The University of Wolverhampton

MScInnovation and Entrepreneurship at University Centre Stafford (Beaconside)

Why choose this course?

This course will introduce business tools and techniques and theories that will enable you to operate more effectively in an entrepreneurial and innovative employment setting, providing you with the competencies to act entrepreneurially. The programme will include theoretical concepts of innovation, practical application of innovation, and the management skills required to effect the organisational change necessitated by innovation.

The course is designed so that full time students are able to complete their study in one academic year. By the end of the course you will have acquired high-level knowledge and understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship concepts and principles, theoretical frameworks and applied analysis through a range of learning experiences including live case studies, visiting speakers and blended learning. You will also develop key skills in formulating and managing research, presentations, problem-solving and organising and managing group-based projects.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1

7FC003 Entrepreneurial Finance

7EB005 The Entrepreneurial Change Agent

6BE003 Creativity and Innovation in Business

Semester 2

7BE002 Strategic Management

7HR006 Leading Transformation and Change

7MK003 Global Marketing-Strategy and Practice

Year-long project

7MG001 Independent Business Analysis

Please note: If you start the course in semester 2, you will be taught these modules first.

Why Wolverhampton?

The MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the first programme to be delivered at Beaconside as well as at the Business School, Wolverhampton Campus. The Course is full-time over one year.

Key points:

· All students will have access to specialist tutors, a dedicated learning centre and an associated business support unit.

· As a member of the NACUE Launch Pad students will also receive 12 months free office space and support, plus the opportunity to apply for financial assistance.

· Students have the option to complete the ‘Independent Business Analysis Project’ module by distance learning (in China or the UK).

· There will be two intakes: in semester 1 (September 2018) AND semester 2 (in January 2019).

Career path

The MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship will enhance your academic and professional skills and understanding, enabling you to accelerate your career within the organisation or, alternatively, seek employment in another organisation at a higher level. Specifically, the programme will introduce you to the different theoretical concepts of innovation, and to the practical application of innovation in terms of products, processes or business techniques.

What skills will you gain?

  1. Critically evaluate theories of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity and their role in the establishment and development of new enterprises and high growth businesses.
  2. Evaluate and apply theories relating to and underpinning the functional and operational aspects of finance and marketing required in entrepreneurial businesses.
  3. Develop and justify strategies for commercialising innovative products or business processes in a national and international context, and present business plans in a persuasive and authoritative manner.
  4. Evaluate the potential for change initiatives when implementing new strategies within an organisation.
  5. Critically evaluate the necessary skills, capabilities and characteristics of entrepreneurial change agents.
  6. Synthesise relevant critical thinking through the completion of an independent business analysis project which demonstrates originality and innovation in problem solving.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A good honours undergraduate degree (second class or above) from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above;
  • A reference from a tutor who has supervised the applicant’s undergraduate studies and/or employer;
  • Students may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) subject to the guidelines set out in the RPL Handbook. RPL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.
  • Applications are also welcome from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who have significant management experience and are able to demonstrate previous non-certificated learning equivalent to the above. In such cases, admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to continue to benefit from and achieve the award.

International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

Course fees and finance

Fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact us for further information.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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