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Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Key facts

Start dates

September 2023



Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 24 months


Our MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation course is ideal if you want to set up your own business (entrepreneurs). It is just as valuable if you would like a career in an already established organisation (intrapreneurs).

During your studies you will:

  •    identify and work on an idea that supports your personal career aspirations
  •    develop that idea throughout the course
  •    improve your understanding of your entrepreneurial self.

Our teaching staff are passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation education, and have extensive experience within academia and the business world.

You will develop key employability skills that are important in today’s rapidly changing world. Skills like flexibility, agility and resilience.

The Block Session (Field Trip) at the beginning of the course is a key feature. You will spend an intensive few days off campus, giving you the chance to:

  •    experience teaching and learning in a non-traditional environment
  •    think differently and creatively
  •    get to know other students.

Related course: PGDip Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2) in any academic discipline, or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.

Applicants who possess a diploma rather than a degree may be eligible for entry provided they have compensatory work experience and can demonstrate career development.

This course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applications are welcome from those in work and seeking continuing professional development.

Entry will also be subject to two satisfactory references (one of these must be an academic reference).

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to satisfy the university’s English language requirements:

  • IELTS minimum level 6.0, (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in listening and speaking).
  • If you have completed your undergraduate degree in the UK (at least one full year of study) you will automatically meet our English language requirements

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
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Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

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Home (UK) part time

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Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Funding your studies

Financial support and scholarships

Featured funding opportunities available for this course.

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Learning and assessment

This course allows you to tailor your studies to your individual interests and aspirations.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to work on an idea that supports your entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial aspirations. The course is practice-oriented and aims to link academic theory with practice.

Your tutors will work with you throughout on developing/refining your idea to ensure that it is a good fit for you. And that it enables your future career plans. You will have support from both academics and entrepreneurs for the duration of your studies.

We organise guest lectures and optional company visits through international study trips.

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Creativity to Insight to Action

This is an integrative module which pulls together and synthesises material from other modules in addition to including some new content. It is the ‘core’ of the student journey throughout the programme, and provides students with the opportunity to develop both themselves and their idea by reflecting on the linkages between their entrepreneurial self, their idea, and the material from this and other modules.

Entrepreneurial Theory & Practice

This module introduces the conceptual underpinning necessary to understand the nature of enterprise and entrepreneurship, and also helps develop vital entrepreneurial skills, behaviours and practices necessary for success.

Family Business, Innovation and Sustainability

Here students will gain insight into innovation theories and practices and how they influence businesses with particular focus on small and family business. Students will also critically evaluate family business topics and the impact family businesses have on national and international economies using academic and case study material.  

Methods of Enquiry

This module is designed to develop a broad understanding of the requirements to successfully design, conduct, and evaluate research into a specific value proposition.

Social Enterprise and Social Innovation

Social entrepreneurship has emerged in the last decades as the process by which citizens take an active role in tackling social challenges through enterprise development. The central aim of the module is to develop students’ understanding of these new and emerging paradigms within entrepreneurship.

Project Management and Change Leadership

Students will assess the approaches that may be taken towards the management of projects, and will practice a range of techniques used by professional project managers to plan, control and deliver projects successfully. In addition to the ‘hard’ skills around project management, this module also covers an introduction to change management, so that students are equipped with an effective balance of both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ knowledge and skills.

Planning for New Business Ventures

This module aims to develop the necessary business planning skills for those students who intend to start and run their own businesses, or who may become involved in the growth of an existing business.

Final project - choose one of:

Compulsory modules


This is an opportunity for you to carry out an in depth investigation into a topic of Entrepreneurship and Innovation which is of particular interest to you. It should have an appropriately clear focus and be an investigation based on primary and/or secondary data, justified and supported by detailed reference to relevant theories and concepts from literature.

Client Project

You have the opportunity to link theory to practice by analysing a real organisational issue. Having identified a project (with the approval of both the client company and the Module Leader) you investigate a particular issue, one that can be supported through the relevant literature and by conducting primary research with the client. This module is not an internship but can be taken in conjunction with an internship. The 'issue' in question may be a current management problem for the client organisation or related to future strategic choices. The Client Project provides you with a significant learning and personal development experience.

