Communication and Entrepreneurship MSc


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MSc Communication and Entrepreneurship
1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time
Entry requirements
2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree from British University or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Transcripts are required
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

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


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

  • The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008 ranked the School of English in the top five departments of English nationally by Grade Point Average and out of 87 units of assessment. 95% of the School's research was judged to be of international quality and 35% world-leading. 
  • 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.

Course details

The programme operates on a modular basis, consisting of two semesters throughout which students pursue a range of taught modules (120 credits) jointly taught by the School of English and the Nottingham University Business School, followed by a jointly supervised research project undertaken during the summer period.

You will be taught using the latest advances in teaching methods and electronic resources, as well as small-group and individual tuition. Particular features of the programme include:

  • a practical grounding in communication analysis and linguistic description
  • one-to-one tuition with expert members of staff
  • teaching informed by active leading-edge researchers in the field
  • innovative and engaging teaching methods
  • access to many online resources

All MSc students in the Schools of English and Business join a lively and thriving postgraduate community.

The MSc Communication and Entrepreneurship is completed by full-time study over 12 months, or can be studied part time.

In the summer term (June-September) students will work on a research project (60 credits). 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.



The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.

Students take 60 credits of taught modules in Communication Studies as represented in the typical list below:

Sociolinguistics of Work (15 credits)

This module is intended to familiarise students with theories and applications of sociolinguistics in relation to the context of work.  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.

Business and Organisational Communication (15 credits)

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 get work achieved successfully.  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 (15 credits)

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. We will examine intercultural interactions in a variety of contexts, e.g. business and other professional encounters, the language of the media, the language classroom, etc.

Research Methods: Corpus Linguistics (15 credits)

Corpus linguistics provides methods for the study of collections of electronic texts (written texts, including literary texts, material from the internet, transcripts of spoken language, etc.). This module introduces fundamental corpus methods that include retrieving and interpreting word frequency information, studying patterns of words in the form of concordances, and analysing key words and key semantic domains. The lecture-style content of the module will explain basic concepts and illustrate methods through case studies. Through weekly hands-on sessions students will actively practice the use of corpus software. Throughout the module, students are encouraged to reflect on the applicability of a range of methods to their own areas of interest (e.g. literary linguistics, discourse analysis, ELT, etc.).



And 60 credits worth of Entrepreneurship modules as in the representative list below:

Creative Problem Solving (10 credits)

The course will introduce students to the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, the creative process, knowledge management practices and the nature of entrepreneurship.  Having established the crucial link between creativity, entrepreneurship and economic development the course proceeds with the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, entrepreneurship and economic development the course proceeds with the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, the creative process and modern knowledge management practices supported by case studies and examples of successful applications.  Students will be introduced to a variety of creative problem solving techniques and learn how to apply these techniques in the context of the development, evaluation and application of ideas and concepts with commercial potential.

Finance and Accounting (10 credits)

Entrepreneurial activity can only succeed if supported by appropriate resources that are then managed to promote economic activity.  It is often the case that entrepreneurs have insufficient personal funds to develop a business without resort to external providers of finance.  This module will explore the major themes within accounting and finance that are relevant to entrepreneurs.  The first part of the module examines internal accounting procedures and accountability to external stakeholders.  The second part examines how entrepreneurs finance their venture and the different sources of funds involved at different stages of development.

Project Management (10 credits)
  • Definitions and classifications of projects. 
  • Objectives in project management - time, costs, quality. 
  • Resources and resource management. 
  • Critical Path Methods and resource scheduling. 
  • Performance measurement and costs. 
  • Project lifecycles. 
  • Project teams and leadership in project management. 
  • Managing risk in projects. 
  • Analysis of project successes and failures. 
  • Project Management software.
Marketing for Entrepreneurs (10 credits)

This module provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of marketing and how they are currently applied in the marketplace.  The main emphasis of the module centres around the perceived need by managers for a strategic approach to marketing decision-making and for coherent planning to ensure the formulation of successful marketing programmes within an organisation.  This module will explore: the role and nature of marketing; the core elements of marketing as an approach to business; the processes which influence the development of a marketing strategy; the role of segmentation; targeting and positioning; the factors which determine the composition of the marketing mix; the role of elements of the marketing mix in creating an effective marketing campaign.

Innovation Management (10 credits)
  • Introduction - What is Innovation Management?
  • Building an Innovation Organisation
  • Innovation and Family Firms
  • External Guest Speaker
  • Sources of Innovation and Networks
  • Innovation Strategy and Blue Ocean Strategy
  • Selecting the Right Idea
  • Implementing Ideas
  • Capturing Learning
  • Group Presentations - Appraisal of Innovation Management of an Innovative Firm. 
Technology Entrepreneurship (10 credits)

The aim of this module is to offer students an appreciation of the entrepreneurial actions involved in the commercial exploitation of new science and technology inventions. This type of activity is increasingly recognized as vital for the commercialization of technology from Universities and research institutes into knowledge-driven organizations.  Political and sociological debates about the significance of technology transfer from universities will also be considered. The importance of intellectual property and patenting as a key asset in technology entrepreneurship will feature strongly in the module. Students will gain practical experience by researching and devising entrepreneurial strategies for commercializing novel science and technology ideas.  This will require working with real patents and patent searching to critically examine contextual (e.g., between industrial sectors and countries) and strategic differences (e.g., licensing deals, collaborations and new venture creation).  Technology entrepreneurs, Science Incubator managers and related professional services (e.g., IP lawyers, investors) will assist with the module at appropriate points.



Students complete the course with a Communication and Entrepreneurship Research Project (60 credits), in which they develop the commercial potential of their ideas and projects, or enhance communication within a business/commercial environment.

For more information on any of these modules, please see our module catalogue

Please note that modules are subject to change.

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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.



UK/EU Students

The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, often from a package made up of personal savings, parental loans or contributions, bank loans and support from a trust or charity.

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. 



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.*

Consequently – and owing to our reputation for excellence – more than 84% of postgraduates from the School of English enter employment or further study during the first six months after graduation. The average starting salary for postgraduates from the Faculty of Arts was £20,250 with the highest being £33,000.**

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.
**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on 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 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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