Pre-Master's Programme

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps


Studying in Ireland

The cosmopolitan, multicultural and diverse Pre-Master's classes foster an engaging atmosphere for Master's level scholarship at Dublin Business School. With a focus on the language, academic skills and conceptual understanding required for study at postgraduate level, the Pre-Master’s programme prepares students to think critically and analytically, and develop problem-based learning skills, research skills, and the academic communication skills essential to success on our Master's programmes. It also familiarises students with the contemporary business issues integral to their study on their chosen Master’s degree.

Free DBS English Placement tests are available all year round for students who are unsure of their English language level.

Course Content

One-Term students will take our ACELS-accredited CEFRL B2 General English classes to consolidate their language skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Three-Term students will take our ACELS-accredited CEFR B1 General English classes and progress to CEFRL B2 classes.

In addition, students will take specialised classes and workshops in research skills for projects, English for special purposes (art, media, medicine, law, engineering or psychology) and college writing workshops. The Library and core textbooks form a basis for consolidating learning in preparation for higher level studies.

On completion of the course students will:

  • Understand and manipulate business texts.

  • Appropriate an advanced vocabulary in a focused manner.

  • Write academic essays, reports and literature reviews which respect standard scholastic conventions.

  • Undertake postgraduate level research tasks

  • Exploit library and IT resources effectively

  • Utilise a range of information organisation skills

  • Present coherent and informative original research on a chosen topic

  • Articulate focused research and professional objectives

  • Communicate abstract concepts to a specialised audience


The pre-master’s students’ study plan incorporates a distinct timetable including morning classes of general English between 9.00am and 1.00pm, as well as, specialised workshops in the afternoon from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

There are three elements to the programme design to ensure quality. The first is the use of a designated course-book. It is the policy of the School to utilise a course-book for approximately 50% of the teaching of the level. The teacher will supplement the book with locally-themed realia and materials and thus personalising and localising  students within the use of language presented through the book.

Project Classes

Students are required to complete a designated language project. This allows students to move away from the controlling-themes of a book and allow students a degree of independence in choosing a topic or theme where language can be practised, recited, performed or written within a guided learning environment.

Previous projects include: websites on buskers in Dublin, songs, short stories, performance pieces, blogs and PowerPoint presentations on cultural topics.


There are three types of workshops offered to students as part of the overall course. The first is focused on a specific skill.

Secondly, each student is required to take a proficiency examination and are provided with exam preparation workshops that will complement the other elements of the syllabus.

Finally, we offer an Irish Society class that uses rich media to engage learners in receiving and reusing language within a cultural context.

ESP classes

Classes in English for Special Purposes (ESP) are offered in addition to regular classes and workshops on demand and are subject to student numbers. These are:  English for Psychology,

  • English for Business,

  • English for Law,

  • English for Art and Design,

  • English for IT

  • English for Engineering

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the programme will automatically satisfy language requirements for DBS professional, undergraduate, or postgraduate programmes; subject to the student's entry-level language standard.


Click here to view international fees. 

* All non-EEA students are required to have private medical insurance when coming to and residing in Ireland for the purpose of study. The private medical insurance should provide cover for accident and/or disease and should cover the student for any period of Hospitalisation. Please note this is the responsibility of the student.  
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Fee Payment

The most effective method of payment is through our International Student Payment System (ISPS) The ISPS System is a free service – no bank charges will be added to your transfers. By using this system you are able to pay in your home currency, so there is no need to buy Euro from your bank prior to transferring.  
All payments can be tracked by you the student 24 hours a day online. Therefore you will not need to contact the college to confirm whether or not we have received payment. All visa authorities now accept the ISPS as means of payment of tuition fees. You will need to add the confirmation of payment receipt to your visa application.
Using the ISPS payment method is quick and simple - start payments today.

Please note there is a €10.00 ISPS fee for all Euro to Euro transactions.

Alternative Payment Methods/Payment methods available to International Students Already Resident in Ireland:

Bank Draft or Cheque: Payable to ‘Dublin Business School’ and submitted to the college at 13-14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland – only available to students already resident in Ireland.

Credit Card: Credit card payments can be made at Dublin Business School, Aungier Street.

Bank Transfer: The DBS student number should be quoted on the transfer, and remittance advice should be submitted to Dublin Business School:

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]


  • Course fees are quoted for the academic year 2022/2023 only. Course fees for subsequent academic years may be subject to price increases.

  • Students who fail examinations are required to repeat their full academic year and pay full tuition fees

  • Tuition fees are not refundable. However, 

  • For International Students resident overseas fees will only be refunded if the visa application has been refused as outlined in the DBS Terms and Conditions section 5.7

  • For International Students already resident in Ireland, fees will not be refunded under any circumstances after commencement of the course. Where a visa is required to be renewed during the DBS programme of study it is the responsibility of the student to check with the relevant authorities that the renewal application will be approved.

  • Course commencement and start date is subject to student numbers.

  • All students for whom English is not a first language will be required to sit an English language test prior to commencement of their course. Students whose level of English does not meet the required standard will be redirected to an English language programme appropriate to their English language standard. Tuition fees for this additional English language tuition will be charged to the student. Upon successful completion of exams students may be allowed to commence their original first choice programme, subject to availability.

Next Steps

Apply Today 

Making an application online is the quickest and easiest way of applying for your chosen course. As part of your application process the college needs to receive the following supporting documentation from you:

  • A completed application form, either submitted online or in paper

  • All academic qualifications & transcripts to date

  • Evidence of your English level (usually IELTS/TOEFL or Cambridge)

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume 

  • Photocopy of the first page of your passport

  • If you are currently resident in Ireland a photocopy of your current GNIB card is also required

Please note that all of this documentation can be sent to us by email initially however we will need to receive the official notarised translated copies of all academic documentation prior to issuing a formal confirmed offer.

Decisions can normally be made within 5 working days as long as we have received all of the necessary documentation and within 48 hours if you are applying through an approved agent.

If you meet the entry requirements of the course you will be notified by email and issued a provisional offer. Formal confirmed offers can only be issued to applicants who have met the conditions of their offer, and once the fees have been received by us and cleared by the bank.

Once you meet the entry requirements and have paid your fees you should then apply for a study visa.

Please note that not all countries are visa requiring and some students can get a visa after their arrival in Ireland. To check whether or not you require a visa to enter Ireland please click here

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Course overview


Awarding Body: Dublin Business School
Duration: 9 weeks
Course Start Date: October 2022
Admission Requirements: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2023. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01 417 7500
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Monday to Friday
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