also available in 2018
A Level Requirements
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Full time 3 Year(s)
This degree provides you with a broad set of skills and knowledge that are needed to support modern organisations. You’ll begin to specialise after your first year, choosing from a wide range of modules designed to stretch and challenge you and equip you with the skills you need to start a successful career or to serve as a basis for further study.
In your first year, we build on the maths you did at school, introducing techniques and approaches that help organisations to plan and make better decisions. You will learn to think statistically and analyse data. You’ll learn how to make forecasts and how to use data to understand complex behaviour and be introduced to the operations and strategic business contexts in which these ideas can be applied. You will also take a ‘live’ module, working in small teams to deliver a project for a client in the Lancaster area.
You can choose to specialise at the end of the first year, selecting a main track from Business Analytics; Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Project Management; and Information Systems. You can also take modules from other tracks alongside modules in your main track to widen your knowledge and skill set.
The Business Analytics track provides you with the mathematical tools that develop practical, numerate and computer-based modelling skills.
The Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management track includes: Supply Chain Management, Purchasing, Forecasting, Inventory Planning, Risk Analysis and many other relevant topics aimed at developing your understanding of specific business problems faced by operations managers.
The Project Management track develops the project management and consultancy skills to implement ideas in practice, encouraging all employees to participate in change. On the Information Systems track, you’ll learn more about designing and managing the computer-based systems on which most organisations depend upon in the digital economy
A Level AAB
GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6, English Language grade C or 4
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
This module introduces students to the methodology of Management Science to give an understanding of the way business problems are investigated, modelled and solved. It provides a framework for understanding the different approaches and techniques that students on the BAC degree scheme will encounter later in their studies.It also provides the study skills and guidance on good academic practices that will enable students to work effectively and more successfully in their studies and later professional practice.
This is a very practical module that seeks to develop the skills needed to manage on a daily basis, whether managing an organisation, project or event. You will work in a team to deliver an event at the University or in the local area. You will need to meet the client; negotiate the content of the event and its presentation; plan and manage the event; procure any logistics; enrol any volunteers to help you deliver the event; manage a budget; plan for risks; and manage yourselves in the context of a real project, as well as work on the actual day!
Although you will learn project management techniques, the module focuses more on the human element of projects, including team work, negotiating, conflict and culture.
This module is designed to give you an introduction to probability and statistics and to make you familiar with some useful computer tools.
The statistical topics covered are sampling, introductory data analysis and presentation, probability, the use of some important probability distributions, regression analysis and random variables. The computing side of the module uses Excel for presentation and analysis of data.
Available to students taking degrees in the departments of Accounting and Finance, Economics, Management Science and Mathematics, and to incoming exchange students with college-level Mathematics.
Management science is used in all major organisations in industry, commerce, finance and government. Its application might involve well-defined problems, such as reducing the cost of a complex goods distribution network, or more nebulous problems, such as improving patient care in hospital. Techniques based on mathematics and statistics can be extremely powerful in helping to solve these organisational problems.
Five such techniques will be introduced:
The module emphasises not only how to apply techniques, but also when (and when not) to apply them. There is a stress on practical examples of using the techniques.
You will work on two challenging case studies based on real problems. These provide the opportunity to apply concepts and techniques of problem solving, making recommendations and reporting results. To take this module you must also be taking one of MSCI 101, 100 or MNGT130.
Operations management is a core discipline for all kinds of organisation, from private-sector manufacturers through to public-sector service providers. This module introduces the core topics of operations management, including operations design, capacity management, supply chain management, inventory analysis, demand forecasting, quality management and risk analysis. Most of these topics have both qualitative and quantitative elements that need to be understood and practised in combination.
By the end of the module you should be able to:
identify different kinds of operations and predict their attributes
apply basic planning and analysis techniques to particular cases
understand operations problems and related improvement strategies
The quantitative parts of the course are basic, and if you prefer a more quantitative approach you should consider Management Science (MSCI 103) as an alternative. To take this module you must also take either MSCI 101, 100 or 110.
