MSc

Entrepreneurship

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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The MSc Entrepreneurship course has been designed for individuals with an entrepreneurial mind-set. It is open to students from any academic discipline who are looking to set up their own business, become future entrepreneurs or those looking to take over their family business. This course combines rigorous academic theory with the practical skills, hands-on experience and valuable networks you need to make your business a success.

This course aims to stimulate the entrepreneurial ethos of individuals and develop their skills and capabilities to lead and direct start-ups. This is done in four phases:

  • Phase 1: developing and screening your business ideas - your business ideas will be challenged by your peers and other business colleagues to see if they are sustainable and have the potential value in the current global climate. It will encourage you to plan ahead and anticipate any changes within your market so you are prepared to face them.
  • Phase 2: creating your offer and finding opportunities - you will define your value proposition and position it within the market against competitors and the current market conditions. This will also give you the opportunity to ‘hire’ your fellow classmates who ideas do not pass this stage to help develop yours.
  • Phase 3: utilise global market conditions - your skills in innovation and core competencies will be advanced to face international challenges and gain confidence to deal with diverse cultures and attitudes.
  • Phase 4: convincing markets and investors - here you will be pitching your business idea to venture capitalists and other business centres such as Wave Venture and 3i, to try to secure funding for your business idea to start to develop and grow it. You will have the opportunity to seek advice on internationalising your own concepts from experts and contacts that the course team will introduce you to.

This entrepreneurial journey expose you to the networks and investment opportunities you will need to get your ideas off the ground, and there is even the chance to access seed funding directly from the Business School.

In your final semester you’ll undertake the Entrepreneurship Experience Project, which enables you to kick-start your venture and find opportunities to finance for growing it to a sustainable one. During this project you will have the opportunity to complete against your peers to win a scholarship for attending the annual European Innovation Academy event in Italy. The event is a 3 week all-expense paid for opportunity for the qualified MSc Entrepreneurship students where you will present your business proposition to mentors and investors from Silicon Valley.

What you’ll gain from this degree?

  • through the Entrepreneurial Experience Project you will have the opportunity to set up and establish your own enterprise and be mentored by experts in the field, or perhaps develop ideas for a family business with which you are involved already. You will have the opportunity to pitch directly to venture capital investors and business angels with the opportunity to raise funding or further collaborations.
  • during the course your professional and business networks will be enriched by an international experience, following a ‘young’ entrepreneurial firm, experiencing directly the entrepreneurial journey.
  • the course provides you a unique seed fund and access to the entrepreneurial community, presenting you with connections to experts, entrepreneurs, business angels and capitalists.
  • all Entrepreneurship students at Nottingham Business School will have access to The Hive, a purpose built centre dedicated to helping turn business ideas into reality.
  • develop management skills to explore new venture opportunities and advance participants’ ideas to feasible enterprises.

Nottingham Business School have both EQUIS and AACSB accreditation. We're also ranked in the top 95 European Business Schools in the Financial Times (FT).

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What you'll study

At NBS you can create a personalised learning experience, giving you a unique Masters degree that equips you with the skills you'll need, for the career you want. Each of the modules will be delivered over a four week period, with teaching delivered in three weeks and the fourth week left clear for assessment work. This enables you to focus on one subject at a time, whilst allowing time for preparation and assessment work. Take a look at our current term dates to give you an idea of the module structures.

We are currently reviewing the content of our courses for September 2019 entry to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course page for the latest updates.

  • Modules

    We are currently reviewing the content of our courses for September 2019 entry to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course page for the latest updates.

    Semester One

    Enterprise Context and Business Values (20 credits)

    This module will help you to critically apply knowledge, tools and techniques to resolve issues in new and diverse situations within the entrepreneurship discipline. You will be able to apply knowledge and understanding to compete for opportunities and transform them to viable concepts and business modules.

    Entrepreneurial Ethos: Leadership, People & Team Management (20 credits)

    On this module, you will be able to stimulate your entrepreneurial ethos and develop your management skills and capabilities to lead and direct start-ups.

    Marketing and Customer Thinking (20 credits)

    This module will help articulate a critical understanding of the contemporary issues , theories and conceptual frameworks used to explain and guide conventional marketing activities in organisations. More specifically, you will be introduced to the core marketing functions and develop an understanding of the key concepts, frameworks and models encountered in marketing.

    Semester Two

    Uncap Creativity & Innovation (20 credits)

    This module provides an opportunity for you to understand how to map and analyse value chains, as well as providing tools and ideas to improve value chains and to design alternative structures of a value chain.

    Value Chains: Partnerships & Resources (20 credits)

    This module will provide you with the mental tools that help entrepreneurs and managers orchestrate innovation activities throughout value networks. It describes the role of innovation within current complex markets and provides a strategic framework for development and protection of offers that are valued by the market and customer.

