Programme structure

Whichever of the six programme pathways you choose to follow, you will be studying some of your modules in your specialist department, and others together with students on the other pathways of this MSc.

Overall programme structure

The MSc is made up of 270 credits in total. On each pathway you take eight taught modules (120 credits) over the two years of the programme: six modules from your chosen pathway, plus two integrative modules taken by all students. 

Individual or group company projects, each worth 60 credits, with businesses in both the UK and China make up a further two modules (totalling 120 credits). The remaining 30 credits come from a module on Chinese language and culture (for non-Chinese speakers) or from Chinese Culture and Business Ethics and Society (for Chinese speakers).

Whichever pathway you choose, the issues addressed will always be considered from an interdisciplinary perspective, and you will be actively encouraged to reflect on the connections between theory and practice.

Welcome Week

The programme begins with a welcome week during which you learn more about the various elements of the programme and the facilities available within the University. Teamwork exercises and other activities with your colleagues on all pathways of the programme are used to help you get to know one another before the formal part of the programme.

Various other cross-disciplinary events, both academic and social, introduce you to the staff and activities of Lancaster China Catalyst Programme which is part-funding the MSc. There will also be an opportunity to meet staff from the businesses with which you will later be undertaking projects.

Year 1

Each pathway has its own combination of modules during the first two terms – see the individual pathway descriptions for details.

In the summer term, all students undertake the first of the two company projects. This is with a UK business that is taking part in the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme.

Year 2

In the second year you will be based in China for six months, working on an R&D or business development project for a Chinese company. To prepare you for this, you will have already completed an intensive module on Chinese Language and Culture during Year 1. Students who already speak Chinese will take the cultural element of this module, alongside a Business Ethics and Society module.

See Company projects for more details.