. Innovation will be a final key theme with case studies encouraging students to reflect on the importance of innovation as well as challenges organisations face in quantifying the potential risks and rewards of innovation.

Quantitative Methods and Skills

Quantitative Methods and Skills aims to ensure students have a working knowledge of the techniques and statistical concepts that support effective quantitative research. The module therefore provides an opportunity for students to explore a range of practical problems and techniques to aid their solution. Students will critically appraise the validity of the solutions found and consider appropriate adjustments. Students will also develop their skills in analysing quantitative data in order to draw inferences.

Research, Ethics and Project

This module develops the skills relating to research methods, ethical considerations of research, compiling a literature review, formulating a project proposal and developing this to a full research project. The module will be focused on developing an understanding of the application, collection and limitation of a variety of techniques related to data and materials, with particular emphasis on qualitative methods; honing critical reading skills; advancing awareness of ethical practice in research and refining writing skills to produce robust academic documents relating to research. Learning will be based on a series of lectures and seminars, some of which will be led by students.

In the second half of this module, students will be expected to apply their learning and skills from the QMS module, as appropriate, to their own project.

Development of academic study skills including advanced reading and writing skills will be complemented by the Academic English Skills (AES) module that runs concurrently to the whole of this module. The research project, that is the culmination of students’ work in this module, forms the extended writing assessment for the AES module. This will enable students to focus their efforts on one major piece of writing, through which they can demonstrate their skills and ability in meeting learning outcomes from both modules.

Improve your English language level

If you don't meet the English language entry requirements for this programme, we offer an English language preparation course to improve your language level. Our English for Pre-master's course can be studied for three or four terms before your Pre-Masters programme, depending on your current IELTs score. 

Key facts

Start date: April

English language requirements: IELTS 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 all components) or over 30 IELTS alternatives accepted

Academic entry requirements: Recognised higher/advanced diploma in related subject area, or a recognised degree in any related field, or an honours degree in any subject

Age: 20 years of age or above.

Prepare for your future

When you receive confirmation of your place to study at the International Study Centre, you will receive a conditional offer of a place on one of the specified master’s degrees at the university. Once you successfully complete your International Study Centre programme, and achieve the required grades, you will join your chosen master’s degree.

Progress to your degree

Your programme will be structured to give you regular feedback on your progress and make sure you are meeting all the learning outcomes required for success on your Keele University degree course. Progression is subject to achieving the minimum English requirements, Academic English Skills and subject module grades.

The grades outlined below indicate the entry requirements to progress for the 2018/19 academic year and these are for illustration purposes only. To be eligible to progress to their chosen master’s degree students must:

  • Achieve at least 40% in all subject modules
  • Achieve at least 60% in Academic English skills.

You will be advised of the minimum requirements for progression for 2018/19 on arrival at the International Study Centre.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Accounting and Financial Management MSc 40% in all subject modules 60% with min 40% in each skill
Global Media and Management MA 40% in all subject modules 60% with min 40% in each skill
Human Resource Management MA 40% in all subject modules 60% with min 40% in each skill

These degrees and grades are subject to change.