Environmental Science pathway

Leading to MSc International Innovation (Environmental Science)

This pathway provides a foundation in the areas of technology, design and management, complemented by a specialist focus on environmental science.

Year 1

Michaelmas Term: October-December

After the induction week you choose three of the following modules:

Please note: selection of the environmental science modules above will be subject to availability and timetabling

Together with students on the other pathways, you also take a module on design:

Design-driven Innovation

This module introduces design-driven innovation as a mind-set that has the ability to close the innovation loop, from user-centred research to commercially viable innovations. It presents a variety of frameworks that help you to gain a comprehensive understanding of design thinking, methods and concepts and of how these can be applied to design-driven innovation. Theoretical material delivered in lectures and seminars is tested and evaluated through workshops. These will be aligned to appropriate external drivers, such as competition briefs or ‘live’ projects, allowing you to put theories and methods into practice in order to address a real-world design problem.

Lent Term: January-March

You choose a further three specialist modules, selected from the following:

Please note: selection of the environmental science modules above will be subject to availability and timetabling

Together with students on other pathways, you also take: 

Corporate Entrepreneurship

This module illuminates the entrepreneurial strategies of large companies. This includes the challenges of setting up and managing corporate spin-offs as well as ‘intrapreneurship’ strategies where employees are empowered and enabled to act as entrepreneurs within the company in pursuit of competitive edge and new business fields. 

Year 2

During this year, you spend a minimum of six months working in China on an in-depth project for an industry partner. It is anticipated that most of the projects will be based in or around the city of Guangzhou. Typically the projects will take place in the second and third terms of Year 2. Depending on the needs of the company, some projects may be longer and start during the first term.

Before you embark on your projects, you will be given an intensive introduction at Lancaster to Chinese language and business culture. Those already fluent in Chinese are offered alternative options, to the same credit value.

See Company projects for more detail