MSc in Management and Entrepreneurship

Cranfield University

Program Description

MSc in Management and Entrepreneurship

Cranfield University

The Management and Entrepreneurship MSc will teach you how to start your own business, to grow a family business or to innovate inside an existing organisation. It is suitable for graduates from all backgrounds and will provide you with the management skills, entrepreneurial qualities, and networking opportunities to enable you to start and run businesses effectively and imaginatively.

The Cranfield Management and Entrepreneurship MSc shares course content, including modules and other programme activities, with our Management MSc programme, which is ranked 1st in the UK and 7th in the world in The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management (MiM) 2017 ranking.

At a glance

  • Start date: 24 September 2018
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Delivery: Taught modules (60%) are assessed by a combination of written assignments, exams, and group work/presentation. The thesis project (40%) is written individually and submitted at the end of the course.
  • Qualification: MSc
  • Study type: Full-time

Who is it for?

  • Ambitious recent graduates from any academic background who want to launch their own business, or become involved in managing a family business.
  • Entrepreneurs who wish to grow and develop their business at any stage of its life cycle.
  • Aspiring professionals who wish to incorporate entrepreneurial thinking into their future management career.

Class Profile 2017/18*:

Gender: Male 41% - Female 59%
Age Range: 20 - 39 years
Average Age: 26 years
Number of Nationalities: 11
Cohort Size: 75 MiM 46

*The above data combines the 2017/18 class profiles for our three Management Master’s courses: Management MSc (MiM), Management & Entrepreneurship MSc (MEnt) and Management & Corporate Sustainability MSc (MCS).

Term Dates

Orientation Week: 24 September 2018 – 28 September 2018
Term One: 1 October 2018 – 14 December 2018
Term Two: 7 January 2019 – 22 March 2019
Term Three: 8 April 2019 – 21 June 2019
Term Four: 24 June 2019 – 6 September 2019

Why this course?

More than just an academic institution, Cranfield School of Management’s world-class research, expertise and teaching, result in practical management solutions that are transforming the world of business today. For 50 years, we have been working with leading companies across the globe, pursuing our mission to improve the practice of management.

Situated in an innovation ‘hot spot’ around Milton Keynes, and within the innovation triangle between London, Oxford and Cambridge, Cranfield School of Management has created an active ecosystem which supports companies to form, grow and scale. We embrace research, teaching, entrepreneurship events and networks, technology transfer and business incubation. We support owner-managers to launch and grow their businesses, we teach students to write business plans and to understand how investors make decisions, and we help our researchers to convert technology breakthroughs into commercial success.

Teaching at Cranfield is exclusively focused on postgraduate and executive levels and is designed to nurture your practical business skills and confidence, and places a huge emphasis on real-world challenges. Our Management and Entrepreneurship MSc will:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills required for the management and funding of new ventures across the entrepreneurship life cycle, from start-up through to exit via sale or succession.
  • Develop your understanding of strategic management, exploring how an organisation positions itself in a changing environment in order to gain and sustain competitive advantage.
  • Develop an understanding and knowledge of a range of practical tools to support organisations in building strategic competencies that enable them to recognise, create and react to entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Gain an understanding of operations management and its contribution to organisational competitiveness, the ‘human factor’ element and how people behave within organisations, together with strategic marketing and management.

You will have access to ongoing support including the Cranfield Entrepreneurship Association, Cranfield Accelerator Network for Entrepreneurs, Cranfield Business Angel Network, and the Cranfield Business Incubation Unit. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of extracurricular events and initiatives, including Cranfield Social Venture Challenge, Wednesday Business Lecture Series and Startup Weekends.

Informed by Industry

Through our entrepreneurship network, a business incubator, open innovation centers, technology park, and entrepreneurship research center, we have created a distinctive entrepreneurship eco-system at Cranfield. Inspired by this, many of our students and alumni go on to create and manage high performing new ventures and to act as innovators within organisations.


The Cranfield Management and Entrepreneurship MSc is a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) dual accreditation degree. This provides the opportunity to stand out from other management graduates by achieving the CMI’s professional management qualification alongside your Cranfield degree.

The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. It is the only organisation awarding Chartered Manager status and has a 100,000+ membership.

Course details

The course comprises eleven core modules and two elective modules. This enables you to tailor the course to suit your personal career plan. You will have the opportunity to participate in pitches and competitions, which teach practical entrepreneurship skills, including preparing investment pitches and management consultancy. You will have the opportunity to work with accomplished entrepreneurs, and on real-world international problems, to support your learning. The culmination of the learning process is your opportunity to develop a comprehensive business plan as an individual thesis project.

Individual project

The individual thesis project will enable you to write a detailed business plan for a start-up or for a growing business, or undertake a research project on an entrepreneurial business issue for an organisation. You will apply your management knowledge, skills and analytical abilities to a real-life entrepreneurial opportunity and demonstrate your ability to research issues, critically evaluate data and information, apply tools and techniques to create a persuasive value proposition, and write a plan or report concisely, informatively and persuasively.


Taught modules (60%) are assessed by a combination of written assignments, exams, and group work/presentation. The thesis project (40%) is written individually and submitted at the end of the course.

School of Management Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2017–2018. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Your career

95% of School of Management students were employed within 3 months of graduation*.

The Cranfield Career Development Service offers a comprehensive service to help you develop a set of career management skills that will remain with you throughout your career.

During your course, you will receive support and guidance to help you plan an effective strategy for your personal and professional development, whether you are looking to secure your first management role, or wanting to take your career to the next level.

*based on those students for whom we hold data, across all School of Management full-time master's courses (2015/16 cohort).

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Last updated October 17, 2018
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