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Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Entrepreneurship and Management (1 year)

Learn about enterprise and entrepreneurship in a global context from some of the leading entrepreneurship and management experts.

Introducing your degree

Whether your ambition is to start your own business venture or bring fresh thinking to existing companies, this masters course will give you the skills and knowledge that are essential to help you succeed. You’ll learn about the core principles of innovation and entrepreneurship in a global context, with an emphasis on contemporary topics such as the digital and sharing economy. The course also includes a specialist module on social enterprise and Entrepreneurship not offered by most UK business schools. Modules on entrepreneurship, innovation and management draw on established, relevant theoretical and practical approaches and are underpinned by our academics’ research. You’ll learn through practical exercises, talks from leading entrepreneurs and visits to innovative businesses, and benefit from our academics’ unrivalled expertise in areas including the digital economy and social and sustainable enterprise.

Overview

Innovation is crucial to the survival and growth of companies across all sectors, so your entrepreneurial abilities will open up a wealth of career options in many different types of organisation.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of key aspects of enterprise and innovation in a global context, and you’ll be encouraged to think in innovative ways about business challenges. There is a focus throughout the modules on contemporary topics such as the digital and sharing economy, entrepreneurial growth of high-tech ventures, and sustainable and social enterprise. These are areas supported by significant research expertise within the Business School.

This course attracts students from around the world. Some have recently completed their undergraduate studies, while others have some work experience and are looking to gain new skills that will help them get their own business off the ground or bring new approaches within their chosen sector.

The relatively small but diverse student group on this MSc means students receive plenty of support and attention from their tutors, while their learning is enriched by the different cultural perspectives within the group.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Programme Structure

This is a full-time course taught over one year. During the year you’ll take a mix of compulsory and optional modules and complete a dissertation. 

The specialist compulsory modules will give you an understanding of key concepts and techniques relevant to entrepreneurial activity, including innovation and technology transfer, entrepreneurial marketing, and global strategies for growth. There are also modules focusing on specific areas of enterprise, such as:

  • A module on social enterprise and entrepreneurship that is not offered on most UK masters courses in this field. It was designed in response to demand from students interested in setting up businesses for social good, particularly in developing countries. You’ll learn about social enterprise business models, with input from guest speakers from local social enterprises and charities as well as site visits to their organisations.
  • The Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing module, which will equip you with the knowledge to start your own enterprise or change the trajectory of an existing business using entrepreneurial techniques. It takes a hands-on approach to learning, giving you the opportunity to develop your own ideas, practise your pitching skills and gain valuable feedback from peers and academics.

The optional modules will enable you to broaden your managerial capabilities in areas such as HR management, operations management or finance, providing a firm foundation whatever your chosen career path.

The dissertation is another opportunity to follow your interests and pursue your entrepreneurial goals. With guidance from your supervisor, you’ll have the freedom to choose your own topic, which could be practice-based – for example you could conduct a feasibility study to inform the launch of your own business.

Research expertise

You’ll learn from academics who are active researchers within the Business School and the affiliated Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This enables them to bring the latest research insights to their teaching. We have particular expertise in a number of areas, including entrepreneurship, digital business models, business innovation and growth, and social, environmental and economic sustainability issues in entrepreneurship and innovation.  

  • Programme leader Dr Pelin Demirel is also a specialist in issues related to digital entrepreneurship and small high-tech companies.
  • Dr Vadim Grinevich is one of the UK’s leading researchers in the digital and sharing economy and has led projects on upscaling in the sharing economy and business-to-business sharing economy models. His studies enable him to bring emerging concepts and real-world examples to his teaching and he has links with a network of digital entrepreneurs who give guest lectures for our students.
  • Dr Stratos Ramoglou’s recent work on entrepreneurial opportunities in today’s business world has been published in the highly prestigious Academy of Management Journal.
  • Professor Mine Karatas-Ozkan’s research focuses on the social and diversity aspects of entrepreneurship. She has published several books and numerous research papers on these themes.
  • Professor Laura Costanzo’s interests include social and sustainable entrepreneurship, with a focus on the UK context. Her studies, which are underpinned by a strategic and management perspective, also include a focus on the management of teams for decision making.    
  •  Dr Shahnaz Ibrahim specialises in corporate social responsibility, with a focus on developing and emerging economies.
  •  Dr Pawan Tamvada is interested in self-employment and the growth of entrepreneurial businesses in different sectors in various countries. His research also looks into how entrepreneurship delivers welfare for the society.

