How do we achieve economic prosperity, regional growth and social transformation?
Our MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation is taught at Essex Business School. It uses innovative and interactive teaching, such as group working and applied projects, to develop your practical business knowledge and employability skills. We hone your entrepreneurial spirit, so you can have the capabilities and confidence to launch your own venture, manage your family business or introduce innovative ideas to improve performance at existing organisations.
This course explores the entrepreneurial issues and challenges high on the agendas of businesses, governments, policy-makers, researchers, educators and wider communities across the world.
You explore topics including:
Essex is one of the most entrepreneurial counties in the UK and an exciting place to do business. At Essex Business School, we teach you to take control of your career and create ideas, products and services with real value. Our current Masters students join us from more than 40 countries and our international team of academics help you gain a global understanding of business in established and developing markets, so you can have the best foundation for your career.
Guest lectures give you access to practitioners and policy makers, who share real-world experiences to prepare you to tackle the challenges facing entrepreneurs and SMEs today. Instead of a dissertation, you can opt to complete a comprehensive business plan for your new venture or an existing business, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable feedback on your ideas from academics and industry practitioners.
Our MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation is also available to study part-time and you don't need to have previously studied business to enrol onto this course.
A number of scholarships and discounts are available for Masters study at the University of Essex, including those for overseas applicants. Postgraduate loans for Masters courses are now available from the Student Loans Company, worth up to £10,000, for students from the UK and EU.
Our academics are at the forefront of real-world entrepreneurial issues and use this knowledge to ensure you experience the very latest teaching and thinking to prepare you for the demands of the modern business world.
Our staff specialise in areas including:
Dr Marta Fernandez De Arroyabe Arranz lectures on the theories and practice of entrepreneurship at our Southend campus. Widely published, her research interests include innovation, networks and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on SMEs and mergers and acquisitions.
Essex Business School is home to a number of research groups. Our entrepreneurship academics are active members of the School’s Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group producing cutting-edge research into issues affecting the sustainable growth of business, society and the economy. Our Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is where many of our academics explore issues impacting entrepreneurship and innovation, such as local economic growth and access to broadband.
Our MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation is taught at our Southend Campus, just 40 minutes from London and in the heart of the Thames Gateway - one of the Government’s priority areas for economic growth, it is a fitting location for entrepreneurial study. Essex has the highest number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, meaning you are ideally located for networking, launching a business or gaining inspiration to take with you in your future career.
Southend-on-Sea combines the charms of a traditional seaside resort with the attractions of a vibrant, modern town and our campus sits right at the centre. With seven miles of coastline, a thriving arts and cultural scene and a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife all on your doorstep, it’s the perfect place to live and study. Our town centre location has excellent transport links and London Southend Airport is just five minutes away by train, offering fights to over 50 destinations across Europe.
When you choose our Southend Campus for your studies, you’ll have access to a superb learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities, including:
A short walk from campus is The Hive Enterprise Centre - a dedicated business hub that hosts networking events and provides finance and marketing support to start ups and growing businesses.
A Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation will ensure you have a clear grasp of real-world entrepreneurial challenges and how innovative approaches can be applied to existing organisations to improve performance - giving you an excellent foundation for your future career.
Our curriculum aims to prepare you for a career as an entrepreneur, an owner-manager or a policy maker. Core modules such as Theories and Practice of Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management, and Research Methods will equip you with a critical understanding of the range of economic, sociological, psychological and managerial theories of enterprise creation and development and how they apply in practice, together with an understanding of innovation at an operational and strategic level.
Many of our graduates go on to set up their own businesses or work for government and other policy-making institutions or community based organisations. Recent graduate startups include international business incubator 0100Ventures and entrepreneurship website SlovakSTARTUP. Read our graduate profiles to see more on the types of organisations our alumni work for.
Our University Student Development Careers Services are on hand to help you make the most of your Essex experience. They can help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities to enhance your employability. You can also access employer talks on campus.
"My Masters gave me the opportunity to put theory into practice, through group projects and assignments like the business report. It gave me the confidence to become a freelance consultant, helping businesses identify new opportunities and develop strategies to gain an advantage in their industry. Working for an agency, I now use this experience to translate brands’ objectives into digital strategies that grow their businesses and generate a better marketing ROI.”
Miguel Enrique Lopez Cedeno, Digital Marketing Executive at Coast Digital and Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate 2013.
A 2:2 degree or international equivalent, in any discipline.
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Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
The example structure below is representative of this course if taken full-time. If you choose to study part-time, the modules will be split across 2 years.
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.
We use interactive and innovative teaching techniques to foster your transferable employability skills:
£19,380EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
We hold open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Southend Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:
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We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.
For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.
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