Pre-PhD Preparation Programme

International Foundation Group

12 months
4000 GBP/year
4000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Applying for a PhD course can be a confusing and daunting process. The Pre-PhD Preparation Programme from International Foundation Group will help to identify a research topic and develop a research proposal which is right for you, and take you step by step through the University’s application process.


The Pre-PhD Preparation Programme is recognised and accepted by a wide range of universities including Birmingham, Swansea, East Anglia, Essex, Reading, Brunel, Coventry and Kingston. 

It will equip you with the academic and research skills which are required to successfully gain a place at a UK university and to embark on your research studies with confidence.

The Pre-PhD Preparation Programme from International Foundation Group consists of a series of workshops together with one-to-one sessions. Our tutors have many years of experience in helping students at this level of study and understand exactly what is required for a successful application.

Comprehensive study materials accompany the workshops helping you to work effectively between workshop sessions in developing your own proposal.

By the end of Pre-PhD preparation course, students will:

  • Have developed their understanding of different aspects of research methods;
  • Have developed a range of skills to successfully apply for PhD study at universities in different countries;
  • Have completed an appropriate and viable research proposal;
  • Be able to defend the proposal at an interview.

English Language Courses

IFG offers a range of general and more specialist English Language courses which can be taken separately or as part of a combined programme.

Whether you want to improve your IELTS grade or improve your communication skills for business purposes, our qualified and experienced teachers will help you to make the most of your time with us.  Teaching takes place in small groups which means that tutors can focus more easily on the specific needs of individual students. It is also possible to combine group lessons with one-to-one sessions.

Progressions to UK Universities

IFG programmes are recognised are accepted by a wide range of universities including East Anglia, Essex, Reading, Coventry and Kingston. We also have progression routes to International Year One programmes at Keele, Sussex, Strathclyde and several others. These courses are ideal for students who will benefit from additional language support and, on successful completion, offer direct entry into Year Two of degree programmes.

Our students also receive offers from a wide variety of UK universities and we are able to guarantee that all students who pass our courses and gain a sufficiently high language qualification will receive offers for degree courses from UK universities.

Programme Structure

Workshop topics include:

  • Initial research into universities and suitable research topics
  • Literature review searches
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Preparing a qualitative interview checklist
  • Preparing a quantitative research survey instrument
  • Developing research questions and objectives
  • Developing a conceptual framework
  • Contribution to knowledge and Originality
  • Tentative methodology and justification of research design
  • Defending your proposal at an interview
  • Preparing a PhD application

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Academic qualifications which meet university requirements for PhD study, typically these will include a Master’s degree and an English language level equivalent to 6.0 or 6.5 IELTS.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Pre-PhD Preparation Programme
International Foundation Group