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Interested in turning your idea into a business, scaling up the start-up you already launched or increasing your corporate career success by developing entrepreneurial mindset through experiential learning?

Join our transformative, practice-based Entrepreneurship MSc course that will allow you to explore opportunities that can really make a difference. We provide you with the knowledge and experiential learning opportunities needed to develop your entrepreneurial mindset and skills and deepen your entrepreneurial practice. 

This course will suit those interested in interdisciplinary thinking and will prepare you to find new ways of working to achieve success, whether this be on an individual basis or as part of an organisation. 

Integrated with the local business community, this course includes regular contact with business mentors, entrepreneurs, professional support agencies and networking organisations. All of which allows you to build connections and learn from others and may help you find support and potential investments for future ventures.

In the second semester of year 2 of this programme you will choose to complete either a Master’s Internship or Master’s Study Abroad module. If you choose the internship option, we will work with you to secure an internship opportunity relevant to the industry sector you are most interested in, in an entrepreneurial working environment. If you choose the study abroad option, we have an extensive network of high ranking academic institutions for you to choose from to complete the Study Abroad module.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years Full Time (with advanced practice in the second year)

Department
Newcastle Business School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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You will be part of a diverse but like-minded cohort of students working collaboratively through practice, learning from each other as well as from Newcastle Business School’s internationally renowned staff and a range of external business partners. You will be practically applying everything you learnt and supported by our expert staff and external business mentors.

You will study a number of core modules:

Introduction to Entrepreneurship – theories, frameworks and models of entrepreneurship. The role of economic and political context.

Business Fundamentals – the basics of new venture development, understanding how businesses are organised and managed.

Entrepreneurial Mindset, Leadership and Building Teams – the development of your mindset to continuously discover and evaluate opportunities, act and exploit those opportunities while creating value and inspiring others to work with you. Reflect, learn and lead in conditions of uncertainty.

Creativity and Innovation – creative and design thinking, developing innovative products and/or services, practical application of creative ideas to drive innovative results and foster a culture of innovation.

Finance, Governance, Risk and Failure – the essential finance, governance and risk aspects of a business. Accessing growth funding. Venture success and failure.

Developing An Entrepreneurial Network – a dynamic module of active networking and engagement with local start-up and business community, accessing regional networking events and accelerator programmes and hosting guest speakers.

You can tailor your final work-based project or dissertation to meet your personal and professional interests and ambitions, undertaking research to maximise your chances of launching or growing a successful new venture.

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The primary mode of learning on this course is through active student engagement and participation in real world start-up and business situations as this is essential for developing and entrepreneurial mindset.

You will be supported by our experienced staff, all of whom have worked in business as well as academia. Your modules will be delivered via a range of methods including seminars, workshops and action learning sets. There is, however, a minimal formal classroom teaching and lecturing on this programme and you will be expected to actively self-initiate learning opportunities to a significant extent.

All modules on this programme are supported by professors and research-active academics who are at the forefront of their subject areas. Teaching and learning is backed up by a well-designed support system in order to ensure a successful learning journey and the development of the necessary academic study skills. Extensive feedback, from both tutors and peers is built into the course. Whatever your background, we will help you take the more critical, deeper and research-informed approach that is needed for a Masters degree at a UK university.

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Newcastle Business School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. From social spaces and hub areas to lecture theatres and exhibition spaces, our facilities are exceptional. The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

The University has also invested heavily in IT labs and facilities. Business software includes ARIS Express Business Process Modelling, various SAS applications, Microsoft Project, specialist decision-making software, and Google Analytics.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course. We use tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal, lecture capture software to allow for catch-up streaming, and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

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Our staff are actively pushing at the frontiers of knowledge and generating new concepts and insights. Over 40% of our publication outputs and 60% of our impact case studies have been assessed as internationally excellent or world leading. 

Throughout your course, you will be an active participant in the on-going research agenda that is at the heart of Newcastle Business School. With conferences and research events regularly taking place, and with staff discussing their own research as it relates to the topics you’ll study, there’s a strong emphasis on engaging in up-to-date enquiry-based learning.

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On completion of the MSc Entrepreneurship, you will have the skills, knowledge and experience to start or scale up your own business, or to apply dynamic entrepreneurial thinking within an existing organisation.

You will have built an invaluable network of connections, and may have the opportunity to progress to the University’s business incubator space to further develop your business after graduation.

A Masters course that takes two years, instead of just one, will carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more experience - either in the workplace via an internship or from another cultural perspective via study abroad.

