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Durham University International Study Centre - Study Group

Thornaby , England ,United Kingdom


The Pre-Masters in Law and Social Science prepares you for a choice of progression degrees at Durham University. When you have completed the programme and achieved the required grades, you can progress to a range of postgraduate degrees at Durham University.

Who is this programme for?
This programme is for international students looking to study a Masters degree in law or social sciences at Durham University.

  • Explore a wide range of topics through one of five distinctive routes: Anthropology, Archaeology, Geography, Law and Politics.
  • Improve your academic and English language skills needed for entry to your chosen Masters degree.
  • Gain the opportunity to progress to a large number of impressive postgraduate degrees at this world-renowned university.
  • Develop your ability to critically analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a range of research methods.
  • Engage in a new, culturally exciting community and enjoy studying abroad in the UK. 


  • Jan
  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Career development and support at every stage
At Durham University you will plan for your future, meet employers and develop your employability skills. Durham University produces some of the UK’s most employable graduates. It is ranked a world top 40 university for employability by blue chip companies (QS World University Rankings 2017/18). 

In a highly competitive graduate employment landscape, graduates need to demonstrate their strengths and experience to potential employers. You will start this preparation at the International Study Centre. With this in mind, CareerAhead will help you develop your skills for success.

At the International Study Centre
CareerAhead activities include:

  • identifying your personal strengths and areas for development
  • developing key employability skills such as problem solving, teamwork, time management and communication
  • creating a personal development plan, identifying your goals for future success.

You'll also have the opportunity to build up work experience by taking up part-time employment or a work placement during your studies. Find out more about working rights as part your visa.

At the University
During your degree at Durham City you will have the full support of the University’s career advisors and resources. To help you stand out from the crowd, you can also complete the College Award and Durham Award.

University career services
Throughout your studies at Durham University you will have lots of opportunities to meet employers, organise work experience and develop your career skills. 

At Queen’s Campus, the International Study Centre will give you all the support you need. When you successfully progress to Durham City you can take full advantage of the University’s wider career services at the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. Services include Career Fairs, a careers advisor, and help finding internships.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Pre-Masters programme you need to meet the following entry requirements.


You need a good first degree or diploma in a relevant subject. 

  • Business, Economics, Accounting and Finance: you need proof of Maths or other numerate subject modules within your undergraduate degree or diploma.
  • Law and Social Science: you may need a relevant first degree, depending on your chosen progression degree.
  • Science and Engineering: you need a relevant degree or diploma.

English language

  • Three terms - Academic IELTS for UKVI 5.5 (5.5 in all skills)*
  • Two terms - Academic IELTS for UKVI 6.0 (5.5 in all skills)*

Age: 20+

*We accept equivalent proof of English if you do not need a Student visa, or are exempt in another way.

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 21000 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: 235 GBP
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