Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management MSc


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MSc Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Management
Full time 12 Months
Entry requirements
2.1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline
Other requirements
Personal statement and a list of modules being studied in the final year (for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree).
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

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


If you are interested in working entrepreneurially, whether that is in a large multinational, your own business, or as a business consultant or analyst, this course is designed for you.
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You will take our cutting-edge 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:

Academic English preparation and support

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

Specialist business and management courses are available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once. Students who enter via the CELE route are exempt from paying the school's £2,000 reservation fee. For more details, please contact us.

Key facts


Course details

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.


You will be assessed through a combination of individual essays or group projects and written exams.



Semester one

Core modules

Entrepreneurial Finance and Accounting

Successful entrepreneurship is dependent on the successful management of money. This involves two fundamental activities. This first is the ability to attract finance to fund entrepreneurship activities and growth, and the second is the ability to manage that finance properly. It is rarely the case that entrepreneurs will have sufficient personal funds to develop a business without resorting to external providers of finance.

This module will therefore examine how entrepreneurs might finance their venture, how they should interact with investors, and the issues involved in doing so. As a precursor to this however, financiers will want evidence that an entrepreneur can effectively and successfully manage the money they might receive from an investor. Accordingly, the first part of the module examines internal accounting procedures to demonstrate accountability to external stakeholders.

Entrepreneurship and Creativity

The module focuses upon developing understanding of how social theory has contributed to understanding entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is analysed from multiple disciplines (for example, psychology, sociology, and economics) to help you establish the connections between individual and group creativity, organisational emergence and institutional conditions that support entrepreneurial value creation.

The module culminates in a process when you identify, evaluate and pitch a novel entrepreneurial opportunity. Through case studies, prototyping exercises, directed reading and discussions, the module will enable you to develop your creative problem solving abilities. These are vital for the development, evaluation and application of ideas and concepts with commercial potential.

Leading Entrepreneurial Growth

The module is designed to provide a practical perspective on the task of leading an entrepreneurial firm, managing the firm's growth, and developing a strategic plan to direct the firm.

Leading entrepreneurial growth will equip you to manage decisions under conditions of uncertainty. You will be encouraged to evaluate different options for growth and that there is no single framework when it comes to developing a strategy to generate profitable expansion.

Marketing for Entrepreneurial Firms

An understanding and familiarity with marketing theories and marketing techniques are fundamental to the success of entrepreneurial activities. While many entrepreneurs do marketing intuitively through a process of trial and error, a thorough grounding in marketing is a decided advantage.

This module will explore the nature and role of marketing in contemporary society. Furthermore, the module will emphasise the role of marketing in new product and new business situations as well as dealing with the marketing issues and opportunities faced by more mature organisations.


Semester two

Core module

Entrepreneurship Project

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.


Optional modules

Venture Capital and Private Equity

The module covers venture capital and private equity provide risk capital to firms at various stages of their life-cycle. This involves selecting investments, structuring deals, valuation of investment opportunities, leveraged buyouts (LBOs), managing portfolio firms, and exit.


If you want to specialise, the pathways below include modules which create depth and understanding in a particular area. If you choose two modules from either the Sustainability Pathway or the International Business Pathway, along with a dissertation in the same area, you have the option for the pathway to appear on your final transcript and degree certificate.

Entrepreneurship pathway


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.

Innovation Management

The module covers the following: 

  • 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 - consider the challenges of managing innovative products, services, processes and business models that are to be delivered across different international contexts
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.

Technology Entrepreneurship

The aim of this module is to offer you an appreciation of the entrepreneurial actions involved in the commercial exploitation of new science and technology inventions. This type of activity is increasingly recognised as vital for the commercialisation of technology from universities and research institutes into knowledge-driven organisations. 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.

You will gain practical experience by researching and devising entrepreneurial strategies for commercialising novel science and technology ideas. This will require working with real patents and patent searching to critically examine contextual (for example, between industrial sectors and countries) and strategic differences (for example, licensing deals, collaborations and new venture creation). Technology entrepreneurs, Science Incubator managers and related professional services (for example, IP lawyers, investors) will assist with the module at appropriate points.


Sustainability pathway

Evaluating Sustainability

This module conveys an understanding of the challenge of evaluating sustainability on a process, product, organisational and supply chain level.

The evaluation of sustainability covered within the module includes defining, measuring, assessing, reporting and communicating company activities and their specific impacts on stakeholder groups and eco-systems. The critical analysis is driven both by a strong theoretical focus and the application of practice-oriented managerial decision-support tools.

The module employs case study illustrations and content analysis as well as classroom and computer lab exercises in order to provide insights into the issue of how to evaluate and report corporate sustainability. These techniques are also utilised to offer insights into managerial decision-making for enhancing environmental, social and economic performance of processes, products (along their life-cycles from design/manufacturing to disposal/recycling), organisational production systems, and the full supply chain/network.

Managing for Sustainability

Sustainable companies are those that are managed in socially, economically, and ecologically responsible ways. Today's managers are expected to understand the impact of management decisions and practices on the environment and society.

This module considers how sustainability principles are applied in organisations, and how to manage for sustainability. Through use of multiple learning approaches, the module enables you to practically interact with real businesses to address some sustainability challenges faced by the organisation.

The module introduces the you to frameworks and theories use to critically assess sustainability, and to integrate sustainability into the business strategy.

The module enables you to develop an understanding of the practical dilemmas facing businesses as they seek to respond to multiple, and often, conflicting stakeholders expectations. You will be expected to critically reflect upon your practical experiences and capture these using a learning journal.


International Business pathway

Globalisation, Business and Development

Private sectors actors are increasingly engaging in development, and are now considered development partners of governments, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and overseas development agents.

This module introduces you to the global context of doing business, and the impact of business activities on development. It critically considers the changing roles of business, governments, international government agencies and NGOs, and how these actors interact to foster development.

The module adopts different disciplinary perspectives drawing from international development, political economy and comparative business systems perspectives to understand the process of globalisation and the influence of business on development concerns (for example, corruption, land and water, poverty). The module critically examines the business responses oriented towards development (for example, multi-stakeholder initiatives, inclusive business models, fair trade).

Managing International Business in China

This module analyses the basic issues of managing international business in contemporary China, including entry mode selection, alliance management, negotiation with Chinese partners, cross-cultural human resource management, cross-cultural marketing, protection of intellectual property rights, corporate finance, and strategic management.

These issues are discussed in the light of the relevant theoretical frameworks and models of international business and management, with reference to current business and management practices of multinational companies operating in China. The context of China's general business environment and specific international business regimes are also examined.



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 information is available on the school website and can also be found on the Graduate School website.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Career destinations for our postgraduates include accountants, finance and investment analysts, higher education teaching professionals, investment bankers, IT business analysts, management consultants, marketing professionals, public relations professionals and university researchers.

Postgraduate careers team

Taught students benefit from the support of our postgraduate careers team who will help you to explore your career options and develop your career management skills. Our weekly MSc Advanced Career Leaders Programme is complemented by individual careers consultations, networking events and access to a wide range of employer presentations, volunteering activities and work experience opportunities.

Through a combination of your academic studies and the careers support on offer, you will be in an excellent position to enhance your career prospects and move onto the next stage of your career.

Employability and average starting salary

82.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £50,000.*

* 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 and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

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