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline, or substantial experience of working in a business organisation. Applicants should include their reasons for applying to this course in their personal statement.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements: 
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £12,000

Full EU Fee: £12,000

Full International Fee: £18,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

BM9712 -

Business Fundamentals (Core,20 Credits)

This module will prepare you for your entrepreneurial journey, whether it is trying to turn your idea into a business, or growing something you already started, or innovating inside your organisation. Here you will learn the business fundamentals of spotting opportunities and turning them into commercial propositions. You will also study methods and techniques for testing your business assumptions and will have an opportunity to practically test them on potential customers.

The topics you will study on this module will draw from the following themes:
• Identifying and evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities and ideas
• Business and technology. Digital Entrepreneurship – opportunities created by new technologies
• Researching customers, competitors and markets
• Creating value propositions. Developing customers
• Entrepreneurial marketing and sales. Pricing new products and/or services.
• Developing strategies for entering different markets.
• Forecasting sales
• Business model generation
• Business planning process
• Legal aspects of trading, creating and managing a business
• Models and techniques for testing business assumptions

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BM9713 -

Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Core,20 Credits)

The core aim of the module is to introduce you to the main theoretical concepts that relate to Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship (Venture Creation/Growth) by covering a range of components that relate to the entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial area and which are listed below.

• What is Entrepreneurship (opportunity identification, evaluation and exploitation for venture creation or growth)
• Regional/National and International entrepreneurship: Geographic boundaries and Economic/Social value
• Entrepreneurial Eco-systems: Social, political and economic influences on entrepreneurship
• Opportunity vs Necessity Entrepreneurship – The driving forces in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)
• Effectuation and Causation Processes in Entrepreneurship: The role of Entrepreneurial Teams (Financial, Human and Social Capital)
• Corporate Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship
• The Entrepreneur/ Intrapreneur
• Entrepreneurial Psychology and Cognition
• Entrepreneurial Education vs Practitioner Learning
• Types of Entrepreneurship
• Entrepreneurial/Intrapreneurial Theory and Practice: Strategy, Leadership, Marketing, Finance
• Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurial Research – Contemporary perspectives

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BM9714 -

Entrepreneurial Mindset, Leadership and Building Teams Part I (Core,20 Credits)

Successful entrepreneurs are action-oriented; they tend to have a specific mindset of original discovery, innovation, opportunity and value creation. They are also learning, reflecting, growing and acting fast in very complex situations and under conditions of uncertainty.

This module follows an experiential learning model, forming a critical part of your entrepreneurial journey on this programme. Fundamentally, you will learn a set of conceptual frameworks relating to entrepreneurial mindset, entrepreneurial leadership and building teams. At the same time, in small groups together with your tutors, you will engage in a series of ongoing conversations to ensure your learning and your mindset are stretched and maximised. In addition to peer-to-peer learning, you will be supported by an external business mentor. This module promotes self-knowledge and self-awareness. It also fosters a powerful double-loop learning for deeper thinking, which entails learning to change decisions, actions and behaviours in light of experience.

Although on this experiential learning module you will have freedom and responsibility for setting the agenda of your conversations, when working in small groups, the input topics will draw from the following themes:

• Entrepreneurial mindset
• Recognising learning opportunities
• Entrepreneurial leader
• Leader’s ability to attract, manage and retain the right team members
• Reflecting on experiences, making sense, evaluating the results, drawing conclusions and acting differently
• Building high impact entrepreneurial teams
• Team dynamics
• Employer-employee relationship
• New models of work

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BM9715 -

Entrepreneurial Mindset, Leadership and Building Teams Part II (Core,20 Credits)

Successful entrepreneurs are action-oriented; they tend to have a specific mindset of original discovery, innovation, opportunity and value

creation. They are also learning, reflecting, growing and acting fast in very complex situations and under conditions of uncertainty.


This module follows an experiential learning model, forming a critical part of your entrepreneurial journey on this programme. Fundamentally,

you will learn a set of conceptual frameworks relating to entrepreneurial mindset, entrepreneurial leadership and building teams. At the same

time, in small groups together with your tutors, you will engage in a series of ongoing conversations to ensure your learning and your mindset

are stretched and maximised. In addition to peer-to-peer learning, you will be supported by an external business mentor. This module promotes

self-knowledge and self-awareness. It also fosters a powerful double-loop learning for deeper thinking, which entails learning to change

decisions, actions and behaviours in light of experience.


