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Real-world projects to extend your business and international experience.

Undertaking demanding research or consultancy projects for external businesses in both the UK and China was a major focus of the unique M.Sc. International Innovation programme and formed a substantial part of the assessment (120 credits). This project work provided a great chance for students to put their skills to use in genuine business situations, learn first-hand practical lessons about the business world, and exchange ideas with entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The projects supported businesses participating in the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme. This cross-university initiative was set up to facilitate the growth of technology-focused SMEs in the UK, helping them to expand their commercial activities in China. At the same time it enabled students on this MSc to develop knowledge and experience of what is involved in international business development.

The projects took a variety of forms, supporting the development of new ventures, products, services or business processes. Working either individually or as part of a cross-disciplinary team, students took on several projects, involving businesses in both the UK and China.

In their first year, students worked on a project for a UK business.

In their second year, students spent at least six months during the Lent and Summer terms in China, working with a business in Guangdong Province.

For more information on the outcomes of some of the projects completed by students on the M.Sc. International innovation for companies on the Lancaster China Catalyst Programme see our Programme Report.