Management, Politics and International Relations (Industry)

BSc Hons

  • UCAS Code N230
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

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Introduction

BSc Management, Politics and International Relations takes a person-centred approach to management thinking and practice. It then places that study firmly in the context of Politics and International Relations. Every organisation needs people who think about and understand how the world works. This degree will help you be one of them.

Programme overview

Strategic business decisions, from the smallest, to the largest, depend on global politics, the politics of states and the politics of regions. The interrelationships between business, the economy, and political decision-making cannot be undone; business does not happen in isolation to the environment in which it exists.

This four-year interdisciplinary non-quantitative degree is unique to the UK. Our expertise in work and technology, marketing, entrepreneurship and organisations are all represented through this degree. We step away from idealised business models, instead offering you the chance to dive deeper into politics, international relations and the management of institutions regionally and globally.

Brexit and the political response to the global pandemic are just two examples of the interdependencies between business and politics. Both events raise questions about the role of the state and the role of business in our economies and societies. The answers to these complex questions will come from those who understand the world well enough to lead, from those who are not fazed by the complexities of information and rules by which businesses have to operate.

People with this background, with this understanding of the world, are well-rounded, more responsible leaders, better able to navigate complexities and succeed in business and management.

Key Facts

After a solid grounding in all areas of management, politics and international relations, you will apply to join, in the third year, an organisation in the UK or overseas for a one-year placement, helping you to apply your knowledge to real-world situations. Previous students have worked with companies such as Hyundai, Deloitte and Sony, and the Civil Service in roles across business development, marketing, recruitment, PR and management. If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you are able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme, finishing your degree after your third year.

Programme outcomes

As a graduate of this degree, you will be better able to decipher the macro environment and its impact on business, in order to be a leader in your chosen career.

Careers

All sectors of the graduate market value our management degrees very highly. Graduates from this programme will be able to enter large multinationals, small and medium-sized industries and services, and international organisations (such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund), as well as public sector organisations. Many of our graduates embark upon international careers. The transferable skills which you will develop during the programme, such as intercultural team-working, analytical and presentation skills, negotiation, research design and report-writing, are highly valued by employers. The course also provides a firm foundation for those looking to pursue academic careers.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

GCSE 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.

Other Qualifications

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 qualifications. 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.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £22,315

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

About the Department

Over the past 50 years, the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology has built a strong reputation in areas including human resource management, employment relations, ethics, sustainability and more. As a student in this department, you will benefit from the expertise of our academic departmental members, who are specialists across wider social sciences and management backgrounds. You will study topics shaped by contemporary issues through our strong industry connections, and you’ll find all the support, guidance and opportunities you need to help you achieve your potential and launch a successful career.

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Student Insights

In her blog, Seun Odusanya talks about what sparked her interest in the subject. "My two main passions have always been management and international relations (IR). I vividly remember watching the humanitarian response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, while marvelling at the sheer scale of planning and organisation that would be required to manage an international relief effort of that magnitude."

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LUMS student publishes first book while studying in lockdown

Management, Politics and International Relations student Nathan kept himself busy during lockdown, managing to co-author his first-ever book, called "2020 as it Happened" – and all while completing his studies.

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Alumni Profiles

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Piotr Autuch

BSc Management, Politics and International Relations, 2019

I benefit every day from the transferable skills that I developed during my time at the university, specifically time management, researching and presenting skills.

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