International Pre-Masters Diploma in Business Management (First year of the Extended MSc degree)

Our International Pre-Masters Diploma in Business Management is designed specifically to give you a thorough grounding in the skills that underpin your chosen MSc programme. It covers a range of essential subjects including English Language, Study and Communication Skills plus core academic, postgraduate, introductory subjects.

International Pre-Masters Diploma in Business Management (First year of the Extended MSc degree) is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

London Shepherd’s Bush

Start Date

January, May and September

Length of programme
  • One academic year full-time
  • Minimum 16 hours a week (including breaks) over 10 weeks
Modes of study



We use different methods of assessment, depending on the module. These include: portfolio coursework, seen and unseen assessments and examinations

How to apply

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Key Information

  • Our English courses and delivery are accredited by the British Council
  • Receive assistance from personal tutors and international student advisers to help you settle in and increase your confidence
  • Obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress to your chosen MSc
  • You will have a minimum of 16 hours face-to-face tuition including breaks, plus homework and self-study to undertake
  • A choice of start dates for added flexibility
  • You will have access to online resources on BPP University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) allowing you to revise anytime, anywhere
  • Guaranteed progression onto your BPP University Masters programme on successful completion of all the programme assessments
  • Learn from a select group of academic and management professionals
  • Reinforce your understanding through small, group workshops and extensive online support
  • Study books or online study books are included within the fees
  • Gain the skills and knowledge you need for entry onto BPP University’s Masters degree programmes

Preparing you for masters study

Our International Pre-Masters Diploma in Business Studies makes sure you're equipped with the business knowledge and advanced learning and communication skills required for UK masters study. The programme is offered full-time over one academic year, starting in September, January and May.

  • Minimum age - you must be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the course
  • Class sizes - for your English classes normally these will be of a maximum of 20 students and often many fewer- averaging 15 students (depending on the time of year) for the 'academic' subjects normally these will be of a maximum of 25 students and often many fewer- averaging 20 students (depending on the time of year)
  • Hours of study – you will have 16 hours face to face tuition including breaks (there will be homework and self-study to undertake in addition)
  • Timetable - your lessons will usually be held between either 09:00 and 13:00 or 14:00 and 18:00 each day, over 5 days.
  • Books - study books or on-line study books are included within the fees

A warm welcome

We understand that moving to a new country can be a daunting prospect, so we make every effort to ease your transition to the UK. The programme encourages social and cultural integration with a range of activities. You'll also have a personal tutor and fellow student 'study buddy' to work with throughout the programme.

How the programme is taught

To enhance your learning experience, classes are taught in small seminars by tutors and lecturers from both professional and academic backgrounds. Each seminar is followed up with tutorials and practical workshops to reinforce what you've learnt. In total you'll have a minimum of 16 hours face-to-face tutor contact each week, with regular feedback throughout the programme.

Self-study is also vital to your learning. For this you'll be supported by extensive online materials which you can access through our 'Blackboard' portal – anytime anywhere.

Extra learning support

Progress reviews are part of the tutorials and tutors are always there to help. But if you need extra learning support our 'Help Desk' sessions provide answers to any questions you may have. International student advisors are also available to help you adapt your learning style to the requirements of a UK masters degree.

Ways to study

Our International Pre-Masters Diploma in Business Studies is a full-time programme lasting one academic year, combining face-to-face teaching with self-study. Face-to-face classes are taught at our study centres in London.

You can start this programme in September, January or May and study for one academic year (approximately nine months). Dates and times for future programmes will be available here soon

Pre-Sessional English course available

Our Pre-Sessional English course is designed for international students who want or need to improve their English before beginning their BPP University degree or foundation programme. Successfully passing the course will guarantee you progression on to your chosen degree programme without needing to re-take any external English language tests. You will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge of general and academic English and develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

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The International Pre-Masters Diploma in Business Studies consists of the five compulsory modules:

English Language and Communication Skills (30 credits)

The module will provide students with essential skills for undertaking postgraduate academic study of business management or law through the medium of English within the context of British universities. Students will be offered the chance to improve their command of English overall and in the academic setting specifically. This will be done through progressive practice and enhancement of the students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills relevant to the fields of business management.

Understanding Economics and Business (15 credits)

Studying this module, you will be debating the highly topical nature of the real world of business. Through a review of developments and trends within the business sector, an examination of the inter-relationship between the business sector and other elements of social and economic activity, you will be provided with the knowledge and understanding of factors relating to the environment within which businesses operate.

Business Accounting (15 credits)

A solid understanding in the fundamentals of accounting is vital to the success of any career you might choose to pursue in business. The aim of this module is to provide you with an understanding of the fundamentals of accounting and finance, by introducing you to the core principles of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management.

The module will develop your technical competence in the understanding and interpretation of financial statements as produced by specialists from within an organisation’s finance department and externally by auditors. In addition there will be an element of being able to ‘prepare’ and interpret management statements, plans, budgets and forecasts primarily for internal use.

People in Organisations (15 credits)

Human Resources is about more than just processes. If managed effectively people add value and contribute to organisational success. This module introduces you to contemporary approaches to managing people by analysing and challenging theory in relation to the practice of HRM.

Operations Management (15 credits)

Operations management includes all the activities required to create and deliver a product or service, from selecting suppliers and/or raw materials to getting it to the manufacturer and from there to the customer. The module covers a variety of models and techniques that help firms formulate effective operations strategies. You will gain an understanding of the key operations management concepts as applied to both manufacturing and services industries.

Diploma Project and Report (Business-based) (30 credits)

This module is the consolidation of all your learning on the programme and your opportunity to prove that you have the commercial and business acumen needed to succeed. It involves undertaking a practical project underpinned with sound academic principles that identifies and addresses a business problem or opportunity. The outcome of your endevours will lead to a value adding, practical business solution during which you will be able to demonstrate your professional credibility.


Each module is assessed by a variety of methods including coursework and exams.

Entry requirements

English language

  • IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with 5.5 in writing) or equivalent

Educational background

  • You must be 18 years or over at the start of the programme
  • You should hold an equivalent to NQF or QCF NARIC Level 5 Diploma, or a Foundation Degree qualification or a HND

Our International Office can assess your certificates and advise if you meet the entry requirements. You can also visit our website for a list of entry requirements from your country. If you do not think you meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, please contact us.

Study locations

Paying for your programme

From January 2017:

Pre-Masters Diploma in Business Studies programme fee is £11,000

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

From September 2017:

Pre-Masters Diploma in Business Studies programme fee is £12,500

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15 credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20 credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30 credit module £800


BPP offers a range of scholarships and discretionary awards to support postgraduate study. You will find a selection of them in our scholarships and funding section.

You can also contact the Student Finance Office for more information:

BPP University
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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7061 1301
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7404 1389
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