Communication and Entrepreneurship MSc

 
  

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Qualification
MSc Communication and Entrepreneurship
Duration
1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (Upper 2nd class honours undergraduate degree or international equivalent) in English language/literature, linguistics, communications studies, journalism or a related arts or humanities subject
Other requirements
Transcripts are required
IELTS
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

An innovative course providing an exciting opportunity to investigate communication in the context of entrepreneurship and business.
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Run in conjunction with the Nottingham University Business School, this innovative postgraduate course provides you with an exciting opportunity to investigate communication in the context of entrepreneurship and business. The programme will introduce you to the multidisciplinary dimensions of professional communication, exploring in detail how linguistic analysis can illuminate and enhance communication in businesses and a range of other workplaces.

The principle of language study we have established at Nottingham combines theoretical and ideological dimensions with highly practical applications. The course explores the role of communication in business-related human affairs using a variety of approaches, ranging from discourse analysis and interactional sociolinguistics to corpus linguistics.

Key Facts

  • All MSc students in the Schools of English and Business join a lively and thriving postgraduate community
  • Masters students attend research events and are actively engaged in the research community of the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) in the School of English
  • The School of English was ranked 9th for English in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • 7th for English in The Complete University Guide 2017
  • 49th in the QS World University 2018 rankings for English Language and Literature
  • 9th in the UK for 'research power' (English REF 2014)
  • The University of Nottingham's Business School is an international leader in finance and management education and a research pioneer in entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability and are all EQUIS and AMBA accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Association of MBAs – the world’s leading accrediting bodies for business schools
  • The University of Nottingham's Business School is ranked 6th in the UK for research power which reflects the quality and influence of the research
  • The programme offers an excellent route towards pursuing a PhD
  • For details of sources of funding visit the school's website
  • Hear from current students in our School of English Masters student videos
  • Teaching is informed by active leading-edge researchers in the field, and the course content is regularly reviewed to ensure that it remains relevant to the changing global business environment

Teaching

You will be taught using the latest advances in teaching methods and electronic resources.  Principle features of the masters programme include:

  • a practical grounding in communication analysis and linguistic description
  • seminar group teaching
  • group and one-to-one tuition with academic members of staff
  • teaching informed by active researchers
  • access to a variety of on-line resources
  • flexible course content
  • a theoretical grounding in research methodology and linguistic description
  • innovative and engaging teaching methods

Please Note:

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies.  Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

 

Course details

The programme operates on a modular basis, consisting of two semesters throughout which students pursue a range of taught modules, jointly taught by the School of English and the Business School, followed by a jointly supervised research project undertaken during the summer period.

This course can be taken over one year, full-time (September to September) and part-time over two to three years.

Towards the end of your studies, you will complete a supervised project-dissertation of 10-12,000 words and undertake a 20 minute spoken presentation. This is a major piece of advanced work on a communication and entrepreneurship topic which you complete over the summer under the supervision of specialists from the School of English and the Nottingham University Business School. The project affords you the opportunity of developing the commercial potential of your own entrepreneurial ideas and projects or enhancing communication within a specific business and commercial environment.

We will provide you with advice and guidance as you refine your business and communication strategy and literature review, while offering close supervision as you complete your project.

 
 

Modules

The following is a sample of typical modules that we offer, not a definitive list. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change, for example due to curriculum developments.

You will take half of your modules in communication studies as represented in the typical list below:

Business & Organisational Communication

The module investigates the multidisciplinary subject of business and organisational communication. It covers a wide range of quantitative and qualitative approaches, examining how individuals and groups use spoken and written communication to achieve success in the workplace. The range of methodologies and analytical frameworks for interrogating business and organisational communication include: conversation analysis, corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, pragmatics and speech act theory, ethnography, and genre analysis.

The module also highlights contemporary issues emerging from the field, exploring, for instance, the influence of context, new multi-media technologies and globalisation on communication in commercial domains and organisational environments. The module emphasises how the findings of communicative research can be practically applied in teaching and training materials and in consultancy work.

 
Intercultural Communication

This module will explore the use of language in interactions between speakers of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds from three different perspectives: description, development, and assessment. With a growing proportion of interactions in the world today taking place between people of diverse cultural backgrounds, it is important to identify and describe language use which may lead to misunderstanding and communicative breakdown.

This module will look at ways in which language barriers might be overcome in such interactions, and at the key factors in this process. You will examine intercultural interactions in a variety of contexts, e.g. business and other professional encounters; the language of the media; the language classroom; and so on.

