On our MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management, you will take our ingenuity module where you will consider how to solve problems by thinking differently, as well as taking modules in leading entrepreneurial growth, launching new ventures and entrepreneurial creativity.
Your new knowledge is then deployed through a 'live' consultancy project with a fast-growing, local business where you will develop a report to show how the business can exploit new market opportunities, which is one of the things our students most like about the course.
Our approach is not to tell people how to become entrepreneurs, but to really engage them in practice so they develop their own entrepreneurial capabilities. You will cover core subjects in creativity, launching new ventures, and entrepreneurship in context, along with leading entrepreneurial growth and the unique ingenuity project. You will also have a wide variety of options to tailor the course to your career aspirations.
Cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship courses are also available:
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- This course is delivered by The Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a centre of entrepreneurial skills development, innovation and work with small and medium enterprises
- Part of an elite group of EQUIS and AMBA accredited business schools
- 6th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with teaching underpinned by the latest developments
- An inspiring research portfolio worth £799m
- 91.1% of MSc graduates from Nottingham University Business School secured work, self-employment or further study within six months of graduation
- More than 19,000 Business School alumni connect you to a powerful global network of business contacts
Across the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 120 credits of taught modules including a 30-credit entrepreneurship consultancy project. Each module typically consists of 10 two or three hour sessions.
You will complete a 60-credit 14,000-word dissertation or business plan over the summer, and will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress.
This module will introduce you to the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, the creative process, knowledge management practices and the nature of entrepreneurship. Having established the vital link between creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and value creation, this module uses directed reading, case study exercises, reflective blog writing and group-based creative problem solving to illustrate entrepreneurial creativity in practice.
You 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. The course culminates in you pitching your identified entrepreneurial opportunity to peers and real world entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship in Context
This module covers:
- definitions of entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial activity
- the theoretical perspectives underpinning the study of entrepreneurship
- understanding what shapes the practice of entrepreneurship both in different settings (for example, social entrepreneurship, technology, family business, international entrepreneurship, environmental business, social media) and due to contextual influences (for example, influence of gender, policy)
Launching New Ventures
This module will introduce you 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 Entrepreneurship and Creativity focuses on idea generation and entrepreneurial theory, Launching New Ventures 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.
The project is a problem based learning experience where you will work in self-selected teams upon a company based challenge. You are introduced to a company representative and then together develop a problem statement that will be feasible for you to address during the semester and also will deliver a tangible benefit to the company. You are then responsible for managing subsequent meetings with the company, gathering primary and secondary data and keeping the company up to date with progress.
Mentoring is provided to help with project management and the projects will require the application of theoretical constructs from the core modules from semester one to company challenges within an entrepreneurship context. The outcome of the project work should demonstrate an understanding of applying entrepreneurship theories in a practical context and also provide tangible and actionable recommendations to the company.
Managing Innovation in Entrepreneurial Organisations
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
- the dynamics of the global economy and international business and/or an awareness of cultural, legal/regulatory, political, and economic differences across countries and/or an appreciation of management issues from a global perspective
- business innovation - creativity, intrapreneurial - and entrepreneurial behaviour and enterprise development, and the management and exploitation of intellectual property
- leadership and management of people within organisations - leadership, organisational behaviour and motivation
- strategic management - the development and implementation of appropriate strategies within a changing environment
Business to Business Marketing
The content of this module will serve as an introduction to the main theoretical and managerial concepts and issues in the area of business-to-business marketing and will focus on aspects of strategic marketing relationships between companies and other stakeholders. Possible topics may include:
- What is a market? A service ecosystem approach to understanding markets
- Organisational buying behaviour and market structures
- How do markets work? Creating and shaping new markets and maintaining market dynamics
- Market relations and sustainable competitive advantage
- Forming business networks: business network partnership attraction
- Business-to-Business marketing strategies
- Innovation in business networks
- Managing business networks: communication, coordination and learning in business networks
- Strategic market relations in the digital world
- Branding and building loyalty: value co-creation in network partnerships
Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
This module covers the following:
- How to build an entrepreneurial organisation
- Entrepreneurial strategy in theory and practice
- Entrepreneurial culture: structure, processes and people
- Building a culture of entrepreneurship in practice
- Entrepreneurship with external stakeholders
- Managing uncertainty and failure
- Building an ambidextrous organisation
- Diagnosing an entrepreneurial change programme
The e-Business module is aimed at future managers and business people who want to know how information and communications technologies (ICTs) can help them to be successful in their careers by understanding how companies use these technologies.
Entrepreneurship Business Plan
You will be expected to develop a real business concept and take it through to a business plan. This will requires an assessment of the IP position, a marketing analysis, producing a business strategy and a financial analysis. You will be assisted in taking the plan to fruition.
The dissertation should focus on any aspect of entrepreneurship. You are expected to choose a topic in consultation with your supervisor. Supervisors may suggest a topic where it is appropriate. As well as the written dissertation, you will make a presentation giving an overview of your work.
This module aims to provide students with the skills, knowledge and practical experience required to respond to the challenges involved in managing, commercialising and marketing technological innovation and new business development.
Venture Capital and Private Equity
Venture capital and private equity provide risk capital to firms at various stages of their life-cycle. This involves selecting early-stage and late-stage investment opportunities, due diligence, structuring deals, valuation, managing portfolio firms, and exit.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Teaching methods and assessment
You will be assessed through a combination of individual essays or group projects and written exams.
Career destinations for our postgraduates include:
- finance and investment analysts
- higher education teaching professionals
- investment bankers
- IT business analysts
- management consultants
- marketing professionals
- public relations professionals
- university researchers
Postgraduate careers team
Our in-house Postgraduate Careers Team provides expert advice and guidance so that you can make an informed decision about the right career path for you.
As soon as you have accepted your offer of a place at the Business School, we can begin working with you to support your career planning needs. You can take part in pre-course careers discussions and take advantage of remote and online support through Career Leader, an online assessment tool which helps you to measure your business interests and motivations before starting your course.
Our support continues throughout your time at Nottingham and after you graduate.
Average starting salary and career progression
91.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School secured work or further study within six months of graduation.* £25,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £57,200.**
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
** This is an average of all Business School postgraduates and so reflects the higher salaries earned by our MBAs who have several years professional experience prior to undertaking their studies.
Careers support and advice
We offer individual careers support for all postgraduate students whatever your course, mode of study or future career plans.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate. Expert staff will help you research career options and job vacancies, build your CV or résumé, develop your interview skills and meet employers.
More than 1,500 employers advertise graduate jobs and internships through our online vacancy service. We host regular careers fairs, including specialist fairs for different sectors.
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Scholarships and bursaries
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The University also offers masters scholarships for international and EU students. Our step-by-step guide contains everything you need to know about funding postgraduate study