    International Experience (20 credits)

    On this module, you will have the opportunity to experience international entrepreneurial decision making by working intensively for a period of four weeks on a business case for ‘going global’ in a different country and market.

    Semester Three

    Entrepreneurship Experience Project (40 credits)

    The Entrepreneurship Experience Project is the culmination of the MSc Entrepreneurship course and stages the ambition to kick-start your venture and find opportunities to finance for growing it to a sustainable one. The experience allows you to channel the skills, knowledge and inquisitiveness you have acquired in the module to develop your own business idea into an investment ready opportunity. At the end of the module you will be able to pitch and defend your proposition in front of business angels and potential investors. During this project a selection of students will compete to participate at the European Innovation Academy Challenge and present their propositions to mentors and investors from the Silicon Valley.

    Ongoing Learning

    Throughout the year you will also study the following modules which will help you understand how to manage your own continuous personal and professional development (PPD).

    Transformational Leadership Development (10 credits)

    Transformational management education is a key focus within NBS, where effective ethical education across all business and management courses is the foundation of our students’ abilities to understand and contribute in meaningful ways towards current and future challenges in the area of sustainable development. The purpose of the module is to increase understanding of how to manage your own continuous personal and professional development in order to enable sustained career success and to be an effective and transformational leader.

    As part of the Transformational Leadership Development module, students will spend one day a week at BioCity to put together a business case and learn about different aspects of a business such as marketing, finance, project management etc. At the end of the module student will be required to complete a presentation and report to reflect on their experience.

    Customer Insight through Marketing Research (10 credits)

    The aim of this module is to develop your skills as an effective decision maker - organisations require insight to make effective decisions and effective marketing research has been an integral part of how decision makers in organisations understand consumers and market dynamics; and as an effective academic - philosophical debates and methodological issues will be explored as a foundation to understanding marketing research.

  • The Hive

    The Hive is Nottingham Trent University's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. They help turn business ideas into a reality through their support network, mentoring and training programmes. So if you have a business idea or even just want to go freelance, get in touch and see how they can help you. Visit www.ntu.ac.uk/thehive for further information.

  • Working with Industry

    Our course in parallel gives you the opportunity to prove yourselves as highly skilled professionals and influential leader, which are invaluable skills for any future career path. Examples of this activity include:

    • The International Experience module, where you will travel for two weeks to a partner institution in Europe to provide real-time advice in relation to internationalisation and new market entry strategies to local start-ups.
    • The collaboration with BioCity, the larger Biotechnology Incubator in UK, to design a marketing strategy for some of their activities.
    • The design and participation of a symposium about social entrepreneurship and sustainable future development.
  • Societies

    As an entrepreneur student you will have the opportunity to join many different societies across the University to share ideas and make new friends:

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

NTU is ranked 16th in the Guardian University Guide 2019 - the national league table focuses on student satisfaction and graduate employment.

How you’re taught

Teaching and Learning

Nottingham Business School adopts a distinctive approach to the design of student learning opportunities. Your learning is structured around theory, practice, experience & observation, and reflection & improvement. At each level (course, module and session), you will study different theories, concepts and approaches and be given opportunities to apply these in a range of practical settings. The aim is to enhance your understanding through the direct experience of business, where you will have opportunities to observe business practices and behaviours (including your own) and analyse these using theoretical knowledge. It is our intention that by reflecting on these experiences, you will be able to use these theories to guide your actions and decisions in a business context or even consider how a theory itself might be improved. In this way, we aim to enhance the quality of your learning.

Professional Mentors

Throughout your studies the students will be having sessions with Professional Mentors who will be helping you to improve all the skills you need to become a successful entrepreneur. They will help you with negotiation skills, how to pitch and present to different groups of people and more importantly how to generate your personal brand. They will support you in developing and enhancing the qualities and transferable skills necessary for your studies, career progression, professional and personal development.

Assessments

A range of assessment methods are used across the course, the choice of which reflects the needs and demands of the different types of module. Some modules will assess the ability to work collaboratively in a team and others will assess individual capability. Types of assessment will range from examinations to group presentations including essays, reports, financial analyses, literature reviews and research based projects.

The interactive nature of the taught sessions offers opportunities to gain feedback on your performance before being formally assessed and increasing use is made of eLearning to further support the feedback process.

Working with Industry

During your first semester you will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with BioCity - the largest biotech incubator in the UK – providing advice for their operations.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language classes are offered to international students at no extra cost. The classes aim to provide focused support in the skills you need in order to develop your English in your subject area.

