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Postgraduate Research Pre-sessional

Cardiff is in the top tier of Britain's research universities and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group. World-leading research is conducted across every one of our academic Schools. To support our international postgraduate research students, we have introduced a new pre-sessional course specifically for students who need to improve their English language skills before joining the research environment at Cardiff.

The English Language Programmes section provides an excellent opportunity for postgraduate research (PGR) students holding offers from Cardiff University to take a short course in English for Academic Purposes prior to starting their research degree. This course is a highly intensive three-month course starting in September and designed specifically for students who are planning to start their research degree study in January.

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Research Pre-sessional Programme can provide you with the level of English and study skills necessary to meet the requirements of, and participate fully in, your academic subject at Cardiff University. Offers can be made conditional on successful completion of this programme. To progress to your chosen degree, you may need to take the IELTS exam at the end of your course to meet the condition of your offer.

2013/4 Key Information

Dates: Monday 23 September 2013 – Friday 13 December

Please note, the last date for enrolment is Monday 7 October 2013.

Fees:     £2495

Entry requirements:

IELTS required by PGR programme IELTS required for the PGR pre-sessional
6.5 6.0
7.0 6.5

PGR programmes which can be prefaced with the PGR pre-sessional:

  • PhD
  • Professional Doctorates (EdD, DClinPsych, EngD etc)
  • Medical Doctorates (MD)
  • Research Masters (MPhil, MRes)

English Language Programmes


Download the ELP brochure and information sheet