Pre-Masters in Business & Law

Develop your research and analysis skills, focusing on the areas that you’re most passionate about, and prepare for continuing success in your professional career.

Key facts
  • Programme length: 12 weeks (1 term)
  • Age on entry: 20+
  • Start date:
    • May (to start your degree in September)
    • September (to start your degree in January)
    Check the term dates
Entry requirements

Check our academic and English language entry requirements


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Your pathway to a Masters recognised by industry

Aberdeen as a city has many links to local and global businesses, with many of the University’s Masters degrees recognised by leading industry bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Management Institute and the Law of Society of Scotland.

What will I study?

The Pre-Masters Programme at the International Study Centre is specially designed to help international students like you transition to postgraduate study in the UK. Over a fast-track twelve-week programme, you will study a mix of core modules and subject-specific classes in your chosen subject route to fully prepare you for your chosen progression degree.


  • Business Economics

    This module covers:

    • introduction to economics
    • demand focusing on consumer choice
    • supply and the costs of firms
    • market equilibrium
    • market structure
    • the importance of competition
    • monopolies and strategic interactions
  • Contemporary Issues in Law

    This module covers:

    • legal topics and associated economic, moral and ethical arguments
    • understanding what the law can and cannot do
    • regulation and citizens
    • regulation and commerce
  • Fundamentals of Contract Law

    This module covers:

    • law of property and obligations
    • law of contract
    • contract in comparative context
  • International Business & Management

    This module covers:

    • HRM
    • marketing
    • business strategy
    • operation management
    • entrepreneurship
  • Law: The UK context

    This module covers:

    • introduction to the English and Scottish legal systems
    • domestic sources of law
    • legal reasoning
    • international sources of law;
    • the courts and tribunals in England, Wales and Scotland
    • introduction to the criminal justice system
    • introduction to the civil justice system, civil litigation and ADR
  • Quantitative Methods for Business

    This module covers:

    • differentiation
    • unconstrained optimisation
    • partial differentiation and total differentials
    • confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.
    • brief introduction to integration
    • probability and random variables
    • the nature of econometrics and economic data

Need to improve your IELTS?

We offer an additional English language programme which is designed to raise your IELTS to the required level.

Why a Masters in Business?

Lea from Namibia thought that coming to the UK to study a Masters degree in Business would help her grow both professionally and personally.

Combined visa

Save time and money, and experience a seamless transition to postgraduate success by studying our Pre-Masters Programme and your university degree with one visa.

Doing this means you will benefit from the following:

  • Alternatives to Academic IELTS for UKVI can be used to join the Pre-Masters Programme.
  • You can work for up to 20 hours per week while in the UK, so you can enhance your CV and graduate prospects during your studies.
  • You do not need an additional IELTS test before joining your postgraduate degree.
  • There is no need to return home to apply for a new visa between your Pre-Masters Programme and chosen postgraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen.
  • You will have the opportunity to travel and explore the UK between courses.

The combined visa is suitable for students who have previously studied academic subjects in the UK.

Progress to your degree

Depending on your subject route, you can progress to a variety of degree types. Your career goals and personal interests will determine which degree you study, but it could be anything from an MBA, a MSc, or an LLM. Some Masters degrees are available for a September or January start, and some for September start only.

By successfully completing your Pre-Masters Programme and achieving the required grades, you can progress to one of the following degrees:

An international student stood outside of the Sir Duncan Rice library at the University of Aberdeen

I wanted to do something that can get me internationally recognised and able to work in any industry. I can work anywhere in the world and I thought as a finance graduate, you can basically work anywhere. I feel like I'm definitely going to enjoy this and I’m going to get to get a lot of exposure on how business operates from the finance perspective.

Lea from Namibia
Studies MSc Finance and Investment Management

  • The following degrees are available for the May Pre-Masters intake for progression in September to the University only:
    • Finance and Real Estate MScEcon
    • MBA Finance
    • Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance MScEcon

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