Entrepreneurship MSc

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Why Surrey?

Entrepreneurship is a key skill for all businesses— start-ups, large organisations and SME’s in a world increasingly driven by innovation. In this context, the MSc programme is designed to develop skills for those planning to set up their own businesses or apply them in larger organisations to develop strategies for growth.

Skill development focuses on a combination of practice and theory where students are expected to learn by doing. Some key areas where students develop practical experience include:

  • Business planning & modelling
  • Digital skills (including app coding)
  • Crowdfunding projects
  • Business mentoring

The MSc programme also benefits from a close relationship with Set-Squared Surrey located in Surrey Research Park which is a leading founder of the Set-Squared Partnership, ranked global #1 university business incubator by UBI Global.  Through this relationship, students may have access to start-ups, resources, and mentoring opportunities which they can use to develop further their skills or own business ideas.

Programme overview

The Entrepreneurship MSc programme is designed as a personal entrepreneurial journey where students develop key skills in modules during the first term and then develop more specialised skills through the choice of electives in the second term. Students also reinforce academic understanding of key areas such as accounting & finance and innovation management.

The final project is an opportunity for students to apply these skills through either a business plan project or consulting project. It may be developed on an original business idea or be developed in conjunction with an existing start-up business.

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Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

Example module listing

The following modules 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.

Educational aims of the programme

The programmes aim to provide a high quality education that is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date, as well as relevant to the needs of future entrepreneurs whether they are inside existing organisations or starting up companies.

Modules provide a theoretical framework and practical skills that aspiring entrepreneurs need in order to cope with an increasingly complex and dynamic business world in which we live. The programmes provide the students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development.

The compulsory modules aim to provide not only a rigorous treatment of the relevant theory, but also the quantitative techniques necessary to understand the literature and undertake empirical investigations in the areas of entrepreneurship.

The optional modules aim to offer students a broader perspective on the subject matter and allow them to specialise in areas that are of particular interest to them.

The final project provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge in the form of either a business plan, or a consultation project.

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

Students will have:

  • A systematic, in-depth understanding of the development, issues and influences relevant to different areas of entrepreneurship
  • A high level theoretical and applied knowledge of entrepreneurship practice such as how to put together a business plan
  • An understanding of the research process related to academia but also to practical market research

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate high level learning and problem solving abilities in the range of modules studied
  • Conduct entrepreneurship-oriented research and applied research using appropriate research design and methodology (not required for PG Certificate), to collect and analyse data, to interpret findings and communicate results effectively

Professional practical skills

Students will have:

  • An ability to independently evaluate critical approaches and techniques relevant to setting up a business
  • An ability to independently evaluate and to create business plans using relevant information with justification and relate them to existing knowledge structures and methodologies

Key / transferable skills

Students will have gained the following skills:

  • An ability to demonstrate competence in a range of skills that are relevant to the needs of future entrepreneurs, irrespective of whether they are inside existing organisations or setting up their own businesses
  • Critical thinking, analysis and synthesis
  • Reasoning
  • Problem solving
  • Independent research
  • Presentation
  • Report writing

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

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

Mr James Sears

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Course facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelors degree (a UK 2.1) or an equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university. If an applicant’s Bachelors degree is not in a subject related to the MSc, some relevant work experience would be an advantage.

Higher level professional qualifications may also be accepted. Each applicant is assessed on their own merit.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

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.


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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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The Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence

For all (with the exception of MBA) postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2017 within the Surrey Business School, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the School of Law, we are offering all applicants who hold a  UK 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) or above opportunity to be awarded between £2,000 and £4,000 through the Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. Download a flyer or read more for eligibility and to apply.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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