If you are interested in working entrepreneurially, whether that is in a large multinational, your own business, or as a business consultant or analyst, this course is designed for you.
You will take our cutting-edge Ingenuity module where you will consider how to solve problems by thinking differently, as well as taking modules in leading entrepreneurial growth, launching new ventures and entrepreneurial creativity.
Your new knowledge is then deployed through a 'live' consultancy project with a fast-growing, local business where you will develop a report to show how the business can exploit new market opportunities – which is one of the things our students most like about the course.
Our approach is not to tell people how to become entrepreneurs, but to really engage them in practice so they develop their own entrepreneurial capabilities. You will cover core subjects in creativity, launching new ventures, and entrepreneurship in context, along with leading entrepreneurial growth and the unique Ingenuity project. You will also have a wide variety of options to tailor the course to your career aspirations.
Cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship courses are also available:
Academic English preparation and support
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
Specialist business and management courses are available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once. Students who enter via the CELE route are exempt from paying the school's £2,000 reservation fee. For more details, please contact us.
Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of taught modules including a 30-credit entrepreneurship consultancy project. Each module typically consists of 10 two or three hour sessions.
You will complete a 60-credit 14,000-word dissertation or business plan over the summer, and will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
You will be assessed through a combination of individual essays or group projects and written exams.
If you want to specialise, the pathways below include modules which create depth and understanding in a particular area. If you choose two modules from either the Sustainability Pathway or the International Business Pathway, along with a dissertation in the same area, you have the option for the pathway to appear on your final transcript and degree certificate.
International Business pathway
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Career destinations for our postgraduates include accountants, finance and investment analysts, higher education teaching professionals, investment bankers, IT business analysts, management consultants, marketing professionals, public relations professionals and university researchers.
Postgraduate careers team
Taught students benefit from the support of our postgraduate careers team who will help you to explore your career options and develop your career management skills. Our weekly MSc Advanced Career Leaders Programme is complemented by individual careers consultations, networking events and access to a wide range of employer presentations, volunteering activities and work experience opportunities.
Through a combination of your academic studies and the careers support on offer, you will be in an excellent position to enhance your career prospects and move onto the next stage of your career.
Employability and average starting salary
82.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £50,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.
The Entrepreneurship MSc is designed for students who intend to start and run high-impact, innovative businesses. UCL's networks provide access to London's thriving entrepreneurship scene, a possible founding team and investor finance for a new business.
Students learn the necessary skills to build and scale a successful business. This includes how to develop ideas, build prototypes, and understand what customers truly want. Students learn about finance/funding, marketing, team building and all the key issues facing rapidly scaling enterprises. The focus of the teaching and student experience is around hands-on learning and entrepreneurial activity.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Students choose one of the following modules:
All students undertake a dissertaion research project of 10,000 to 15,000 words in length. The dissertation topic is chosen by the student and typically relates to their start-up idea. It is, however, possible to research alternative commercial issues and opportunities. All students have an academic supervisor from the Entrepreneurship MSc teaching team to guide them throughout the process.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and class discussion. Students are given the opportunity to attend weekly lectures given by leading global entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Assessment is through coursework, presentations, examinations, and the dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Entrepreneurship MSc
Former Entrepreneurship MSc students have gone on to create a diverse range of start-up companies such as Double Dutch Drinks. For recent news of Entrepreneurship MSc alumni activity visit UCL School of Management website.
The 2018 rankings from the Complete University Guide place UCL School of Management 3rd in the UK for Business and Management Studies. The school offers unique research and education programmes with a focus on entrepreneurship, management, innovation, and operations research.
Entrepreneurship MSc students have access to world-class technical expertise and resources within a structured framework of support and formal business education, backed up with strong links to UCL Innovation and Enterprise.
Postgraduate education at the UCL School of Management is primarily delivered from Canary Wharf, the heart of the new financial district of London. Additional teaching takes place at the Bloomsbury campus, a district famous for its cultural and educational institutions.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: UCL School of Management
70% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
In today’s lean economic climate, alternative energy strategies and clean technologies (Cleantech) present unique challenges to technology commercialisation. Cleantech will play a vital role in developing successful low carbon economies worldwide, and it needs trained personnel to achieve this.
Cleantech refer to any process, product or service that reduces negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities, and includes a broad range of technology relating to recycling, renewable energy, energy efficiency, greywater, etc.
The MSc in Cleantech Entrepreneurship combines Cranfield’s strengths in environmental science, engineering and entrepreneurship to equip future leaders in the Cleantech sector with the knowledge and skills to develop and commercialise technologies when an opportunity has been identified.
To find out more about Cleantech Entrepreneurship and the impact it is having on industry read our blog by Dr Maarten van der Kamp and Professor Frederic Coulon.
