Business and politics brought together in new degree

Palace of Westminster - Photo by David Iliff:,_London_-_Feb_2007.jpg
License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

10 November 2014

An exciting undergraduate degree combines practical work experience with an in-depth focus on the connections between the worlds of business and international affairs.

The four-year BSc in Management, Politics and International Relations is taught jointly by the Management School and the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and has a clear interdisciplinary approach.

“As we have seen recently in the effects of a summer of tension between Russia and the Ukraine on an economy such as Germany, what happens in international relations has very significant repercussions for the business world,” says , Director of the new programme.

“When managing a global business, it is vital to keep abreast of the shifting political, social and cultural factors that can impact on the economic and business environment, and to have a really well-informed understanding of how these interrelate.

“Businesses need people who can take that broader strategic perspective – and this is something we know that employers look for in the graduates they recruit. This new programme is all about helping our graduates to acquire that kind of understanding and worldliness alongside sound management skills. It should really help them to stand out at interview, and should open the door to careers in many different areas, including consultancy and corporate management.”

Throughout the degree, students divide their study equally between management and politics and international relations, and can choose from a range of modules offered in both faculties. The third year is spent working in industry, acquiring valuable new skills and also implementing the knowledge acquired at Lancaster – and this is preceded by an integrated careers module which provides intensive preparation for the placement experience.

As no particular A-level combinations are required for this degree, it is open to those who have studied many different subjects, not solely business-related.

To find out more, see the BSc Management, Politics and International Relations.


Image David Iliff | CC-BY-SA 3.0