MSc
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Entrepreneurial skills are essential for career success – whether in small and medium-sized enterprises, your own business or on project-based venture teams in large companies.

On this intensive and innovative course, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation. The course covers different organisational, sectorial and geographical contexts, and aims to combine state-of-the-art academic knowledge with practical challenges in the business world.

You’ll develop practical and reflective skills around conceptualising, designing, managing and growing new ventures and existing entrepreneurial organisations.

The MSc allowed me to set an excellent network with outstanding people in the field of entrepreneurship within the UK and across Europe.”Fabian Martinez
Entrepreneurship and Innovation MSc

Key facts

  • You're based in the School of Business, Management and Economics, ranked 2nd in the UK for innovation (Research Papers in Economics – RePEc 2017).
  • Study with people from all over the world and gain the expertise and confidence to do global business.
  • Learn from and network with visiting speakers, including entrepreneurs running successful and highly innovative commercial or social enterprises.

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. A research methods module runs in the spring term. In the summer term, you choose to either carry out an independent research project or to work on a company-based project with the Sussex Innovation Centre.

You’ll be assessed by a combination of coursework, essays, group and individual reports, and presentations. There are also unseen examinations.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to study this course full time or part time. Find the modules for the full-time course below. 

For details about the part-time course structure, contact us at bmec@sussex.ac.uk

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Leading, Managing and Developing People

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you look at the key issues in people management and development.

      You examine contemporary research on employment and effective approaches to human resource (HR) and learning development (L&D) practice.

      You focus on the links between people management practices and positive organisational outcomes and research that highlights major changes and developments in practice.

      You also look at the debates surrounding theory and practice in specific fields including: 

      • leadership
      • flexibility
      • change management.

      You will develop the skills to become an effective manager, and HR specialist - learning to manage people fairly and increase levels of engagement, commitment, motivation and performance.

    • Managing Innovation

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module equips you with the knowledge to understand, and the skills to manage, innovation at operational and strategic levels. The management of innovation is inherently interdisciplinary and multi-functional, so we aim here to provide you with an integrative approach to the management of innovation. Specifically, we aim to integrate the management of market, technological and organisational change to improve the competitiveness of firms and effectiveness of other organisations. You will explore the argument that the process of innovation management is essentially generic, although organisation, technological and market specific factors will constrain choices and actions.

    • New Venture Creation and Simulation

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module gives you a comprehensive understanding of the entrepreneurial process and the development of new ventures, with equal attention paid to both business and public/non-for-profit sectors. Entrepreneurship is viewed as a process that provides sustainable economic, social and institutional change. Conceptual foundations are matched with practical training, to enable you to formulate and explore entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities.

    • Research Methods (International Management)

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module you learn: 

      • how to carry out literature reviews
      • basic concepts in statistical analysis
      • how to manage quantitative data
      • how to interpret research results and write up a research project report
      • how to write a research proposal. 

    Options

    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Accounting for Decision Makers

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module is designed as an introduction for non-financial managers to comparative international accounting, and financial reporting and analysis, within the context of converging standards.

      No prior knowledge of accounting procedures is assumed or required.

    • Global Business

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The module will widen the perspective of aspiring managers regarding the strategic implications of global change and facilitate more informed strategic planning and implementation within companies. The module is introductory and wide ranging in scope. A balance is sought between theory and practice with seminars placing an emphasis on contemporary case studies.

    • Marketing Management

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Gone are the stable markets of yesteryear. Today's markets are characterised by rapidly changing customers' wants, accelerating pace of technological advances, and intensifying competition, presenting major challenges for both incumbent and upstart enterprises alike. For most organisations, marketing is a major determinant of success. This module is designed to help you develop an appreciation of the role of marketing and the management of marketing functions in the modern organisation. The impact of marketing and the contribution of marketing to organisational performance in the dynamic, globally competitive markets of today will be addressed. The module will also focus on what being market-oriented really means in practice to organisations operating in manufacturing and service industries, as well as in profit and non-profit enterprises.

      The module will introduce you to the theories, concepts, models, techniques and current best-practices for developing and implementing marketing strategies and actions. Marketing decision-making should not take place in a vacuum, and this course will familiarise you with the components of market analysis and strategy development with respect to the organisation, its customers, competitors and collaborators. There will also be indepth coverage of marketing implementation and control issues through the concept of the integrated marketing mix: the product/service offering and customer service, communications, pricing and channels.

    • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is aimed at students on the range of 'conversion' type of MSc programmes across the department and is delivered in the International Accounting and Governance programme as a core. The focus is on contemporary perspectives and practices within the broadly defined areas of Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance.

      The module starts from the premise that CSR is a contested, problematic and developing area of study. There is an acceptance that an understanding of ethical frameworks is required to inform debate on this subject and that research generated evidence and insights are necessary to substantiate assertion.

      The focus is also practical, and you will individually undertake research into an organisation's orientation and practice towards its stakeholders. A critical and questioning approach to this will be encouraged and required to 'see beyond' the often platitudinous veneer that can characterise this relationship.

      Throughout the module the emphasis will be on devloping your own coherent and informed view of matters such as corporate and governance, together with issues of professional ethics within a globalised context. In particular, we examine the extent to which corporate governance practices are moving towards convergence.