The MSc in Cleantech Entrepreneurship is an innovative course for entrepreneurial individuals who are driven to create environmental, social and economic value through technological innovation. The course is intended for the following range of students:
This is an ideal course for environmental and applied scientists, engineers, business and management students / professionals. It is unique in that students completing the course will retain their background, so if your background is engineering your career will typically progress to become a Chief Technology Officer in a cleantech venture, whereas if your background is from business or management you are more likely to take on a CEO role or commercial role within a venture. The MSc itself is from Cranfield University, so it is not an MSc in engineering or in business – it is in technology entrepreneurship, providing you with a specialist set of transferable skills.
Foreseen careers upon completion will include Cleantech entrepreneurs serving as CEOs and CTOs, entrepreneurs and R&D Managers in industry, and policy makers for the water-energy-resource sector.
The MSc in Cleantech Entrepreneurship provides students with an understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in developing and commercialising sustainable technologies, including renewable energy and energy efficiency, water treatment/management, waste management, and resource efficiency. The objective is to develop individuals’ entrepreneurial mind-set and the skills required to create environmental, social and economic value focused on the innovation of clean technologies.
The specific aims are to enable you to:
In terms of the technologies, the course covers all forms of clean technologies, i.e. all renewable energy modalities and smart grids, water and wastewater management, resource management (including extraction of energy and resources from waste), agrifood systems etc. These form the basis for your own project, where we would encourage you to bring in your own expertise to create an idea that will make a difference in the world. So your background in space I could see translating into for example concentrated solar power solutions, but also perhaps technologies that need to perform under extreme conditions (polar or desert conditions).
The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.
Group projects are usually sponsored by industrial or public sector partners who provide particular issues / challenges linked to their businesses. Running between February and April the project enables you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the course modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research.
These projects, which are tailored to a group’s academic and professional experience, will develop a range of skills, including learning how to establish team member roles and responsibilities, project management, and delivering technical presentations. They also allow you to network and build industry connections, vital for developing your career.
At the end of the project, all groups submit a written report and deliver a presentation to the industrial partner. This presentation provides the opportunity to develop interpersonal and presentation skills within a professional environment. The project is assessed through a written report and an oral presentation by the group. In addition, a poster exhibition provides the opportunity to develop presentation skills and effectively handle questions about complex issues in a professional manner.
The individual research project enables you to delve deeper into a specific area of interest. As our academic research is closely connected to industry and public sector organisations, often our partners put forward real-world problems or areas of development as potential research topics. This means you have the opportunity to develop solutions to real problems - either undertaking the project within the company or working at Cranfield using the University's equipment and facilities.
The individual research project component takes place between April/May and August.
Taught modules 40%, Group projects 20%, Individual project 40%
The Technology Management Group of UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) and UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse) have pooled expertise to develop this exciting programme, which equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a career in technology management or engineering management.
Students learn about the challenges and opportunities of working with new and legacy technology, and are introduced to key concepts such as technology maturity, lifecycles, risk, reliability and resilience. Systems and strategic thinking is promoted throughout, and the importance of the enterprise context. The research elements aim to instil a deep knowledge of at least one area of technology management with industrial relevance.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core taught modules (60 credits), two optional taught modules (30 credits) and three research modules (90 credits).
Students choose two of the following:
Students undertake a structured research programme comprising:
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods incorporate a mix of lectures and case study-based teaching, and groupwork, in which students will be challenged to come up with novel ideas, lead groups to innovative solutions and manage complex tasks under tight time pressure. Assessment is through coursework, examinations, written reports and presentations, and the dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Technology Management MSc
UCLse has strong links with companies in the aerospace, communications, construction, energy, transport and defence sectors and our Industrial Advisory Board ensures relevance to industry.
Typical career destinations might include:
Drawing on our experience of providing short training courses for industry (such as the Project Manager training courses we run for the European Space Agency) we will integrate a large amount of skills development into our teaching, including skills in communication, negotiation, leadership and motivation, decision-making, and managing complex, time-constrained tasks, all of which will be beneficial for future careers.
The programme blends general principles of management with technology-focused teaching and integrates aspects of systems engineering and project management; the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory has nearly fifty years’ experience of developing cutting-edge spacecraft technology, and the programme content builds on research conducted by the Technology Management Group at MSSL in these areas.
The programme contains two compulsory modules relevant to leadership and entrepreneurship (Technology Strategy, and Business Environment). These modules will give students the knowledge and skills necessary to lead new technology-driven enterprises.
The curriculum has an international focus, with case studies from major technology companies around the world including Apple, Samsung and Lenovo. A number of industrial visits are anticipated and this ‘real world’ exposure to organisations will help contextualise the theory and techniques learnt.
According to Wired magazine, some of the most dynamic and exciting career opportunities can currently be found in the startup and small business sectors. An increasing number of graduates are choosing to work for innovative entrepreneurial ventures rather than pursue more traditional graduate jobs. The Strathclyde MSc in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology places graduates ahead of the curve when it comes to possessing the skills and knowledge required to make an impact in this fast-moving and rapidly evolving jobs market.
