International Pre-Master Programme in Galway, Ireland

The Programme

Galway Business School (GBS), in conjunction with our sister company, Galway Cultural Institute (GCI), offers a Postgraduate Pre-Masters Programme, which prepares students to progress on to higher education in Ireland at Postgraduate level.

The transition to Masters Level can be difficult for many students, particularly for non-native speakers of English. This programme is designed to offer the maximum support to students to ensure that you achieve the skills to study, and also gain a high level of English language proficiency, in preparation for life-long learning and success. The programme offers English language classes, together with specific business modules in each semester and facilitates access to postgraduate studies at an Irish or UK higher education institution. 

  • Duration

    One Academic Year

  • ECTS

    30 ECTS
    10 ECTS elective

  • Next Start Date

    23 September 2024

  • Accrediting Body

    Galway Business School

  • Mode

    Full-time Day

  • Level


  • Assessment

    Continuous Assessment & Exam

  • Minimum English Level

    IELTS Level 6.0 or equivalent

Programme Learning Outcomes

The Pre-Masters Programme will enable learners to:

  • Identify and develop areas of strength and weakness in your English language ability and add to your academic English knowledge
  • Apply knowledge gained in IELTS preparation classes to increase your IELTS exam score significantly
  • Develop and demonstrate effective communication skills and apply it in your personal and professional life
  • Develop ability for critical thinking, writing and debate 
  • Recognise the essentials of business Research Methods, evaluate different research approaches and recognise useful approaches in decision making in business
  • Prepare a range of relevant material for achieving personal learning and career goals, including curriculum vitae (CV), letter of application, and personal statement using a range of relevant applications forms and processes
  • Use research skills to gather a range of relevant information and materials for entry to Masters level education. 
  • Apply learning and knowledge gained and develop ability to sort, manage, analyse and present data orally, written and via IT
  • Utilise knowledge of Irish culture to produce a presentation including reference to literature, music, sport and the Irish language

"I found all the teachers in the Galway Business School to be incredibly helpful and friendly throughout my study. They always wanted students to achieve the most they were capable of."

Loic De Saint Leon, GBS Graduate

Programme Content 

  • Academic English
  • IELTS Exam Preparation
  • Communications
  • IT Skills
  • Research Methods & Applied Statistics
  • Intercultural Studies
  • International Marketing
  • Strategic Management

Course Structure and Award

The course runs on a full-time (Day) basis over one academic year. On completion of the course you will be awarded with a Galway Business School Pre-Masters Programme certificate. 


You will be assessed through a combination of continuous assessment and examinations throughout the programme. Continuous assessment can take the form of written examinations, individual and group projects, mock interviews and presentations.

Old Town Square Prague - Study Abroad Trip 2018

Old Town Square Prague - Study Abroad Trip 2018

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a recognised undergraduate degree qualification.

For non-native speakers a minimum IELTS 6.0 with no individual component less than 5.0 from a recognised IELTS testing centre is necessary. If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements for direct entry to the Pre-Masters year, you must undertake one of our English language programmes to bring you up to the requisite level for Postgraduate study.

Academic Career & Progression Routes 

Successful completion will serve as an excellent and formally recognised bridge between a student’s current Undergraduate qualifications and further studies in a Postgraduate setting; one which will be welcomed by top-ranking Irish and UK institutions. The knowledge and skills students acquire throughout this course can be used to enhance the roles they undertake in SMEs or multinational organisations. 

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