Plymouth Business School

MSc Entrepreneurship

Do you want to find gaps in the market and discover opportunities for launching creative, new products? This programme is designed to harness your talent, ambition and entrepreneurial flair. You'll cultivate new ideas and inspire those around you to use innovation to discover new opportunities and create growth. On this one year programme you will develop an understanding of the factors that inform strong entrepreneurial business decisions and innovative business and marketing strategies.

Key features

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • ACF713 Accounting and Finance

      The module aims to provide a foundation knowledge and understanding of the principles of accounting and corporate finance. The accounting section will examine published accounting information from a user's perspective. The corporate finance section will provide an introduction to some of the major issues involved in making corporate investment and financing decisions.

    • ENT700 Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy

      The module will focus on three key aspects of entrepreneurship: the environment for entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial person, and the business strategies required to create an entrepreneurial organisation. The module will enable the students to consider their entrepreneurial capabilities and suitability for such a career path. The module will also consider business strategy in an entrepreneurial context.

    • ENT702 Entrepreneurship in Developing and Emerging Economies

      This module will consider entrepreneurship in developing and emerging economies. The importance of developing entrepreneurial activity in the developing world/emerging economies is identified. Case histories of successful entrepreneurial practice are identified in the context of the developing world/emerging economies.

    • ENT703 Futures Perspectives in Entrepreneurship

      The purpose of this module is to enable students to create a deeper understanding of contemporary and futuristic global challenges within the broader field of entrepreneurship development.

    • ENT704 Opportunity Identification, Launch and Growth

      The module provides the students with the opportunity to project manage the development of a viable and sustainable business idea, and understand the main concepts underpinning the process.

    • ENT705SU Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth

      This module will develop a critical understanding of the methods of analysing growth strategies for the small business sector to determine the optimum way business ideas and projects can be taken to a higher level of growth, and in that way make a more substantial contribution to socio-economic growth in their regions

    • HRL710A Leadership and Management Essentials

      This module will provide learners with a rigorous framework of knowledge, skills and understanding concerning leadership and management that they will need whatever the degree of specialisation they later elect to follow.

    • STO700A International Business Environment

      This module provides a broad overview of the environment in which contemporary business organisations operate. It presents data sources and analytical approaches that can be applied to any specific sectors, industries and a range of locations through the world. Understanding the international business environment is a key aspect of organisational decision making and is critical to business success.

    Optional modules
    • MKT708SU International Marketing

      The module provides insights into the key theoretical principles and contemporary practice of international marketing. It delivers a comprehensive understanding of the environmental factors, marketing strategies and the marketing planning process associated with marketing in an international context.

    • STO707SU Sustainable Supply Chains

      Today's businesses operate/manage supply chains that design, produce and deliver a diverse range of products and services. The complex, global nature of supply chains introduces significant issues around environmental and social responsibility and sustainable practice. This module introduces major themes of sustainability and investigates frameworks for understanding this increasingly important aspect of supply chains. It develops an appreciation of responses to sustainable supply chain issues and the decisions, techniques and technologies used.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Entrepreneurship programme specification 5341

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree, first or second class, or equivalent, in any discipline.

If English is not your mother tongue 6.5 IELTS with a minimum of 5.5 in any element in a secure English language test.

The University of Plymouth offers pre-sessional English language courses if you do not have this.

We welcome students from a broad range of disciplines who are keen to place their undergraduate discipline knowledge into the context of entrepreneurship.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2018 2019
Home/EU £9,500 £9,500
International £14,000 £14,400
Part time (Home/EU) £500 £500
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Postgraduate scholarships for international students

We offer several scholarships for international students who wish to study postgraduate taught (PGT) degree programmes.

Find out about the postgraduate scholarships available to you as an international student

How to apply

When to apply

Most of our taught programmes begin in September, with some January starts also available. Applications can usually be made throughout the year, and are considered until programmes are full. 

Before you apply

Familiarise yourself with the information required to complete your application form. You will usually be required to supply:
  • evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • a personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in the course and outlining the nature of previous and current related experience. You can write this into the online application form, or include it as a separate document
  • your curriculum vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • proof of sponsorship, if applicable.
If you require further information take a look at our application guidance.

Disability services

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website. 

International students

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information; two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course; or to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) and you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

We aim to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Enquiries team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail.