Delivered over a 12-month period, the MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology is a highly practical, career focused programme that addresses the global demand for talented entrepreneurs and those working for entrepreneurial ventures.
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 on the course, you'll be embedded in one of Europe’s leading technological universities and will have deep engagement with a dynamic innovation ecosystem.
Through a virtual incubation project, you'll develop an innovative business opportunity and pitch to a panel of investors from the UK ecosystem.
The programme involves a mix of theory and practical tool-based modules alongside a unique set of innovative ‘lab’ sessions that focus on developing specialist hard and soft skills.
The degree is split into three sections that are reflective of a real-world startup scenario:
The MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology degree contains a unique 60 credit hands-on project. During this project, you'll work on an innovation challenge and will apply the tools and techniques you've practiced over the previous year. You'll pitch to experienced venture capitalists and other potential investors in the UK.
You'll be expected to participate in national and international entrepreneurship and innovation prizes. We have a strong track record of success in various prestigious competitions and there are considerable free support networks in place to help students with their entries.
The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship will provide a special university prize award for the best project.
The University of Strathclyde is home to the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network, a global support network for current students and graduates. The network has supported many internationally successful student and graduate businesses and yours could be next!
The course is delivered through a blend of lectures, workshops, lab sessions and practical activities.
Graduates from the MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation& Technology are expected to find employment in a variety of exciting roles. This may involve:
The Master of Science in Engineering programme Technology-Based Business Development is located at the Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University campus in Herning. The programme aims at educating candidates with a strong insight in engineering practices, the relationship between theory and practice and a relentless desire for generating new knowledge and technology-based business opportunities for companies.
The programme aims to produce candidates with a strong insight in engineering practice and the boundary and habitual conditions of the modern company. Students have the possibility to choose an individual technological specialisations and to collaborate with study relevant companies, for benefiting their problem-based learning. This master programme is carried out with a strong emphasis on applying theories from the courses to practice, in real life situations.
A key point of this programme is the interaction with study relevant companies. Students are invited to identify companies and assignments of relevance to use in technology specialisations and further in thier master thesis. Field work outside of the campus in technology specialisations is encouraged upon further agreement and approval.
The programme has a duration of 2 years and consists of 4 semesters.
1st semester: Courses
The structure of the first semester consists of 4 courses.
Skills in developing strategies and approaches that enhance an organisation’s ability to search, select, execute and capture benefits consisting of knowledge about technological opportunities and long-term trends are taught in a Management of Technology course.
The aim of the course in Organisational Design and Human Resource Analytics is to give the student a profound understanding of how they should organise and manage to enhance performance. These skills are particularly important for students who will be managing teams or become middle managers soon after graduation. The course will be structured into two parts, covering organisation design theory and applications from personnel economics.
Student's systematic problem-based projects will be supported in Research Design in Engineering course. Key concepts for engineering research will be presented, in order to enable the students to carry out credible and reliable interventions with technology and investigations of technology in enterprises.
Finally the first semester also introduces the course inTechnology Specialisation 1. Students will train to learn and perform scientifically grounded work on the choice of a technological solution through systematic motivation, identification, combination, development and selection of technical artefacts and solutions.
2nd semester: Courses
The second semester of this Master's programme contains 3 courses.
The first course inTechnological Business Model Innovation will focus on students knowledge of new support tools and technologies for business models and business model innovation.
The fields of engineering, technology, innovation and business development will be discussed in the course in Optimisation of Engineering Processes using Numerical Approaches. The overall aim of the course is to enable the students to solve an engineering problem using the following four-step process: 1) Analyse a given problem, 2) Setting up a formal model that describes the problem, 3) Analyse the formal model of the problem and solve it and 4) Translate the formal solution into a solution to problem.
The third course the students will follow is Technology Specialisation 2. This course adds on knowledge from the Technology Spesialisation 1 course in the first semester. The student will be trained to learn and perform scientifically grounded work in one or more technological areas within product/service, production and process technology different from what was submitted in the TS1 project.
3rd semester: Elective courses
The third semester gives the students the possibility of choosing electives based on their personal interest. Electives courses in the past years contain: Energy Engineering and Innovation, Advanced Product Development, Engineering Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Engineering Modelling, Enterprise Architecture Practices, Digital Capabilities, Six Sigma Design and Innovation, Introduction to Persuasive Technology and Further project-based activities in company or technology.
The student will be allowed to choose courses worth of 30ECTS in total.
4th semester: Final thesis
The fourth semester is devoted to the master's thesis. You may choose the topic of the thesis freely and get a chance to concentrate on and specialise in a specific field of interest.
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.
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 huge emphasis on real-world challenges. Our Management and Entrepreneurship MSc will:
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 Start-up Weekends.
Through our entrepreneurship network, business incubator, open innovation centres, technology park, and entrepreneurship research centre, 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.
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.
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.
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 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).