Although on this experiential learning module you will have freedom and responsibility for setting the agenda of your conversations, when

working in small groups, the input topics will draw from the following themes:


* Entrepreneurial mindset

* Recognising learning opportunities

* Entrepreneurial leader

* Leader’s ability to attract, manage and retain the right team members

* Reflecting on experiences, making sense, evaluating the results, drawing conclusions and acting differently

* Building high impact entrepreneurial teams

* Team dynamics

* Employer-employee relationship

* New models of work

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NX9726 -

Creativity and Innovation (Core,20 Credits)

In this module, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature and practice of creativity and how it can be applied in the

innovation process, whether within the context of a new venture or an existing organisation. The module will cover theories relating to

creativity and its management and its application in design processes including product design, interaction design and software engineering.

This will be combined with a practical understanding of the innovation process, drawing on the experience of practitioners through visits and

guest speakers. The module will facilitate the development of practical skills to promote creative thinking through practice-based elements

in which real world problems are introduced for the testing of creative team working techniques.

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NX9727 -

Finance, Governance, Risk and Failure (Core,20 Credits)

This module will help you prepare your investment proposition and practice pitching it. As part of this process, you will also gain a wider

knowledge and understanding of business financials, company governance arrangements, different types of risks and business exits.


The topics you will study on this module will draw from the following themes:

* Sources of business funding: bank, crowdfunding and venture capital

* Getting ready for investment: investment process

* How investors make money and the importance of return on their investment

* Communicating the investment proposition: deck and pitch

* Negotiating terms

* Why start up boards matter: challenge and support

* Shareholder and Director responsibilities

* Understanding business finance

* Risk

* Methods of business valuation

* Selling your business and other types of business exit

* Business success and failure

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Masters' Study Abroad (Optional,60 Credits)

Within this module, you will record your learning experience gained by undertaking a semester outside of the UK as part of your Masters’ programme by means of academic study at a partner institution and it will enable you to recognise the differences between a business and management academic experience between Northumbria and your chosen overseas academic institution.

Your programme of study will vary according to the country and institution in which you study, but each programme offered will meet the following general requirements:
• The study programme will be last one at least one semester in duration.

• You will attend all mandatory classes.

• You will undertake normal module assessments required by the host institution.

• You will study subjects approved by the NBS Study Abroad Programme Leader. Subject areas may be in any business discipline, foreign language, culture or politics.

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NX9728 -

Work Based Research Report/Dissertation (Optional,60 Credits)

The core aim of the module is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to investigate and report on key entrepreneurship related issues. This will involve a structured approach to the research/business problem by indicating how the potential theoretical and/or practical research gaps can be identified and reported by selecting the appropriate supporting literature via the use of online databases. Students will be introduced to the APA 6th referencing style to effectively reference the required source material. The module will outline the basic steps in the formulation of the aim, research questions and research objectives, the way in which these should be used to determine the appropriate research strategy, and how these three interrelate to suggest applicable research techniques. Particularly, students
will be introduced to the concept of research by being exposed to the research philosophy (positivist and constructivist paradigms and more recent developments in pragmatic perspectives), research approach (deductive and inductive) and research methods (quantitative and qualitative). Emphasis will be placed on sampling techniques (including reporting of sample size and characteristics), data collection and data
analysis using specific software tools. The module will also emphasise on the creation of the conceptual model for both quantitative and qualitative methods-based studies. It will explain the process in hypotheses formulation and their link to the conceptual model and research questions/objectives for the quantitative methods-based studies. Students will also be made aware of the ethical considerations concerning research. The presentation, interpretation and discussion of the findings in an appropriate and professional manner both for academic and business purposes will be discussed in detail. This will be supported by a holistic perspective of what research limitations stand for and how these are related to future research propositions. The above will provide a theoretical and practical grounding for the Research Project that students will undertake in an entrepreneurship related topic.

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Masters' Internship (Optional,60 Credits)

Within this module, you will record your learning experience gained by undertaking a semester outside of the University as part of your Masters’ programme by means of Internship at an external organisation and it will enable you to assess the learning that has taken place in the University with a “real-world” business experience.

Your Internship will vary according to your programme of study and host organisation, but each Internship undertaken will meet the following general requirements:

• Undertake work in an organisation external to the University that will last one semester in duration.

• You will undertake work, where appropriate or necessary for professional body requirements, which are directly relevant to your programme of study.

• The Internship will be approved by the Year 2 NBS Masters’ Coordinator.

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Contact Details for Applicants:

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