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Graduate Diploma Pre-Masters in Business Studies

Key information

The Pre-Master Graduate Diploma in Business is a one-year programme designed to prepare you for postgraduate taught study, in a learning environment that's been specifically created for you to thrive in.

Postgraduate Taught
Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
Graduate Diploma
Mode of delivery
1 year
Start date

The Graduate Diploma provides you with a blend of English language and academic skills set within a discipline context focused on your chosen specialism. Its primary aim is to ensure you are prepared for the demand of study at Masters level, by equipping you with the appropriate English competencies, personal effectiveness and study skills needed for postgraduate studies. You will also be provided with the necessary discipline-specific prior knowledge for your chosen Masters programme.

Upon completion, you will have the opportunity to advance your studies in a selection of business-related Masters programmes. Our Masters degrees are tailored to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to enter the workplace and perform at a high level right away. Most of our postgraduate degrees will give you the chance to work on live projects with global brands that will ensure your CV stands out once you've graduated.

Masters progression

Completion of this will get you onto the following postgraduate programmes:

The Heriot-Watt Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma is for you if:

  • You're an international student who does not have the appropriate English requirements
  • You do not meet the published entry requirements for your postgraduate degree
  • You're returning to education after some time away and need support
  • You're switching to a different subject from what you've previously studied

Benefits of our Pre-Masters Graduate Diploma

  • Prepares you for entry into your chosen postgraduate degree programme
  • A personalised study experience, tailored to meet your needs and optimise your experience
  • Become part of the global Heriot-Watt community
  • Our award-winning careers team will provide you with lifetime support throughout your career

Go Global

With Go Global, Heriot-Watt's global student programme, you can carry your studies to new places and experience new cultures, expanding your horizons on the way. You'll discover what it means to be a true global citizen and emerge prepared for wherever your career journey will take you.

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Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

The programme consists of eight 15-credit courses with two mandatory courses in English and Academic Skills for Postgraduate Study, and four other option courses. Students should consider which courses are required to progress onto their intended postgraduate degree programme.

Mandatory September

  • English for Postgraduate Study 1

Mandatory January

    Optional September

    • Research Preparation 1

    Optional January

    • Strategic Management
    • Logistics and Supply Chain Management

    Fees and funding

    StatusFull Time
    • Status: Your residency status is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course.
    • International: 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above).

    Entry requirements

    We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 5.5 with no bands below 5.5. Completed any related ordinary degree or graduate diploma equivalent, or completed a non-cognate honours degree looking for a discipline change. Please see our detailed English language requirements.

    Academic entry requirements

    • Bangladesh - Undergraduate honours degree (3 Year) with a final mark of 50% or a 3 Year Undergraduate (Regular Pass) 55%
    • China - Full time Undergraduate Graduation Certificate/Full time studies or Junior College Diploma (max 1 year internship accepted) with 70% overall
    • Ghana - Higher National Diploma - GPA of 3.0
    • Hong Kong - Recognised first degree, or an Associate degree with a GPA of 3.0
    • India - Recognised 3 year honours degree at 45% or a 3 year degree at 50% or a 4 year degree at 45%.
    • Indonesia - Diploma IV (D4) with 3.0 or recognised first degree
    • Iran - recognised first degree
    • Jordan - Bachelors degree with a pass grade
    • Kazakhstan - Recognised first degree
    • Kuwait - Recognised first degree
    • Libya - Higher Diploma in a related subject
    • Malaysia - Advanced Diploma with 70%
    • Oman - Recognised first degree
    • Nigeria - Recognised first degree
    • Pakistan - Recognised first degree. A 3 Year honours degree with a GPA of 50%, or 3 Year Bachelor degree with a GPA of 55%, 4 Year Undergraduate (Any) 50%
    • Qatar - Recognised first degree
    • Saudi Arabia - Recognised first degree
    • Thailand - Recognised first degree
    • United Arab Emirates - Recognised first degree GPA 2.0/4.0 scale or 2.5/5.0 scale
    • Ukraine - Recognised first degree

    Why Heriot-Watt

    We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

    We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.

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