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How it works

Your postgraduate programme at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) will equip you with the academic skills you need to succeed in your chosen Master’s degree at Birmingham City University (BCU). On successful completion of your postgraduate programme, you will progress seamlessly to BCU.

Pre-Master’s entry

Pre-Master’s is an entry point that comes before a Master’s degree. By studying Pre-Master’s, you will gain a solid understanding of your chosen subject as well as the required skills for postgraduate-level study at a UK university. Upon successful completion, you will progress to your Master’s degree.

The following programmes offer pre-Master’s entry onto BCU postgraduate degrees:


Your BCUIC programme will be delivered in small classes rather than large lecture groups, giving you lots of opportunity to develop your understanding through discussions with your classmates and tutors. This way, you will have a proper grasp of the subject when you progress to BCU.

Independent learning

A significant part of postgraduate-level study involves independent learning. Your BCUIC programme will teach you how to drive your own learning and be proactive outside of your timetabled classes.


Your overall workload will consist of the following:

  • Timetabled contact hours
  • Independent learning
  • Assessed activities
  • Ad-hoc field trips.


Timetables will be provided once you are registered and enrolled. Scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week, Monday to Friday.


You will have opportunities to test your understanding of each module before you complete the formal assessments at the end. Formal assessment methods include:

  • Critical evaluation
  • Mini dissertation
  • Portfolio
  • Group project.

The specific assessment methods for your programme are detailed in the programme specifications.


Tutors will provide both formative and summative feedback every semester. Feedback is intended to help you learn, and you are encouraged to discuss it with your tutor.

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