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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

    February, September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Scottish/EU Students: £3,400, Rest of UK Students: £3,400, International Students £11,000

Course content

This programme has been developed as a direct response to the lack of a specific postgraduate programme for those wishing to enter or already participating in enterprise development.

About the programme

With strong links in the global academic community we offer the opportunity for participants to cocreate specialist knowledge which can contribute to the future direction of how future enterprise support and development is done. This programme is offered concurrently to those currently in the sector (part-time/distance) and to full-time students from the UK and abroad allowing for powerful networks to be built during the course of your studies.

Practical experience

This programme offers students various opportunities to integrate their own current work, voluntary or entrepreneurial activity through modules that recognise structured reflection and development work. Students without current activities will benefit from placement opportunities.

Your learning

Modules provide a rich diversity of practical skills and intellectual stimulation:

Enterprise Cultures: This module develops the intellectual or higher order skills of the enterprise development professional as it introduces the student to the importance of critical interrogation and linkage of critique, creativity and innovative practice.

Enterprise Future Focus: This module is future facing and looks at the implication of future technologies for enterprise in an accelerating techno-cultural age. Therefore, this module supplements the critical and intellectual with the practical, digital and future-focused skill sets.

Evaluating Enterprise Policy:
Centres on the national policy frameworks and how they shape the practice and strategic direction of enterprise development from the local through to the international context.

Leading Enterprise Development:
Centres on the live practice and working culture of enterprise. This is ‘enterprise in action’ as lived in the everyday of enterprise innovation and its business and management operationalisation.

International Enterprise: This module will firmly set enterprise in an international context to provide you with a global perspective.

MSc Dissertation/Placement Project:
A broad range of enterprise development proposals are acceptable in production of a traditional master’s dissertation. Alternatively, students may wish to develop a project based on a work placement.

Our Careers Adviser says

This programme offers a postgraduate qualification and significant professional development potential to those currently working as economic development or business support advisors in the public and third sector. It can offer those candidates interested in entering this sector significant advantages in terms of knowledge and access to professional networks. International candidates will be able to access and learn from the Scottish example in order to develop appropriate economic development structures in their home countries.


We have invested in new facilities at our Lanarkshire Campus. There are new teaching rooms and a postgraduate student learning space which ensures our environment supports your learning. The use of technology (such as virtual learning environments, mobile applications, smart boards, etc.) at all campuses will add to your experience. Library and study spaces have also been upgraded and are regularly reviewed.

Visit the Enterprise Development (MSc) page on the University of the West of Scotland website for more details!






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