This innovative programme is designed to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical understanding of entrepreneurship in preparation for a career in either self-employment or an innovative entrepreneurial organisation. Career paths include: -Budding entrepreneurs -Existing entrepreneurs growing their businesses -Start-ups -Support organisations (for example, business links, chambers of commerce - anyone who advises entrepreneurs) -Teachers of entrepreneurship -Any private or public organisation, or 'not for profit', as it equips students with an entrepreneurial mindset Throughout this programme participants will be encouraged to learn experientially and to develop the attributes, ways of thinking and behaviour of the entrepreneur.
The MSc in Entrepreneurship will be of particular interest to those who already run their own business, those who are planning a career in either self-employment or an innovative, entrepreneurial organisation and those who intend to teach entrepreneurship. Not only are participants able to select their areas of specialism through elective modules in the second semester, but the project provides them with the opportunity either to learn more about research and the theory behind entrepreneurship via a dissertation or apply theory to practice through the formulation of a plan for launching a new venture or developing an existing one.
MSc in Entrepreneurship
MSc in Entrepreneurship Module overview
This programme consists of six compulsory modules, two elective modules from a range of five modules, and a dissertation.
Entrepreneurship and Creativity
Entrepreneurship is a widely used but little understood concept. Participants are introduced to the various theories of entrepreneurship and to its various roles and functions, as well as the factors affecting its development.
Entrepreneurial strategy is very different from corporate strategy. The similarities and differences are compared, and participants are introduced to the skills and competences required to enable them to lead and manage an entrepreneurial venture in the twenty-first century.
This module is designed to link the core business discipline of marketing to the concept of entrepreneurship. It is divided into two elements: firstly, the principles of marketing are covered, and customised to the entrepreneurial context; secondly, skills and competences specific to the entrepreneurial application of marketing are developed.
Introducing the process of research project formulation and the key elements of research design, this module should prepare students to design and execute their research study for their dissertation in a systematic and scientific manner.
This module integrates the study of forms, structures and processes of organisations with the human side of the psychology of work. The module provides an insight into the fundamentals on which organisations are built, and provides analytical processes for understanding behaviour at work and managerial processes.
This module provides students with the foundations for understanding, analysing and interpreting financial information and enables students to apply accounting principles and financial theory to decision making across management disciplines and modern business organisations.
Enterprise for Creative Industries
Businesses are increasingly employing creative and artistic methods to enhance communication, ideas generation, team working and continuing professional development, and to stimulate productivity and sales. This module is based around four areas important to entrepreneurship and management in the arts and creative industries, but which have resonance with mainstream business and management practice.
Franchising can be seen as a means of entry for those wishing to enter self-employment and as a possible means of growing an existing small business. With franchise systems currently accounting for over 30 per cent of all retail sales, an understanding of franchising is important both as a potential form of self-employment, and of small business growth.
Other elective modules include: Innovation Management, Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship, and Technological
Typical entry requirements
Applicants should usually hold a bachelors degree (UK Lower Second/2.2 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British/overseas university. Every applicant is assessed individually on their own merit. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Relevant work experience could be an additional benefit where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme.
Candidates for whom English is not their first language will normally be required to have taken an English language test and achieved a score of either TOEFL 550 or above, IELTS 6.0 or above, or Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English Grade C or above. This test must have been taken within two years prior to the start of the programme you are applying for.
The School also assists students whose first language is not English through close cooperation with the University's Language Centre.
12 months full-time