Plymouth Business School

MSc Entrepreneurship

Do you want to find gaps in the market and discover opportunities for launching creative, new products? This programme is designed to harness your talent, ambition and entrepreneurial flair. You'll cultivate new ideas and inspire those around you to use innovation to discover new opportunities and create growth. On this one year programme you will develop an understanding of the factors that inform strong entrepreneurial business decisions and innovative business and marketing strategies.

Key features

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • ENT700 Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy

      The module will focus on three key aspects of entrepreneurship: the environment for entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial person, and the business strategies required to create an entrepreneurial organisation. The module will enable the students to consider their entrepreneurial capabilities and suitability for such a career path. The module will also consider business strategy in an entrepreneurial context.

    • ENT702 Entrepreneurship in Developing and Emerging Economies

      This module will consider entrepreneurship in developing and emerging economies. The importance of developing entrepreneurial activity in the developing world/emerging economies is identified. Case histories of successful entrepreneurial practice are identified in the context of the developing world/emerging economies.

    • ENT703 Futures Perspectives in Entrepreneurship

      The purpose of this module is to enable students to create a deeper understanding of contemporary and futuristic global challenges within the broader field of entrepreneurship development.

    • ENT704 Opportunity Identification, Launch and Growth

      The module provides the students with the opportunity to project manage the development of a viable and sustainable business idea, and understand the main concepts underpinning the process.

    • ENT705SU Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth

      This module will develop a critical understanding of the methods of analysing growth strategies for the small business sector to determine the optimum way business ideas and projects can be taken to a higher level of growth, and in that way make a more substantial contribution to socio-economic growth in their regions

    • HRL710A Leadership and Management Essentials

      This module will provide learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge, skills and understanding concerning leadership and management that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow.

    • STO700A International Business Environment

      This module provides a broad overview of the environment in which contemporary business organisations operate. It presents data sources and analytical approaches that can be applied to any specific sectors, industries and a range of locations through the world. Understanding the international business environment is a key aspect of organisational decision making and is critical to business success.

    • STO701 Knowledge Management and Decision Making

      Evidence has clearly shown that excellent business performance can only be achieved based on the right decisions underpinned by the effective management of knowledge. The ability to make good decisions is the mark of successful and promotable managers. This module introduces the major themes of integrated knowledge management and decision making (core concepts, processes, models), describing the key challenges of knowledge management and decision making under current business environment. It further develops an appreciation of knowledge management responses to decision requirements which need to meet the key challenges, and the important methods and technologies which can be used to support knowledge-based decision making. It will provide students with opportunities to develop key research, analytical and evaluation skills that would enhance decision makers¿ confidence in rational, evidence-based decision making to solve complex business decision problems.

    • STO707SU Sustainable Supply Chains

      Today's businesses operate/manage supply chains that design, produce and deliver a diverse range of products and services. The complex, global nature of supply chains introduces significant issues around environmental and social responsibility and sustainable practice. This module introduces major themes of sustainability and investigates frameworks for understanding this increasingly important aspect of supply chains. It develops an appreciation of responses to sustainable supply chain issues and the decisions, techniques and technologies used.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

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The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree, first or second class, or equivalent, in any discipline.

If English is not your mother tongue 6.5 IELTS with a minimum of 5.5 in any element in a secure English language test.

Plymouth University offers pre-sessional English language courses if you do not have this.

We welcome students from a broad range of disciplines who are keen to place their undergraduate discipline knowledge into the context of entrepreneurship.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £5,500 £9,500
International £11,000 £14,000
Part time (Home/EU) £300 £500
Part time (International) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Entrepreneurship with Plymouth University

Have you always been interested in finding the gaps in the market? Discovering opportunities to launch creative new products? Do you want to work for a charity at local or international level to help people change their lives? Or perhaps work with the government to support and enhance entrepreneurship?

Our programmes in the Entrepreneurship Suite can help you achieve any of these.

