MSc in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship

General

Program Description

The MSc in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship provides students with the skills required to develop and grow new ventures both in a startup and corporate context.

The programme is designed for graduates seeking a rigorous foundation prior to launching their own company or entering an existing corporation in a role focused on business development and growth.

It provides students with the required skills via a combination of teaching methods covering knowledge about best business practices, as well as the fundamental principles behind them. Building on these skills, students will also have the opportunity to create a new venture. The development of this new venture will be supported by academic faculty as well as a corporate sponsor or entrepreneur.

Why study the MSc in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship?

  • The MSc provides a unique mix of business strategy and entrepreneurship content that combines both leading academic research and the opportunity to apply this in a real-world context.
  • It is delivered by internationally recognised scholars in the field, in combination with leading practitioners.
  • It comprises of a highly selective student cohort.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of nine subjects completed over one year of study.

Semester 1

  • Economics and the Business Environment
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • New Venture Creation
  • Reflective Perspectives and Practices

Semester 2

  • Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Innovation Management
  • Leadership and Personal Development
  • Venture Growth and Development

Semester 3 - New Venture Plan

This module aims to integrate and apply core course concepts, skills and techniques in order to construct and present a new venture plan for either a startup company or an existing organisation based on a defined brief.

We recognise that students value the opportunity to apply their learning in practice. We have therefore replaced the traditional dissertation with a practical New Venture Plan. For the New Venture Plan, you will work in a project team comprising three to five members, supervised by an academic expert. The plan will focus on either the development of a start-up business or the development of a new venture for an external organisation.

In the case of developing a new venture for an external organisation, the project team will spend two months learning about the participating organisation’s operating environment, analysing the opportunity for the new venture, designing and developing the business model for the venture, and presenting the proposed solution to their management board at a formal presentation.

Participating organisations could be small start-ups or established organisations, in various industries such as financial services, fashion retail, healthcare, IT services, hospitality, leisure and sports, charities and local council services.

In the case of developing a start-up business, the project team will develop the business model for the business under the supervision of an external entrepreneur. The culmination of the project will be a presentation of the start-up business model to a panel of venture capitalists.

Admissions criteria

Please note that due to unprecedented high demand, this course is currently closed to new applications. The University is reviewing applications that have been received for this programme so far and this may re-open to new applications from the 3rd March 2020, subject to places being available.

Entry requirements will normally consist of a minimum of a 2:1 (GPA 3.0/4.0) at undergraduate level from a recognised institution. Relevant work experience may also be taken into account in conjunction with an academic qualification. Non-graduates with significant work experience may also be considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to obtain a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-scores (or an equivalent English language qualification).

Tuition fees

  • UK and EU students: £14,700
  • Students from outside the EU: £22,450
Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

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Our world-leading research was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the most recent Research Excellence Framework for quality and 2nd for impact. We provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students. Read less