The University of Northampton Pre-sessional English Programme (PEP) for research degree students is designed to develop your confidence and competence as a user of English at the level needed for research degree study.
Successful completion of the programme will demonstrate that you have met the University of Northampton’s English language entry criteria for research degree study.
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With a focus on academic English, the programme aims to improve your language skills using materials and activities that are relevant and meaningful for progression to research degree study. This keeps your experience engaging, whilst equipping you with the linguistic competence to interrogate published academic works and to articulate complex ideas with confidence and accuracy.
- improve your English to the level needed for progression to a postgraduate research degree
- study using authentic and relevant academic materials and learning activities
- engage with the university’s research community through a range of structured opportunities
- benefit from regular feedback, including individual tutorials and Personal Progress Reports
- complete private study tasks that focus on your own research ideas
- extend your familiarity with the process of completing a postgraduate research degree
Methods of Learning
- 24 weeks (for those joining at IELTS 5.5)
- 12 weeks (for those joining at IELTS 6.0)
- 6 weeks (for those joining at IELTS 6.5)
The programme is assessed through a portfolio of evidence. This consists of several learning tasks that you complete regularly during the final six weeks of the programme. The learning tasks progressively increase in size and complexity, enabling you to apply tutor feedback to enhance your performance. The completed portfolio therefore reflects the progress you have made, as well as demonstrating the standard that you have reached at the end of the programme.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Minimum IELTS 5.5
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Full Time:||£10,200 for one year. £3,100 for one term. £1600 for six weeks|
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.