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MSc International Innovation

We are now accepting applications for entry in 2016.


The two-year Masters in International Innovation offers a ground-breaking curriculum which combines rigorous academic studies with company projects and cultural immersion. It offers ambitious students the opportunity to spend six months in China, working on high-impact collaborative projects with companies based in China and in the UK.

Depending on what you studied for your first degree, you follow one of six distinct pathways:

Powerful integrated learning


Over the 24 months of the programme, you cover a range of general and specialist modules, complemented by Chinese language study and cultural and business seminars. The result is a rich and distinctive learning experience. A highly supportive learning environment will help you to acquire a deep understanding of the processes and issues involved in innovation and internationalisation.

The programme is interdisciplinary in focus, and involves close collaboration between Lancaster University Management School, the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This means that you will gain a solid foundation across key complementary areas of design, entrepreneurship and technology but at the same time you will develop specialist knowledge in one of these areas - a combination that will make you highly attractive to employers.

You put this knowledge to the test during the programme by working on collaborative projects with SMEs in the UK and in Guangdong Province, China.

Career paths


The academic knowledge, practical skills and language and cultural proficiency you acquire through this programme will give you a launch-pad for various types of careers, whether your aim is to establish a new venture, join an international organisation or government institution, or go on to further academic study.

Programme funding and partners

The design of this MSc, and access to a £16,000 tax free bursary to support living costs, over the 24 months, are possible due to the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme. This programme is itself supported by the HEFCE Catalyst Fund, Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology and Lancashire County Council, and is working closely with the Chinese Academy of Science, the Chambers of Commerce, UK Trade and Investment, Technology Strategy Board and the China-Britain Business Council.

Further information

Key facts

Duration: 24 months, full-time
Starts: October
Designed for: graduates from any relevant discipline seeking careers in international business
Entry requirements: 2:1 degree or equivalent; IELTS 7.0 if first language is not English
Work experience: welcomed, but not essential

General info about the programme can be obtained through:
Anne Thorley
Tel: +44 (0) 1524 592298