Find out more about MSc Entrepreneurship or MSc Entrepreneurship with International Development

Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos – MSc Entrepreneurship programme lead

“We can help you turn your business dreams into reality with the MSc Entrepreneurship. Our programme and its additional features, such as the BETA programme and access to the Formation Zone, are designed to equip you with all the tools and support you need to kick-start your enterprise.”

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MSc Entrepreneurship graduate – Hannah Fleming-Hill

“I’m now fully self-employed working as a Digital Creative Content Strategist utilising my business education from my MSc Entrepreneurship.”
Hannah Fleming-Hill came to Plymouth to study and has developed lots of business ideas and contacts during her time at the University. 

Visits and field trips

Trips to see real innovation and business start-ups in action give our students a real insight into the opportunities and challenges of setting up their own business. We organised a field trip to the award winning Pool Innovation Centre in Cornwall. This provided an amazing opportunity to learn how you will start a successful enterprise in an incubation centre.

BETA Enterprise programme

Student entrepreneurs undertaking the MSc Entrepreneurship are automatically enrolled on the BETA Enterprise Programme. The programme provides workshops, advice and one-to-one mentoring throughout the programme. Students also have the opportunity to pitch for start-up funding from the BETA programme consisting of a grant of up to £1,500.

"A personal highlight from the BETA Enterprise programme was having the mentors be truly honest about what parts of my business idea would work and what wouldn't – things really clicked into place."

"BETA Enterprise has definitely had an impact on my future and increased my entrepreneurialism. It has been a great boost for me personally and for confidence in business."

Hannah Fleming-Hill – MSc Entrepreneurship graduate

Expert guest speakers

We see the value of bringing high level guest speakers into our programme – they help provide some great life context of the business and entrepreneurial world. Last year’s students had the opportunity to meet with Andrew G Haldane – Chief Economist at the Bank of England and Executive Director for Monetary Analysis, Research and Statistics

 As part of our collaboration with Devon and Cornwall Business Council the students were invited to meet with Andrew Haldane. The main topic discussed was the global economy and the role of responsible entrepreneurship and social innovation within it.

Babson College entrepreneurial experience

“It was an amazing opportunity that reinforced a lot of things I learnt during my studies”.

Two students were awarded the opportunity to attend the fully funded five day entrepreneurship boot camp delivered by Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts. A development opportunity for design thinking, market testing and negotiation.

Read more about one of the students who was awarded a place in 2017


Plymouth University Entrepreneur Initiatives

Plymouth University offers a wide range of initiatives to support local, and in particular its student and graduate, Entrepreneurs. 

One such initiative is Soup, which has been supported and promoted by Plymouth Business School. The Soup event enables young businesses to pitch their ideas to an audience over a bowl of soup and win a small cash prize and a package of business support.

Research

iSPER's Responsible Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Themed Research Group (RESI) encompasses diverse strands of academic and applied responsible entrepreneurship and social innovation research. By addressing contemporary and emergent issues in entrepreneurship research it aims to impact on policy and practice, with a particular focus on three key areas:

  • Entrepreneurship education (in the adult and higher education landscape).
  • Entrepreneurship and social development (ethnic minority entrepreneurship, gender and entrepreneurship, lifestyle entrepreneurship, refugee entrepreneurship). 
  • Entrepreneurship and social innovation (creative entrepreneurship, entrepreneur displacement and resilience, social entrepreneurship). 
Find out more about research opportunities

People

Master Your Future – Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships

The Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships of £1,000 are awarded to selected students undertaking postgraduate study each year.

The opportunity to apply for a professoriate scholarship is available to applicants currently in receipt of an offer for postgraduate study.

Find out more and how to apply

Postgraduate loans

You may now be eligible for a government loan of up to £10,280 towards the cost of your masters degree.

The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in the Faculty of Business can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.

Our student network is your business network for the future

It’s our students that make us different. Prepare to join a very active community of engaged students. In partnership with our people they are the driving force behind Plymouth University’s internationally recognised focus on social enterprise and sustainability, as well as one of the best students' unions in the UK.

Be part of it now, find out more about the Faculty of Business.