 
Sociolinguistics of Work

This module is intended to familiarise you with theories and applications of sociolinguistics in relation to a work context. It will cover a range of sociolinguistic, workplace topics, including a focus upon the following: workplace cultures; language and identity, including gender, ethnicity, age, religion/nation, and social class; miscommunication; intercultural communication; linguistic politeness; and interactional sociolinguistics. 

The module will emphasise the crucial relationship between social variables, power and communication in the workplace, and demonstrate how recourse to sociolinguistic analysis can illuminate and enhance communication in a range of workplaces.

 

And half of your Entrepreneurship modules from the typical list below:

Corporate Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Corporate entrepreneurship is a term used to describe entrepreneurial behaviour inside established mid-sized and large organisations. The current business climate demands that companies, large or small, develop the capability to anticipate and respond to changes in their external environment. These changes may represent opportunities or threats for companies. Entrepreneurship has been viewed as a means through which economic actors identify and pursue such opportunities. It is often assumed that large, established organisations are constrained by bureaucracy and are not as flexible and entrepreneurial as new small firms.

There are, however, several examples of large companies (such as Sony, 3M and IBM), which have been able to create and sustain a competitive advantage by being consistently innovative and entrepreneurial. This module explores entrepreneurship in larger companies. Corporate entrepreneurship is a term used to describe entrepreneurial behaviour inside established mid-sized and large organisations.

 
Entrepreneurship in Context

Entrepreneurship in Context will introduce students to the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity across multiple contexts, including not just new venture creation but corporate and social entrepreneurship as well. While Entrepreneurship & Creativity focuses on idea generation and entrepreneurial theory, Entrepreneurship in Practice will prepare you to recognise opportunities, and to implement innovation and enterprising ideas.

The ability to make informed and timely decisions will be an important aspect of this, and the module will use a start-up business simulation to encourage this.

 
Entrepreneurship & Creativity

Theorists and policy makers now understand the link between entrepreneurial activity and economic development, and creativity and innovation underpin all successful entrepreneurship. Successful entrepreneurship is characterised by a set of identifiable skills that are useful in any domain, and these skills are best developed in an integrative and engaged environment, where theory can be practically applied.

This module will use the Ingenuity creative problem-solving model to integrate the content and simulate the entrepreneurial environment. The module's focus will be on generating, evaluating and selling innovative ideas in a team context. Whilst led by academics, practitioner engagement will be central to the module's successful delivery. This will be achieved through a combination of guest lectures and mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs.

 
Launching New Ventures

Launching New Ventures will introduce students to the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity across multiple contexts, including not just new venture creation but corporate and social entrepreneurship as well.

Whereas the Entrepreneurship & Creativity module focuses on idea generation and entrepreneurial theory, Launching New Ventures will prepare students to recognise opportunities, and to implement innovation and enterprising ideas. The ability to make informed and timely decisions will be an important aspect of this, and the module will use a start-up business simulation to encourage this.

 

You complete the course with a Communication and Entrepreneurship Research Project, in which they develop the commercial potential of your ideas and projects, or enhance communication within a business/commercial environment.

More information on the above modules is available in the Module Catalogue.

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The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

UK/EU Students

The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, however, financial support and competitive scholarships are available and we encourage applicants to explore all funding opportunities.

Please visit the school's website for the latest information about funding opportunities.

The Graduate School website at the University of Nottingham provides more information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

International Students

The University has a number of scholarships available to international students who wish to study at Nottingham.  In addition, there are also a number of scholarships available to international students through other organisations. 

The University offers a number of non-competitive scholarships (so they are available to you if you apply) to full-time students categorised as 'non UK' for fee purposes such as:

  • Alumni Scholarship - a scholarship of 10% towards your tuition fees
  • Family Scholarship - a scholarship where brothers or sisters register at the University, children of alumni, husbands or wives
  • Alumni of a U21 Institution Scholarship - a scholarship if you have previously studied at one of the Universities U21 Partner Universities listed on the International Office website
  • Study Abroad and International Exchange Alumni - a scholarship if you have studied previously at the University

Our international financial support pages have full details of all these scholarships.

 
 

Careers

Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers following their time in the school.

Conducting postgraduate work in the School of English fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market. Studying at this level allows you to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of different fields.

We will help you develop your ability to research and process a large amount of information quickly, and to present the results of your research in an articulate and effective way. A postgraduate degree from the School of English at the University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.

Our applicants are among the best in the country, and employers expect the best from our graduates.

Average starting salary and career progression

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

In 2016, 94.1% of postgraduates from the School of English who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,333 with the highest being £22,000.**

Notes:
* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research
** Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK

Career Prospects and Employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice from the dedicated Faculty of Arts careers team as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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