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Business, Law and Social Sciences

About this pathway

By studying the Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Law and Social Sciences, you can prepare for a successful future in a wide range of roles across business and management, law and the social sciences. The programme leads to a variety of Masters degrees at Lancaster University, including some at the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) – one of the top 100 business schools in the world.

Is this programme for me?

If you want to continue your education journey with a Masters degree from a top-ranking UK university, then this pathway programme will help you to transform the skills and knowledge you gained on your undergraduate degree in order to get the most out of your postgraduate study.

Programme structure

During this programme, you will study subject specific modules to prepare for your future Masters degree, as well as academic study and English language skills. You will discover how to undertake independent research, as well as developing your writing fluency for postgraduate level. The programme also explores contemporary global issues whilst encouraging you to expand your knowledge by critically analysing the subject matter.

What will I study?

You will study core modules within the Pre-Masters Programme alongside subject specific modules designed to help you on your degree.

Core modules will focus on providing the skills you need for successful postgraduate study. By the end of the programme, you will feel prepared for all aspects of studying a Masters at a top-ranked university. Modules include:

Academic and Personal Development Planning

  • develop independent learning skills
  • understand your current learning style
  • engage in tutor and peer feedback and student-led sessions

Applied Academic Writing Skills

  • develop your writing fluency
  • gain a deeper understanding of the academic writing process at postgraduate level
  • revise and evaluate your own work

Academic English Skills 1, 2 & 3

  • improve your range of written and spoken language
  • discover the level of English necessary for postgraduate study

Research Evaluation and Critical Appraisal Project

  • undertake an independent research project
  • improve your ability to create extended pieces of academic work

The programme offers modules relating specifically to the subjects of Business, Law and Social Sciences. These modules will help to provide you with the academic knowledge needed for successful postgraduate study and your career beyond. Study areas include:

Advanced Research Methods for Business, Law and Social Sciences

  • develop your comparative understanding and the ability to critically evaluate in the field of Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • understand key developments within the chosen topic area for research
  • demonstrate skills such as working independently in the selection, and the evaluation and presentation of relevant materials

Global Perspectives

  • develop an understanding of contemporary global issues
  • explore key issues such as education, leadership and health epidemics

Quantitative Methods and Skills for Business, Law and Social Sciences

  • apply theoretical knowledge to real life situations
  • develop a working knowledge of functions, vectors and matrices, calculus, and statistics

Why study the Pre-Masters Programme in Business, Law and Social Sciences at Lancaster?

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is Top 100 in the World (82nd in QS World University Rankings 2022)

Progression to your degree

You will progress to your chosen Masters degree when you have successfully completed your Pre-Masters Programme and achieved the required grades.

A choice of faculties

From the Pre-Masters Programme, you can study over 40 different postgraduate degrees. This pathway can lead to degrees ranging from Marketing and Entrepreneurship to Economics, Law and Human Resource Management.

You can also progress to degrees within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Technology.

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS)

LUMS is a top-ranking business school, often featuring in the top 10 of the UK and top 100 in the world. It is one of the only business schools in the world to hold quadruple accreditation from AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System), AMBA (Association of MBAs) and the Small Business Charter.

To see all available degree options, visit our progression degrees page.

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting the 3-term International Foundation Year in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

Key facts

Course length

Two or three terms

Entry points

Three terms: October and November
Two terms: November and January

Visit our term dates page for specific dates.

Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.


Visit our fees page to learn more.

Top rankings

3rd in Social Work
in the UK

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.