University of Buckingham

Degree level: Postgraduate

Applied Business Skills (Taught)

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Course summary

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The MSc in Applied Enterprise and Innovation focuses on examining and exploring the competencies that 81% of UK businesses consider to be the most important to succeed in the commercial world. These important skills include: Understanding the Commercial World, Innovation and Enterprise, Written and Verbal Communications, Leadership, Organisation and Planning, Selling, Technology and Creative Design. In addition to gaining a deeper, postgraduate level insight into academic models and theories, students will be given the opportunity to learn via experiential education. They will also analyse their own research, while building professional relationships with potential employers. Teaching and learning for this programme will come via three workshops each week focusing on the theoretical frameworks and academic models underpinning the module outcomes. Throughout the first three terms students will be given three “Skills Weeks” in which workshops will be replaced by mentoring sessions and guided study. The aim of these skills weeks is to develop a portfolio of enterprise activities applying theories taught throughout the course to produce value for an organisation. Several times during the programme students will be required to interact with mentors from the business community to support themselves in applying theories to real world scenarios. After completing the course, you will have an understanding of:

  • Key enterprise skills and their application within an organisation.
  • Factors which can impact the success of an organisation.
  • The concept of value creation and how it applies in practice.
  • Communication models and theories.
  • The psychological underpinning of enterprise skills.
  • Innovative approaches and methodologies.
  • Models and theories which support visual creative design.
  • Approaches to problem solving within an organisation.
As well as:- Practical/Transferable skills:
  • Producing written communication to a professional standard.
  • Market and sell products and/or services.
  • Building meaningful relationships with external stakeholders.
  • Producing content that aligns with the recommendations of academic theories..
  • Develop presentation and verbal communication skills.
  • Manage time and self efficiently.
Cognitive (thinking) skills:
  • The ability to utilise qualitative and quantitative information to generate viable options for decision-making.
  • The advanced ability to manage the complexities analyse, apply and develop leadership approaches.
  • High level communication skills, including IT competence, as a tool for effective communication.
  • Ability to compose a strategy for personal organisation with development.
  • The ability to think creatively and innovatively.
  • The ability to apply academic theories in the context of a commercial environment.
  • Collaborative and group learning skills.
  • Ability to reflect on learning and apply it to their own personal lives.

Course details


Leadership; Understanding the Commercial World; Written Communications; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Technology; Verbal Communication; Creative Design; Organisation and Planning; Selling; Enterprise Project

Assessment method

Learning outcomes will be assessed through a variety of assessment types across the modules. Using a mixture of group and individual assignments students will primarily be focused on reporting and reflecting on the application of enterprise theories. During some modules students will be required to complete regular formative assessments to help develop their skills and receive feedback on their ability to implement skills learned in workshops.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

For non-native speakers of English, an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 or above or above.

Entry requirements

Normally, an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline at 2.2 or above from a recognised university will be required, and for non-native speakers of English, an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 or above or above. If however, you have recently decided to make a change in the direction of your career and have 5+ years’ work experience at senior level in a relevant career/industry sector and can demonstrate prior experiential learning, this may be accepted as a substitute for formal HE qualifications.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £10350* Whole course
England £10350* Whole course
Northern Ireland £10350* Whole course
Scotland £10350* Whole course
Wales £10350* Whole course
Channel Islands £10350* Whole course
International £16980* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Postgraduate First-Class Scholarship – 33% discount for graduates with a first class honours degree recognised to UK standard Buckingham Postgraduate Scholarship – 25% discount for Buckingham graduates with a 2:1 undergraduate degree; 33% discount for those with a first class degree

Applied Business Skills at University of Buckingham - UCAS