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.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
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Minimum required score (Grade C):
The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
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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