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Undergraduate study in Management Science

Degrees which give you the skills to think analytically about complex organisational issues.

About Management Science at Lancaster

The undergraduate degrees offered within the Department of Management Science are perfect for those who have excelled at Mathematics or Statistics at school and are looking for challenging graduate careers where they can use their problem-solving skills to help businesses perform better.

The degree schemes are designed to develop the kind of skills required by business analysts and consultants working in many different types of organisation. As with all Lancaster programmes, the modular design of these degrees makes them very flexible, allowing you to focus on your main interests, but also to broaden your knowledge by including modules from other management areas – or other disciplines entirely.

Join us at Lancaster and you will be joining one of the largest departments of its kind in the world, employing more than 30 leading academics with international reputations.

The Benefits

Our academics have international reputations, and a broad range of expertise

Designed to develop the skills required by business analysts and consultants.

Flexibility and module choices to tailor your studies to your interests.

Dedicated careers support with sector specialists to give you a competitive edge

State-of-the-art facilities, resources and tools to enhance your learning

Lancaster holds TEF Gold for teaching excellence

Undergraduate Courses

Degrees for the logically and mathematically-minded.

Degree Flexibility

Our degrees are designed to help you switch the focus of your studies as your interests develop. We understand that committing yourself to a particular degree when you haven't studied it before is a big decision, so your first year, known as Part I, doesn't count towards your final degree. At the end of this year, you will have experienced different subjects which will help you to make a clearer decision about what you want to study for the rest of your degree, known as Part II.

What is Business Analytics?

Business Analytics is about using data and models to make better decisions, to improve policy making, to develop strategy and to improve day-to-day performance of organisations. In other words, it’s the application of management science.

Business Analytics consultants help airlines ensure that staff and aircraft are where they are needed, when they are needed. They help hotel companies decide how their room rates will vary through time so they don't lose money on empty rooms. They help banks and finance companies weigh up credit risks to determine lending policies. They help healthcare providers to keep waiting times down whilst providing excellent service. They help supermarkets plan their stocks so that products are on the shelves when needed. They help manufacturers ensure that their products are made when customers need them, at the right price and quality. In short, they help successful organisations do even better. The aim of Business Analytics is to use analytical skills to make a difference, based on the systematic exploration of key issues using available data.

Business analytics consultancy has several key elements; a systems approach to understand key issues in context so as to avoid making something else worse; quantitative skills; organisational understanding; information management; and project management.

What is MORSE?

MORSE is an innovative programme that incorporates Maths, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics to create a powerful combination of skills that employers demand. You will focus on applying mathematical knowledge and theory in a practical context, with the opportunity to either develop your knowledge in all areas or specialise in key topics that you see as most relevant to your future career.

Scholarships for International Students

We're home to a vibrant international community, and to enrich this further we’re offering a new collection of scholarships totalling £80,000 which are aimed at exceptional students living in selected countries. Please visit our Undergraduate Scholarships for International Students page for more details.

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MORSE Scholarship 2020

This £3,000 Scholarship is open to students applying to join the programme in October 2020 and is designed to recognise and reward exceptional talent.

How to Apply

  • You will need to have applied to the University to study MORSE between the 4th September 2019 and the 15th January 2020.
  • You must produce a written document of no more than 300 words outlining how you would benefit from a MORSE degree at Lancaster University Management School and how you foresee this degree supporting your future ambitions.
  • Submissions must be emailed to lums@lancaster.ac.uk by the closing date of the 14th February 2020, and must include your full name and UCAS number.


Eligibility

  • All applicants for the MORSE programme will be considered, both for the standard (GLN0) and industry variant (GLN1) of the programme - you must have applied for the course between the 4th September 2019 and the 15th January 2020.
  • The MORSE scholarship will be awarded to one MORSE offer holder joining the programme in October 2020.
  • All offer conditions must be met or exceeded and applicants must place Lancaster University as their firm choice institution.

Receiving the award

  • The successful applicant will be notified of their successful selection by 1st April 2020, with the award being subject to meeting all conditions of your offer. 
  • The MORSE scholarship will be awarded as a cash payment in February 2021. The awardee must be a current student, and will be paid via bank transfer.

Scholarship Recipients

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be expected to fully participate in a range of activities during your studies. This may include roles such as being an ambassador for your course, contributing to future recruitment through engaging with prospective students, and sharing your own experiences of being a LUMS student.

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Careers & Placements

Preparing you for the jobs market is central to everything we do, so you'll begin to explore your career options right from the start of your studies. Our placements are an excellent way to enhance your CV and develop vital employability skills, and our careers support is designed to help you succeed.

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At Lancaster you will have access to many different careers resources, provided both by the School’s own Careers team and by the central University careers service. Familiarising yourself with what is available will be a crucial part of your career planning.

In addition to one-on-one advice, there is a busy programme of workshops, training sessions, careers clinics and employer events. The School and the Department have excellent links with employers, so companies regularly visit LUMS to make presentations and interview students as part of their selection process.

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The beauty of the degrees offered by the Department of Management Science is that they give you access to a broad range of career options. The strong analytical and numeracy skills they develop are highly sought after by many different types of employer. These degrees are ideal preparation for careers in general management or consultancy as well as for more specialist roles – for example, in operations management, information systems or production planning.

After graduation, employment or further study rates for our graduates are consistently high, and many have gone on to work for household names such as Warburtons, United Utilities, Amazon, and John Lewis, as well as firms like PwC and Deloitte, in analysis and consultancy roles.

Many of our graduates have built very successful careers in the specialisms for which the Department is so highly reputed: management science, operational research (OR) or operations management – all areas you will be able to specialise in as part of your degree. Others go on to study for a Masters degree.

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Whether or not you register initially for a degree in which an industrial placement is a formal requirement – as with the four-year industry variant of our Business Analytics and Consultancy degree – if you are studying on one of our majors, you have the option of including a one-year paid work placement between your second and third years of study as part of your degree. This will be in an approved role where you will be able to apply the kinds of skill that your Lancaster degree is helping you develop.

Although spending a year in a company extends your period of study, it can have many different benefits. It helps you to make connections between the theories you are studying and day-to-day business realities. It allows you to acquire new skills, and will almost certainly make you more confident about what your strengths are and how to sell those to employers – those who take this option often find it easier to get a job after they complete their degree. It can also be a great way to assess which direction you would like to go in when you graduate.

Choosing to do this work experience also means that you take one additional unit for your degree, ie making it a nine-unit scheme rather than eight. This extra module is an action learning unit: a dissertation which requires you to relate academic theory to some aspect of the work that you were involved in during your placement year. As part of this module, you will also be assessed in some of the work carried out during that year.

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