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Real-world projects to extend your business and international experience

Undertaking demanding research or consultancy projects for external businesses in both the UK and China is a major focus of this unique Masters programme and forms a substantial part of the assessment (120 credits). This project work provides a great chance for you to put your skills to use in genuine business situations, learn first-hand practical lessons about the business world, and exchange ideas with entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The projects will be with businesses participating in the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme. This new cross-university initiative has been set up to facilitate the growth of technology-focused SMEs in the UK, helping them to expand their commercial activities in China. At the same time it enables students on this MSc to develop knowledge and experience of what is involved in international business development.

The projects are likely to take a variety of forms, but will involve collaborative R&D and commercialisation to support the development of new ventures, products, services or business processes. Working either individually or as part of a cross-disciplinary team, you will take in several projects, involving businesses in both the UK and China.

In your first year, you will work on a project for a UK business. Students starting the programme in 2014 can browse the list of UK company projects. Projects for students entering the programme in 2015 are now being recruited.

In your second year, you spend at least six months during the Lent and Summer terms in China, working with a business in Guangdong Province. This is a great way to enhance your CV and to build upon your international experience. In some instances, the project could start during the previous term, depending on the needs of the company concerned.We help you to find accommodation in China and provide support to help you make the most of this exciting opportunity.