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Undergraduate study in Organisation, Work and Technology

Pragmatic and theoretical insights into tomorrow’s human, technological and organisational landscapes.

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About Organisation, Work & Technology at Lancaster

Our three departmental degrees are designed to give you a broad appreciation of management theory and practice combined with specialised knowledge of either human resource management, management and information technology, or management, politics and international relations. And you'll be able to broaden your knowledge by including modules from other management areas – or other disciplines entirely.

Our degrees provide a balance of theory and practice and prepare you for work upon graduation. All our degrees allow you to choose a placement year as an option. Our department has one of the strongest research groups of its kind both in the UK and abroad. You will thus be taught by some of the leading thinkers in the field.

The Benefits

Undergraduate Courses

A choice of undergraduate degrees, with the option to study abroad or spend a placement year in industry.

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. Your first year, known as Part I gives you the opportunity to adapt to a new way of learning. 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.

Placements in Industry

On most of our degrees, you have the option of doing a placement year. For some, the placement is an integral part of the degree, but on most of our other degrees you can also take an optional placement year. If you’re able to take that extra year, you’re likely to find it very beneficial. The experience will give your employment prospects a huge boost – you will not find it hard to secure interviews for graduate jobs.

Placements and Study Abroad

Top tips to get ahead from our Careers Coach

My name is Vicky and I am one of the specialist Careers Coaches with LUMS. It wasn’t all that long ago (well, maybe it was!) that I was joining as a fresher to my degree, so I am so excited for you all as you think about starting your journey with us! I had the most fantastic 4 years and I am so proud to have found my way back here for work now.

The prospect of talking about careers and job applications before you have even walked through our doors may sound ridiculous and overwhelming, but figuring out what you want to do when you walk back out that door takes time! You may have chosen your major, but that is just the first step. Understanding who you are, where you might fit in the world and what you might want to do with your major is an organic process, which needs careful thought and investment over the duration of your degree. We are here to work with you from day one, and support undergraduates trying to make sense of that scary prospect: ‘what am I supposed to do?’

Across your three or four years with us, together as a cohort, and in 1-1s, we will figure out what makes you tick, where the market opportunities are and how we can find the sweet spot between your interests, values and ambitions, with the graduate job market in whatever sector you see yourself contributing. Once we have laid those foundations, we will then look at how to apply those insights into effective, compelling applications for internships, placements and eventually graduate roles

Want to make a start and get ahead?

Get into good habits – read the news! (From a credible source, not just public opinion on your social media feeds). Understanding what is going on in the world and how it affects us is vital part of what employers expect.  

  • The Financial Times is a great place to start and Speaker Politics was set up and run by one of our very own OWT majors designed to engage young people in politics.
  • Think carefully about how the current challenges of the global pandemic, the climate crisis, digital poverty, and systemic racism may affect the sectors, industries or organisations you may be interested in – positively and negatively.
  • Pay attention to examples of technology and innovation around you, different types of leadership and organisation – at your colleges, where your families work and in the media. The football European Super League is a timely example to consider!
  • Finally, add industry bodies and press like the Chartered Institute of People Development (CIPD), The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Tech UK.

On behalf of the LUMS Careers Team, we look forward to welcoming you to Lancaster.

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