Learning environment

On this MSc programme you will experience a variety of approaches to learning, including lectures, group workshops, individual tutorials, and research projects with academic supervision and laboratory work where appropriate. 

Depending on your chosen pathway, this will vary considerably: some modules may be taught on a weekly basis and others in one- or two-week blocks. 

Core areas are taught through lectures and workshops throughout the first two terms. The classroom teaching style is typically highly interactive, so you will need to be prepared to debate and defend your ideas with your fellow students and members of faculty. The diversity of educational, cultural and occupational backgrounds within the class will make for rich and varied cross-fertilisation of experience.

You will also be required to attend regular non-credited seminars throughout the first two terms of Year 1, including business-related seminars and lectures, workshops and study of Chinese language and culture.

On your company projects in both the UK and China, you will not only work closely with the businesses concerned but will also be supported by academics from Lancaster University.

Self-directed study

Guided independent study throughout the programme is a vital part of your learning process, and allows you to tailor your existing knowledge to the programme content. You will be expected to read extensively, making full use of the extensive resources of the University library, both print-based and online, and other material made available via the programme’s virtual learning environment.