The overall objective of this module is to introduce you to some of the key communication and technical skills needed in project work and to give you the opportunity to practise those skills in a progressive way.
Via a group simulated consultancy study, it covers some of the key communication and technical skills needed in project work, such as teamwork, interviewing for information, oral presentations and writing a management report.
This module helps you to understand general modelling concepts and their role in management analysis; how analytical techniques can add value to management decisions and the role that data issues (quality, errors) can play in decision-making.
You will learn how Excel models can support research and investigations. You will also learn how to use a wide range of Excel functions to handle and filter data of different types, produce effective charts and data summaries, and understand how Excel models can be applied to a wide range of management decisions.
At the heart of many real management problems are data that needs to be described, analysed and interpreted. Statistical methods are important across the range of Management School subject areas (e.g. accounting and finance, marketing, economics, operations management and operational research). This module develops your ability to describe, analyse and interpret data soundly, making effective use of computer software.
Developing these skills will also help you demonstrate to prospective employers that you have practical skills that can immediately be put to good use to solve problems for organisations either in the public or private sector.
The lecture materials, and the problems you are asked to solve in workshops, reflect the problems that organisations have to solve in practical situations where data analysis skills are required.
This module covers the skills needed to improve business process by modelling and simulation.
Computer simulation methods are among the most commonly used approaches within operational research and management science. This module teaches you the skills required to apply simulation successfully to help improve the running of a business, and it shows how companies can find good solutions by predicting the effects of changes before implementing them.
Modern simulation packages are a valuable aid in building a simulation model, and this module uses the Witness simulation package, which is widely used commercially. However, without the proper approach, the results of a simulation project can be incorrect or misleading. This module looks at each task required in a simulation project. It emphasises the practical application of simulation, with a good understanding of how a simulation model works being an essential part of this.
This module provides an introduction to the analysis and use of published financial statements and the concepts which underlie financial reporting by companies. It also considers the relationship between companies and their financial environment. The concepts and use of financial statements are placed within the current commercial context, so that you acquire an appreciation of the role of financial accounting.
Operations management is the core managerial discipline in all kinds of operation – from private-sector manufacturing through to public-sector services. It is about the human capacity to organise all the operations that underpin the modern world: transportation, the generation of energy, retailing, the production of goods, the provision of medical and educational services, and so on.
The module will introduce students to key concepts and themes of Operations Management such as operations strategy and performance objectives, operations design (e.g. layout, facility location and capacity), inventory planning and control, project management, quality management and supply chain management. These topics will be approached using a combination of qualitative and simple quantitative methods.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
Enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs) and integration solutions are essential to every modern enterprise, and this module gives you hands-on experience of SAP, a widely used enterprise technology. The module develops your understanding of how information technologies can help companies to achieve their strategic objectives, and introduces you to techniques and tools that can be used to evaluate the performance of business processes, diagnosing where problems lie and how processes can be improved.
After introductory sessions which look at the pervasive use of IT by business and at quantitative and qualitative business process analysis, you then work in small teams to compete in running a virtual dairy company, using SAP GUI as your ERP technology.
This module provides an introduction to the use and impact of IT, communication and integrated technology systems on business organisations. It considers the impacts of IT systems upon the business procedures, the services delivered to customers and the working life of those in the organisation.
From a taxonomy of the different forms of IT system we move to examining the strategic planning and delivery of new systems, the risks to the business, the business advantages to be gained by successful implementations and consider current issues facing business organisations. The course provides the business foundation for other more specialised or technical topics in information systems.
This module forms a self-contained introduction to marketing. It examines components of the marketing system, concepts of buying behaviour, analysis of market opportunities, market segmentation, the marketing mix and marketing strategy. Consideration is also given to a number of special topics, including services marketing, retailing and international marketing. It aims to develop your appreciation and understanding of the conceptual and descriptive language of marketing and how it is used within a business and management context.
This module describes a variety of optimisation algorithms and how business problems can be modelled using these techniques.
