Pre-Masters Pathway Programme

Pre-Masters Pathway Programme

Prepare for Excellence with our Pre-Masters Pathway Programme

Atlantic Language Galway partners with University of Galway to offer a higher diploma course which will allow students to develop the English language skills and study methods required to study effectively at Masters level. When you have completed this programme you can progress to some of the most innovative postgraduate degree courses in Business, Law, Public Policy, Science, Engineering, Medicine and Arts at University of Galway.

Course Overview

  • 15 weeks of General English in mixed nationality groups at Atlantic Language Galway
  • 10 weeks of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and academic skills classes at University of Galway
  • Students enrol in University of Galway from Week 1, attending 1 session per week at the University while completing General English component at Atlantic Language.
  • Students will complete a minor discipline specific dissertation
  • One-to-one feedback sessions and coaching to assist students to make a successful transition to their chosen programme
  • Higher Diploma Certification (Level 8) on successful completion of all modules
Course Objectives
  • Develop proficiency in the core linguistic areas
  • Academic Skills development (research methodologies, academic writing, critical reading, presentation skills)
  • Develop critical thinking skills essential for postgraduate study
  • Orientation to Irish culture and student life at University of Galway
Key Facts
Course Length15 Weeks General English/IELTS at Atlantic Language Galway
+ 10 weeks English for Academic Purposes at University of Galway English Language Centre
Hours per weekGeneral English/IELTS – 15 hours per week
Entry RequirementsIELTS 5.5 with no component less than 5.0
An honours bachelor’s degree in any subject
An interview may form part of your application
To start the English Language Pathway, you must have received a Masters offer from University of Galway
DeliveryIn person at Atlantic Language Galway and at University of Galway
Dates6 February – 4 August 2023
Fees€6,950 + Registration Fee €35
ScholarshipsUniversity of Galway is committed to providing scholarships to high calibre students.
Please contact Dr. Maeve Egan for more information on scholarship opportunities:
Email: [email protected]

We offer the following accommodation options for a 7-night stay (Saturday to Saturday) in Galway.

Below you can find more details about them. Please access the ACCOMMODATION page on the menu for further information.

Self-Catering Apartments

Accommodation in exclusive self-catering shared apartments

  • Single/twin/double rooms
  • Standard/comfort (en-suite) rooms
  • Fully-fitted kitchen, including utensils
  • Wi-Fi or cable Internet available
  • Common areas (living room/kitchen/bathroom)
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • From Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Saturday

Host Family

Home-stay accommodation with friendly and welcoming local host families.*

  • Enjoy a full immersion in Irish culture
  • Warm, welcoming Irish families
  • Various locations in Galway
  • Half-board – Monday to Friday
  • Full-board – Saturday and Sunday
  • From Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday

*Travel time can range from 25 to 50 minutes depending on location.

Still have questions about the course?

If you would like to get more information about this course or ask about any of our other language courses, please get in touch with us today. We’ll help you to find the perfect course to match your personal and professional goals.


Why Choose Our School

Atlantic Language has more than 25 years’ experience organising courses and training programmes for students from over 50 countries. All courses are taught by a team of highly qualified and experienced teachers, DELTA-qualified or equivalent.
Years of Experience
Different Nationalities
Atlantic School Alumni
Adult Programmes
Purpose built Classrooms

Why University of Galway?

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Ranked 270 of universities in the world, University of Galway is a top university for graduate employability.

200+ postgraduate courses to choose from!

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