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The Pre-Master's Certificate has been designed to fully prepare you for your future master's course.
You will improve your study skills and use of academic English - the essential skills you will need for your master's course. You also have the opportunity to specialise in a subject of your choice through a module from the range of subjects offered at Oxford Brookes.
Your chosen subject specialism module will improve your knowledge of the area you wish to study in the future, and allows you to gain experience of studying at a UK university. You can choose your module from a range of subjects that include business, tourism, hospitality and leisure, law, social sciences, arts, humanities, computing and technology.
You should choose this course if:
* your undergraduate qualifications do not meet the level required for postgraduate study
* you wish to take a master's in a subject that is different from your undergraduate degree
* you wish to improve your study skills and use of academic English.
The course runs twice each year starting in January and June. If you choose to start this course in June you will study through the summer so you can progress directly to a master's course starting in September.
The course consists of three language and study skills modules, together with your chosen subject specialism module.
* Advanced Reading and Research Skills enables you to carry out research for reports, essays, seminars and other presentations effectively and appropriately. You will learn to apply your reading to a specific issue or question, and to evaluate and summarise secondary sources for use in writing assignments. You will also learn to employ correct quotation, paraphrasing and citation techniques, and to write a bibliography following academic conventions. You will widen your library research skills and develop the necessary extensive and intensive reading skills as preparation for writing and seminar assignments at masters level.
* Extended Writing Project offers the opportunity to undertake a research project leading to an extended research paper in your academic field (in the format of a report or essay), and to a reflective essay on the process followed, as preparation for postgraduate study. The research can be undertaken using only secondary sources, or both secondary and primary sources. It is a double module, ie 6 hours a week (2 x 3 hours) to enable you to get practice and support with writing through a varied pedagogical approach of classes, tutorials, lectures, workshops and online discussion forums.
* Advanced Seminar Skills develops and practises advanced listening, seminar and presentation skills for academic purposes, and builds on skills acquired through the Basic Seminar Skills module. The module includes practice of listening to lectures with note-taking and summary writing activities. You will get varied speaking practice is given in the form of pair and group discussions, consensus activities and a formal debate. You will develop your presentation skills with a researched individual presentation in your own discipline.
Subject specialism module
You are free to choose your subject module from a wide range of options from the university's modular programme. Your choice will normally be based on your interests and future area of study. Here are some of the more popular choices:
* Business (including e-Business, International Management, International Business Law, Hospitality and Tourism, Accountancy, Marketing, and Economics)
* Social Sciences and Law (including Politics, International Relations, Law, International Human Rights, Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology)
* Education (including Communication and Media, Language and Linguistics, Sports and Coaching, Philosophy, Religion, Culture and Ethics)
* Built Environment (including Architecture, Construction, Real Estate, Planning, Environmental Sustainability)
* Technology (including Computing, Mathematics, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering)
* Life Sciences (including Biotechnology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Sports Science)
* Health and Social Care (including nursing, social work and public heath)
Please note: the choice of subject modules depends on availability and may change without notice.
Students starting in June take an independent study module instead of the subject specialism module.