      The coursework requires you to work individually to produce a case study analysis of contemporary stakeholder issues and to thereby further your understanding and exercise research skills and judgement. Supporting and underpinning this is a week by week seminar programme requiring you to ascertain and appreciate your own and others' 'ethical profiles', locate and interpret research-based insights and undertake case study analysis of organisational practices and professional ethical dilemmas.

      An examination will test your grasp of relevant concepts, theory and ability to apply insights.

    • Digital Marketing

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This cutting-edge marketing module discusses how digital media technology has changed marketing and gives detailed strategies on how to embrace the online environment challenges.

      The main aim of this module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the key concepts, fundamentals and challenges of E-Marketing. We will explore the impact of the web on the traditional marketing mix of goods and services and examine the key ingredients of the online Micro and Macro environment. Moreover, E-marketing analyses online consumers’ behaviour and their response to social media strategies and new technologies used by companies.

      The impact of electronic technologies on marketing strategy, market segmentation, positioning, and communication strategies is also addressed. An emphasis is also placed on the utilisation of customer relationship marketing approaches within a dynamic online environment. Finally, online marketing strategy formulation and implementation within a changing technology environment is thoroughly described.

      By the end of the module, students are expected to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas:

      • the theoretical and practical importance of the E-marketing mix and its impact on marketing strategy
      • the online consumer behaviour and online decision-making process
      • various online marketing strategies for social media
      • strategic analysis of the online environment
      • online performance measurement.
    • Entrepreneurial Finance

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides you with an understanding of the role finance plays in the survival and growth of small firms. It begins by discussing the challenges of characterising firm growth and how firms use capital to grow, drawing upon empirical evidence on the topic. It then covers the variety of sources firms may use for external capital, including (but not limited to) banks, business angels, venture capitalists and small cap stock markets, and how these investments are valued. It concludes by discussing differences in funding environments for small firms in different countries, and covers the challenges faced by policymakers in developing policy tools to provide support for small firms.

    • Information Systems and Management

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You study how Information Systems are used by organisations in commerical, public and voluntary sectors.

      You explore how Information Systems, including cloud computing and social networking, link technology and business strategy, and help to provide sustainable competitive advantage to businesses.

      You develop an understanding of the systems, technologies, concepts, tools, and frameworks needed to deploy, manage, and evaluate technology strategies, and processes, as well as the resources needed to gain competitive advantage.

    • Innovation in the Creative Economy

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You will learn the key aspects underpinning the creative economy—a significant driver of growth in recent years— and develop an understanding of how innovation takes place in the creative industries. You will also learn how these innovations are commercialised. By linking theory with real-world practices, you'll discover how firms and other organisations leverage creativity, innovation and technology in order to create value, and how this value is captured and marketed.

    • International Entrepreneurship

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The focus of this module is on the development and growth of new firms from establishment to the early stages of international development. Much of the core teaching in international business relates to the strategic decisions made by established large firms, but SMEs are increasingly engaged in both foreign trade and investment - as is evidenced by the phenomena of born-global firms, international new ventures, and rapidly internationalising firms. In this context, the links between entrepreneurship, innovation, and internationalisation are crucial.

    • Managing Intellectual Property

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Protecting intellectual assets has become a key success factor for organisations in the knowledge-based economy. This module provides you with the knowledge and tools for managing intellectual property (IP), and how best to deploy and appropriate these to create value from the perspective of both private and public-sector organisations. More specifically, you will gain an understanding of IP strategies and approaches in multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as universities and research institutes. You will learn about patents and copyrights as instruments to protect IP as well as develop an understanding of less formal, alternative approaches.

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above, or equivalent professional qualification

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Pre-Masters in Management and Finance

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out more about our Pre-Masters in Management and Finance.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £10,250 per year

EU: £10,250 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £10,250 per year

Overseas: £17,450 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship

Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students. (2017)

The scholarship is for a student from a sub-Saharan African country studying for either the Development Economics MSc or the Economics MSc

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the Postgraduate Economics Scholarship for African students.

SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship (2017)

Five £10,000 scholarships for outstanding applicants who have accepted a place on one of SPRU’s five MSc courses.

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the SPRU 50th Anniversary Scholarship

St. Kovachev Scholarship for International Marketing MSc (2017)

The scholarship is for a UK/EU student studying for the International Marketing MSc.

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the St. Kovachev Scholarship for International Marketing MSc

St. Kovachev Scholarship in Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc (2017)

The scholarship is for a UK/EU student studying for the Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc

Application deadline:

1 July 2017

Find out more about the St. Kovachev Scholarship in Economics MSc or International Business Economics MSc

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex MBA Scholarship (2017)

The Sussex MBA Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to UK, EU and international applicants who have been offered a place on The Sussex MBA.

Find out more about the Sussex MBA Scholarship

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

The Hornsey Scholarship (2017)

A £10,000 award for an outstanding student on the MSc in International Accounting and Corporate Governance.

Application deadline:

31 July 2017

Find out more about the The Hornsey Scholarship

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Living costs

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Faculty

Meet the faculty teaching and supervising on your course.

For me, one of the most fulfilling aspects of teaching this course has been seeing some of our students turn their ideas into real business ventures.”Shova Thapa Karki
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

Careers

Our MSc is for you if you aim to work in:

  • self-employment, or manage your own venture
  • an entrepreneurial position in an international organisation
  • entrepreneurial ventures in the public/private/third sector (for example universities and research institutes)
  • business development consultancy.

Our graduates enjoy successful careers in the Sussex Innovation Centre, American Express, Angel Investment Companies, family businesses and so on.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work