Management and Entrepreneurship (2015 entry)

MSc, 1 year full time/2 years part time

Subject overview

  • Our courses are taught by world-renowned faculty with a strong background in relevant areas of research. 
  • Our range of courses builds on Sussex’s strong foundation of interdisciplinary study, encompassing corporate risk management, entrepreneurship, international finance, and international and innovation management. 
  • Our teaching is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to compete effectively in the fast-paced world of work. We tailor our taught courses to meet current and future employer demands, and will continue to adapt to the changing employment market. 
  • Our courses offer a choice between practice- and research-oriented study opportunities. They have been developed drawing on the expertise and input of experienced practitioners from industry and professional bodies. These experts complement our own expertise in research and help to enrich your learning experience. 

Global perspective

55th in the world for international outlook

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014

Academic quality

14th in the UK
43rd in Europe
111th in the world

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015

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    are home to Sussex graduates

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    research income

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    < 30 minutes to Gatwick Airport
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Shova's faculty perspective

Shova Thapa Karki

'Coming from an ecological economics background, I'm interested in examining the nexus between business and sustainability. As businesses rely and depend on the ecosystem and ecosystem services, there is an increasing concern that they should support the ecological system alongside sustaining a profitable business. My interdisciplinary research puts sustainability at the core, linking entrepreneurial motives and activities to natural resource management.

'The MSc in Management and Entrepreneurship integrates theoretical perspectives on entrepreneurship with processual approaches of entrepreneurial venture creation. Teaching this course has been particularly exciting because it has given me the opportunity to provide students with the latest thinking on how a sustainability agenda can be embedded into entrepreneurial ventures from their inception. 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,
Department of Business and Management, University of Sussex

Programme outline

Whether you plan to start your own business, work in the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector or in the public sector, entrepreneurial skills are essential for career success.

This MSc is an intensive degree designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business in different organisational, sectoral and geographical contexts. The course blends cutting-edge research with practical relevance and hands-on experience of the entrepreneurial journey, taking an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to the subject.

You benefit from:

  • close collaboration with the Sussex Innovation Centre, an award-winning business incubation centre based on the Sussex campus
  • the vibrant city of Brighton & Hove as a nurturing ground for entrepreneurial and creative activities
  • an innovative approach to learning, featuring simulations and project work
  • the extensive academic and professional experience of our international faculty
  • a culturally diverse student group.  


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, essays, group and individual reports, and presentations. There are also unseen examinations.

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2015 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take Design Thinking for Entrepreneurship • Perspectives on Entrepreneurship and Small Business. You also choose two from Accounting for Decision-Makers • Global Business • Marketing Management. 

Spring term: you take New Venture Creation and Simulation. You also choose two from Corporate Governance • Entrepreneurial Finance • Information Systems and Management • International Entrepreneurship • Managing Intellectual Property. A research methods module runs in the spring term. 

Summer term: you choose either to carry out an independent research project or to work on a company-based project with the Sussex Innovation Centre.

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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.

Change and Leadership

15 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

Change and Leadership will provide you with the theoretical grounding to understand and appraise different modes of organisational change, their drivers, the responses of staff and other stakeholders, and the role of leaders in leading and responding to change. The relevance of theory will be explored in contexts including cultural change, restructuring and mergers/acquisitions. The module examines the principles of managing change at a number of levels building progressively from individual change, to team change and organisational change up to change at the meso-macro level in complex economic systems (eg change of sectoral or even national importance). The distinctive roles for leaders and approaches to leadership will be explored in relation to these levels.

Within the continuum, reflecting positioning of the module between organisational behaviour and strategy, topics to be addressed will cover six main areas including: 

  • Behavioural, cognitive, humanistic and psychodynamic theories of individual change 
  • Teams: their constitution, internal dynamics and role in organisational change
  • Historical approaches to organisational change (under ad-hoc management, scientific management, human relations and contigent approaches) 
  • More recent (and emerging) paradigms in organisational change
  • Planned vs. emergent change: complexity and inter-organisational influences
  • Leadership: role choices and constraint, and frameworks for managing change

The assessment is a coursework-based task requiring you to select a change scenario for a chosen organisation and to describe how that change process should be undertaken, with specific reference to options for change and appraisal of their suitability, through reference to relevant theories of change. Strengths and weakness of relevant approaches will be identified. Specific attention to the role and style of leadership required for the change process or programme will be a key component of the report.

Corporate Governance

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

This module aims to introduce you to the roles and functions of boards of directors as well as the organisational structure of different types of firms, such as those within extended family networks and those of an entrepreneurial nature. This will involve developing understanding of information management systems and accounting techniques that assist effective board-level decision making as well as in the assessment of board and CEO effectiveness. The relevance of different boards structures will be discussed through a comparison of split boards and supervisory boards and the module will cover contemporary issues such as shareholder activism, the role of family and corporate block-shareholder control. Equally, the importance of worldwide differences in legal and institutional settings and their impact on corporate structure and governance will be discussed. While you will gain appreciation into contemporary issues effecting management structure of major corporations you will also be expected to apply this in real-life topical settings.

Design, Creativity and Innovation

15 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

This module will introduce students to 'design thinking as driver of innovation, i.e. a set of problem-solving tools and problem-finding frameworks that lead to innovation and strategic leadership. Visual thinking, conceptual block-busting, user-Centered design, and user-driven innovation are not just tools for designers but can be harnessed by people to transform their organizations and society. It will teach you concepts and methodologies for incorporating innovation into your everyday practices.

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.

