- Programme director
- Spinder Dhaliwal
- Programme length
- Full-time: 12 months
- Programme start date
- September 2013
This innovative programme is designed to provide you with a sound theoretical and practical understanding of entrepeneurship.
The MSc in Entrepreneurship will be of particular interest if you already run your own business, are planning a career in either self-employment or an innovative, entrepreneurial organisation, or intend to teach entrepreneurship.
You can select your areas of specialism through elective modules in the second semester. The project also gives you the option either to learn more about research and theory via a dissertation, or to apply theory to practice through formulating a plan for launching a new venture or developing an existing one.
This innovative programme is designed to provide you with a sound theoretical and practical understanding of entrepreneurship.
People who may be interested in the programme include:
- Budding entrepreneurs
- Existing entrepreneurs growing their businesses
- Developers of start-up companies
- People working in support organisations (for example, Business Links, chambers of commerce – anyone who advises entrepreneurs)
- Teachers of entrepreneurship
- Staff of any private, public or ‘not for profit’ organisation, as it equips you with an entrepreneurial mindset
Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to learn experientially and to develop the attributes, ways of thinking and behaviour of the entrepreneur.
Applicants should usually hold a Bachelors degree (UK 2.2 or above) or equivalent qualification from a recognised British/overseas university. Every applicant is assessed individually on their own merit. Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Relevant work experience could be an additional benefit where applicants have not reached the standard entry requirements, although it is not an admissions requirement for this particular degree programme.
English language requirements
IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
IELTS minimum by component:
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Fees and funding
All fees are subject to increase or review for subsequent academic years. Please note that not all visa routes permit part-time study and overseas students entering the UK on a Tier 4 visa will not be permitted to study on a part-time basis.
|Programme name||Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|MSc Entrepreneurship||Full-time||Sept 2013||£9,650||£16,315|
- Entrepreneurship and Creativity
- Entrepreneurial Strategy
- Entrepreneurial Marketing
- Organisational Behaviour
- Financial Management
- Research Methods
You will also be able to choose from a range of optional modules.
The programme consists of six compulsory modules, two optional modules and a dissertation.
Entrepreneurship and Creativity
Entrepreneurship is a widely used but little understood concept. You will be introduced to the various theories of entrepreneurship and their roles and functions, as well as the factors affecting its development.
Entrepreneurial strategy is very different from corporate strategy. Similarities and differences are compared, and you will be introduced to the skills and competences required to enable you to lead and manage an entrepreneurial venture in the twenty-first century.
This module is designed to link the core business discipline of marketing to the concept of entrepreneurship. It is divided into two elements: the principles of marketing customised to the entrepreneurial context; and the skills and competences specific to the entrepreneurial application of marketing.
This module integrates the study of forms, structures and processes of organisations with the human side of the psychology of work. The module will give you an insight into the fundamentals on which organisations are built and provide analytical processes for understanding behaviour at work and managerial systems.
This module provides you with the foundations for understanding, analysing and interpreting financial information. It will enable you to apply accounting principles and financial theory to decision-making across management disciplines and modern business organisations.
This module will introduce research project formulation and the key elements of research design, and will prepare you to design and execute your dissertation research study in a systematic and scientific manner.
The School of Management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Teaching and learning
The teaching and learning strategy is designed to benefit passive as well as active learners. Apart from catering for the needs of both types of learner and, therefore, providing a teaching and learning strategy that is fairer and does not disadvantage either group, it is intended to promote a sound understanding of theory and how it may be applied in practice.
Whilst, in Honey and Mumford’s terms, the pragmatist and activist learners are given the opportunity to experience the theorist and reflector learning styles, the theorists and reflectors are able to learn by doing, thereby helping develop in them the attributes of the activist and pragmatist.
This is seen as important in a programme that is intended to educate you ‘for’ entrepreneurship rather than simply educating you ‘about’ it. Hence it carries more weight in the assessment process.
The teaching and learning methods include interactive lectures, guest lectures (role models), case analyses, group projects, discussion groups and presentations.
The dissertation is the final element of the programme which provides an opportunity for a sustained period of research. It allows you to concentrate on topics that are of particular interest to you and it draws upon a range of different aspects of the taught programme, particularly the Research Methods module. It also gives an opportunity for you to work on your own with individual supervision.
The dissertation should be either an original piece of research adding to existing knowledge and demonstrating the candidate’s analytical skills, or an original and critical study of existing knowledge on the subject.
You can also opt to write a full business plan.
Employment track record
The University of Surrey has scored high marks in The Times employment league table for several years. Surrey graduates are among the most employable of any UK university. No other university can match our consistently high performance in the job league tables. For the past four years, almost all our postgraduates have found work or were undertaking further study within six months of finishing their degrees.
Entrepreneurship at the sharp end
The University of Surrey is passionate about entrepreneurship. Several high-profile entrepreneurial speakers have been involved with the MSc Entrepreneurship programme.
One of the guest speakers, Nigel Biggs, who started both Pixology plc and The Digital Camera Company in Guildford, is working to bring real-life business experiences to all the students at the University. His wider aim is also to show how enterprise and entrepreneurship are important, both in local social organisations and to the community at large.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Christopher Snowden said:
“We are delighted to have a successful local businessman as our founding entrepreneur-in-residence. Enterprise and entrepreneurship are vital in the new economy and this new initiative greatly strengthens the University’s support in this area.”
“Since starting out as a one-man company, I have been passionate about small businesses. I want to help all those embryonic entrepreneurs with energy and enthusiasm to be inspired and confident about changing the world during their careers. I also intend to involve a wide variety of other entrepreneurs and business people in this role, as I believe it is the real-life experiences that students need to see and hear about.”
After your degree
You will also automatically become a member of the alumni organisation ‘Forever Surrey’. Members remain actively in touch with the university via social media groups, a quarterly newsletter, ‘Forever Surrey’ magazine which is published twice per year, invites to networking and professional development talks and events and access to volunteering opportunities. For more information see www.surrey.ac.uk/alumni
Insight into Asian business leaders
At the cutting edge of the British entrepreneurial community are the Asian businesses featured in this year’s Asian Rich List, compiled by Dr Spinder Dhaliwal. “This is a fascinating list, which takes in businesses from manufacturing to finance, from food to hotels, from pharmaceuticals to fashion. It includes first, second and third-generation achievers and also provides the definitive guide to who’s who in the Asian business world,” she said.
The list includes top names such as Lord Swraj Paul, the Caparo Steel magnate and Mike Jatania of Lornamead Pharmaceuticals, reflecting a move from traditional sectors such as textiles and manufacturing to high-tech, high-growth sectors such as pharmaceuticals, IT and media. “Their success testifies to the staying power of Asian business which successfully combines the dynamism of the free market with the go-getting, risk-taking heroism of the entrepreneur. Not forgetting, of course, the values of family, thrift and hard work and a commitment back to the community,” added Spinder.
In her report, ‘Asian Entrepreneurs in the UK’, compiled for Barclays Bank in September 2006, Spinder noted the changing sectors and phenomenal growth of this entrepreneurial minority. “The Asian business sector has created wealth faster than the rest of the economy. They have bucked the trend this year as they did last year and the year before that. Asian wealth now creates and sustains more jobs than it has ever done. It stimulates growth in industries and places that would struggle without the engine of Asian entrepreneurship,” she said.
She is optimistic for their future prosperity: “Established Asian entrepreneurs achieved success in decades full of challenge and controversy, and present conditions are no different: sluggish economic growth, stock market uncertainty and question marks about the housing market provide the starkest of economic backdrops to Asian success.”