Pre-Masters Foundation

International Students

  • Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Principal Areas of Study
  • Assessment & Award
  • Career/Academic Progression
  • Tutor Profiles

This one year Pre-Masters Foundation Programme is a direct pathway to an Irish University Masters Degree with our Partner Colleges in Ireland. The programme aims to develop the learners academic English language skills to a level that will allow them to pursue a Masters Degree programme at an Irish University.   Learners will be provided with the practical skills and knowledge they need to maximise their potential and to make a successful transition to higher education in an Irish/western context. 

International students with an existing Level 8 Degree will acquire the foundation knowledge skills and competencies required to successfully participate and embark on a Master’s Degree Programme alongside their Irish counterparts

The Requirements for the Pre-Masters Foundation Programme:

Designed for International applicants who have completed an Undergraduate Level 8 Degree Programme or hold an Existing Level 8 Degree and have achieved an IELTS score of 5.0 / TOEFL 5250 or equivalent to be eligible for entry. 

The validation of such international qualifications will be confirmed in accordance with the NQAI (National Qualifications Authority of Ireland www.nqai.ie ) and/or the UK based NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre www.naric.org.uk ).

The Aim of the Pre-Masters Programme is to develop the learners academic English language skills to a level that will allow them to pursue a Masters Degree programme at an Irish University.   Learners will be provided with the practical skills and knowledge they need to maximise their potential and to make a successful transition to higher education in an Irish/western context.  

Module Title Module Objective
Cultural & Intercultural Studies Module (Semester 1) To develop the learner’s cultural awareness and socio-cultural competency by researching the culture and customs of another country or countries.
Professional Communications Skills  Module (Incl Interviewing & CV Writing Skills) (Semester 1) To enhance the learner’s communication abilities in all four skills; reading, writing, listening & speaking in the academic environment and preparation for the work environment. To improve general written communication skills, to prepare a professional CV and cover letter and to recognise the importance of teamworking.
Information Technology & Presentation Skills Module
(Semester 1 & 2)
To advance learners understanding of the IT environment by incorporating theoretical and practical experience in data entry skills, word processing and file management. To design and deliver using practical IT and communication skills a coherent professional presentation.
Academic Subjects Science, Health & Physics
Business, Law & IT
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)  Module (Semester 1 & 2) Intensive Language Skills (Semester 1)
Academic Writing Module (Semester 1 & 2)
Thesis/ Research Project Module (Semester 2)
IELTS Preparation Module (Semester 2)

This course will develop the learners independent learning and study strategies suitable for progression to Masters Degree programmes.

Assessment
 A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this course. These methods will include a combination of final written examinations and continuous assessment processes such as assignments, collection of work, learner records, projects and skills demonstration. 

Award: IELTS Certificate
Awarding body: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Graduates who have successfully completed this Pre-Masters Course are eligible for consideration for academic progression routes in Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland. This course will allow learners to set achievable goals for their future careers, be familiar with their individual strengths, aptitudes and potential, make informed decisions about their future and reflect on their personal learning and life path.

Pre Masters Graduates are accepted by the following Universities in Ireland

DIT: Dublin Institute of Technology National University of Ireland - Maynooth

 

Colm Cunneen (B.A / M.A.) is an English teacher with over seven years experience and five years experience teaching IELTS classes at Dorset College. Colm has a wide range of teaching experience teaching communications, child psychology and on psychotherapy courses. He values a skills approach to the IELTS exam where students learn how to do each part of the exam so they can get the best possible score with their level of English. Colm works with each students individual language problems to help them to reach and go beyond their expectations. He has taught students from a wide range of nationalities such as Oman, Brazil, France and Saudi Arabia. This has helped him to hone in on the specific language problems of each nationality in order to help students to improve.

Colm has also taught English teachers in Spain how to teach English in a more communicative way. This experience allowed him to increase his awareness of teachers and students needs which has strengthened his focused approach to the IELTS preparation and English language teaching.

Fergus Moore (B.A. in English Literature / M.Sc. Dublin Institute of Technology)
Fergus Studied for a B.A. in English Literature at University College Dublin and a MSc. Dublin Institute of Technology. He is presently studying for a PhD. in Public Sector Management. He is the programme leader for the Bachelor of Business at Dorset College and he lectures in Management, Communications and Marketing. Fergus has extensive Lecturing and teaching experience ranging from teaching dis-advantaged teenagers to lecturing at degree level. Fergus’ Industry experience includes independent management consultancy in Ireland, England and Australia in Financial IT systems consultancy and Project Management & Process Training. Interests and Activities include: enjoys reading and cinema