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

15 credits
Autumn teaching, year 1

The module provides you with up-to-date and relevant insights into contemporary academic thinking on entrepreneurship and small business, emerging and cutting edge themes in entrepreneurship theory and practice and exposure to emerging trends that will shape the future entrepreneurial landscape. It draws on a wide range of perspectives and examples to cover core themes and topics in the area including: the formation and growth of new ventures; working and managing in small businesses; entrepreneurial management in small firms; public policy, entrepreneurship and small business; entrepreneurship in the private, public and third sector and contemporary issues in entrepreneurship and small business research.

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.

Information Systems and Management

15 credits
Spring teaching, year 1

The module provides a rigorous analysis of the emerging properties of the Information Society and their use by organisations in commercial, public and voluntary sectors. In particular, it explores how Information Systems (IS), including cloud computing and social networking, have linked technology and business strategy to provide sustainable competitive advantage to businesses. The module will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the systems, technologies, concepts, tools, and frameworks they need to effectively 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

The creative economy has been a significant driver of growth in recent years, because of the role of the cultural and creative industries. Students will learn the key aspects underpinning the creative economy and its main drivers, and develop a deep understanding of how innovation takes place in the creative industries. Students will also learn how these innovations are commercialised. By linking theory with real-world practices, students will discover how firms and other organizations 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 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.

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.

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.

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

Introduction to Module and to Social Science Research Literature Reviews, Searches and Referencing Interviews and Ethnographic Research Case Study Research: Comparative and Longitudinal Methods Basic Concepts in Statistical Analysis Quantitative Research Designs. Survey Design and Administration Managing and Analyzing Quantitative Data I Managing and Analyzing Quantitative Data II Interpreting Research Results & Writing up the Research Project Report and Presentation of Results Writing a Research Proposal

Research Project (Management & Entrepreneurship)

30 credits
Summer teaching, year 1

You undertake an independent Business Analysis Report, offering you the opportunity to pursue selected issues in greater depth, and to integrate these with broader theoretical and analytical work.

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Entry requirements

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent professional qualification

Overseas entrance requirements

Overseas qualifications

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E

The following table is given as a general guide for our taught postgraduate degrees requiring a first- or upper-second class undergraduate honours degree. If you have any questions, contact the University at E

CountryOverseas qualification
Australia Bachelor (Honours) degree with second-class upper division
Brazil Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 8
Canada Bachelor degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+)
China Bachelor degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university
Cyprus Bachelor degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5
France Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13
Germany Bachelor degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better
Ghana Bachelor degree from a public university with second-class upper division
Greece Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7
Hong Kong Bachelor (Honours) degree with second-class upper division
India Bachelor degree from a leading institution with overall mark of at least 60% or equivalent
Iran Bachelor degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15
Italy Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105
Japan Bachelor degree from a leading university with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
Malaysia Bachelor degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+
Mexico Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8
Nigeria Bachelor degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0
Pakistan Four-year bachelor degree, normally with a GPA of at least 3.3
Russia Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4
South Africa Bachelor (Honours) degree or Bachelor degree in Technology with an overall mark of at least 70%
Saudi Arabia Bachelor degree with an overall mark of at least 70% or CGPA 3.5/5.0 or equivalent
South Korea Bachelor degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or equivalent
Spain Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4
Taiwan Bachelor degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university
Thailand Bachelor degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
Turkey Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university
United Arab Emirates Bachelor degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent
USA Bachelor degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university
Vietnam Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or equivalent

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

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Additional entry information

If you are a non-EU student and your qualifications (including English language) do not yet meet our entry requirements for admission directly to this degree, we offer a Pre-Masters entry route. For more information, refer to Pre-Masters for international students.

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Fees and funding


Fees for studying on courses available on a part-time basis will be charged at 50 per cent of the full-time fees listed below.

Home UK/EU students: £7,300 per year1
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £7,300 per year2
Overseas students: £15,350 per year3

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2015.

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Faculty interests

Prof Katie Bailey
Professor Of Management

Research interests: callings, Change Management, employee engagement, gender and employment, HRM in the public sector, Human resource management, knowledge-intensive firms, meaningful work, strategic human resource management

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Dr Dimitrios Gounopoulos
Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Research interests: Bond Issues, Capital Structure, Commodities, Dividend Policy, Earnings Management, Educations of CEOs, Executive Compensation, Finance, Gold - Precious Metals - Industrial Metals, Initial Public Offering, International Accounting Issues, Pension Funds, Political Connections

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Dr Bruce Hearn
Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance

Research interests: Corporate finance, corporate governance, Finance, Financial Management

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Dr Monica Masucci
Lecturer In Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Research interests: Strategy and entrepreneurship

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Dr Josh Siepel
Lecturer in Management

Research interests: Design Innovation, Economics, Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy, Financing Innovation, Firm growth, Innovation Creativity and Design, Innovation policy issues, skills and employment, Small Business Policy, SMEs; SME finance; SME public policy

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Dr Puay Tang
Senior Lecturer

Research interests: Software patents

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Dr Shova Thapa Karki
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

Research interests: Biodiversity and Conservation, Conflict and resources, Green Management, Peri-urban sustainability, Social-ecological resilience, Sustainability: Environmental, Sustainable Entrepreneurship

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Prof Joseph Tidd
Professor of Science & Technology Policy Research

Research interests: Industrial Innovation, Innovation Management, New Product Development

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Dr Mirela Xheneti
Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Research interests: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship in the Informal Economy, Institutional Entrepreneurship, Small Business Growth, Small Business Policy, Transition Economies

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Careers and profiles

Our MSc may be attractive if you aim to work in:

  • self-employment (or managing your own venture)
  • a family business
  • 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 students also have the opportunity to take an on internship projects at the Sussex Innovation Centre.

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School and contacts

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