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Entrepreneurship - MSc

Course Description

Start a business, learn about yourself, test your business potential and earn an MSc. This unique, action-learning degree provides an exciting opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship through practice. It is aimed at those who want an intensive action-oriented approach to the principles of contemporary entrepreneurship, or those who want to start a business, as part of a vibrant community of fellow entrepreneurs, with all the advantages of the best, most current research and thinking by the world’s leading academics and practitioners in this field.

What’s it all about?

This course is based around the creation of a new business venture. You will learn through a cycle of research, decision, action and reflection. You will have to understand and apply theory, do your own research and form your own judgements throughout the process. You will become adept at justifying and presenting your product and your business intentions to a range of stakeholders to demonstrate your competence and earn their trust.

Our vision is that by the end of this programme you will have created a new growing business, the skills, ability and confidence to create new businesses going forward and a network of vital contacts in the dynamic North East and UK start up communities – and a Master’s degree from the Business School of the Year.

As well as this you will have been on a demanding journey of self-discovery which will enable you decide whether being an entrepreneur is right for you in the long term and if so what type of business you want to run, or work for.

This course will give you experience in setting up and running a business. It develops knowledge, skills and competence in the areas of personal development, innovation, product design, leadership, marketing, management and strategy. You will develop research skills through reading, search, data gathering and surveying. Your business won’t survive unless you constantly monitor your customers, your business development and your own performance. You will practice critical thinking, and effective organisational improvement techniques as well as exploring all the personal competences associated with entrepreneurship in a complex, dynamic start-up business of your own choosing.

Module Overview
NX9710 - SPARKTANK Business Accelerator (Core, 60 Credits)
NX9711 - The Launch Factory (Core, 60 Credits)
NX9712 - The Big Pitch (Core, 60 Credits)

What makes this course different?

This is the only applied entrepreneurship postgraduate course in the UK, based entirely on starting your own business. We embrace academic theory because we learn faster by listening to experts, but we put the theory into action.

You will benefit from the guidance of your coaches, the content delivered in workshops and presentations, and the experiences of others on the course. However, your coaches are there to help you learn, not to teach you. You will take responsibility for your own learning, analysing need, creating personal and business development strategies and dealing with complexity as it arises. We will introduce you to some of the region’s leading entrepreneurs and you will engage with a diverse group of mentors and the growing entrepreneurial community centred in the North East and around the University.

What can I do afterwards?

We hope your business will continue to prosper and grow. If you choose not to carry on the business, you’ll have had an exciting year with experiences and people you’ll never forget, and you will have the MSc as evidence of your journey. The skills you’ve developed as owner/manager of your own business are exactly the skills most valued by employers.

What will I study?

-SPARKTANK – a start-up business accelerator gets your business off the ground, take a look at the 2015 SparkTank pilot to get a feel for the people and businesses that were created last year, link here
-The Launch Factory – develops your skills and your product or service, and prepares your business for growth and investment
-The Big Pitch – takes the business a step forward with a working website, new product design, business plan or investor pitch – whatever you and your business need most for the next challenge

Visit the Entrepreneurship - MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first degree, equivalent to a 2.2 honours classification. Applicants who do not have such an academic qualification but do have substantial experience of working in a business organisation and/or possess a relevant professional qualification will also be considered.

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