Why choose this course

"Entrepreneurship and innovation are essential for growth strategies in a world faced by technological disruption.  This course will prepare you for these challenges and opportunities – whether in a large organisation, emerging-growth company or start-up.

We combine an academic foundation with practical experience to reinforce your skills. This may include an actual crowdfunding campaign or a project with companies in the SETSquared Partnership - Surrey, ranked number one university business incubator worldwide by UBI Global.

You can also tailor your individual experience through a choice of modules and final project, while benefitting from mentoring expertise to help you fulfil your career aspirations."

Jim Sears

Jim Sears
Programme Leader

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What you will study

In our MSc Entrepreneurship & Innovation programme, you’ll develop skills and concepts in core modules while optional modules let you develop an individualised experience.

You’ll study concepts including ideation and opportunity recognition, which is related to the entrepreneurial mind-set; business modelling, which has become increasingly important in the digital economy; and digital marketing, which embeds crowdfunding.  

In the second term, you’ll study product-market research and business planning, which you’ll apply in a project with start-up companies.  You’ll also review innovation management, which looks at strategies of growth in large organisations.

We offer optional modules in both terms on topics such as Global Strategy, Marketing Analytics, and E-Business.  If you have a science or mathematics foundation, modules in the Engineering faculty are available including artificial intelligence and the ‘internet of things’. 

The final project can be either a business plan or consulting project and reflects your cumulative learning experience.
 

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2019

Location:

Stag Hill

Professional recognition

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Course highlights

Every year, I am impressed with the quality of students as well as their unbridled enthusiasm for learning by doing which reflects our approach to entrepreneurship and innovation.  I am also eager to see how the students use their experience to develop different career paths.

Last year, the MSc cohort had many significant milestones and achievements for which they can be proud.

Among other things, they:

  • Participated in the SETSquared Partnership Bootcamp
  • Raised almost £85,000 across six different crowdfunding campaigns in the module Digital Marketing & Social Media
  • Successfully designed and built five different mobile apps in the module Entrepreneurship & Digital Economy
  • Worked with companies in the SETSquared Partnership to develop product-market research as part of New Business Venturing module including the following companies and projects:
    • Allianz AG — online pet community
    • AMO.ai — online artificial-intelligence marketing service
    • Bespoke Business Software— cloud-based business management software
    • Macusoft — artificial intelligence-based eye treatment tool
    • No More Teabags – aerosol-based tea product.
  • Participated in two field trips to Microsoft business accelerator, Microsoft Scale Up London
  • For their final project, developed several consultancy projects and original business plans, some of which will launch real businesses.

Programme leader

SEARS JA Mr (SBS)

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Timetable

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Learning and disability

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree or a recognised equivalent international qualification.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

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If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time October 2019 £12,300 £19,000

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

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