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.


Research Methods

Developing effective research skills is a crucial part of postgraduate study. This module will teach you how to collect research data and materials related to your subject area and how to analyse your findings. You will also study quantitative and qualitative research techniques and explore written and electronic sources of information.

Introduction to Statistical Analysis

Study common mathematical techniques and learn how you can use them to challenge hypotheses in academic research or inform the decision-making process in work-based environments. This module focuses on practical application, using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software, newly re-branded as PASW (Predictive Analytics SoftWare).

Business Ethics

Learn about the moral, philosophical and sociological theories related to ethics and integrity in all kind of businesses, nationally and globally. Explore moral dilemmas confronting businesses, their owners, managers and staff.

Analytical Techniques and Problem Solving

Find out how an analytic approach towards your studies can deepen your understanding. Learn about critical reasoning and explore a range of problem-solving techniques.

Introduction to Business and Management

Develop a greater understanding of the key areas within the Business and Management master’s course. Understand the key academic concepts and issues related to operations management and organisational behaviour. Learn how to critically analyse key business-related models.

Individual Research Project

Undertake an extended research project, using what you have learned about research methods and selecting and using material appropriately and effectively.

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.