MSc Entrepreneurship


Program Description


Our innovative and unique MSc Entrepreneurship degree is aimed at students from any academic discipline who are looking to become future entrepreneurs or those looking to take over their family business. This course combines rigorous academic theory with the practical skills, hands-on experience and valuable networks you need to make your business a success.

The aim of the course is to foster innovation and value creation, giving you the knowledge, skills and capabilities to create and lead successful start-ups. You will develop a strong foundation for building and managing the key functions of a new venture. We will expose you to the networks and investment opportunities you will need to get your ideas off the ground, and there is even the chance to access seed funding directly from the Business School.

You will learn how to control risk and uncertainty, implement solutions and maximise opportunities. In your final semester, you’ll undertake the Entrepreneurship Experience Project, which enables you to be setting up a new business venture and attracting finance. As part of the International Experience module, students will travel for two weeks to a partner institution to provide real-time advice in relation to internationalisation and new market entry strategies to local start-ups.

As an MSc Entrepreneurship student, you will have the opportunity to compete against your peers to win a scholarship for attending the annual European Innovation Academy event in Italy. The event is a 3-week all-expense paid for the opportunity for the qualified MSc Entrepreneurship students.

What you’ll gain from this degree?

  • through the ‘Innovation and Enterprise Hub,’ you will have the opportunity to set up and establish your own enterprise and be mentored by experts in the field, or perhaps develop ideas for a family business with which you are involved already.
  • during the course you’re professional and business networks will be enriched by an international experience, following a ‘young’ entrepreneurial firm, experiencing directly the entrepreneurial journey.
  • the course provides you with a unique seed fund and access to the entrepreneurial community, presenting you with connections to experts, entrepreneurs, business angels and capitalists.
  • all Entrepreneurship students at Nottingham Business School will have access to The Hive, a purpose-built centre dedicated to helping turn business ideas into reality.
  • develop management skills to explore new venture opportunities and advance participants’ ideas to feasible enterprises.

Nottingham Business School has both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. We're also ranked in the top 95 European Business Schools in the Financial Times (FT).

What you'll study

At NBS you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique Masters degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want. Each of the modules will be delivered over a four week period, with teaching delivered in three weeks and the fourth week left clear for assessment work. This enables you to focus on one subject at a time, whilst allowing time for preparation and assessment work. Take a look at our current term dates to give you an idea of the module structures.

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses for September 2019 entry to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course page for the latest updates.


Semester One

  • Enterprise Context and Business Values (20 credits)
  • Entrepreneurial Ethos: Leadership, People & Team Management (20 credits)
  • Marketing and Customer Thinking (20 credits)

Semester Two

  • Uncap Creativity & Innovation (20 credits)
  • Value Chains: Partnerships & Resources (20 credits)
  • International Experience (20 credits)

Semester Three

  • Entrepreneurship Experience Project (40 credits)

Ongoing Learning

Throughout the year you will also study the following modules which will help you understand how to manage your own continuous personal and professional development (PPD).

  • Transformational Leadership Development (10 credits)
  • Customer Insight through Marketing Research (10 credits)

The Hive

The Hive is Nottingham Trent University's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. They help turn business ideas into reality through their support network, mentoring and training programmes. So if you have a business idea or even just want to go freelance, get in touch and see how they can help you.

NTU’s teaching and learning are gold-rated by the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – that means you can count on outstanding teaching and learning, an education that’s truly focused on the workplace, and fantastic support in and outside of the classroom.

How you’re taught

Teaching and Learning

Nottingham Business School adopts a distinctive approach to the design of student learning opportunities. Your learning is structured around theory, practice, experience & observation, and reflection & improvement. At each level (course, module and session), you will study different theories, concepts and approaches and be given opportunities to apply these in a range of practical settings. The aim is to enhance your understanding through the direct experience of business, where you will have opportunities to observe business practices and behaviours (including your own) and analyse these using theoretical knowledge. It is our intention that by reflecting on these experiences, you will be able to use these theories to guide your actions and decisions in a business context or even consider how a theory itself might be improved. In this way, we aim to enhance the quality of your learning.

Academic Mentors

Every postgraduate student will be allocated an Academic Mentor at the beginning of the academic year and you will meet with them regularly throughout the year. Academic Mentors help you make the most of your time at NTU. They will support you in developing and enhancing the qualities and transferable skills necessary for your studies, career progression, professional and personal development.


A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research-based projects.