Optimisation is one of the primary techniques associated with management science/operational research. Linear programming models are used routinely in many industries, including petroleum refining and the food industry. Integer linear programming models are increasingly being used in practice for complex scheduling problems such as those that arise in the airline industry where such models have saved large amounts of money. Skills in formulating and solving applied optimisation problems are valuable for anybody interested in a career in operational research or business modelling and consultancy.
This module is designed to enable you to apply optimisation techniques to business problems.
Four main topics are covered:
Specially-structured linear programs
Integer and mixed-integer programming
Heuristics for large-scale problems
Designed as a complete introduction to the theory and practice of managing business projects, this module introduces project management methods in a way which links to the life cycle of a typical project – from the early project identification and definition stages, through project execution and control, to issues of implementation and change.
The coverage of the early stages of the project cycle uses methods emerging from the systems movement and stresses the strategic relevance of project management.
The operational management of the project is covered by introducing techniques for planning, scheduling and controlling projects. Attention is also given to the people management aspects of this process, especially to leadership, team-working, motivation and direction.
Introducing you to the main concepts and techniques in the management of operational risk and the management of quality, this module deals with both the technical and broader social analysis of these disciplines.
Its purpose is to give you an understanding of these concepts within the general subject of operations management. It will treat the concepts analytically, but as grounded in the practical problems faced by both manufacturing and service operations.
Topics in quality management range from statistical process control to total quality management, while those in risk management range from quantitative risk assessment to high reliability organisations. The module will also look at both subjects as social constructions, and examine the implications of taking such a viewpoint.
This module examines the principles and practices of supply chain management, and examines supply chain and logistics management in relatively high-volume industries such as retailing. It also looks critically at supply chain management, as just one manifestation of the more general issue of trans-organisational operations management.
Most of the time will be spent considering inter-organisational relationships from various perspectives, but you will also need to understand how they relate to matters within the organisation. For example, adopting Just-in-Time supply requires Just-in-Time approaches to be adopted within the firm, and vice versa.
Techniques based on mathematics and statistics can be extremely powerful tools in helping to solve organisational problems and are widely used in practice. This module explains the business situations in which such techniques apply, and shows how to use the techniques and interpret the results to make better business decisions.
Five such techniques will be covered:
Central to this module is the Crossbay Contracting Game, a management game designed by the module convenor and his colleagues at HCS Ltd.
Three (health service) organisations are involved in a contract negotiation, and you will be part of the management team of one of these organisations. The contract concerns funding requirements for core activities over the coming financial year.
The main aim is to reach an agreement that is satisfactory to all three parties – but you must of course ensure that your own organisation is likely to come out of it well. Much of your time will be spent analysing the emerging situation and negotiating with the other parties.
Alongside this 'management' task there is also a modelling task. Teams are provided with a decision support system they can use to analyse the emerging situation and help them decide which strategies are cost-effective for their organisation.
Issues and problems in the complex world of management do not necessarily arise in a well-structured form. People often do not know what they want or what is possible. They may also disagree about what they are trying to achieve and the means for arriving at their goals. Much thinking needs to be done in order to define an appropriate framework within which a useful analysis or project can be carried out.
Various approaches have been developed in recent years to assist in this task, often referred to as problem-structuring methods (PSMs). These very practically oriented methodologies typically involve the management team to help facilitate the structuring of complex situations. They place emphasis on dialogue to think through strategic problems, identify the salient issues, formulate goals and negotiate action plans. This module introduces you to several PSMs and some of the process skills needed to use them.
Many organisational recruiters have identified particular skills and knowledge they want to see from a prospective employee. Top in the priorities are spreadsheet modelling, problem structuring, statistics, and project management. This highly practical module equips you with an advanced set of spreadsheet modelling skills, including advanced functions and programming using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) that can be used to produce a wide range of effective decision-support models.
You will learn general concepts about spreadsheet modelling using VBA and a wide range of modelling skills which are highly relevant to management. These include structured programming, program documentation, program verification, user interface design, and general investigative modelling – including applications involving optimisation, forecasting and simulation.
