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Masters study in Entrepreneurship and Strategy

 

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About our Masters

Many graduates aspire to use their entrepreneurial skills, either to start up on their own or to help existing organisations become more innovative. These programmes offered by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy combine theory and practice in a powerful way to help you to acquire an in-depth knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation – and of the skills, characteristics and activities involved in helping businesses to grow and innovate.

The Benefits

A few of the reasons why Lancaster stands out from the rest.


Combine theory and practice to help you to acquire an in-depth knowledge of entrepreneurship and innovation


Access key expertise through our Entrepreneurs in Residence


Teaching is informed by research, and by interaction with the business community.

Masters Courses

Find out more about our Masters programmes.

Connected To Business

Our Entrepreneurs-in-residence provide advice and support for students on our Masters programmes, enabling you to benefit from their wealth of experience.

Careers

For many students, the desire to boost their career prospects and perhaps accelerate their progression to senior roles is a key reason behind studying for a Masters degree. In recognition of this, Lancaster University Management School provides a range of facilities to support students in their career development and job search process.

Careers Support

The Careers Team at LUMS helps you shape your career plans and supports your job-hunting process in five key ways:

  • Personalised one-to-one support
    Regular drop-in clinics for quick career queries, reviewing CVs or applications and getting tips on succeeding at assessment centres. There are also more detailed one-to-one appointments for exploring options and discussing your career strategy.
  • In-class sessions
    Interactive workshops on areas such as career strategies, writing CVs and applications, interview skills, psychometric testing, what to expect at assessment centres, and online networking strategies.
  • Extensive programme of events
    Each year around 100 events, including careers fairs, organised by the LUMS team bring top employers onto campus. Your chance to attend presentations, book personal appointments and attend employer-led skills sessions.
  • Specialist resources
    Specialist online careers resources and a well-stocked careers room give you access to industry publications and global labour market intelligence, helping you prepare winning applications and research employers before interview.
  • Access to our alumni networks
    We invite LUMS and Lancaster University alumni back to campus to share their professional experience and tips with you. You can tap into the expertise and know-how of more than 40,000 LUMS alumni worldwide, and the University's even larger alumni network – a valuable resource not only while you are at Lancaster but throughout your career.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Each year the mix of final destinations will vary, reflecting the different interests and aspirations of the students within the class. Our graduates typically undertake one of the following career paths:

  • Setting up a new venture – many of our students are able, at the end of the programme or after some working experience in a company – to launch their own business and become successful entrepreneurs.
  • Becoming a “corporate entrepreneur” – many of our students develop an entrepreneurial career working as a corporate entrepreneur, entrepreneur or corporate development manager in larger companies. Companies that have recently hired our graduates include, for instance, Accenture, British Airways, Deloitte, Enterprise plc, Fujitsu, Game Insight, HSBC, IBM, IT Works, KPMG, OMD UK, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, The Co-operative Group, and Unilever.

Finally, some of our students have a family business background and, after completing the programme, join the family business taking major responsibilities and growing as next generation leaders able to grow and develop the family business to the next generation of products and markets.

International Business

The programme provides you with advanced problem-solving capabilities needed by global managers. Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to enhance your employability and value for future employers. In particular, you will get in-depth experience in giving presentations, report-writing and IT skills, negotiation, team-work, leadership and the ability to plan and manage a demanding schedule of work.

Strategy

Strategy jobs are commonly seen as the most desirable in large organisations because they provide access to key stakeholders and deal with the overall organisational purpose – the vision, goals, challenges, and opportunities that determine value in an organisation. This degree prepares participants for key strategic roles within organisations, including but not limited to Business Analyst, Business Developer, Chief Strategy Officer, Strategy Consultant, Organisational Change Manager, Policy Advisor, and Strategic Planner. 

For those with experience, this programme prepares candidates for roles such as Senior Vice Presidents of Strategy, which is a common route to the job as CEO. 

Graduates from our department’s MSc programmes work in multinationals such as Apple, Coca-Cola, GSK, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Unilever as well as the top global professional service firms such as Accenture, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, EY, IBM, KPMG and PWC.

  • Careers Support

    Careers Support

    The Careers Team at LUMS helps you shape your career plans and supports your job-hunting process in five key ways:

    • Personalised one-to-one support
      Regular drop-in clinics for quick career queries, reviewing CVs or applications and getting tips on succeeding at assessment centres. There are also more detailed one-to-one appointments for exploring options and discussing your career strategy.
    • In-class sessions
      Interactive workshops on areas such as career strategies, writing CVs and applications, interview skills, psychometric testing, what to expect at assessment centres, and online networking strategies.
    • Extensive programme of events
      Each year around 100 events, including careers fairs, organised by the LUMS team bring top employers onto campus. Your chance to attend presentations, book personal appointments and attend employer-led skills sessions.
    • Specialist resources
      Specialist online careers resources and a well-stocked careers room give you access to industry publications and global labour market intelligence, helping you prepare winning applications and research employers before interview.
    • Access to our alumni networks
      We invite LUMS and Lancaster University alumni back to campus to share their professional experience and tips with you. You can tap into the expertise and know-how of more than 40,000 LUMS alumni worldwide, and the University's even larger alumni network – a valuable resource not only while you are at Lancaster but throughout your career.
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Each year the mix of final destinations will vary, reflecting the different interests and aspirations of the students within the class. Our graduates typically undertake one of the following career paths:

    • Setting up a new venture – many of our students are able, at the end of the programme or after some working experience in a company – to launch their own business and become successful entrepreneurs.
    • Becoming a “corporate entrepreneur” – many of our students develop an entrepreneurial career working as a corporate entrepreneur, entrepreneur or corporate development manager in larger companies. Companies that have recently hired our graduates include, for instance, Accenture, British Airways, Deloitte, Enterprise plc, Fujitsu, Game Insight, HSBC, IBM, IT Works, KPMG, OMD UK, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, The Co-operative Group, and Unilever.

    Finally, some of our students have a family business background and, after completing the programme, join the family business taking major responsibilities and growing as next generation leaders able to grow and develop the family business to the next generation of products and markets.

  • International Business

    International Business

    The programme provides you with advanced problem-solving capabilities needed by global managers. Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to enhance your employability and value for future employers. In particular, you will get in-depth experience in giving presentations, report-writing and IT skills, negotiation, team-work, leadership and the ability to plan and manage a demanding schedule of work.

  • Strategy

    Strategy

    Strategy jobs are commonly seen as the most desirable in large organisations because they provide access to key stakeholders and deal with the overall organisational purpose – the vision, goals, challenges, and opportunities that determine value in an organisation. This degree prepares participants for key strategic roles within organisations, including but not limited to Business Analyst, Business Developer, Chief Strategy Officer, Strategy Consultant, Organisational Change Manager, Policy Advisor, and Strategic Planner. 

    For those with experience, this programme prepares candidates for roles such as Senior Vice Presidents of Strategy, which is a common route to the job as CEO. 

    Graduates from our department’s MSc programmes work in multinationals such as Apple, Coca-Cola, GSK, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and Unilever as well as the top global professional service firms such as Accenture, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, EY, IBM, KPMG and PWC.