If you would like any further information please contact the Admissions and Course Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858
Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced by downloading our Student Admissions Policy Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

Dr Nikolaos Apostolopoulos – MSc Entrepreneurship programme lead

“We can help you turn your business dreams into reality with the MSc Entrepreneurship. Our programme and its additional features, such as the BETA programme and access to the Formation Zone, are designed to equip you with all the tools and support you need to kick-start your enterprise.”

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Entrepreneurship with the University of Plymouth

Have you always been interested in finding the gaps in the market? Discovering opportunities to launch creative new products? Do you want to work for a charity at local or international level to help people change their lives? Or perhaps work with the government to support and enhance entrepreneurship?

Our programme can help you achieve any of these.

MSc Entrepreneurship graduate – Hannah Fleming-Hill

“I’m now fully self-employed working as a Digital Creative Content Strategist utilising my business education from my MSc Entrepreneurship.”
Hannah Fleming-Hill came to Plymouth to study and has developed lots of business ideas and contacts during her time at the University. 

Visits and field trips

Trips to see real innovation and business start-ups in action give our students a real insight into the opportunities and challenges of setting up their own business. We organised a field trip to the award winning Pool Innovation Centre in Cornwall. This provided an amazing opportunity to learn how you will start a successful enterprise in an incubation centre.

BETA Enterprise Programme

BETA is an extracurricular Enterprise Programme for University of Plymouth students who aspire to enhance their enterprise and professional skills and potentially start a new enterprise business.

BETA will give you the opportunity to put your entrepreneurial abilities to practice via workshops, talks, mentoring and networking. The BETA Enterprise Programme will engage you in the process of developing a start-up concept and turning it into a viable business entity; however, having a business idea is not pre-requisite of attendance. If you do not wish to develop a start-up you can still take part, picking and choosing BETA sessions which will contribute to your professional development and CV.

Find out more about BETA

Questions? Email futuresbeta@plymouth.ac.uk for further information.

Expert guest speakers

We see the value of bringing high level guest speakers into our programme – they help provide some great life context of the business and entrepreneurial world. Last year’s students had the opportunity to meet with Andrew G Haldane – Chief Economist at the Bank of England and Executive Director for Monetary Analysis, Research and Statistics

 As part of our collaboration with Devon and Cornwall Business Council the students were invited to meet with Andrew Haldane. The main topic discussed was the global economy and the role of responsible entrepreneurship and social innovation within it.

Babson College entrepreneurial experience

“It was an amazing opportunity that reinforced a lot of things I learnt during my studies”.

Two students were awarded the opportunity to attend the fully funded five day entrepreneurship boot camp delivered by Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts. A development opportunity for design thinking, market testing and negotiation.

Read more about one of the students who was awarded a place in 2017


Research

iSPER's Responsible Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Themed Research Group (RESI) encompasses diverse strands of academic and applied responsible entrepreneurship and social innovation research. By addressing contemporary and emergent issues in entrepreneurship research it aims to impact on policy and practice, with a particular focus on three key areas:

  • Entrepreneurship education (in the adult and higher education landscape).
  • Entrepreneurship and social development (ethnic minority entrepreneurship, gender and entrepreneurship, lifestyle entrepreneurship, refugee entrepreneurship). 
  • Entrepreneurship and social innovation (creative entrepreneurship, entrepreneur displacement and resilience, social entrepreneurship). 
Find out more about research opportunities

People

Master Your Future – Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships

The Faculty of Business Professoriate Scholarships of £1,000 are awarded to selected students undertaking postgraduate study each year.

The opportunity to apply for a professoriate scholarship is available to applicants currently in receipt of an offer for postgraduate study.

Find out more and how to apply

Postgraduate loans

You may now be eligible for a government loan of over £10,000 to help towards the cost of your masters degree.

The loans will be available for both taught and research masters programmes across all disciplines and subject areas.

Find out more about your eligibility for a postgraduate loan

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate study in the Faculty of Business can help you realise your ambitions and develop your potential as a manager and leader of the future. Whether you come to us as a newly qualified graduate or after a successful track record in industry we provide high quality, professionally accredited postgraduate programmes, and PhD and professional doctorate supervision.

International community

Play your part in out thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

We'll help you at every step of your journey from applying to settling in, during and after your postgraduate studies.