Postgraduate study
An innovative course providing an exciting opportunity to investigate communication in the context of entrepreneurship and business.
MSc Communication and Entrepreneurship
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
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
£7,785 - Terms apply
International fees
£21,645 - Terms apply
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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 7th in the UK for English in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • Ranked 13th for English by the Complete University Guide 2020
  • 45th 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.  Our Business School has won acclaim and recognition from professional bodies and organisations across the World. 
  • 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


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.


Full 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 aims to explore the how linguistic analysis can enhance communication in business and entrepreneurial practices.  You will be introduced to multidiscipline dimensions of communication studies as well as learn the skills required to analyse and develop business strategy and communication.

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 10,000 - 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 investigating and enhancing communication within a specific commercial or work-related site or environment, as well as developing the potential of your own entrepreneurial ideas.

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.



This course is comprised of 180 credits.

In the autumn you will study:

Business & Organisational Communication (20 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, written and digital forms of 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 and ethnography. 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.

Entrepreneurial Creativity (20 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 vital link between creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and value creation, the course uses directed reading, case study exercises, reflective blog writing and group-based creative problem solving to illustrate entrepreneurial creativity in practice. 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. The course culminates in students pitching their identified entrepreneurial opportunity to peers and real world entrepreneurs.

Launching New Ventures (20 credits)

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 Entrepreneurship and Creativity 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.


In the spring you will study: 

Sociolinguistics of Work (20 credits)

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.

Research Methods: Corpus Linguistics (20 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 module will explain these concepts and illustrate methods through case studies, with an emphasis on the use of corpus methods for the purposes of discourse analysis. 
Leading Entrepreneurial Growth (20 credits)
The module combines practical and theoretical perspectives on the process of leading an entrepreneurial firm, managing growth, and developing a strategic plan. The module also provides insights into personal dimensions of leading entrepreneurial growth strategies across multiple types of organisations including start-ups, family owned firms, corporations and non-profits.

In the summer you will undertake a 60 credit supervised research project:

Communication and Entrepreneurship Research Project

The purpose of the Project is to provide students with the opportunity to undertake independent research into a topic appropriate to Communication and Entrepreneurship transfer and problem solving. In undertaking the project, students should draw on and extend material presented in the course. The project has several aims, beyond reinforcing information and methodology presented in the taught modules. Students will gain experience by:

  • addressing the challenges involved in developing the commercial potential of ideas and projects or enhancing communication within a business/commercial environment
  • giving a PowerPoint presentation that describes some aspects of the work achieved
  • producing a written report in a style that would be useful, not only to those involved in their field of investigations, but also to potential investors and employees

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

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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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and 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.

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.

Students should check the eligibility requirements with their funding body before enrolling on a part-time course.


Careers and professional development

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.**

* 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.


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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