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Msc Entrepreneurship

Course Description

This programme leverages the unique position of Surrey Business School at the crossroads of innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship, as well as benefiting from links to the local community, industry and Surrey Research Park.


At Surrey Business School, we offer a diverse range of business and management programmes that are fuelled by a common approach to encourage you to challenge yourself by engaging in the business world around you. In conjunction, we provide opportunities for you to engage with real-world business problems throughout this programme.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/entrepreneurship


Our MSc in Entrepreneurship will be of particular interest if you are planning a career either in self-employment or in an innovative, entrepreneurial organisation. In this respect, you will be encouraged to learn experientially and to develop the attributes, ways of thinking and behaviour of the entrepreneur.

The programme will be of particular interest to students who are interested in setting up their own businesses, who intend to work in entrepreneurial businesses such as high-growth companies or family businesses, or who desire to work in innovative organisations where creativity and change need to be harnessed to develop commercial business.

In the first semester, you will develop skills related to setting up a new business venture, business modelling, and entrepreneurial theory. These skills can be applied to any future entrepreneurial activities students may consider, either in a new venture or inside an existing organisation (intrapreneurship).

In the second semester, you will have the opportunity to develop more focused specialisation through the choice of optional modules. In conjunction, you will study our Innovation Management module, which focuses on the processes of change that are so essential to both start-ups and established businesses.

Finally, students have the opportunity to develop a dissertation, in the form of a theoretical business plan. Here, they can apply theory to practice by formulating a plan for launching a new venture or developing an existing one, applying the knowledge they have gained over the year. Opportunities are also available to apply research and theory in a standard dissertation.

Programme leader's blog

Read Jim Sears' blog posts (http://blogs.surrey.ac.uk/business-school/author/jimsears/).


The programme consists of six compulsory modules, two optional modules and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

- Research Methods
- New Business Venturing
- Marketing
- Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Modelling in the Digital Economy
- Innovation Management
- Accounting and Finance for Business

Optional modules:

- Digital Marketing & Social Media
- E-Business
- International Trade
- Project Management
- Strategy

Example module content

- New Business Venturing
Students simulate the experience of setting up a business in the first term where they will learn key skills related to entrepreneurship and business planning. They will experience all the highs and lows of developing an initial business idea, participating in a crowdfunding campaign, learning how to put together a business plan and pitching it to an investor panel.

- Innovation Management
“Innovate or die” is a typical mantra of companies in the modern business world. This module reviews how companies manage change across an organisation by reviewing different factors that influence change such as culture, knowledge management and collaboration. Relevant case studies are used for class discussions while students prepare consulting reports on designated companies with recommendations for improvements.

- Accounting and Finance for Business
This module provides a foundations for understanding, analysing and interpreting financial information. It will enable students to apply accounting principles and financial theory to decision-making across management disciplines and modern business organisations.

- Research Methods
This module will introduce research project formulation and the key elements of research design, and will prepare you to design and execute your dissertation research study in a systematic and scientific manner.

- Dissertation
The dissertation is the final element of the programme, providing you with an opportunity for a sustained period of research. It allows you to concentrate on topics that are of particular interest to you and it draws upon a range of different aspects of the taught programme, particularly the Research Methods module. It also gives an opportunity for you to work on your own with individual supervision.

The dissertation should be either an original piece of research adding to existing knowledge and demonstrating the candidate’s analytical skills, or an original and critical study of existing knowledge on the subject. Alternatively, students on this programme can structure their dissertation in the form of a full business plan, pulling together the theory, insight, practical and evaluative skills they have developed through their taught modules.


The teaching and learning strategy provides a balance of theory and practice through a combination of taught, participatory and practical sessions. These include visits to, and from, practicing entrepreneurs and business professionals, opportunities to develop and apply entrepreneurial skills and a mixture of individual and group working.

The programme is intended to educate students ‘for’ entrepreneurship as well as giving you the underpinning knowledge that enables sound evaluation of opportunities and the generation of innovative business ideas for future ventures.


Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) (http://aacsb.edu/) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) (http://www.mbaworld.com/).

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

Visit the Msc Entrepreneurship page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Maciej Kokot

What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study your course here?
I had it easy - back in 2010 only a handful of universities in the UK offered PG courses in Entrepreneurship, so my choice was narrowed down for me. Surrey seemed like the best option - with a strong academic record, excellent facilities and infrastructure (and you DO need that for social sciences, too!) and within close proximity of Europe's busiest business hub, I made my mind up within hours.

What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?
My strongest memories are Lecture Theatre 1 in the Rik Medlik Building (Faculty of Management and Law back in my days) and Manor Park. In business, relationships you make are just as important as the knowledge you gain and Manor Park created some of the best friendships I've had ever since.

What is the one thing you would say about Surrey (or your course) to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?
Keeping it simple, I'd just say "go to Surrey, you'll thank me later!" But in all fairness, I'd mention the superb staff and facilities, excellent accommodation and sports venues, and the kind of people that are hard to find elsewhere. For the first time, my course mates were genuinely interested in everything we had done, and we were equally immersed in Entrepreneurship both inside and outside of the classroom. Last but not least, I would recommend MSc Entrepreneurship as such - writing a business plan instead of traditional dissertation was of great advantage to a person like me, with strong preference for applied knowledge.


Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should usually hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.2 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British/overseas university. Every applicant is assessed individually on their own merit. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Relevant work experience could be an additional benefit where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme. English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 6.5-IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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