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Course content

The MSc in Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship is designed for graduates seeking a rigorous foundation prior to launching their own company or entering an existing corporation in a role focused on business development and growth.

The programme will provide you with the required skills via a combination of teaching methods covering knowledge about best business practices, as well as covering the fundamental principles behind them.

Building on these skills, you will also have the opportunity to create a full plan for a new venture. The development of this new venture plan will be supported by academic faculty as well as a corporate sponsor or entrepreneur where appropriate.

The programme provides a unique mix of business strategy and entrepreneurship content that combines both leading academic research and the opportunity to apply this in a real world context.

Distinctive features:

• You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School

• You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014)

• You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide)

• You will learn from internationally recognised scholars in the field, in combination with leading practitioners

• You will have the opportunity to work with a corporate sponsor or entrepreneur on the New Venture Plan.

Structure

The MSc in Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship consists of taught components, directed reading, assignments, practical sessions, written examinations and a new venture plan.

The taught component covers two academic semesters, each covering four core modules.

During Stage One, you will attend lectures, practical classes and tutorials coupled with directed reading and other assignments.

Following this, in Stage Two, you will carry out a new venture plan. The aim of the new venture plan is to integrate and apply core course concepts, skills and techniques holistically, experientially and in a self-guiding context in order to construct and present a complete plan for a new business venture.

You will undertake four core modules in each semester, each worth 15 credits. These modules provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory and skills needed to become an effective entrepreneur.

Following successful completion of the taught phase, you will undertake a New Venture Plan. This consists of both group and individual components and allows you to demonstrate the theories and techniques developed in the taught phase.

Core modules:

Economics and the Business Environment
Reflective Perspectives and Practices
New Venture Creation
Entrepreneurial Finance
Innovation Management
Venture Growth and Development
Entrepreneurial Marketing
Leadership and Personal Development
New Venture Plan

Methods of teaching

Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).

In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic.

Support

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.

Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutors at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.

For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.

You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.

When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.

Career prospects

MSc in Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship graduates are likely to start their own businesses or join a company with a focus on business growth. Many graduates have also found the programme particularly relevant to family businesses.

Visit the Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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