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.

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.

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

Study plans

IELTS Length Jul-Sept Sept-Dec Jan-Mar Apr-Jul Aug-Sept Oct
5.5 3 terms     Progress to your degree
5.5 3 terms      
6.0 2 terms      
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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 this programme, you can study over 40 different postgraduate degrees. This pathway can lead to degrees ranging from Marketing and Entrepreneurship to Economics 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, 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 triple accreditation from AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System) and AMBA (Association of MBAs).

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

Why study a Pre-Masters Programme?

An international student on campus at Lancaster University

Key facts

Course length

Two or three terms

Entry points

October (three-term only) and January

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Entry requirements

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Top rankings

3rd in Social Work
in the UK

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

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