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Study part-time at the UK’s leading university for Enterprise to develop the confidence and networks you need to successfully build a business, and your own career. Read more

Study part-time at the UK’s leading university for Enterprise to develop the confidence and networks you need to successfully build a business, and your own career.

This course is ideal if you have ambitions to start your own business, are working in an existing organisation or already run your own company. You'll learn to identify new products, processes and markets, and adopt innovative techniques to exploit opportunities.

The course is supported by award-winning academics and an influential network of highly skilled entrepreneurs, giving you access to their expertise and experience as well as providing valuable connections for the future. They help to deepen your understanding of the challenges faced by people in enterprise.

We aim to equip you with a practical toolkit to support the knowledge you will gain, providing immediate relevance and the tools to launch your career or business. You will develop the skills to identify promising opportunities that are right for you, and to create a business that will exploit these opportunities.

You’ll work on a range of projects to gain practical experience and connect with successful entrepreneurs, including creating your own pop-up business, as well as visits to small businesses to explore their approaches to growth. Then we use theory to deepen your understanding and to shed light on complex issues and challenges faced by enterprising people.

Part-time delivery enables you to work while you learn and leaves you with time for other commitments.

Academic and entrepreneurial excellence

The University of Leeds offers a diverse learning environment for people from a range of backgrounds who have a keen desire to learn and practice enterprise.

The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies is the focal point for enterprise education on campus at the University of Leeds. It provides exceptional research-based enterprise teaching and practical support.

The Centre can help you locate enterprise opportunities and get involved in entrepreneurial activities outside of your studies, such as joining a student enterprise group, starting a business, taking on a social project or entering a national competition.

You will also benefit from our excellent connections with business, locally, regionally and nationally. The Centre’s network of Enterprise Ambassadors provide real-world projects and deliver workshops as part of the programme. They come from a wide range of business sectors, helping you to understand how to apply your enterprise education in practice.

The University of Leeds is recognised as a leading entrepreneurial University in the UK. We have won the title Entrepreneurial University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2015), received The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship (Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2015) and The Guardian University Award for Entrepreneurship (2016). Kairen Skelley, Head of Spark, the University's business start-up service, has also been named Higher Education Enterprise Champion (National Enterprise Educator Awards 2015).

Course content

In year one you’ll explore successful enterprise and entrepreneurship and their role in society worldwide. You’ll explore how enterprise is seen around the world, and how different geographical and economic contexts create challenges for new ventures.

You’ll consider contemporary challenges and debates during guest lectures with successful entrepreneurs, hearing first-hand about their experience of the latest topics. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply what you have learned to your own business idea or an existing business, whilst drawing on their expertise.

In year two, you’ll take an in-depth look at social enterprises and alternative business models, including how best to grow an existing small business.

You’ll also work alongside our full-time students on a consultancy project for a local small-medium enterprise, building relationships with the founders and staff (you can read a student case study about a recent project). Some examples of recent projects include: ‘helping an ethical gifts retailer turn their sales performance around’; ‘undertaking a market and brand analysis for a luxury camping business’ and ‘researching the Jordanian and Indian market for a healthcare software company’.

You’ll be introduced to research methods, developing understanding of how to gain important market insights and analyse the viability of a business idea.

In the final semester of year two, you’ll complete the Enterprise Dissertation, an individual project that can be used to explore opportunities for your own business venture, develop a plan for growth in an existing business you are connected to, or to research in-depth an area of interest.

Part-time study

This part-time course enables existing entrepreneurs to continue to develop their business, whilst professionals and budding entrepreneurs can work alongside their studies. Combining work and study can often be to your advantage, since the experiences gained in your professional life will add depth and relevance.

You’ll study over two years, attending classes for one day per week from late September to early May with one-month breaks at Christmas and Easter. In year one, you'll also study for five days across June and early September. In year two, you’ll attend meetings with your dissertation supervisor from April to September. You can expect to attend for approximately 27 days in year one and 17 days in year two (plus dissertation meetings).

Course structure

Year 1 Compulsory modules

  • Global Perspectives on Enterprise 15 credits
  • Contemporary Challenges in Enterprise 15 credits
  • Enterprise Awareness 15 credits
  • Applied Enterprise 30 credits
  • New Venture Creation 15 credits

Year 2 Compulsory modules

  • Enterprise and Society 15 credits
  • Research Methods and Enterprise Project 30 credits
  • Enterprise Dissertation 30 credits
  • Small Business Growth 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Enterprise MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of different teaching methods such as lectures, small group seminars, personal tutorials, consultancy fieldwork, market research fieldwork, and company visits. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.

