About this course
Learn the skills you’ll need to start or manage a business with entrepreneurial thinking. MSc Entrepreneurship and Management explores global principles of innovation in business with practical and theoretical teaching.
Study our Southampton Business School specialist module on social enterprise and entrepreneurship to grow your entrepreneurial career options.
This master’s in Entrepreneurship and Management is ideal if you’ve recently graduated or want to learn new skills to manage and develop a business.
We'll help you learn the skills to start your own business or to bring new thinking to existing companies. We teach the global principles of innovation entrepreneurship and management and focus on modern topics like:
- digital and sharing economy
- entrepreneurial growth
- sustainable and social enterprise
This master’s degree includes a specialist module on social enterprise and entrepreneurship, created by student demand. We are one of the few UK business schools to offer this.
Our entrepreneurship and innovation modules explore relevant theoretical and practical approaches, both underpinned by our academic’s research into the topics. You’ll attend talks from leading entrepreneurs and visit innovative businesses and be encouraged to approach business challenges in an innovative way.
Innovation is a big priority for companies across all sectors. The skills you’ll learn on this master’s will prepare you for a career in many different organisations.
You’ll study our entrepreneurship course with students from across the world in small groups. Our academics will give you the support and individual attention you need to succeed.
This course leader is Dr Shahnaz Ibrahim. Dr Ibrahim specialises in corporate social responsibility, with a focus on developing and emerging economies. Learn more about Dr Ibrahim’s work on their staff profile page.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in one of these subjects:
- political science
You must have studied a module with evidence of qualitative writing.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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You'll study this full-time master's degree over 12 months.
The first 9 months of this course are made up of taught modules, divided into 2 semesters with exams.
You’ll study modules that cover concepts and techniques in entrepreneurial activity such as:
- innovation and technology transfer
- global strategy for growth
If you’re interested in starting a business after this degree, you’ll have the opportunity to choose to study modules on social enterprise and entrepreneurship and new business venturing.
Other optional modules will help you to grow management skills in areas such as human resource management, operations management or finance.
You’ll need to complete a dissertation and academic supervision for this starts in semester two.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars with discussions, individual and group practical work and independent study.
You’ll gain practical experience by exploring case studies and business simulations. These case studies will focus on innovation and enterprise issues in real companies. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit some of the companies you study.
After completing the course, you’ll have transferable skills such as analytical thinking, teamwork, pitching and delivering presentations.
We’ll assess you through:
- a dissertation
- group work
You'll need to write a 15,000-word dissertation. You’ll be able to choose your own topic, with the guidance of a supervisor, and conduct an independent investigation. This could be practice based, for example a feasibility study to inform the launch of your own business.
You’ll learn in small class groups, allowing you to build strong relationships with other students and lecturers.
You’ll have a personal academic tutor who can provide support and advice on course-related matters, as well as plenty of opportunities to discuss your work with module tutors.
You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with your dissertation supervisor, who can help develop your entrepreneurial ideas.
This degree prepares you for a career in entrepreneurship or management. With the skills you learn you can follow many career paths, such as:
- starting your own business
- leading a family business
- managing an entrepreneurial venture
- working for government and non-government organisations
- academic research in entrepreneurship and management
Your skills will be desired by businesses who want to find new ways of operating, including new start-ups, third sector organisations or well-established companies.
- Our students have followed a range of career paths, including:
- Created a start-up focused on environmental sustainability in the UK
- Set up a think tank in their home country, bringing together representatives from government and academia to create opportunities for entrepreneurs
- Working for BDO (accountancy and business advisory firm)
We want to create opportunities outside the course to enable you to broaden your experience, develop skills and enhance your CVs. Opportunities include workshops focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship, held in the UK or overseas.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £11,950.
- International students pay £20,728.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000