You'll focus closely on the skills you'll need to be successful in your research degree. You'll study core content relating to research in the UK higher education system to help you prepare for your degree. You'll study with others also preparing for a research degree, using material from your own research interests.
You'll become familiar with postgraduate academic life in the UK and develop your skills in researching and analysing texts, planning and organising your work and communicating with others in an academic context.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Pre-sessional Language for Research: Postgraduate Research in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn how to use language appropriate for your degree to express your thoughts and ideas effectively.
You’ll work individually and with others. Independent study is an important element of this course, allowing you to practise your skills, deepen your knowledge and prepare for your degree. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to think critically.
The first four weeks of your course will be taught online. You’ll take part in live online classes with other students, have virtual consultations with tutors and have independent study time.
In the remaining six weeks (from 2 August 2021), if covid-19 restrictions allow, teaching will be a blend of online and in-person. This means you’ll have opportunities for face-to-face teaching or consultations on campus which will include at least one on-campus meeting a week with your tutors and other students.
You’ll have online access to all the software and University systems you’ll need to study this course. You’ll study using Microsoft Teams, Zoom and the University’s virtual learning environment, Minerva, and you’ll have an introduction to these platforms before your course starts.
Classes normally take place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday (find out when the University will be closed). You won‘t be expected to study live online sessions at night.
Teaching staff at the Language Centre contribute to academic research in language teaching. This research informs our course content, which means you’ll receive high quality teaching designed to help you get the most out of your studies.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a range of assessment methods, which are likely to include written assignments, speaking assignments, presentations and research projects.