The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language classes are offered to international students at no extra cost. The classes aim to provide focused support for the skills you need in order to develop your English in your subject area.


We know our postgraduate students are a diverse group, with different levels of academic knowledge in their chosen area of study, different cultural and educational backgrounds, and varying levels of personal and professional skills and competencies. The motivations for undertaking postgraduate study vary, but the two main motivators, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2017), appear to be grouped around two main themes; ‘career progression and employment prospects’ and ‘personal interest’.

At NBS we strive to ensure that these two motivating factors are nurtured and therefore supported. Our students are encouraged to practice and develop the skills and competencies required to critically reflect on their learning, and on their ability to apply this learning to their studies and to real-world complex issues within the workplace. Through a series of curricula and extra-curricular initiatives, strengthened by tailored academic mentor support, NBS provides all our postgraduate students with the ability to participate in a range of challenging and unique activities, projects, events and experiences to enable our students to succeed in a competitive and dynamic global environment.

You’ll complete a hands-on project – a fantastic opportunity to use what you’ve learned to produce a meaningful piece of work. Projects include the Consultancy Experience Project, the Internship Experience Project, the Business Research Project, and the Global Experience Project.

Careers and employability

You’ll develop a wide range of skills and abilities enhancing your entrepreneurial skills and therefore your employability. You’ll be able to:

  • Identify career opportunities towards an entrepreneurial role
  • Build on existing expertise with up-to-date international disciplinary knowledge
  • Develop the skills to gain accelerated promotion in their chosen profession
  • Lead change as an entrepreneur inside a larger organisation
  • Carry out consultancy work in a wide range of sectors, e.g.manufacturing, services, retailing
  • Advise other entrepreneurs
  • Undertake further study within the field of entrepreneurship.
  • You’ll be equipped with the skills and understanding you’ll need to set up and lead your own start-up enterprise. You can then use these strengths to bring innovative, well-planned ideas to whatever industry interests you.

97% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team who not only help you during your time with us but also the following graduation, they’ll continue to support you by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team offer a wide range of support from one-to-one appointments with our specially trained consultants, to arranging recruitment fairs and skill building workshops.

Services they provide include:

  • Finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • Helping you to pursue self-employment
  • Advice on taking gap years and timeout
  • Information and help on getting into volunteering
  • Providing advice on further study.

You can choose to add a year’s work placement making your Masters a two-year course. It's a great way to put your learning into practice and gain valuable real-world experience to boost your career.


We are continually investing in our facilities, and transforming our learning and teaching environment to create an inspiring and innovative atmosphere.

The School is based in the impressive Newton Building on NTU's City site. In 2009 the building was involved in a £90 million regeneration project on the site. Whilst maintaining its historic beauty, the Grade II listed building was transformed into an ultra-modern complex.

Fantastic facilities

  • You can take advantage of the Link Lounge, a space dedicated to Business School students, located on level zero of the Newton building.
  • Explore your career prospects with the help of the University's Employability Team.
  • You will benefit from spacious teaching rooms and lecture theatres.
  • We provide students with a variety of social spaces.
  • Your studies will benefit from the £13 million Boots Library.
  • You can take advantage of our 24-hour IT facilities.
  • Our Student Services Centre will also be on-hand should you need support.

The location of the City site also means that you have easy access to:

  • sports facilities
  • shops
  • student accommodation
  • music venue
  • cafés.

97% of our Postgraduate students go onto employment, self-employment or further study six months after graduating (DHLE 2016/17)

Entry requirements


  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis


  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international entry requirements page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For 1-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

97% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Follow these simple steps:

  • Register as a new applicant and create an account using our Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it to keep your details safe.
  • Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  • Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  • Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  • Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  • Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

NTU is ranked 16th overall and 18th for Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

Fees and funding


The course fees for 2019 entry have not been set yet but below are September 2018 entry fees as a guide:

  • One year (full-time): £10,250

International Fees

  • One year (full-time): £15,200
Last updated Sep 2018

About the School

Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University is an international business school with a rich and vibrant student community. We are EQUIS and AACSB accredited school focused on innovating ... Read More

Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University is an international business school with a rich and vibrant student community. We are EQUIS and AACSB accredited school focused on innovating business education. We provide a personalised, experiential learning experience full of opportunities that will enhance your career and future prospects. Whether you want to study for a Bachelor’s degree, a Master's, or MBA we have the right course for you and an expert faculty to help meet your needs. Read less


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