Business Start-Up

This module is an alternative to the dissertation, client project, or design project. It is aimed at those students who genuinely intend to start a new business venture in the immediate time-frame. The deliverable from the module is a robust business plan containing a portfolio of documents such as a mid-year forecast, cash flow statement, risk assessment etc. for a new venture that is assessed by a panel of academic and practitioner start-up experts.

Design Project

This module is intended to accommodate those students who want to progress their idea but are not yet ready to undertake the Business Start-Up module. The module provides students with the opportunity to link theory to practice by undertaking a genuine design and development activity using a design-based methodology. It will provide students with a significant learning and personal development experience and allow them to further progress their idea.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

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Learning and teaching

You will study:

  •    seven modules
  •    a dissertation, client project, design project or business startup plan.

During your studies you will develop your self-awareness. You will be able to make a fully informed decision on your next steps through reflection and the application of course material.

If you are an entrepreneur, the course improves your chance of success in starting your own organisation. If you are an intrapreneur, the course equips you for the corporate world.

The course will also provide you with:

  •    the opportunity to test ideas in a safe environment
  •    an improved network of tutors, fellow students and visiting entrepreneurs
  •    enhanced employability skills
  •    creative thinking, teamwork and communication, and self-management skills
  •    a different perspective, through working within a diverse student cohort.

Many course graduates secure managerial positions at a wide range of organisations.

Field trips

The International Business in Practice Study Trip module allows you to experience ideas and practices of global business (virtual or face to face). During the trip you will have direct interaction with management executives and practices. You will: attend presentations from local management executives and experts go on site visits to major corporations and agencies. This study trip is voluntary and you will need to fund all costs associated with the trip. It is not linked to university assessments in any way.

If you successfully complete this non-credit bearing module, it will be recorded on your transcript as International Business in Practice: Study Trip.


Assessment methods used on this course

The programme’s assessment strategy has been designed to expose our students to various forms of assessment, in order to develop transferable skills and create a positive student experience. As such students will be assessed by individual essays and business reports, group presentations, oral exams, written exams and online discussion forums. We have embedded inclusivity and diversity into assessments throughout the programme, allowing students to select the focus of their assignment where appropriate.

The majority of assessments are based on individual contribution, but there is some assessed group work.


Business School academics explore core issues facing contemporary societies, ranging from refugee entrepreneurship and internationalisation to sustainable tourism, security and the changing world of work and organisations including the impact of artificial intelligence. We address questions such as:

  • What characterises the interconnections of trade, transportation and technologies?
  • How do we organise for security?
  • How can social media address well-being and social isolation?
  • How can individuals be happier and navigate the increasingly complex world of work?

We also have an expertise in Coaching and Mentoring as well as in Diversity (such as examining pay gaps and gender and spin-outs) and we are always keen to include students into our projects where possible.

Please visit our research pages to learn more about the three research centres @ /business/research/. Being a masters student at OBBS offers plenty of opportunities to be a part of our research culture.

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After you graduate

Career prospects

You will graduate with highly relevant knowledge as well as practical experiences on how to be/act entrepreneurial and innovative whether in large organisations, SMEs or family businesses. Your knowledge will help you set up your own business, carry through a business idea, or develop an existing business innovatively. You will also be equipped with knowledge and skills to act as an intrapreneur in your current organisation or lead innovative projects in larger organisations.

Many of our MSc graduates find managerial positions at a wide range of organisations, including family businesses, SMEs, companies producing fast moving commercial goods, airlines, financial institutions, retail giants and charities.

Examples of these employers include:

  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Deloitte
  • Oxfam
  • BASF Group
  • Kautex Unipart
  • Raiffeisen Bank
  • Revolution Insurance
  • American Business Conferences
  • Consilio Global.

Our Staff

Kate Maguire

Kate is one of two subject coordinators for the business and management programme. With her 25 years of extensive business experience, Kate helps entrepreneurs work on genuine business problems.

Read more about Kate

Dr Simon Adderley

Simon is a senior lecturer at Brookes whose research focus is on the changing paradigms of business and the development of economic and social welfare policies.

Read more about Simon

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.