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MSc Innovation and Applied Entrepreneurship

Course Description

Are you looking to start your own business or seeking to develop your entrepreneurial capacities? If so, our MSc in Innovation and Applied Entrepreneurship is the ideal postgraduate course.

Whether you are working on your own business start-up idea, or would like to form part of a team looking for a creative solution to a social or business problem, this unique Masters-level programme covers all the skills and capabilities you need to develop yourself as a successful entrepreneur.

Course detail

The course equips you with all the theories, ideas and concepts you need to be aware of from an entrepreneurial perspective. But more importantly, it also gives you the opportunity to go out and use those ideas by working on a wide range of business projects.

The course has been structured to move away from the classroom-style of teaching to create an environment that's most conducive to developing an entrepreneurial mindset. You'll spend a lot of time working in multi-disciplinary teams where you can learn from one another, as well as from your tutors and external business experts and build strong networks for the future.

You will leave the course well equipped as a collaborative entrepreneur, with the skills, networks and confidence you need to make an outstanding contribution, whether in your own start-up business or an established organisation.


The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of the following two modules:

• Business Basics for Entrepreneurs
• Innovation and High Performing Teams

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of the above modules, plus the following two modules:

• Developing Entrepreneurial Capacities
• Leadership and Managing People

For the Masters phase, as well as the four modules above, the choice is between completing a dissertation or a business development plan:

• Research Methods (15 credits) and Dissertation (45 credits)
• Business Development Plan (60 credits)


The course is team based and uses a 'learning by doing' approach. In training sessions, you will be supported by an experienced team coach. As well as undertaking projects based on 'wicked problems' (complex issues requiring input from different perspectives and backgrounds), you will have opportunities to bring your own startup ideas and benefit from the input of other team members.

Masterclasses are highly interactive and are led by academic and industry experts, whilst online delivery of some modules allows you to engage with individual study units as and when they are most relevant to you.

Group working is a key element and you will have plenty of opportunity to practise and develop your team working capabilities. The opportunities to share learning across multi-disciplinary teams will also help you to learn more, and at a faster rate.


The assessment on this course is designed to demonstrate that you can apply theory to practice effectively and to develop skills that will be useful in your future career. There are no written exams. Course work assessments include verbal presentations, book reviews, reports, marketing/business plans, project logs and reflective essays.

Careers / Further study

The MSc in Innovation and Applied Entrepreneurship at Bristol Business School will equip you with the entrepreneurial capacities necessary to start your own business or to thrive in a management position in a complex, fast-moving environment.

If you are looking to develop your own business idea, the course offers the ideal environment in which to explore and progress your plans. The Masters is also suited to those looking to take their entrepreneurial know-how into a larger organisation. The skills we develop on the course such as being solution-focused, forward thinking and a flexible communicator are increasingly sought after by employers across all sectors.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MSc Innovation and Applied Entrepreneurship page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (minimum 2.2) from a recognised Higher Education institution or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution. If you do not have a first degree, certain professional qualifications combined with work experience may be sufficient.

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