Further information please contact the Nottingham Language Centre based in the DICE building on City Campus:

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 6156 | Email: englishsupport@ntu.ac.uk | Website: www.ntu.ac.uk/nlc

Personalisation

We know our postgraduate students are a diverse group, with different levels of academic knowledge in their chosen area of study, different cultural and educational backgrounds, and varying levels of personal and professional skills and competencies. The motivations for undertaking postgraduate study vary, but the two main motivators, according to the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2017), appear to be grouped around two main themes; ‘career progression and employment prospects’ and ‘personal interest’.

At NBS we strive to ensure that these two motivating factors are nurtured and therefore supported. Our students are encouraged to practice and develop the skills and competencies required to critically reflect on their learning, and on their ability to apply this learning to their studies and to real world complex issues within the workplace. Through a series of curricula and extra-curricular initiatives, strengthened by tailored academic mentor support, NBS provides all our postgraduate students with the ability to participate in a range of challenging and unique activities, projects, events and experiences to enable our students to succeed in a competitive and dynamic global environment.

NTU has been awarded a gold rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its outstanding teaching and learning.

Careers and employability

You’ll develop a wide range of skills and abilities, enhancing your entrepreneurial skills and therefore your employability. You’ll be able to:

  • become an entrepreneur starting your own venture
  • identify career opportunities towards an entrepreneurial role
  • develop the skills to gain accelerated promotion in your chosen profession
  • lead change as an entrepreneur inside a larger organisation
  • carry out consultancy work in a wide range of sectors, e.g. manufacturing, services, retailing
  • advise other entrepreneurs
  • undertake further study within the field of entrepreneurship.

From the last cohort three students have set up their own businesses, one student is employed in Switzerland and the remaining students are taking over areas within their family businesses.

98% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

Employability Team

We have a dedicated Employability Team who not only help you during your time with us but also following graduation, they’ll continue to support you by providing a number of services that will help kick-start your career.

Our Employability Team offer a wide range of support from one-to-one appointments with our specially trained consultants, to arranging recruitment fairs and skill building workshops.

Services they provide include:

  • Finding placements, internships and part-time work
  • Helping you to pursue self-employment
  • Advice on taking gap years and time out
  • Information and help on getting into volunteering
  • Providing advice on further study.

Visit Employability Online for CV support, application, interview and job hunting advice, career ideas and employer videos.

You can visit the Employability Team on your local campus every day during term time. They are also open outside of term time too, except on University closure days. So drop in, say hello, and get help with quick enquiries or book an appointment with a careers consultant from your school.

98% of our postgraduate students are in work or further study within six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).

The University has invested a massive £90 million in the regeneration of two Grade II listed buildings, Newton and Arkwright, at the heart of the City Campus.

Entry requirements

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference is required.

Applicants with non-standard entry requirements and / or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis

To get in touch If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above).
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate a commitment to the subject they wish to study and should demonstrate how their chosen programme of study will benefit them in their future career.
  • One academic reference.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our postgraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international entry requirements page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For 1-year Masters you'll need a 6.5 grade overall with minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page. If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page and follow these simple steps:

  1. Register as a new applicant and create an account using our Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it so keep your details safe.
  2. Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  3. Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  4. Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  5. Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  6. Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

If you need some help in writing your application you can view our handy tips.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Ready to join us?

Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the page and follow these simple steps:

  1. Register as a new applicant and create an account using our Applicant Portal - don't worry you won't need to complete your application at once, you can come back to it so keep your details safe.
  2. Fill out and submit your application - make sure to check all the information such as entry requirements before submitting.
  3. Track the progress of your application – you can do this by logging into the Application Portal.
  4. Check your offer – As long as you’ve provided all the information we need, we’ll try and make a decision on your application within five to ten working days. However, this can take longer and you should allow at least three weeks for a decision.
  5. Accept your offer within four weeks - Remember that competition for places is high, and if you don’t accept your offer within four weeks it may lapse. After eight weeks it will be automatically withdrawn.
  6. Meet the conditions of your offer (if you have any) - Upload all the documents required to meet the conditions of your offer using the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal.

Don’t worry if you’re waiting for results – we recommend applying now, and then adding them to your Application Portal once they arrive.

If you need some help in writing your application you can view our handy tips.

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

If you would like more information about our courses, fees and funding or the application process please email nbs.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk or call +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Fees and funding

Course fees for Home / EU students for 2019 entry are:

Study route

Home / EU fees

One year (full-time)

£10,500

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page or our funding page will answer all your questions.

Postgraduate loans

The government introduced a new postgraduate loan scheme for Master degrees. The loan will be a contribution towards the costs of study and it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs. Find out more on our postgraduate loans page.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494 or for Scholarship help please contact us on Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for International students for 2019 entry are:

Study route

International fees

One year (full-time)

£16,500

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships

If you’re an international student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details.

You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Alumni Discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

Still need help?

Nottingham Business School enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460