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How to Apply

To apply for any of the pathways, you need to use the university's online application system. Applications can be made at any point of the year. However, competition is intense, so please apply early.

Our online system is easy to use, and lets you do everything you need: from completing the form, uploading supporting documents (such as degree certificates, transcripts, language test results) and tracking the progress of your application. The process is the same, whether you are an UK/EU student or an international student.

Admissions 2016/17

You can now apply for admission to the 2016/17 academic year.

What will be needed?

Applications should be submitted for the MSc International Innovation programme.

Please state clearly at the start of the ‘personal statement’ section of your application which programme pathway you wish to follow: computer science, design, engineering, entrepreneurship, environmental science or telecommunications.

Upon receipt, your application will be amended to reflect your chosen pathway.

The supporting documentation screen will list the documents you will need to supply. If you do not have all the documentation available when you make your application, you should indicate when you will be apply to supply this.

Remember to include contact details for your two referees. At least one of these should be able to comment on your academic suitability for the programme. If you have work experience, one of your referees should normally be your line manager.

We can then contact your referees, or they can send references directly to us.

Once you have applied

Application review

Once we have received your application and evaluated all essential supporting documents and test scores, a decision will be made regarding whether to shortlist you for interview. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.


If we shortlist you for interview, we will contact you to schedule an interview date and time. The interviews will be either face-to-face for those who are able to travel to Lancaster or by telephone/Skype.

The interview forms a key part of the application process for this MSc because all students offered a place will be awarded a £16,000 living cost bursary over the duration of the programme. However, this is contingent on students being matched to suitable UK businesses participating in the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme and to their proposed topics for research and development.

Offers of a place

We aim to notify you of our final decision as soon as possible after the interview has taken place. If we offer you a place, we ask that you respond within four weeks of receiving your formal offer. On acceptance we will require a deposit of £750. An offer is only valid while there are still places available on the programme.

Sometimes an offer may contain certain conditions - for example, that you achieve a certain grade in upcoming exams or a particular score in an English language test.

If we offer you a place, you can log on to the online system to view your offer and reply. You have four weeks in which to accept the offer, and to pay your deposit to secure your place on the programme. The deposit will be deducted from your tuition fees on registration.

Prior to starting your course, you will receive information on accommodation, travel, welcome week and other pre-arrival information.

Students on this programme are required to undertake a company project in China and some students may require an immigration visa. The university will help and advise you through this process, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct immigration visa to undertake your placement in China.