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Pre-Masters in Business

Pre-Masters programme is designed for students who either do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry (English level, university degree qualifications etc.) or would like to gain additional subject or academic skills confidence prior to the start of their postgraduate course.

Successful completion of this pathway will lead to progression to the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programme with the MSc award from Lancaster University in the UK - taught at Lancaster University Leipzig.

Structure and Fees

The principal aim of the programme element is to enable students to linguistically and academically negotiate the transition to university and be prepared for the demands of a postgraduate degree programme in the economics and management domain. The programme element syllabus is designed around the acquisition of core academic knowledge, skills and literacy development that underpins successful higher education outcomes.

Students learn through a combination of formal, interactive lectures in relevant content areas, interactive seminars, practical workshop sessions, IT-enabled self-study opportunities and peer support activities. Practical application of theoretical knowledge allows students to develop further skills and understanding of relevant topics and concepts. In addition, formative learning opportunities are incorporated into each of the modules.

The total duration of the Pre-Masters program is 25 weeks plus the exam period and the cost is €15,500.

Lancaster University Leipzig offers merit-based scholarships and additional funding options. Please contact us if you have any questions. Learn more about Scholarships and Fees here.

Pre-Masters Facts

Duration: 25 weeks + exams

Delivery mode: Full time

Language: English

Fees: €15,500

Scholarship: €5,000 off the tuition fees

Progression Options

MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Intake Dates

3 October 2022

9 January 2023

Core Modules

  • Interactive Learning Skills Communication
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Management Principles
  • Maths and Stats

Interactive Learning Skills Communication

Students will develop a range of academic and communication skills necessary for successfully study at postgraduate level; a range of transferable communication skills (written and oral) to prepare students for professional life; independent learning tactics and strategies and, encourage students to take responsibility for their personal, academic and professional development.

Critical and Creative Thinking

The Critical and Creative Thinking module has been designed to assist students in developing a range of critical and analytical thinking skills necessary for successful study at postgraduate level. This will be achieved by learners gaining an understanding of concepts used in critical thinking; interpreting the arguments of others and developing effective arguments of their own whether in spoken or written form.

Management Principles

Students will be introduced and encouraged to contextualize management as an organisational process via investigation of selected themes in the study of organizations and associated functions of management. Questions useful for critical evaluation of these themes and topics will also be encouraged in thinking and approach, as well as outlining the characteristics of managerial skills and competencies within various operating environments.

Maths and Stats

In this induction course in mathematics and statistics, students will be introduced to appropriate background to quantitative techniques and skills required for following other modules in the MSc programmes. The course also serves as a refresher course to those who already have sufficient knowledge in these subjects. On completion of this course, all students should have adequate skills to pursue the MSc Programmes.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification.

All students are expected to provide proof a successful completion of an appropriate UG degree or equivalent qualification at 2:2 level.          

For the country specific entry requirements please go to: https://www.lancasterleipzig.de/entry-requirements-postgraduate

English Requirements

All applicants are also expected to provide proof of English language proficiency (see Admission and Visa for more details).

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Lancaster University Degree Award

Successful completion of the Pre-Masters programme will lead to progression to the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management degree.

Employment Prospects

There is a large demand for graduates in logistics and supply chain management. Graduates of the MSc course can expect to work as logistics managers, procurement managers, supply chain analysts, business consultants and business analysts.

More specifically:

  • Business Consultant/Analyst
  • Logistics Engineer/Manager
  • Consultant
  • Customer Service
  • Purchasing/Procurement Manager
  • International Logistics Manager
  • Inventory Manager
  • Supply-Chain Manager/Analyst


Leipzig’s industry has five main clusters – one of which is Logistics. According to the City of Leipzig’s Office of Economic Development, between 2005 and 2017, the number of jobs created in this sector rose by 47.8%; an upward trend that is still ongoing.

Leipzig Region is a logistics hub with a 24/7 airport and Europe’s DHL hub (second-largest hub globally). Together with Lufthansa, DHL runs the joint cargo airline AeroLogic from Leipzig. Currently there are approximately 130 companies in the region employing around 36,000 people and generating around 2.7bn sales a year. Apart from DHL, logistics companies employing large numbers are DB Schenker, Lufthansa Cargo, Future Electronics, Kühne & Nagel, World Courier, Sachsenland, TAS, Helo, to name just a few. They are bundled and connected in Netzwerk Logistik Mitteldeutschland (http://www.logistik-mitteldeutschland.de/).

In addition to the companies working in logistics, Leipzig and Saxony also host a large Amazon Hub, ‘Silicon Saxony’ in Dresden and the car industry (with BMW and Porsche in Leipzig, VW in Dresden, Audi in Zwickau, and numerous supply companies all connected in ACOD (https://www.acod.de/)) – all industries heavily relying on supply chains and global exchange.

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