Course Overview

This new MSc in International Innovation offers a ground-breaking curriculum, blending academic studies, company projects and cultural experiences. Drawing from internationally recognised faculties from across the University, this unique MSc will offer ambitious UK/EU and overseas students the opportunity to work on high impact collaborative projects with companies both in the UK and China.

Over 24 months, students will cover a range of general and specialist courses chosen from five distinct pathways, supplemented by language, cultural and business seminars, resulting in a rich and distinctive learning experience.  A highly supportive environment will help build a deep understanding of innovation and internationalisation with a cohort of like-minded, multi-disciplinary students, entrepreneurs and businesses. Close inter-faculty collaboration between the Lancaster University Management School, the Faculty for Science and Technology and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will equip students with a solid foundation in the areas of design, entrepreneurship and technology, whilst allowing them to specialise in one of these areas.

On completion of the programme, with enhanced confidence and capability, students will be able to use their practical, language and cultural proficiency as a launch pad for their future careers: establishing a global venture, joining an international organisation, government institution, or pursuing further academic studies.

This unique programme offers five distinct academic pathways and students will choose from one of these pathways depending on their entry route to the programme.

Pathway 1: MSc International Innovation (Environmental Science)

This pathway draws on the strengths of the Lancaster Environment Centre.  Students will gain a foundation in the areas of technology, design and management, whilst specialising in environmental science.

Pathway 2: MSc International Innovation (Engineering)

This pathway encompasses selected modules in electronics and/or mechanical engineering. It will involve the pervasive use of electronics and embedded software within the systems and devices we use on a daily basis.

Pathway 3: MSc International Innovation (Computer Science)

This pathway draws on the strengths of the InfoLab21 in the School of Computing and Communications. Students will gain a foundation in the areas of technology, design and management, whilst specialising in modern computer science and communications technologies.  

Pathway 4: MSc International Innovation (Design)

This pathway draws on the strengths of the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and the design-led research lab, ImaginationLancaster. The programme explores design as a driver for innovation and provides students with an understanding of how design interfaces with other disciplines in the product development process.

Pathway 5: MSc International Innovation (Entrepreneurship)

This pathway is designed for students with a business or management background, and draws extensively on the unique qualities of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (IEED). It will provide a framework to understand entrepreneurship across different cultures within the UK and China and an opportunity to work high impact collaborative research, development and commercialisation projects in these countries.

For more information on the pathways available please see our programme page.