Pre-Masters in Science & Engineering


Whether you’re excited about engineering or crazy about computer science, this pathway helps you to develop your research and analysis skills, focusing on the areas that you’re most passionate about, preparing you for success in your future 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

Fees

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Scholarships

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Experience world-class teaching and research

Studying science at the University of Aberdeen and get involved with an innovative learning culture. University staff have won national awards for their work, ensuring you learn from figures at the forefront of industry. The city of Aberdeen itself is known as the Energy Capital of Europe, with the University offering degrees grounded in world-class research.

What will I study?

Our accelerated, twelve-week Pre-Masters Programme offers you specially designed modules around your chosen subject route to help you prepare for postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen. Taught in the same style as the University, you will also study core and route modules designed to improve your English and mathematical skills.

Modules

  • Advanced Engineering Methods

    This module covers:

    • calculus
    • laplace transform
    • solution of ODEs
    • fourier transform
    • numerical differentiation and solution of ordinary differential equations
    • Runge-Kutta methods
    • vector calculus
    • integration
    • partial differential equations
  • Computational Maths

    This module covers:

    • introduction to computational mathematics
    • solving systems of linear equations
    • interpolation
    • locating roots of equations
    • least squares problems
    • numerical integration
    • numerical differentiation and solution of ordinary differential equations
  • Introduction to Mathematical Analysis

    This module covers:

    • logic and proof
    • sets and functions
    • the real numbers
    • sequences
    • limits and continuity
    • differentiation
    • integration
    • infinite series
  • Laboratory Skills and Scientific Communication

    This module covers:

    • health and safety in the lab
    • experimental procedure tutorial
    • statistics and data handling workshop
    • literature review tutorial
    • laboratory (theoretical/practical)
    • producing research reports and posters
  • Quantitative Skills for Engineering and Science

    This module covers:

    • basic mathematical procedures
    • introduction to MATLAB software
    • non-linear axes on graphs
    • introduction to computational mathematics
    • basic probability
    • basic logic
    • design of experiments
    • matrix solution of equations
    • eigenvalues and eigenvectors
    • optimisation of functions of several variables
  • Research Methods in Chemistry

    This module covers:

    • introduction to scientific method
    • formulating a question
    • qualitative and quantitative research
    • descriptive research 
    • research variables
    • sampling
    • typical experimental designs
    • presentation of findings
  • Research Methods in Geoscience

    This module covers:

    • introduction to scientific method
    • formulating a question
    • qualitative and quantitative research
    • introduction to GIS
    • descriptive research covariance
    • research variables
    • establishing cause and effect
    • sampling
    • typical experimental designs
    • presentation of findings
  • Research Project in Science & Engineering

    This module covers:

    • selecting a case study/specific area of research
    • the importance of collecting data
    • use of appropriate models and concepts
    • critical analysis

Need to improve your IELTS?


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

A Masters student in the engineering lab at the University of Aberdeen

I studied Petroleum Engineering for my undergraduate degree at Aberdeen and now I’ve started a Masters in International Business Management at Aberdeen as well. I think the University has a lot of good advice for my career plan, that's why I came back for my Masters degree.

Bella from China
Studying MSc International Business Management

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

Once you have completed your Pre-Masters Programme in Science & Engineering, you will be able to progress to the one-year taught Masters degree of your choice. Some Masters degrees are available for a September or January start, and some for September start only.

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Please note:

Students must complete a form at application and gain approval from ATAS for the following programmes:

  • MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering,
  • MSc Data Science,
  • MSc Oil & Gas Engineering,
  • MSc Petroleum Engineering,
  • MSc Renewable Energy Engineering,
  • MSc Subsea Engineering

 

  • The following degrees are available for the May Pre-Masters intake for progression in September to the University only:
    • Analytical Chemistry MSc
    • Artificial Intelligence MSc
    • Bioarchaeological Science MSc
    • Biomolecular Archaeology MSc
    • Data Science MSc
    • Decommissioning MSc
    • Industrial Pharmaceutical Chemistry MSc
    • Integrated Petroleum Geoscience MSc

Application information