Entrepreneurship and innovation play vital roles in knowledge creation and exploitation to generate value and drive sustainable economic, social, technological and organisational development. Processes and behaviours central to entrepreneurship and innovation are equally important to new and early stage ventures, and within existing organisations.
The University of Edinburgh Business School’s MSc in Entrepreneurship & Innovation is an exciting new programme that leverages the research and teaching strengths within the School’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, and draws upon the rich entrepreneurial system within the University and wider Edinburgh area.
The programme is designed to complement research-led and theoretically-informed education, with a clear focus on the development of practical skills and opportunities for the application of knowledge to real-life organisational situations and issues.
This exciting Masters programme enables you to develop the knowledge and skills to identify and screen opportunities, and implement them within new and established organisations. The programme is targeted at students with both business and non-business backgrounds to create a vibrant and dynamic environment that will enrich learning through leveraging interdisciplinary knowledge within the cohort.
The programme combines theoretical rigour with a unique focus on experiential and practical learning through direct engagement with organisations through project-based courses. It prepares you for a range of careers including as venture founders, managers of innovation within existing organisations, or in policy and business development roles in agencies supporting innovation.
Learning will primarily be through lectures, set reading, class discussions, exercises, group-work assignments, problem solving in tutorials and case studies. Assessment methods include examinations, assignments, presentations or continuous assessment.
If you take this programme you will gain:
This program is aimed at high-level applicants who thrive to become change makers. Whatever the size of the company, the function or the sector they will work in, graduates will have acquired the specific skills and mindset necessary to implement changes in business, innovation, and human resources management. SASI graduates shape the world of tomorrow.
Students will be taught by experts in their field of management, most of whom are members of the Centre of Research on Society and Organisation within HEC Paris.
In addition to the fundamental theory, students will find a real emphasis on up-to-date and innovative practices from experienced practitioners, such as professional economists, top bank managers, and leading consultancy experts, throughout the year. Conferences, internships and career fairs will all provide students with the opportunity to interact with alumni and leaders in the sustainable development industry. Networking with these professionals will enable students to successfully start or enhance their career in Consulting, Finance, Marketing and Operation Management.
In fact, the program has a 93% employment rate within 3 months of graduation, and an average starting salary of €43K.
During this program, students will carry out at least 4 months of professional experience and take part in a consulting project, where they will be able to take part in a real-life business case with a company or NGO. Placements are available in global companies, such as Deloitte, Toyota and KPMG, among many others, during which students can also expand their network.
Every year, students are able to participate in an exciting opportunity of travelling to developing countries in order to understand the sustainable development issues that exist and solutions that are being developed.
The program also includes double-degree opportunities with the Norwegian School of Economics and Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo.
The program offers students the possibility to tailor their curriculum thanks to a wide range of elective courses and to 3 concentration tracks.
Students also have access to 8 certificates, which allow them to specialize in a specific area of interest, or gain knowledge of another related area.
The Master of Philosophy specialising in Inclusive Innovation (MPhil) is an interdisciplinary, research-based degree that leads to the development of novel and sustainable solutions for social challenges. Join like-minded visionaries on a rich learning journey, and spend a year working both individually and with others where expertise, life experience, passion and innovation converge to support new possibilities and ideas.
The MPhil Inclusive Innovation is a one-year modular programme designed to be a collaboration between GSB faculty and pass innovators. The MPhil curriculum is structured around three main components: learning, engaging, and reflecting and creating – this can be referred to as praxeology (the study of purposeful human action).
The programme provides a grounding in the fundamentals of inclusive innovation, as well as the challenges facing those working on social and environmental issues in Africa today. A typical class flows from student presentations and group feedback to focusing on topics such as values-based leadership and business model innovation, integrative thinking and design thinking.
From the start of the programme, innovators identify a problem of interest and start developing a deep understanding of the context behind the issue they’d like to address. They conduct independent research, including a literature review, field studies, interviews, observations and assessment of market needs. This scholarly approach leads to a fuller understanding of the practical possibilities for contributing to the issue concerned.
3. Reflecting and creating
Personal reflections and peer-to-peer feedback all help to spur on the intellectual development of inclusive innovators and their ideas.
The MPhil’s desired outcomes are:
Inclusive innovators who complete the MPhil will be skilled at:
You will gain the following during the MPhil in Inclusive Innovation programme:
This MPhil degree encourages inclusive innovators to think critically and innovatively to meet new demands. The programme gears participants towards becoming advanced strategic and systems thinkers.
Shorter invention cycles
MPhil innovators will test assumptions and prototype solutions in a “living lab” environment. It’s a free-thinking cross disciplinary space that helps shorten the cycle time from invention to application of innovations and solutions through interaction and debate with consumers, experts, industry and organisations in the relevant ecosystem.
Access to industry experts
Innovators will be exposed to key local and global specialists – from deep-content experts to market experts in the community. The insight and feedback they receive will help them iterate and improve their solutions at various stages.
Inclusive innovators will build personal relationships with leading experts across different industries and will be plugged into the next generation of African innovators.
Self-reflection, introspection and personal growth are core elements of the programme. The MPhil develops inclusive innovators who boldly pursue ambitious ideas and dreams.