- Managing People: The concepts and practice of management and leadership in the changing nature of international work and business. You'll take an evaluative approach to exploring these areas in a range of organisational scenarios. This will help you develop a range of conceptual and practical managerial tools.
- Marketing & Strategy: Explore and analyse this premise: in order to be successful, organisations must have a good understanding of their customers’ requirements and achieve organisational objectives by satisfying their customers’ needs and wants. You'll look at marketing against the backdrop of corporate strategy development, and establish links between the two activities.
- International Accounting & Analysis: You'll learn about the principals involved in producing financial statements, outline the theoretical and regulatory framework financial accounting operates in and offer techniques for analysing corporate financial reporting.
- Business Models, Resources & Intellectual Property: The role of the business model, the resources it needs and the value of intangible resources including intellectual property are central to developing entrepreneurial businesses. This is especially true of those with a high level of innovative products, processes, creativity and design. You'll appreciate the concerns raised and offer tools to help the entrepreneur or the business manager evaluate appropriate business models, and how to store and protect the resources that matter most to their fulfilment.
- Project - Entrepreneurship in Practice OR Innovation in Practice: An opportunity to show your innovation and entrepreneurial skills through 'real-life' projects, focusing on a problem or opportunity situation of your choice. You'll have the opportunity to undertake optional work experience as part of your Dissertation unit, subject to interview and availability. This experience can be used to inform your dissertation.
Option units (choose two)
- Venture Capital & Growth Finance: The theories of finance, focusing on issues for early-stage businesses along with government grants, business angels, private equity and investment banks up to an initial public offering. You'll look at the implications of taking on outside finance for board decision-making, corporate reporting and disclosure.
- Managing Innovation, Creativity & Design: Explore and manage ideas in a variety of business contexts. You'll develop your understanding of innovation, creativity and design, and techniques for recognising, evaluating and supporting creative thinking and behaviour. You'll also review experiences of innovative organisations to identify the causes, challenges and consequences of innovation and ways to manage these, and build confidence in making innovative work through experiential problem-based learning.
- Selling, Relationships & Customer Service: In early-stage businesses, the top line is often the most important. Selling is essential, and it’s perhaps the most virtuous of occupations in business. Serving the customers you've convinced to buy your product or service is a close second. In the increasingly collaborative ways of working that dominate innovative and early-stage businesses, establishing and nurturing relationships with suppliers, customers and other forms of business partners often lies at the heart of business success. You'll explore these themes and generate theoretical and practical knowledge of selling, relationships and customer service.
- The Entrepreneurial Mind: Entrepreneurs are born. Can they be made? Is entrepreneurship a characteristic of a person, or a description of the relationship between an individual, other individuals and the resources and capabilities at their disposal? You'll examine the practice of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship and explore the way that entrepreneurs think and act.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
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Download the programme specification for MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (pdf 911kb).
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.
Background and experience
For Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship we are looking for applicants who:
- Demonstrate a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation
- Are interested in practical applications of management theories
- Are interested in developing creative solutions to social and business problems
- Can work independently but also enjoy building teams and working collaboratively.
This conversion course has a special focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, while also providing a grounding in the core business functions of strategic management, marketing, human resource management, and finance and accounting. We are looking for students who have a keen interest in either becoming entrepreneurs and innovators or working in a role supporting entrepreneurship, small business management and innovation. Developing new ideas to solve problems, and practical plans to implement them, lies at the heart of this course.
This course selects candidates by looking at their applications. There are no interviews or additional selection activities and therefore we suggest that you make your application stand out from the crowd. For more information, take a look at our post graduate how to apply pages.
Full entry requirements
The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:
- Bachelors Honours degree, 2:2 or above or equivalent
- For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question. The qualification description on the course information pages should tell you what these are but please get in touch with the askBU Enquiry Service if you are in doubt.
If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience. Contact the askBU Enquiry Service for more information.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
- IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.
You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.
This course will give you real insight and experience into the issues facing new business ventures. Having an in-depth understanding of the key business skills needed to start enterprises is key for getting ahead in the industry, and this is something you'll learn through this course.
Some of our Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship graduates are now undertaking roles such as:
- Accounts assistant
- Assistant buyer
- Business management Trainee
- Coordination officer
- Financial consultant.
Industries worked in
- Human resources.
If you want to continue your studies after achieving your Master's, you can look into our range of doctoral programmes.
*The above are taken from Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and BU institutional data.
Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the business sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course below.
Dr Firend Alan Rasch
Framework leader for Master's degrees in Management
Dr Firend Alan Rasch started his career as an investment banker in California's Silicon Valley. He was a senior management consultant advising U.S. Fortune 500 companies and also a co-founder of a start-up. Firend was a director of programmes in Korea and Bosnia; and lectured in USA, Korea, Qatar, Dubai and Malaysia. Firend is an expert in South-East Asia region. His research interests include entrepreneurship, consumer behaviour, branding and contemporary issues in international business.
Dr Péter Erdélyi
Programme Leader for MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
Dr Péter Erdélyi is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Marketing in the Department of Leadership, Strategy and Organisations. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MBA from IESE Business School. Péter has over 20 years of higher education teaching experience acquired in Slovakia, Taiwan, the USA, and the UK. He has also worked on various finance, technology, and marketing-related projects at Goldman Sachs, Ford Motor Company, NIKE, and with a number of micro-enterprises in e-commerce and entrepreneurial education.