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Entrepreneurship & Business Development (MSc)

Course Description

Shape your own destiny and enjoy the greater freedom and flexibility that developing your own business can bring. We will feed your entrepreneurial spirit and develop your management skills so you can create, establish and lead your own venture. We will also give you the knowledge and confidence to implement new strategies within an established company to drive change, encourage innovation and help the business flourish.

As well as gaining a broad overview of business, you will also explore your individual management style and develop critical-thinking patterns and problem solving and decision-making techniques to share and reflect upon with your peers. Working closely with industry professionals, you will be encouraged to experiment with new ideas and learn to identify opportunities and risks in order to develop a viable business venture or project.

You will also study professional interactions and how emotional intelligence, building communication and relationship development skills, are key to managing and sustaining complex business dealings.

Whether you are wanting to start up a new venture or inject some innovation into an existing organisation, your course will hone your management skills, enhancing your ability to influence and lead strategic changes in business.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/entrepreneurshipandbusinessdev_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


With an enhanced knowledge of how to build your own company, you could launch and manage a new venture or choose to offer expert advice to others by becoming a business consultant. Alternatively, you could work within an existing organisation, driving innovation, creativity and success.

- Business Owner
- Business Consultant
- Research & Development Manager
- Sales Manager

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will learn from a highly skilled and research-active teaching team who are experts in enterprise, innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing and management. You will also work with a professional mentor - a business practitioner who can provide practical support and advice during your period of study.

With guidance from your mentor, you will have the opportunity to work on a real-life enterprise or start-up project and implement solutions, make decisions and manage the process from start to finish.

In addition, you will have access to our Enterprise & Innovation Academy, who will offer information, advice and guidance to give you the best possible grounding when taking your next step into a new business venture.

We are dedicated to supporting your professional development - that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the Director General for the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Group Head of Organisational Effectiveness for BP, the Deputy Agent for the Bank of England and the Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Core Modules

Individual Enhancement
You will reflect on the application of life skills, reviewing psycho-social models of critical thinking, problem solving, public speaking and decision-making.

Market Focus
Exploring ways to improve real-life marketing problems by applying research insights from entrepreneurship, you will have the opportunity to build your own insights and design effective marketing strategies for your ventures.

Strategic Thinking
Develop skills in independent thinking and collaborative working by analysing and applying both classic concepts and contemporary approaches to how strategies are carried out in today's organisations.

Building Relationships
Develop key techniques for working with customers, suppliers and business partners.

Advanced Practice
Focus on key areas of business practice and learn to examine the multi-faceted dynamics of financial markets through a global lens. You will also develop an understanding of entrepreneurial risk management.

Live Commercial Project
Apply your academic knowledge and professional experience via a business start-up or consultancy project, or by working with a large company on new business development.

Option Modules

Creative & Social Enterprise
Identify, assess, develop and scale solutions, technologies, and business models for creative and social enterprise.

Technology Entrepreneurship
Gain an insight into the unique problems and opportunities that both individual and corporate entrepreneurs face in translating innovative ideas into successful results, from opportunity recognition to new venture creation.

Suneel Kunamaneni

Senior Lecturer

"No matter what your background or experience, if you are ambitious about entrepreneurship, you will find this course really stimulating and your mind-set will be changed for life. As someone who has worked on technology commercialisation and launched a business start-up, I know the course structure and content is highly relevant for venture creation and entrepreneurial success."

Prior to joining our University, Suneel worked as a technology transfer specialist at the University of Leeds and as a research scientist at GE Advanced Materials.He has spent most of the last 10 years in research and development, product development, technology transfer, innovation strategy, knowledge management and consultancy. He has worked with multinational companies such as Lucite International, Ineos, Dow, LyondellBasell and Intellectual Ventures.


- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Study areas
Our City Campus has plenty of dedicated social areas for you to work with your peers. You will have access to modern spaces and the latest IT equipment, enabling you to debate and discuss ideas with fellow students.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

- Teaching spaces
Our classrooms and lecture theatres offer the ideal spaces to learn from the experiences and opinions of our expert academics and visiting industry speakers.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Entrepreneurship & Business Development (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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