Entrepreneurship MSc

This programme leverages the unique position of Surrey Business School at the crossroads of innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship, as well as benefiting from links to the local community, industry and Surrey Research Park.

Why Surrey?

At Surrey Business School, we offer a diverse range of business and management programmes that are fuelled by a common approach to encourage you to challenge yourself by engaging in the business world around you. In conjunction, we provide opportunities for you to engage with real-world business problems throughout this programme.

Programme overview

Our MSc in Entrepreneurship will be of particular interest if you are planning a career either in self-employment or in an innovative, entrepreneurial organisation. In this respect, you will be encouraged to learn experientially and to develop the attributes, ways of thinking and behaviour of the entrepreneur.

The programme will be of particular interest to students who are interested in setting up their own businesses, who intend to work in entrepreneurial businesses such as high-growth companies or family businesses, or who desire to work in innovative organisations where creativity and change need to be harnessed to develop commercial business.

In the first semester, you will develop skills related to setting up a new business venture, business modelling, and entrepreneurial theory. These skills can be applied to any future entrepreneurial activities students may consider, either in a new venture or inside an existing organisation (intrapreneurship).

In the second semester, you will have the opportunity to develop more focused specialisation through the choice of optional modules. In conjunction, you will study our Innovation Management module, which focuses on the processes of change that are so essential to both start-ups and established businesses.

Finally, students have the opportunity to develop a dissertation, in the form of a theoretical business plan. Here, they can apply theory to practice by formulating a plan for launching a new venture or developing an existing one, applying the knowledge they have gained over the year. Opportunities are also available to apply research and theory in a standard dissertation.

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Programme structure

The programme consists of six compulsory modules, two optional modules and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Methods
  • New Business Venturing
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Modelling in the Digital Economy
  • Innovation Management
  • Accounting and Finance for Business

Optional modules:

  • Digital Marketing & Social Media
  • E-Business
  • International Trade
  • Project Management
  • Strategy

Example module content

New Business Venturing

Students simulate the experience of setting up a business in the first term where they will learn key skills related to entrepreneurship and business planning. They will experience all the highs and lows of developing an initial business idea, participating in a crowdfunding campaign, learning how to put together a business plan and pitching it to an investor panel.

Innovation Management

“Innovate or die” is a typical mantra of companies in the modern business world. This module reviews how companies manage change across an organisation by reviewing different factors that influence change such as culture, knowledge management and collaboration. Relevant case studies are used for class discussions while students prepare consulting reports on designated companies with recommendations for improvements.

Accounting and Finance for Business

This module provides a foundations for understanding, analysing and interpreting financial information. It will enable students to apply accounting principles and financial theory to decision-making across management disciplines and modern business organisations.

Research Methods

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 dissertation is the final element of the programme, providing you with 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. Alternatively, students on this programme can structure their dissertation in the form of a full business plan, pulling together the theory, insight, practical and evaluative skills they have developed through their taught modules.

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning strategy provides a balance of theory and practice through a combination of taught, participatory and practical sessions. These include visits to, and from, practicing entrepreneurs and business professionals, opportunities to develop and apply entrepreneurial skills and a mixture of individual and group working.

The programme is intended to educate students ‘for’ entrepreneurship as well as giving you the underpinning knowledge that enables sound evaluation of opportunities and the generation of innovative business ideas for future ventures.

Professional recognition

Surrey Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and by the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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Programme leader

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Programme facts

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Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months

Start date:

Sep 2016

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English language requirements

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.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2016 £11,000 £17,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/2017 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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