International Incorporated Master's

Stage 1 - Pre-Master's

De Montfort University International College (DMUIC) offers a postgraduate pathway. The Pre-Master's is the first stage of the International Incorporated Masters (IIM) and is delivered at DMUIC.

The IIM is helpful for students who want extra support during their postgraduate studies. Throughout your IIM, you will be given support with your English language training and taught academic skills to bring you to postgraduate success. 

Duration of the IIM is either:

15 months  (1 term Pre-Master's and a 12 month Master's course) or,

18 months (2 term Pre-Master's and a 12 month Master's course)

The length of the IIM depends on your level of English ability.

DMU is a global university with more than 2,700 international students and has a thriving postgraduate community so you are sure to feel at home.

You can choose to join the IIM course either in September, January, April or June, depending on your qualification level.


You can choose from the following routes:

  • Art and Design

  • Business

  • Engineering

Each route is either one or two terms, depending on your level of English.

You will study core modules as well as modules related to your chosen route:

1. Introduction to UK graduate study

Helps you to gain the confidence and achieve the skills, necessary for study at postgraduate level.  The module provides opportunities to explore the meaning of learning in a university context.  You will practise basic study skills such as brain-storming, listening, note-taking, reflecting and responding.  You will also learn about and practise skills required for essay and report writing.

2. Academic English Skills 

Provides continuous English language learning skills to help you reach the level required for postgraduate study

3. Modules specific to your chosen route

See relevant route for details.


Postgraduate study requires lots of independent work and research and throughout your studies you will be continuously assessed to make sure you are on track. In addition to project work and tests, we will give feedback in person and in writing so that you know how you are doing, and how to improve.

Entry requirements

One-term IIM 

IELTS 6.0 (no component below 5.5) 

Two-term IIM 

IELTS 5.5 (no component below 5.5)

Students with a lower English level will be required to take either a six week or twelve week pre-sessional English programme.

  • IELTS 4.5 (no component below 4.0) - twelve week pre-sessional English programme


  • IELTS 5.0 (no component below 4.5) - six week Pre-sessional English Programme


  • Completion of undergraduate degree from a recognised university or three-year higher level diploma*

*Subject to assessment by our admissions team.

 Academic entry requirements by country
Country Qualification 

Successful completion of Licence with a minimum pass mark of 11 out of 20, or diploma equivalent


4 year Bachelor degree with less than 55% from BUET or less than 60% from other recognised universities


Bachelor degree or Diploma of Completed Higher Education (when studied before 1995) minimum overall grade of 3/6 


Chinese 3-year College Diploma in related subject area with 70% to 74% or, above or, Chinese 4-year Bachelor degree below 75%


4 year degree with GPA 3.5 out of 5 or equivalent


Diploma/Degree Ptychio (Bachelor's degree) 2:1 - minimum of 7.0/10.0 (70%) 2:2 - minimum of 5.5/10.0 (55%)

Egypt Completion
of a recognised degree, minimum pass grade
GCC Countries        Bachelor Degree with a GPA below 2.5/4.0 or 2.8/5 or diploma equivalent

Higher National Diploma with over 70% or Bachelor degree with Third Class

Hong Kong

Associate Degree with 60% or above, or Degree with Third Class or diploma equivalent or Bachelors degree of GPA 2.4/4


Higher Diploma or Associate degree grades of 60% or GPA 2.7 OR successful completion of a Bachelor degree with grades below 55% or 50% from top 4 universities (Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata


Successful completion of D3 or D4 or Bachelor degree

Ivory Coast

1 Term

Successful Completion of Diplome D’Ingenieur

with minimum 13/20 or, Successful Completion of Licence with minimum of 16/20


2 Terms

Successful Completion of Licence with minimum of 13/20


Advanced Diploma or degree with below 70%


Successful completion of Bachelor degree with Pass grade (below 2.5) or, diploma equivalent

Kenya Successful
Completion of Bachelor degree with Pass grade or diploma equivalent

Third Class Bachelor (Maitrise) degree equivalent


Diploma of Technical Licence/Licence Technique minimum grade of 10/20

Libya Bachelor degree from a higher technical and vocational institution with a grade of at least 50% or, Bachelor degree from a university with a grade below 70% or diploma equivalent

Bachelor Degree with a grade of Third class or diploma equivalent


Diplôme d'Écoles Nationales de Commerce et de Gestion, Licence / Licence d'Études Fondamentales / Licence Professionnelle, Diplôme du Cycle Normal or Diplôme d'Ingénieur d'État with a grade of 9-11/20


Higher National Diploma (HND) with a GPA of 2.5 or better or  Bachelor degree with Honours with a grade of third class 


Successful completion of a 4 year Bachelor degree below 55% or diploma equivalent


Licencjat / Inżynier (Bachelor degree) with minimum of 3/6


Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados – DESE / Licenciado with minimum pass of 12


Diplomă de Licenţă (Bachelor degree) with minimum pass of 6/10


GPA of at between 2.5 and 3.5 (Bachelor) or between 2.25 3.25 (Specialist diploma)

South Africa

Bachelor Degree with third class, or 59% or below or diploma equivalent

South Korea

Bachelor degree with below 2.6/4.0 or below GPA 2.8/4.5 or third class or diploma equivalent


Successful completion of Bachelor degree from National institution or, successful completion of Senior High School Leaving Certificate plus the two year Junior College Diploma or, successful completion of Junior High School Leaving Certificate plus the five year Junior College Diploma


2 terms - Successful completion of Bachelor degree with a minimum  average of 2.0 or above


1 term - Successful completion of Bachelor degree with a minimum average of 2.0 or above

Successful completion of college Diploma/Associate Degree with GPA 7.0 or 70% or above, or Bachelor degree with below GPA 6.5 or Third class degree

UK Qualifications Successful Completion of a degree or 3 year diploma equivalent, or a minimum of 15 years education