Assessment

You’ll also be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.




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The results of unsustainable human development in the 21st century are evident as climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty and inequality become inescapable global realities. Read more

About the course

The results of unsustainable human development in the 21st century are evident as climate change, species extinction, pollution, poverty and inequality become inescapable global realities. The next big challenge for society is to transform our economy to incorporate the principles of sustainability. This presents an exciting opportunity to rethink, redesign and rebuild a positive future for business practice.

The MSc in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design (with Professional Development) is an 18-month programme – 12 months for the study at Brunel followed by a six-month professional development phase. There is an option to complete the MSc in Sustainability,
Entrepreneurship and Design in 12 months (without the professional development phase) but students will be encouraged to engage with the professional development phase to achieve the maximum from the programme.

Brunel University also offers the Graduate Entrepreneur post-study visa, which represents a perfect opportunity for our international graduates to apply their new skills in the UK following graduation.

The course is jointly run between the College of Health and Life Sciences, the School of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, and Brunel Business School.

Aims

This programme will equip entrepreneurial minded graduates with two essential ingredients:

- firstly, the mindset and ability to play a key role in building a sustainable world – one that is not only prosperous, but also environmentally stable and socially inclusive
- secondly, hands-on experience, such that they can become entrepreneurs, business leaders, change-makers and innovators.

Upon graduating, students will be able to become key figures in local, regional, national or global businesses; holistic thinkers and visionary leaders in their communities, corporations, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

They will be encouraged to infuse environmental awareness into societies and make tangible contributions to the theory and practice of environmental protection, sustainable business and a circular (green) economy.

Course Content

Core modules

Introduction to Strategic Sustainable Development
Entrepreneurship
Business Planning
International Business Ethics, Sustainability and Corporate Governance
Sustainable Design
Professional Design Studio
Integrated Assessment - Sustainability, Entreprenuership and Design
Dissertation
Sustainable Development in Practice (Compulsory for the MSc with professional development).

Teaching

The programme will be delivered beginning with an overview of core concepts and followed by progressively deeper consideration and application of the concepts later on through a self-directed learning approach. It is structured to provide leadership opportunities and move progressively from learning the "rules of the game" to "playing the game". This means that as the programme progresses it becomes less instructor-led and more student-led where students direct their learning towards their own needs and tap the collective wisdom of the group via project work.

There will be four integrated streams:

1. Ecological and sustainability theory
2. Leadership
3. Design and Innovation
4. Business planning and start up.

The benefits of this combination will be unique; students will be cross trained, drawing upon the resources of a world class university. They will develop three complementary networks of peers and alumni and engage in Brunel’s collegiate experience, interacting with students and faculty from three corners of the university. Through this combination, graduates will able to enter the professional arena with an energetic and inspired approach to societal change.

By taking part in the programme, students will gain:

o The deep scientific knowledge for strategic planning towards a sustainable society, including ecological theory and sustainability design principles
o Innovation, creativity and team working skills
o Experiential learning and mentorship from leading entrepreneurs and business leaders
o Communication skills to enable working with members of engineering, design and marketing teams
o Leadership skills
o Intensive corporate exposure
o Career paths as sustainability practitioners in business, academia, government, and community organisations.
o Business start up opportunities
o Membership of the Made in Brunel Sustainable Business alumni, an elite group of successful ecopreneurs and their mentors
o Additional support to enhance your employability skills beyond the MSc through the Business Life Programme.

Assessment

- Integrated coursework on core sustainability and business, and sustainability & design module content.
- Formal written examinations
- Individual and Group coursework assignments
- Oral and Poster presentations
- Dissertation in the form of a Business plan, product design or research proposal
- Reflective Portfolio (for optional six-month Professional Development period)

Special Features

The programme has a number of innovative features. For example:

The fusion of environmental education with design, entrepreneurial and business skills

Structural flexibility - so that the needs and desires of individuals can be met through offering optional modules within various themes relevant to sustainable enterprise

Practice based assessments - for example, the development of a detailed business plan for those who wish to start their own business, a product design for those taking the designer/innovator route, or a research proposal for those wishing to pursue a career in research or bid writing

Professional development activities - following the multidisciplinary learning programme, students will undertake a six month professional development activity in which - for example - they will undertake an internship or start their own business. (The provision of incubator space for these students will be an integral part of the MSc and is another distinctive feature of the programme. The students will also be equipped with pitching skills and a business mentor).

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