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  • $ 11.2k
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 615pts.
  • Duration:
  • 6 months

    Prepare for your Master's degree by developing your study methods and academic English

    The Graduate Diploma combines the essential skills you will need to ensure seamless progression on to postgraduate degrees at NCUK universities, including Manchester Metropolitan University.

    The programme is classified as a Pre-sessional course by the UK Border Agency.

    Why apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

    • guaranteed offer from Manchester Metropolitan University for all successful students
    • associate university status for all students
    • quality-assured university accredited programme
    • high contact hours and small class sizes with personalised attention
    • regular assessment to monitor your progress and ensure you achieve your academic goals
    • the highest levels of individual care and support

    MMU has more professional accreditations and associations than any other university in the UK

    Course length: 2 - 3 terms (6 - 9 months)

    When can I start?

    • January 2014 start (Route B - 2 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 06 Jan 2014 to Fri 11 Apr 2014
    Term 2: Mon 28 Apr 2014 to Fri 23 May 2014
    Term 3: Tue 27 May 2014 to Fri 27 Jun 2014


    • September 2014 start (Route A - 3 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 22 Sep 2014 to Fri 05 Dec 2014
    Term 2: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 20 Mar 2015
    Term 3: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 26 Jun 2015


    • January 2015 start (Route B - 2 terms)

    Term 1: Mon 05 Jan 2015 to Fri 20 Mar 2015
    Term 2: Mon 13 Apr 2015 to Fri 26 Jun 2015


    There are two options when choosing your pathway on the Graduate Diploma programme, depending on your qualifications, English language level and work experience.

    Route A (3 terms):

    Modules include:

    • English for Academic Purposes
    • Management Studies (preparatory term)
    • Management Studies (core term)
    • Research Methods
    • Dissertation

    Route B (2 terms):

    Modules include:

    • English for Academic Purposes
    • Management Studies (core term)
    • Research Methods
    • Dissertation

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is both formal and informal, designed to help you build on your successes and meet requirements for entry to postgraduate study. Marks do not count towards the Master’s qualification, but they help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study. Assessment of English language will be based on written assignments, presentations, interview and written examinations. Assessment of postgraduate research skills will be based on an individual project and written report.

    Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of coursework and class tests. The final grade is based on a mixture of coursework and examinations. Successful students will achieve a pass, credit or distinction for their research proposal and dissertation.


    The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year Diploma in a relevant subject. The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for that that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

    Program requirements

    Academic requirementsSeptember and January start: students must have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree or have an equivalent three-year university diploma.Students with a three-year diploma are usually offered a more limited range of progression opportunities for Master's study. Work experience in a related area can increase this range for diploma holders.Note: when applying, students must state the subject that they wish to study at Master's level.For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact usEnglish requirements:Three term programme: IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 in reading and writing) or equivalent.Two term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with minimum of 5.5 in reading and writing) or equivalent.We can also accept Pearson (PTE). Please contact us for further details.Please note: for visa purposes students requiring a tier 4 visa must have IELTS 5.5 (with minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.Students who do not meet the minimum English language requirements should apply for English for University Study.Age: 21 years and above


    High achievement is important to INTO and its students. We reward the academic success of the best students and in 2010 gave over £1m in scholarships that helped fund their studies.

    If you have a strong academic record you will have the opportunity to apply for an INTO scholarship. These recognise those that have worked hard to join us and have the potential to go on to study at the highest levels. Every study centre offers scholarships and each application is considered with great care.

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