The Masters in E-Business and Innovation (EBIN) is a unique multidisciplinary programme that gives ambitious graduates the skills and knowledge needed to maximise the potential of internet, digital and multimedia technologies to shape innovation in business.
Providing an equal measure of business and technology, this MSc gives you a holistic understanding of both areas and the programme modules cover a wide range of topics – including business planning, finance, entrepreneurship, e-marketing, supply chain management, internet technologies, IT architecture, advanced networking and system security.
The programme is run jointly by Lancaster University Management School and the University’s School of Computing and Communications, both internationally recognised as centres of excellence. It also draws on expertise from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, and Infolab21, the University’s research, development and business centre for ICT.Key featuresTheory and practice are tightly integrated throughout the programme, giving you:
The EBIN programme consists of a series of core integrating modules, taken by all students, combined with two specialist routes – from the second term onwards – that allow you to focus either on Management (Route A) or Advanced Computing (Route B).
Carefully designed bridging modules in the first term allow you to take either route, regardless of what you have studied for your first degree. You do not have to decide which route to follow until late in the first term.
On both routes all students take modules worth a total of 180 credits. More information about each of the modules can be found by following the links below.
Michaelmas Term: October–December
The programme begins with an Induction Week which forms an important framework for the rest of the programme. It is designed to help you get to know your fellow students, meet programme staff, and familarise you with the range of facilities at Lancaster and the types of learning that will be central to the programme, and it includes both teambuilding exercises and social activities.
Which of these modules you need to take depends on the subject of your first degree:
Importantly, these bridging modules give you the grounding needed to access cross-disciplinary modules. This means you can then take whichever route you prefer – Management or Computing – irrespective of your subject background on entry to the programme.
During the first term, all students also take the following core modules:
Lent Term: January–March
During this term all students take the following core modules:
Which other modules you take depends on your chosen route:
Route A (Management) students take three modules:
Route B (Advanced Computing) students take two of the following:
Summer Term: April–September
This term is devoted largely to the most substantial and demanding element of your MSc: the Masters project and dissertation, worth a total of 50 credits. The project draws together all your learning from the earlier modules and enables you to show your skills in applying your knowledge to an in-depth piece of work – either a client-based consultancy project or a specialist research project, both with related dissertation.
To help prepare you for this challenge, you first undertake a Research Methods module, which is assessed as part of the project/dissertation itself.
Dissertations are handed in during September, and graduation takes place at Lancaster in early December.
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The MSc E-Business and Innovation is a popular programme, and competition for places is intense. To be considered for admission, you will need a good honours degree (a minimum of a 2:1 or GPA of 3.2 on a four-point scale). We can also accept an equivalent professional qualification.
English language requirements
Studying at Masters level demands a high level of fluency in written and spoken language, and excellent comprehension. For this reason, non-native speakers of English are normally asked to demonstrate their English language competence by taking one of the internationally recognised tests.
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