This module introduces you to various current techniques for forecasting future customer demand, including a range of predictive models that develop your knowledge of the best ways of forecasting in problem situations.
The aim is to ensure that you have the skills needed to develop a validated quantitative set of forecasts using both extrapolative and causal forecasting methods, and that you can apply a simple forecasting method to support demand and revenue management.
You will also learn to identify and exploit opportunities for revenue optimisation in different business contexts. You review the main methodologies used in each of these areas, discuss legal issues associated with different pricing strategies, and survey current practices in different industries. Most of the topics covered are either directly or indirectly related to pricing issues faced by firms operating in environments where they enjoy some degree of market power.
This module introduces the analytical techniques of business data mining used in customer relationship management, including direct marketing for up- and cross-selling, and credit scoring for mortgages and credit cards.
It enhances your modelling skills on synthetic and empirical data by showing you simple statistical methods and introducing novel methods from artificial intelligence and machine learning. Although understanding basic statistics may give you a better appreciation of the working of models in regression and classification tasks, the module focuses on applying algorithms on real datasets using software, and making real predictions.
The module also includes workshops in which you learn how to use the SAS Enterprise Miner software for data mining (a software skill much sought after in the job market) and apply it to real datasets in a real-world scenario.
In this module we look at how to study business operations, analyse the situation and develop appropriate information systems designs. The same techniques can be of value whether you develop them further and become an information systems professional or use them in general management or consultancy. There is an emphasis on practical application and extensive use of class exercises.
The techniques taught in this module are widely employed by analysts in the fields of information systems and general business consultancy, and the ability to analyse information requirements and design efficient and effective information systems to meet those requirements is increasingly recognised and valued by employers as an important management skill.
The innovative nature of the Internet, ecommerce, mobile technologies, multimedia and e-business is changing the way organisations compete, co-operate and deliver services across all private and public sectors.
This module looks at maximising the benefits of the Internet and organising a business in the globalised economy. It examines the use of information systems in organisations and electronic transactions with customers and businesses. It looks beyond the extraordinary growth in ecommerce – only one part of the e-business revolution –and the high level of dotcom failures to examine the continuing changes in the digital economy.
This module provides you with an understanding of strategy that will enable you to discuss real-life business activities within a framework of contemporary strategic management thinking. It is designed to encourage you to develop a personal and distinctive understanding and appreciation of strategising for different industries and in uncertain environments, through lectures, case analyses, and class discussions. Topics to be examined include the identification and analysis of key macro-environmental drivers, competitive advantage, resources and capabilities, and stakeholder influence.
There have been a number of innovative developments in Operations Management that have sought to organise resources in a significantly new manner in order to make a big step change in performance. This module discusses these key innovative developments in detail, including those that have led to extensive modernisation both in the manufacturing and service sectors.
There will be an emphasis on the importance of successful innovation in the current competitive environment, and the key role of Operations Management in sustaining a competitive advantage and bringing about service improvements.
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
The benefit of a Business Analytics degree is its wide application across the business world. Our graduates work for large and small companies around the world, in a variety of roles. The skills you gain from your degree are highly sought after in order to solve business problems and improve decision making.
For example in the travel industry, business analytics are used to help airlines ensure that staff and aircraft are where they are needed, or in deciding variable room rates for hotel companies. Business analytic skills can also help banks and finance companies weigh up credit risks to determine lending policies.
Even within the health sector, business analytic skills are valuable to help healthcare providers keep waiting times down and improve services. Supermarkets use business analytics to plan their stock and manufacturers rely on analytics to ensure that their products are made when their customers need them, at the right price and quality.
Roles in any of these situations are possible with a business analytics and consultancy degree.
Lancaster Management School has an award winning careers team to provide a dedicated careers and placement service offering a range of innovative services for management school students. Our high reputation means we attract a wide range of leading global employers to campus offering you the opportunity to interact with graduate recruiters from day 1 of your degree.
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