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Entrepreneurship and Innovation - MSc

Course Description

How do we achieve economic prosperity, regional growth and social transformation?

Our MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation is taught at Essex Business School, ranked in the UK’s top 20 by the Chartered Association of Business Schools. It uses innovative and interactive teaching, such as group working and applied projects, to develop your practical business knowledge and employability skills. We hone your entrepreneurial spirit, so you can have the capabilities and confidence to launch your own venture, manage your family business or introduce innovative ideas to improve performance at existing organisations.

This course explores the entrepreneurial issues and challenges high on the agendas of businesses, governments, policy-makers, researchers, educators and wider communities across the world.

You explore topics including:
-Economic, sociological, psychological and managerial theories of enterprise creation theories and practices of entrepreneurship
-Entrepreneurship skills
-Strategic innovation management
-New venture development
-How to prepare a business plan

Essex is one of the most entrepreneurial counties in the UK and an exciting place to do business. At Essex Business School, we teach you to take control of your career and create ideas, products and services with real value. Our current Masters students join us from more than 40 countries and our international team of academics help you gain a global understanding of business in established and developing markets, so you can have the best foundation for your career.

Guest lectures give you access to practitioners and policy makers, who share real-world experiences to prepare you to tackle the challenges facing entrepreneurs and SMEs today. Instead of a dissertation, you can opt to complete a comprehensive business plan for your new venture or an existing business, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable feedback on your ideas from academics and industry practitioners.

Our MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation is also available to study part-time and you don't need to have previously studied business to enrol onto this course.

A number of scholarships and discounts are available for Masters study at the University of Essex, including those for overseas applicants. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.

Our expert staff

Our expert staff have world-class research reputations, with their work placing us in the top 25 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014). They’re at the forefront of real-world entrepreneurial issues, ensuring you experience the very latest teaching and thinking to prepare you for the modern business world.

Our entrepreneurship academics are active members of the School’s Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group, which carries our cutting-edge research into issues affecting the sustainable growth of business, society and the economy. Many of our team are also part of the national Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, which is based at Essex Business School and carries out research into issues impacting entrepreneurship and innovation, such as local economic growth and access to broadband.

Specialist facilities

This course is offered at our Southend Campus, just an hour’s train ride from London and its ample networking and internship opportunities.

Essex Business School in Southend provides excellent facilities for learning and socialising, including the award-winning new building The Forum. This learning-hub features 24-hour computer suites and study pods. You can also access initiatives to develop your study skills.

You benefit from the convenience of a town-centre campus, with a variety of shops, restaurants and bars. Southend-on-Sea is famous for its award-winning beaches and seaside amusements, including a theme park and miniature golf, so you can be sure of a vibrant social life.

Your future

With a Masters degree from a UK top 20 business school (Chartered Association of Business Schools), you can have an excellent foundation for your future career. In 2015, 78% of our postgraduate taught students were in work or further study (DLHE).

This course is particularly relevant to careers in:
-Government and other policy-making institutions
-Non-governmental or community-based organisations
-Those who want to start and grow their own business
-Those who want to take over management of or work for their family business

Whether you’re seeking employment, or want to start your own entrepreneurial venture, we support you along the way. In addition to the School’s dedicated employability services, we work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Theories and Practice of Entrepreneurship
-Comprehensive Business Plan (optional)
-Creating and Managing the New and Entrepreneurial Organisation
-Innovation Management
-Research Methods
-Global Supply Chain and Operations Management (optional)
-Global Project and Product Development (optional)
-Managerial Economics (optional)
-International Marketing Strategy and Planning (optional)

Visit the Entrepreneurship and Innovation - MSc page on the University of Essex website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Odusola Abimbola Philips

“I chose to study within the Essex Business School at the University of Essex because of its excellent rating as a top ten university for research. I really enjoy the depth of up-to-date research I am able to engage in, and it is great to get the opportunity to solve real case studies with our lecturers and other students on the course.

What I have enjoyed most about being at Essex is being part of the diverse community at the Colchester Campus. I have had the opportunity to make friends with people from so many different cultures and backgrounds. It has really helped me learn about other people’s attitudes and beliefs and I am sure that the friends I have made will stay my friends for life.

The school itself is very friendly and the lecturers are easy to talk to which has made my time here so enjoyable. The University also provides everything you could need on campus, from shops to the library, and places to hang out with friends.

When I leave Essex, my ultimate aim is to start a consulting firm for creative industries in Nigeria. I have gained so much knowledge from my time studying here and I really believe that this knowledge will be invaluable to the firms in creative industries back home.”


ESRC Doctoral Training Centre scholarships - 16 Awards

For 2011-12, our ESRC Doctoral Training Centre will offer 16-fully funded ESRC studentships, most worth £18,000 per year, across over 20 doctoral pathways. The University of Essex has become one of only 21 Doctoral Training Centres accredited by the UK Economic and Social Research Council following a highly competitive selection process. Our Doctoral Training Centre will fund 16 doctoral students each year across many different social science disciplines. It also offers excellent training opportunities and a highly stimulating research environment to hundreds of postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, practitioners and users.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £18,000


We encourage applications from top students seeking to research over a range of social science areas, including: criminology and socio-legal research; economic and social research; economics and econometrics; environmental governance; finance; health and organisational research; human rights; language and linguistics; management and accounting; politics and international relations; political economy; psychoanalytic studies; sociology and social change.

Application Procedure

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance/pg/government_support/esrc.aspx

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree, or equivalent, in any discipline. We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.

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