Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship (MSc)
This course is designed for those with high entrepreneurial interest and potential to set up their own business, or to work in a new venture development capacity in an established organisation.
The MSc in Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship is designed for graduates seeking a rigorous foundation prior to launching their own company or entering an existing corporation in a role focused on business development and growth.
The programme will provide you with the required skills via a combination of teaching methods covering knowledge about best business practices, as well as covering the fundamental principles behind them.
Building on these skills, you will also have the opportunity to create a full plan for a new venture. The development of this new venture plan will be supported by academic faculty as well as a corporate sponsor or entrepreneur where appropriate.
The programme provides a unique mix of business strategy and entrepreneurship content that combines both leading academic research and the opportunity to apply this in a real world context.
- You will be part of a community which is committed to delivering social improvement alongside economic development in the world’s first Public Value Business School
- You will study at a Business School ranked 1st in the UK for research environment and 6th for research excellence (REF 2014)
- You will be a student of the only business school in Wales accredited by AACSB international (and one of only 5% worldwide)
- You will learn from internationally recognised scholars in the field, in combination with leading practitioners
- You will have the opportunity to work with a corporate sponsor or entrepreneur on the New Venture Plan.
|Next intake||September 2017|
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Entry requirements will normally consist of a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level or equivalent from a recognised university. Relevant work experience will also be taken into account and each application is assessed individually.
If English is not your first language you must satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the university by attainment of a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, with a subscore of 5.5 in each individual paper.
The MSc in Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship consists of taught components, directed reading, assignments, practical sessions, written examinations and a new venture plan.
The taught component covers two academic semesters, each covering four core modules.
During Stage One, you will attend lectures, practical classes and tutorials coupled with directed reading and other assignments.
Following this, in Stage Two, you will carry out a new venture plan. The aim of the new venture plan is to integrate and apply core course concepts, skills and techniques holistically, experientially and in a self-guiding context in order to construct and present a complete plan for a new business venture.
You will undertake four core modules in each semester, each worth 15 credits. These modules provide you with a thorough grounding in the theory and skills needed to become an effective entrepreneur.
Following successful completion of the taught phase, you will undertake a New Venture Plan. This consists of both group and individual components and allows you to demonstrate the theories and techniques developed in the taught phase.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Economics and the Business Environment||BST186||15 credits|
|Reflective Perspectives and Practices||BST187||15 credits|
|New Venture Creation||BST188||15 credits|
|Entrepreneurial Finance||BST189||15 credits|
|Innovation Management||BST190||15 credits|
|Venture Growth and Development||BST191||15 credits|
|Entrepreneurial Marketing||BST192||15 credits|
|Leadership and Personal Development||BST193||15 credits|
|New Venture Plan||BST194||60 credits|
How will I be taught?
Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. Our internationally leading faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learnt from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to up to date real life examples and scenarios and critical business thinking.
Your teaching and learning resources will be provided and we will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and to make good use of the facilities provided.
Methods of teaching
Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).
In a lecture, the lecturer will mainly be giving an overview of a particular aspect of the module content (as well as opportunities for you to ask questions and be reflective), while in classes and workshops you will have an opportunity to practice techniques, discuss ideas, apply concepts and consolidate your understanding in the topic.
How will I be supported?
You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies. Normally, your personal tutor will teach on your own degree course and you will keep the same personal tutor throughout your course.
Your personal tutor will be able to give you advice on academic issues, including module choice and assessment. If you encounter any problems which affect your studies, your personal tutor should always be your first point of contact; she/he will be able to put you in touch with the wide range of expert student support services provided by the University and the Students' Union as appropriate. You are required to meet with your personal tutors at three points during each academic year but you are also encouraged to get in touch with them at any other point if you need help or advice.
For day-to-day information, the staff of our Postgraduate Student Hub are available, in person, by telephone or by email, from 8am to 6pm each weekday during term time to answer your questions.
We’ll provide you with regular feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback, personalised feedback on written work, and generic written feedback.
You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following all examination periods and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor.
When undertaking the dissertation/project you are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor to review progress and discuss any questions. Your supervisor will be able to provide feedback on your research plan and drafts of your work as you progress.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across your degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects.
What skills will I practise and develop?
As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:
- Grasp complex issues with confidence
- Ask the right questions of complex texts
- Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
- Identify and apply relevant data
- Develop practical research skills
- Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
- Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
- Sourcing, interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information – to support the composition of projects reports and business cases
- Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
- Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
- Use IT programmes and standard software packages, where appropriate
- Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
MSc in Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship graduates are likely to start their own businesses or join a company with a focus on business growth. Many graduates have also found the programme particularly relevant to family businesses.