University of the West of England, Bristol

Innovation and Applied Entrepreneurship - MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

University of the West of England, Bristol
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Typology Postgraduate
Location Bristol
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Are you looking to start your own business or seeking to develop your entrepreneurial capacities? If so, our MSc in Innovation and Applied Entrepreneurship is the ideal postgraduate course.
Whether you are working on your own business start-up idea, or would like to form part of a team looking for a creative solution to a social or business problem, this unique Masters-level programme covers all the skills and capabilities you need to develop yourself as a successful entrepreneur.
Learning by doing
The course equips you with all the theories, ideas and concepts you need to be aware of from an entrepreneurial perspective. But more importantly, it also gives you the opportunity to go out and use those ideas by working on a wide range of business projects.
Research tells us that this applied approach makes it significantly more likely that you will retain what you learn and you can then take that learning either into your own venture or into a management role within a larger organisation.
The right environment
The course has been structured to move away from the classroom-style of teaching to create an environment that's most conducive to developing an entrepreneurial mindset. You'll spend a lot of time working in multi-disciplinary teams where you can learn from one another, as well as from your tutors and external business experts and build strong networks for the future.
You will leave the course well equipped as a collaborative entrepreneur, with the skills, networks and confidence you need to make an outstanding contribution, whether in your own start-up business or an established organisation.
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Bristol (Avon)
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Coldharbour Lane, BS16 1QY


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Study facilities The course is based in an open plan office space in the Team Entrepreneurship Hub on the Frenchay campus. You will also have access to other facilities on campus to enhance your learning experience. This includes the University library, which is open 24 hours a day and includes computer facilities and an impressive selection of books, journals, statistics, company information, market reports and DVDs. The University is currently investing in a £50m project to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building, which will provide a state-of-the-art learning...

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What you'll learn on the course

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Course programme


The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of the following two modules:

Business Basics for Entrepreneurs - a blended learning module, which includes 5 core study units covering key business topics (Accounting and Finance; Human Resources; Law; Marketing; and Strategy) and 10 optional study units (you need to complete 5 of them) that allow you to go into more detail in the areas of most relevance to you and your business.

Innovation and High Performing Teams -a hands-on module including: team roles and organisational role analysis; group processes and team dynamics; team development and team building; creativity and innovation in teams; idea generation and selection; team working diagnostics, tools and techniques; diversity and difference in teams; cross-cultural team working. There will be an opportunity to work on your own business ideas, as well as on genuine 'briefs' from external organisations.

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of the above modules, plus the following two modules:

Developing Entrepreneurial Capacities follows a similar format to the 'Business Basics for Entrepreneurs' module. Core study units cover key aspects of entrepreneurship (including creativity and decision-making; funding models and pitching; lean start-up approaches) and options allow you to explore relevant themes in more depth.

Leadership and Managing People - follows a similar format to 'Innovation and High Performing Teams' and the emphasis is on developing your leadership and management capacities. Areas covered will include: personal influence; self-leadership and managing self; leadership practice; leading through complexity, networks and patterns of relationship; coaching, dialogue and constructive conversations; giving and receiving feedback; well-being and resilience; diversity and difference; and leadership across cultures.

For the Masters phase, as well as the four modules above, the choice is between completing a dissertation or a business development plan:

Research Methods (15 credits) and Dissertation (45 credits) This requires you to complete a research methods course and assessed dissertation project plan, followed by a dissertation that explores a relevant innovation/entrepreneurship topic of your choosing in some depth the dissertation will be 15,000-20,000 words. You will be allocated a supervisor to support you through this process.

Business Development Plan (60 credits) Grounded in rigorous business research, the business development plan brings together a strategy to achieve specific business goals and the key elements that will help your business to achieve these within a given time-frame. These are likely to include but are not limited to: value proposition and business model, strategic marketing plan, human resources and management structure, financial structure, sales planning, and financial and (where appropriate) investment planning. The assessment includes a verbal presentation, the business development plan itself (10,000 words) and a critical reflection and evaluation of the plan (4,000 words). You will be part of an action enquiry group, as well as receiving individual supervision.

Learning and Teaching

The course is team based and uses a 'learning by doing' approach. In training sessions, you will be supported by an experienced team coach. As well as undertaking projects based on 'wicked problems' (complex issues requiring input from different perspectives and backgrounds), you will have opportunities to bring your own startup ideas and benefit from the input of other team members.

Masterclasses are highly interactive and are led by academic and industry experts, whilst online delivery of some modules allows you to engage with individual study units as and when they are most relevant to you.

Group working is a key element and you will have plenty of opportunity to practise and develop your team working capabilities. The opportunities to share learning across multi-disciplinary teams will also help you to learn more, and at a faster rate.

For more details, see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

This is a full-time course, which means you'll attend the University for 12 months. You will have three 3-hour training sessions a fortnight, plus a series of masterclasses. Projects are typically based out of the Team Entrepreneurship Hub on the Frenchay Campus and may also involve client visits.

Study support

If you have been out of higher education for a while, we provide skills sessions to help prepare you for studying again as well as sessions for non-native English speakers.


The assessment on this course is designed to demonstrate that you can apply theory to practice effectively and to develop skills that will be useful in your future career. There are no written exams. Course work assessments include verbal presentations, book reviews, reports, marketing/business plans, project logs and reflective essays.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

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