Students on the course will 'learn by doing' to an extent - taking action, either through their own startup ventures or through more provisional 'experiments', to put the theories, frameworks and tools they learn into practice and reflect on the outcomes of these actions.
The programme has a core element spread over four modules, which cover the elements in common to all entrepreneurial ventures. These are: Opportunities, Business Models and Entrepreneurial Strategy; Understanding Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Mindset; Assembling and Managing Innovative Teams; Persuasion, Social Capital and Sales. A further 6 modules must be taken as follows: Students may choose one of 11 specialist pathway modules, but a pathway is not required - they may opt for an extra elective instead if they wish. For 2018-19, the pathways are: Fintech Entrepreneurship; Health Care Entrepreneurship; Biotech Entrepreneurship; Retail and Consumer Entrepreneurship; Cleantech Entrepreneurship; Agritech and Food Entrepreneurship; Creative Industries Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurship Education; Manufacturing Technologies Entrepreneurship; Government Services Entrepreneurship; Construction and Property Entrepreneurship. There are 17 electives from which students will choose the appropriate number (4 if Financial Literacy and a Pathway module are taken, 5 if only one of these is taken, 6 if none of these is taken). These are: Intellectual Property; Managing Early Stage Finance; Pitching and Investor Networks; Lean Startup Theory and Practice; B2B Marketing; Decision Making and Systems Thinking; Managing the Early Growth of a Firm; Leadership and Vision; Digital Marketing; 21st Century Entrepreneurship: Sustainability and Emerging Topics; Raising Early Stage Finance; Raising Later Stage Finance; Managing Scaleups; Design: Creating, Making and Service Design; Becoming a Startup Engineer; Entrepreneurship Theory; Entrepreneurship Practice. Students may only take Entrepreneurship Practice if sponsored by their employer to do so, as the module requires project work within their employer. A final report of 15,000 words makes up the remainder of the programme.
A project of 15,000 words is the main work for year 2 of the programme. In the 'learning by doing' spirit of the programme, we expect for most students, their 'project' will be the entrepreneurial venture they are developing, and the written work will document the experiments and trials they undertake in developing their venture. However, projects will be allowed, subject to supervisor and Programme Director approval, on a wide range of Entrepreneurship topics. The core courses will be assessed by essay. The elective courses will be assessed by a combination of coursework (including essays), class participation and case study analyses. Active participation in online learning activities and in person discussions is expected of all students to support collaborative learning.
Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.1 Honours degree or overseas equivalent. You must submit a copy of your undergraduate academic transcript (or degree certificate if a transcript is not available). Applicants who have not achieved the minimum requirement at undergraduate level, could be considered if they have a relevant postgraduate qualification or good Master’s degree.
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