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MScEntrepreneurial Management & Leadership

Why this course?

From the largest global corporations to more traditional public sector bodies, organisations are looking for individuals who possess both the mindset and skills to 'think and act entrepreneurially'.

Delivered over a 12-month period, the MSc is a highly practical, career-focused programme that addresses the global demand for talented entrepreneurs and those working for and managing entrepreneurial ventures.

Through our unique virtual programme with the University of Waterloo in Canada, you'll gain direct exposure to Canada’s world-leading Technology Triangle.

The ethos of the course is that rigorous, cutting-edge, theoretical knowledge must be combined with a special focus on developing the practical skills required to engage successfully in entrepreneurial activity.

As a student, you'll be part of one of Europe’s leading technological universities and will have deep engagement with a dynamic innovation ecosystem through business competitions, guest lectures and field visits.

You'll study

There are three distinct components to the degree:

  • the focus on advanced management & leadership practice, delivered with the Department of Strategy & Organisation
  • covering key entrepreneurial topics such as creativity, business modelling, financial analysis & selling
  • an applied project where you'll work on an innovation challenge that allows you to put your learning into practice

Major projects

Our Virtual Incubator Project will help you apply the tools and techniques developed throughout the degree programme to work on a real-world innovation challenge. Using an innovative virtual platform, Jamii, participants will work with the world-leading Canadian technology cluster ecosystem and will go through a stage-gate model of developing and pitching their solution to potential investors.

Students will be assessed on this module by their portfolio of submitted work.

Course content

Semester 1

Creativity & Innovation Development

This class introduces participants to the fundamentals of creativity and opportunity recognition. Through a blend of hands on creativity exercises, ideation tools and techniques through to models of opportunity evaluation, students will develop foundational entrepreneurship skills.

Leadership for Change & Innovation

This class draws together the latest theories and practices to develop skills and understanding for effective leadership in the context of change. It also informs the practices of leadership in innovative project teams.

Managing People in Organisations

With organisations increasingly becoming global and interconnected, understanding the challenges for managing those employed by firms is vitally important. This class provides insight into how organisations function and the impact on individual behaviour. It will also help you understand the key theories leading to a more effective manager and leader.

Technology & Organisational Change

Drawing on a range of in-depth case studies, this class introduces you to fundamental questions and approaches to the study of technology and organisational change. Specifically, it'll explore how organisational structures enable and constrain the development of new technologies, and how new technologies enable changes in the process of organising.

The purpose of the course is to provide you with a thorough grounding in various perspectives on technology development and use combined with real cases of organisational change and transformation.

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Finance

This class introduces the foundational financial tools required to operate and manage an entrepreneurial venture. The class assumes little to no previous experience working with numbers.

Semester 2

Advanced Entrepreneurial Finance

Building on the introduction to entrepreneurial finance, this class develops a more sophisticated set of capabilities. The class examines financial modelling, sources of finance and other skills relevant to those hoping to establish or work for an entrepreneurial firm.

Issues & Trends in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology

The class provides a firm foundation in scholarly, practitioner and policy perspectives for 'mega-trends' in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. Students will learn about cutting-edge developments such as fin-tech, the sharing economy and social innovation, while also learning how entrepreneurial ecosystems function.

New Venture Creation

In New Venture Creation, students will learn to develop and validate winning business models. Students will cover a broad range of topics that critically examine various approaches to establishing and operating a venture, supported by frequent guest lectures from successful entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership

The class will expand students' understanding of the differences and complementarities between successful leadership and the effective management of entrepreneurial capital and resources in various entrepreneurial contexts. Significant emphasis will be on the development of practical skills applicable in diverse contexts.

The class will complement other modules offered within the MSc dealing with specific elements of entrepreneurship (eg creativity and opportunity recognition, new venture creation, and entrepreneurial finance) by addressing how leadership and general entrepreneurial resource management sets the strategic agenda for these elements.

Startup Selling

Selling is recognised as one of the key skills gaps within entrepreneurial ventures. This class examines the entrepreneurial selling process from start to finish - from identifying customers, building a sales funnel and implementing cutting-edge methods such as 'growth-hacking.'

Virtual Incubator Programme

In this self-directed module, students will apply the tools and techniques developed throughout the degree programme to work on a real-world innovation challenge. Using an innovative virtual platform, Jamii, participants will collaborate with the world-leading Canadian technology cluster ecosystem and will go through a stage-gate model of developing and pitching their solution to potential investors. A portfolio of submitted work will form the assessment for this module.

Electives

Electives

In order to help you develop new skills and/or extend your knowledge in areas that you see as relevant to your personal learning objectives, students are asked to undertake two elective classes. These classes are chosen from a wide portfolio of elective subjects, which are revised annually to reflect the latest business thinking. In the past students have chosen from classes including:

  • Brand Management & Strategy
  • Foundations of Risk
  • New Venture Creation
  • Programme & Project Management
  • Games of Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Financial Management
  • Management of International Relationships
  • Change Agency
  • Developing Skills for Effective Management Consulting
  • Social Media: Strategy & Management
  • Managing in Europe (Taught at Toulouse Business School, France)

A full list of the electives available in the 2016/2017 academic year will be announced during Semester 2.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, lab sessions and practical activities.

Entry requirements

First- or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in any discipline.

Fees & funding

2018/19

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £9,900

Rest of UK

  • £9,900

International

  • £18,750

How can I fund my course?

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

Graduates from the MSc Entrepreneurial Management & Leadership are expected to find employment in a variety of exciting roles. This may involve:

  • establishing a startup
  • working in an entrepreneurial ecosystem support role (e.g. public agency)
  • taking over a family business
  • working for a high-growth SME
  • taking a leadership role in a large corporation
  • working for a leading consultancy

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Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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