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English for Online Academic Purposes

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Online learning with King’s has given aspiring students around the world access to our world-leading postgraduate programmes. No matter where you are or what you do for a living, you can study for a first-rate master’s degree with nothing but a laptop and a good internet connection.

The new English for Online Academic Purposes course provides you an alternative means of fulfilling the English language requirements for your chosen King’s online postgraduate programme. The course helps you:

  • to build confidence with the use of academic English and study skills needed for King’s online postgraduate programmes
  • adapt to the culture and expectations of a UK university
  • to gain confidence with extra preparation, getting you ready before you start your chosen postgraduate programme.

It’s a great alternative to taking external English language tests, as this course enables you to progress to your chosen online postgraduate programme if you successfully complete the course.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here

Key information

Duration 10 weeks, part-time hours

Study mode Online/Distance learning

Key dates There are three entry points per year: January, May and September

Please get in touch with an Enrolment Advisor to find an intake date that works for you.

Contacts For further information regarding the admissions process please contact our Enrolment Advisors on +44 (0)20 7848 7860 or email onlineenrolmentservice@kcl.ac.uk.

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Course detail


The English for Online Academic Purposes course is specifically designed to prepare you for the rigours of your online master’s degree. Whether you need to reach the English language requirements of your chosen programme or you want extra preparation before you start, this course will give you the skills you need to succeed at King’s.

Just like our online master’s degrees, this ten-week course (offered part-time) is delivered one-hundred percent online, giving you the chance to experience the King’s E-learning and Teaching System (KEATS) before starting your main degree. You’ll study within a thriving online community of other dedicated students. 

It’s the perfect environment to acclimatise to academic life as an online student.

Your course will focus on three core study areas. Academic Skills will teach you the foundations of rigorous academic communication and thought in English, whilst Introduction to Your Discipline will cater to the grammar and vocabulary needs of your postgraduate programme. For example, if you’re hoping to join our online Applied Neuroscience MSc, Disciplinary English will cover the areas of vocabulary specific to mental health, neurobiology, neuropharmacology and psychology. 

Finally, Elective Study will allow you to choose areas of academic English to focus on. It offers you the chance to pursue areas of academic skills and language development that address your interests or areas of improvement. 



The course is structured around three study areas:

●     Academic Skills (50%) 

●     Introduction to your discipline (35%)

●     Elective study (15%)

This course has been designed specifically for an online audience. It uses a range of interactive activities to support learning including discussion forums, online readings, interactive lectures, videos and online tutorials. 

It runs for 10 weeks, and you will have 10 hours of interactive lessons and activities each week, plus additional time for self-study and homework completion. 

In addition to the online learning resources designed specifically for this course, you will have access to the King’s Library electronic resources to help you with your studies.


Your progress will be assessed using a series of written essays, quizzes, spontaneous written responses and reflective tasks, all of which will be carried out online. At the end of the course, you will be expected to understand a range of academic grammar and vocabulary, as well as vocabulary specific to your discipline.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

You need to hold an offer to one of the following King’s online postgraduate programmes:

●      Applied Neuroscience

●      Global Finance & Banking

●      International Affairs

●      International Corporate & Commercial Law

●      International Financial and Commercial Law

●      Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health

●      Public Health


English language requirements

The English language requirements for the English for Online Academic Purposes course are dependent on the King’s online postgraduate programme you intend to take. 

The minimum English language requirement is 0.5 IELTS (or equivalent) below the online postgraduate degree you want to study.  

For example, if you wish to apply for the Applied Neuroscience MSc (Band D entry requirements), you will need to have an overall IELTS score of 6.0

Check the English language entry requirements page on the website.

Fees and funding

The course fee is £2,800, which is paid on enrolment. This cost covers 10 weeks of teaching, as well as all the benefits you have access to as a King’s student, including our careers service, student’s union and wellbeing services.

There is also a £60 administration fee which covers the cost of processing your application.

To apply, please call our Enrolment Team on +44 (0) 207 848 7860 or email us at onlineenrolmentservice@kcl.ac.uk. 


Additional requirements and costs

Students will need access to a computer or tablet in order to complete the course. Although optimised for mobile, we cannot guarantee the ability to complete the course using only a mobile device. Minimum and recommended browser versions are as follows:

  • Google Chrome: minimum - version 30.0; recommended – latest
  • Mozilla Firefox: minimum - version 25.0; recommended – latest
  • Apple Safari: minimum - version 6; recommended – latest
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer: minimum - version 9; recommended - latest

You may need to upgrade your browser in the future. Access to a high-speed network connection is also recommended (2.5Mbps minimum). Dial-up, cable and DSL are not recommended.

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to incur costs if you:

●     choose to purchase books, ebooks or articles

●     have library fees and fines

●     join societies with membership fees

●     choose to purchase stationery

Career prospects

English for Online Academic Purposes is a course designed to improve your academic English and study skills to prepare you for an online postgraduate programme at King’s. Your career options will depend on your choice of postgraduate course.

To discover what careers may be available to you after you complete your online postgraduate programme, please see the individual course pages below:

●      Applied Neuroscience

●      Global Finance & Banking

●      International Affairs

●      International Corporate & Commercial Law

●      International Financial and Commercial Law

●      Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health

●      Public Health


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