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Business – Pre-Master’s

An introduction to relevant theories, skills and practices for progression to chosen Master's degree


The principal aim of the programme element is to enable graduate 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.

Successful completion of the Pre-Master’s programme at the required level will lead to progression to a Master’s degree at Lancaster University Leipzig.


1 academic year


  • January
  • October

Fees 2024/2025

  • International: €16,500
  • EU/UK: €10,500


Language of Instruction


Programme Overview

The Pre-Master’s Business programme offers you solid preparation for your success at the taught postgraduate course of your choice. You learn through a combination of formal, interactive lectures in relevant subject areas, interactive seminars, practical workshop sessions, IT-enabled self-study opportunities and peer support activities. Practical application of theoretical knowledge allows you to develop further skills and a deeper understanding of relevant topics and concepts. In addition, formative learning opportunities are incorporated into each of the modules.

Programme structure: Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases, changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, staff changes, or new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

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Interactive Learning Skills Communication

Students will develop a wealth of academic and communication skills necessary for successful study at postgraduate level; a range of transferable communication skills (written and oral) to prepare students for professional life; and many independent learning tactics and strategies. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their personal, academic and professional development, and they are supported in the process.

Critical and Creative Thinking

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

Management Principles

Students will be introduced and encouraged to contextualise management as an organisational process via investigation of selected themes in the study of organisations 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.

Research Methods

In this module, you will learn about different qualitative and quantitative research methods, sampling techniques and how to best present one’s findings. For this purpose,, you will conduct your own small research project – starting with formulating a research question, conducting life research, analysing data and formulising a report.

Mathematics and Statistics

In this module 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. On completion of this module, all students should have adequate skills to pursue the MSc Programmes.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is delivered via a combination of small group lectures and group-based tutorial coursework (oral and written presentation), and assessment is via individual and group coursework (oral and written presentation) a s well as examinations. You will be encouraged throughout to undertake independent study to support your learning and to broaden your personal knowledge.

All teaching is conducted in English.

Progression to a Master’s

Successful completion of the Pre-Master’s programme at the required level will lead to progression to one of the following degrees:

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