Industry links

Our academics are in close contact with businesses through their research, which often involves working with companies’ datasets and interviewing professionals. For example they have strong links with large retailers such as Amazon and Sainsbury’s and global players such as Rolls-Royce, 3M and Tom Cridland.

During the modules your tutors will use case studies that enable you to explore innovation and enterprise issues in real companies, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the companies featured in the case studies. For example, on a recent visit to London-based company Benihana, students talked to senior staff about how they managed and grew this international enterprise. Many modules also include guest lectures from successful entrepreneurs and you’ll benefit from regular industry talks run by the department. As well as enriching your learning, these visits and lectures provide an opportunity to expand your professional networks.

Additional enterprise opportunities

We are keen to create opportunities outside the course that enable our students to broaden their experience, develop their skills and enhance their CVs. These might include workshops focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship, held in the UK or overseas.

We also run competitions in collaboration with industry, such as a recent programme with Boeing that challenged students to come up with innovative ways to run aspects of its business. 

Support for your business venture

If your ambition is to turn a business idea into a successful enterprise, or to bring innovative ways of working to a family business, you’ll be able to take advantage of the Southampton Business School’s Small Business Clinic. Run by staff from the Business School and the University’s Law School, with input from local businesses, it offers training and the opportunity to work with a mentor from industry to test out your ideas and receive expert feedback and advice.

Key Facts

Learn to set up and grow your own business venture or work innovatively within established companies to improve their performance.

You’ll be exposed to current research and the latest ideas in entrepreneurship, innovation and management.

Integrates digital and sharing economy and sustainability issues, drawing from the Business School’s renowned research expertise in these fields.

Includes a module on social enterprise, a rapidly growing movement that is attracting increasing attention from international organisations, public bodies and entrepreneurial firms.

Learn through guest lectures from successful innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders, as well as site visits to entrepreneurial companies.

Take advantage of a range of additional opportunities to enhance your skills, such as the Small Business Clinic, workshops and competitions run jointly with industry.

Programme Leader

Thumbnail photo of Zijun Vincent Tan

“The course helped me to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set, which may transcend to other aspects of work life in the future. I believe this MSc course complements my undergraduate degree in Engineering and enhances my career prospects in the long run.”

Zijun Vincent Tan - MSc Global Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent.

Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology

Required module areas: No specific entry requirement

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies

Work experience in a related field can compensate for degree subject/grades.

Pre-masters course

You are able to progress to this MSc programme via the University's Pre-masters programme.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_policy, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

•  IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

You must choose ONE Option module totalling 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS in Semester 2. All Option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

MANG6095 Dissertation supervision starts in Semester 2 and should be submitted in September.

 

Year 1

Semester One
Compulsory
ENTR6034Credit: 7.5
MANG6185Credit: 7.5
MANG6277Credit: 15
Optional
MANG6265Credit: 15
Semester Two
Compulsory
MANG6278Credit: 15
Core
MANG6095Credit: 60
Optional

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

This degree will equip you for a career with a focus on entrepreneurship or management. You may choose to start your own business venture or take over the running of a family firm. Or your skills will be sought after by any business that is interested in finding new ways of doing things, including new start-ups, third sector organisations or large, well-established companies.

Our students have followed a range of career paths. For example:

  • One graduate has started a business focused on environmental sustainability in the UK.
  • Another has set up a think tank in his home country, bringing together representatives from government and academia to create opportunities for entrepreneurs.
  • One of our alumni works for BDO, a prestigious accountancy and business advisory firm.

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