Pre-Master's - Psychology and Social Sciences

The Pre-Master’s in Psychology and Social Sciences offers you a fast-track route to a diverse range of continuation degree options including Psychology, Social Work and Social Research Methods.

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The Pre-Master’s is designed for students who do not qualify for direct entry to a postgraduate degree at the University of Dundee. This could be because of the grades achieved in your undergraduate degree; your current qualifications are not equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree or if you want to improve your academic and English language skills.
The Pre-Masters course will equip you with the advanced skills you need to complete your postgraduate study at the University of Dundee. You will study over one term, this is a fast-track route to your chosen degree course and is studied over three months.

Key Information



15 months:

3 months pathway + 1 year degree

Pathway Tuition Fee


Course English Language Requirement
One term 6.0 overall with 5.5. minimum in all components 6.0 in writing
Two terms 5.5 overall with 5.5. minimum in all components 6.0 in writing
One term +6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.5 with no less than 5.0 in each component, except writing which must be 5.5
Two terms +6 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 5.0 with no less than 4.5 in each component
Two terms +12 week Pre-Sessional English IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each component

What you will study

Alongside core modules, you will study subject-specific modules that will equip you with a foundation of knowledge for your chosen field of study.

Core Modules

This module provides the appropriate foundation in statistical knowledge and skills to enable students to be successful in the future studies at master’s level. The module offers a grounding in statistics with an emphasis on practical applications and extensive use of statistical packages.

The aim of this module is to allow students an opportunity to engage with the concept of reflective practice. It is recognised that professional knowledge includes inter and intrapersonal elements such as values, previous experiences, emotions and personal capabilities. This module will encourage students to reflect upon what they bring to their studies, personally and professionally, and locate this within a comparative context.

The aim of the module is to introduce students to social research methods of direct relevance to their professional practice or further academic study in Psychology and familiarise them with standard research terminology. The module will cover qualitative, quantitative and evidence-based approaches to research.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree course

International Energy Studies and Energy Finance
Develop your understanding of the economic and financial issues facing the international energy sector
International Energy Studies and Oil and Gas Economics
Develop your understanding of the economics and policy issues facing the international oil and gas industries
Social Work
Learn how to support individuals, families, and communities, while working towards the professional accreditation required for a career in social work
Advanced Social Work Studies
Develop advanced critical, analytical, and research skills in any aspect of social work, with a course that can be tailored to your interests
Social Research
Explore a variety of social research methods and learn how to conduct reliable and valid research that will help you examine ideas about society
Developmental Psychology
Study infant and child development, with a focus on socio-emotional and cognitive skills. Join in with our ongoing research to gain experience in the field.
Psychological Research Methods
For psychology graduates who wish to gain theoretical and practical training in research methods and experience of working in an active lab
Psychology (Conversion)
A course for students who wish to obtain an accredited psychology degree that will support entry into the professional psychology career pathways

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