Pre-Master's Business

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1 term (12 weeks)

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Brayford Pool

Academic Year

Course Overview

This Pre-Master's programme offers a route of progression on to a range of postgraduate programmes within Lincoln International Business School. The programme is designed to provide preparation for Master's study for those who don't meet our usual entry requirements.

Students will study core modules which focus on contemporary issues in management, strategy, and other business related topics, giving them a grounding needed to progress to their chosen Master's. In addition, they will also take a module in English for Academic Purposes.

Degree Programme Progression

This programme lasts for one term (around 12 weeks).

After successfully completing the Business with Pre-Master's programme and obtaining the required grade, students may have the option to progress onto one of the following Master’s programmes at the University of Lincoln starting in January 2025*:

MSc Accounting and Finance
MSc International Business
MSc Supply Chain and Logistics Management
MSc Management
MSc Management with Human Resources
MSc Management with Project Management
MSc Marketing
MSc Project Management

*list based on January 2024 entry and subject to change.

How You Study

Before joining their chosen Master's programme, students study four 15-credit core modules, including one dedicated to English for Academic Purposes, delivered by the International College.

Students will have opportunities to join with the wider Lincoln International Business School community from the onset, studying academic modules alongside other students, while retaining the support of the International college and separate English Language provision.

Students will also be encouraged to engage with the informal curriculum and co-curricular activities associated with the LIBS community and the wider university, for example careers.


† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Advanced Strategy for Business 2024-25BUS3576MLevel 62024-25Strategy for Business focuses on the decisions that fundamentally influence the direction of the organisation and the effective implementation of the chosen direction. This module links strategy theory and practice. Up until this time, most of your education within the Business Studies programme has emphasised a specialised, functional perspective of business situations. All of these disciplines play a critical role in the success of a business, but how do they fit together? In this module, we integrate these views and experiences by taking a strategic approach to business decisions.CoreBudgeting for Business 2024-25FIN2142MLevel 52024-25The aim of this module is to focus on utilising management accounting and financial information for the purpose of planning business activities, undertaking control mechanism, informing decision-making, and measuring and improving business performance. The module includes management accounting topics such as costing, budgeting, variance analysis, break-even analysis, and performance measurement. The module will focus on developing skills needed to understand, analyse, and interpret management accounting information excluding technical accounting calculations. The module recognises a variety of decisions that managers are required to make and considers how management accounting and financial information can be used in support of these decisions.CoreEnglish for Academic Purposes (Business) 2024-25EAP3001MLevel 62024-25This module aims to help students develop knowledge of how to use academic language in their writing, distinguish between various academic writing genres, critically evaluate literature, use a referencing style confidently, and find relevant resources, both in the University library and beyond, to support their studies.CoreEthics, Sustainability and Responsibility 2024-25MGT2291MLevel 52024-25This module builds on the principles of the United Nations Global Compact and the ‘purpose’ of the Principles of Responsible Management Education, as well as the ‘essence’ of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Vision 2050, to develop the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of students to be future creators of sustainable value for business, and to work towards an increasingly inclusive society and a more sustainable global economy. This involves rethinking and reengineering business strategies and activities, to understand organisational constructs and influences, as well as that of their ’own agency’, to be the change that produces and secures economic, social, and environmental value for current and future generations. This means systematically examining contemporary business, economic development, and the historic relationships with a ‘Eurocentric’ social-cultural construct within global commerce and management, to discover a fairer and increasingly viable future. As a consequence, this module will ask students to explore and reflect on responsible management, sustainability, and ethical practice, as well as the resultant effects on global society, and the environmental costs created by human interaction as they analyse and evaluate contrasting strategies and approaches. This will not only provide a better understanding of the challenges of responsibly managing sustainability and ethical practice but will also identify and emphasise the questions to be addressed in respect of their future management endeavours.Core

How you are assessed

The range of assessment formats used on the programme may include written examinations, in-class tests, online tests, oral assessment and presentations, and written reports.

Entry Requirements 2024-25

Entry Requirements

This programme is available to International students. Students must hold recognised undergraduate degree (Other qualifications will be considered). Applicants must be aged 18+.

Before you apply, it is important that you carefully check the academic, English language, and age requirements you will need to meet. Full entry requirements can be found at:

This page contains information regarding the general requirements you must meet before starting your studies as well as country-specific ones.

Please note that applications for our International Foundation Year and International Year One degree preparation programmes will remain open until further notice.

Course Fees

Students on this course may be eligible for a range of scholarships and bursaries once they successfully progress on to their chosen full degree programme.

Course Fees

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.