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In a highly competitive global environment, innovation is one of the key areas in which businesses can ensure their success and establish a competitive advantage. On this programme you will develop an advanced understanding of organisations, their management, the changing external context in which they operate and the importance of innovation.

This programme is specifically designed for students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge to pursue a management career in a globalised environment.

You will cover topics such as: the development and operation of markets in relation to resources, goods and services; the economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological external context, together with its effect at local, national and international levels upon organisations; the role of marketing in relation to customers, their expectations and their location; the management and development of people within organisations; the nature of organisations – their internal functions and processes; their diverse purposes, structures and governance, and the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between organisations and their influence on the external context; and the role of business innovation, creativity, and knowledge management within organisations.

This programme will:

  • Develop your understanding of markets, the external context, customers, organisations and their people
  • Teach you how to think critically about business and the innovation process, which are necessary to continue developing each company
  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills to assist with managing the innovation process in companies
  • Develop your problem solving ability in the business environment


This programme is available for one year full-time study. There are eight taught modules spread over two semesters. In order to reflect the practical and applied side of this programme the School organises a number of extra optional modules that aim to provide further practical training to students, whose subject matter changes from year to year.

Please note that your pattern of study will vary depending on your module choices.

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory.

Compulsory modules:

Semester 1

Each module is worth 15 credits

  • Strategic Management (BUSM086)
  • Leading Organisational Change (BUSM108)
  • Introduction to Marketing Management (BUSM137)
  • Innovation and Global Competition (New) (BUSM177)


  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178) - non credit bearing

Semester 2


Each module is worth 15 credits

  • Research Methods for Management (BUSM145)
  • New Product Development and Business Ecosystems (BUSM084)

Core module:

  • Dissertation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (BUSM180) (60 credits)

(A core module must be taken and passed. A compulsory module must be taken.)

Two elective modules:

Each module is worth 15 credits

  • Management Consulting (BUSM111)
  • International Business Strategy (BUSM089)
  • Global Supply Chain Management (BUSM091)
  • Knowledge Innovation Learning and Organisations (BUSM138)
  • Risk and Crisis Management (BUSM117)
  • Social and Sustainable Innovation (BUSM146)
  • Complex Networks and Innovation (BUSM132)
  • Entrepreneurship (BUSM134)
  • Selected Issues in Commercial and Company Law (New) (BUSM179)
  • Graduate Professional and Academic Skills (BUSM178) - non credit bearing

Learning and teaching

Contact hours

Undertaking a Masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Learning and teaching

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. You can expect two to three hours of contact time per module, per week.


Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and interaction with the Virtual Learning Environment. A wide range of assessment techniques are used, including coursework examinations and a dissertation. Coursework may take the form of an individual and/or group assignment, individual and/or group presentations or invigilated tests. Examinations take place in May or early June. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.


Over the summer term, you will write a 10,000-word dissertation.

This can be a practice orientated project of your choice, on a company or an industry you choose.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £12,150

Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £20,500

Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU studentsand for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079


Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Visit the MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!




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