The Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship is a highly practical programme designed specifically for entrepreneurs to nurture their entrepreneurial ambitions and enable new ventures through an academically rigorous, directly relevant and highly practical learning experience.
The programme runs as a series of four distinct and assessed courses:
- Entrepreneurial awareness and skills - Opportunity recognition and idea evaluation - Preparing and implementing the business case - Managing the early stage venture
All four courses and the associated assignments must be successfully completed to the standards required by the University in order to gain the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.
The programme is run on a part-time basis and takes place over 12 months leading to the qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship awarded by the University of Cambridge. The programme is delivered largely online through a dedicated interactive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Students are required to attend two intensive and participative residential sessions at the Cambridge Judge Business School: one week at the start and a further two weeks at the mid-point of the programme.
The majority of the programme is delivered online with students expected to spend a minimum of 172 hours over the 12 months engaged in online study. They are also expected to set aside additional time for private study, research and collection of data to support and prepare for their written assignments.
The students receive supervisions via one-to-one tutoring and mentoring for about 18 hours per year (14 hours with mentors and 4 with course tutors). Some of these supervisions are delivered remotely (e.g. by phone call or Skype); some are face-to-face during residential sessions.
Students are expected to review and summarise academic literature related to each course of the programme. Students deliver a summatively assessed oral presentation during the second residential session of the programme.
1 x Enterprise project. A coherent major project, requiring students to conceptualise an entrepreneurial business opportunity, analyse and evaluate market feasibility, prepare a robust business case and devise and present strategy and implementation plans for their project (14,000 words) – 50% of overall marks for the programme.
1 x Reflective essay. Demonstrating and analysing progressive learning and development (2,500 words) – 10% of overall marks for the programme.
Class tests within each of the residential sessions to explore students critical understanding of core academic content – 10% of overall marks for the programme.
1 x Oral presentation of the enterprise project to assess both application of knowledge and presentation skills – 10% of overall marks for the programme.
Active participation in online learning activities and discussions, assessed according to published objective criteria related to course outcomes – 20% of overall marks for the programme. Students receive detailed written feedback after each written assignment and have the opportunity to discuss this feedback with their assigned tutor.