Enterprise and Innovation MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

LONT041
LONT047 (with Professional Practice)

Study options:

1 year full-time
18 months Extended Professional Practice

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

Fees:

£11,867
£12,450 (with professional practice)

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Faculty:

Faculty of Business and Law


Get in touch

Coventry University London

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


london.io@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Across the globe, start-up businesses, spin-outs and ‘intrapreneurs’ are becoming increasingly popular. As a result, governments and corporate policymakers are now investing heavily in enterprise and innovation.

This master’s degree will aim to develop your ability to pitch your creativity and originality to solve organisational challenges and deliver growth around the world.

The course aims to increase your confidence in generating, implementing and managing new ideas, even in changing or uncertain contexts. Having such an entrepreneurial mind-set could serve you well throughout your career, even if you never actually become an entrepreneur. You’ll have the chance to learn how to spot opportunities before your competitors or colleagues do, which could help you to negotiate uncertainty and solve problems in unconventional ways.


Extended Professional Practice

This MSc course is now available with Extended Professional Practice. This 18-month option is aimed at students who are looking to develop a deeper understanding of business in a very practical way. You will undertake two Professional Practice modules which will take the form of either an internship with a host organisation, or a campus-based professional experience. Students are expected to spend twenty-two weeks at one (or more) work setting(s) and will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice. After completing the extended professional practice students are required to produce a substantial problem-based piece of individual written work.

Why Coventry University London?

We believe that there is no better place to learn about business than to study in the heart of one of the most successful business and financial centres in the world. Launched in 2010 and located in the City of London, we are minutes away from the Bank of England and the London Stock Exchange, and are surrounded by several blue chip companies.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Heart of the City

Minutes from the Bank of England and Stock Exchange

What our students say...

This course is about developing a mind-set for innovation and enterprise. How you then use that mind-set is up to you, but you might find it to be an invaluable advantage in your career.

Course information

This master’s degree course provides an insight into a different type of enterprise. It offers you the opportunity to learn creative theory and practical skills that you might need to succeed in modern business.

Enterprise and innovation are very much about a mind-set and an approach, so you’ll have the chance to spend a lot of time honing these skills with your fellow students who could come from all over the world. You might explore potential areas of venture creation within an organisation, as well as freelance and management consultancy and ‘intrapreneurship’ within large corporations and public-sector organisations.

The course examines the various stakeholders in innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship, and different types and sources of funding. You’ll have the chance to explore a variety of start-up models and analyse the opportunities that they present. You could learn to apply a management consultant’s approach to real business problems, and consider how established firms might add new innovations to their offering.

This full-time master’s degree course is offered over three terms as standard, or over five terms if you choose to do the Extended Professional Practice.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

All of your modules aim to take a creative, globalised, and highly practical approach to learning. This should develop your creativity and your critical-thinking skills while giving you the chance to deepen your underpinning academic theory. We aim to develop your ability to balance the needs of the many stakeholders involved in innovation (whose goals and attitudes can often conflict), and you will be taught to pitch your ideas for the best chance of success.

Modules

In more detail...

  • The course aims to reflect the latest developments in entrepreneurial theory and practice, and all of your modules will feature problem-based learning
  • You'll have the chance to learn to apply an entrepreneurial mind-set to many business contexts, whether that’s in a start-up, an existing family business, or a huge multinational company
  • You could apply to take up an internship in an industry which is of interest to you, perhaps having the chance to take advantage of our excellent links with companies in London's unique FinTech sector
  • You could have the chance to meet real entrepreneurs from industry – hearing their stories and how they think
  • Many of our tutors have excellent contacts with business incubators and accelerators, which you might have the chance to join whilst still a student
  • You’ll have opportunities to meet with guest speakers from academia, from businesses in London’s financial centres, and from the real world of entrepreneurship
  • You could enjoy opportunities such as extra-curricular workshops, competitions, real business consultancy projects, and field trips in the UK or other countries. There may be additional costs associated with this
  • You might also have opportunities for collaborating with universities in other countries through online international learning (OIL) projects
  • During the course, if you wish to start your own business, you could access business start-up advice (and support) from our Enterprise Hub as well as our academic staff
  • You will be taught by specialists, many of whom have direct experience in industry. Therefore, employment-related knowledge and skills form a natural part of lectures and seminars
  • You might develop a strong network of contacts for your future career, possibly gathered from your fellow students, your tutors, and the businesses you will meet.

Your main study themes are:

  • Creativity – A successful leader doesn’t just liberate their own creativity, but recognises the need to hire, nurture and use creative people. They are also skilled at finding new and radical ways to solve, circumvent and prevent business challenges.

  • Impact – Innovation for its own sake can be a resource-hungry distraction; instead, it should have a positive impact on business and society. Keeping ‘impact’ front-of-mind means you might also leverage it for reputation management and for growth.

  • Gender – Increasing numbers of women in leadership mean that female innovation and entrepreneurship are now firmly on the agenda. What are the implications for women, for business and for enterprise?

  • Financial literacy – A great idea will always remain an idea unless it gets investment, and it can’t be sustained without strong financial control. Innovation and finance are often seen as adversaries, but in fact must work together for their mutual benefit.

Coventry University holds the ‘Gold’ award in the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework, so you can expect to enjoy the highest standards of teaching here at our London campus. Our tutors are all highly qualified and experienced, and many have strong career backgrounds in industry.

Our teaching will be split between academic studies and practical exercises, which aims to provide excellent preparation for the workplace. You could enjoy many opportunities to mix with the world of business through field trips, tours, guest lectures and visits to companies and institutions in the UK and overseas. There may be additional costs associated with this. You could experience business networking and opportunities, which might be helpful for work-experience and consultancy projects. Even in the classroom, the teaching focuses on practical tasks such as pitches, presentations, business plans, report-writing, planning and debates.

You’ll be expected to show a high level of motivation for independent learning. That could mean making the most of the opportunities afforded by London’s business districts (such as tours, museums, exhibitions and conferences) and arranging your own work experiences in your spare time. Since this is an intensive course, a significant proportion of your time should be dedicated to personal study, a lifelong skill which could serve you well throughout your career.

Teaching methods may include:<br> Lectures, seminars, textbooks, workshops, debates, case studies, consultancy projects, simulations, business plans and online collaborations.

We believe that your assessments should reflect the way you might work, and the way your performance might be measured, in the workplace – so your assessments will be based on much more than purely academic assignments. Some of your assessments may be based on your individual work, or the work of a group in which you participate. And they may be led by you, you peers, or your tutors.

You will be asked to demonstrate your ability to undertake real business exercises such as making pitches and writing business plans; these are essential skills for innovators and entrepreneurs. You’ll be assessed in seminars and group discussions, being asked to take feedback from tutors or your fellow students on short tasks, and review questions or case studies. All of the final major projects require critical thinking, collaborative relationships, oral and written communication, and problem solving.

One of the most exciting things about this course is that not only does it take a globalised approach to all of your learning, but you may be part of an international cohort of students from all over the world. Even your tutors could be from a wide range of countries. This means you could have the chance to benefit from a broad range of perspectives and experiences, and you might build a superb international network of contacts.

You might take up opportunities to collaborate with students in other countries, perhaps through an online learning project or through a visit to their university. You could go on field trips to other countries, and if you choose to apply to do an internship, you could even arrange your own placement outside of the UK.

There may be additional costs associated with this.

What our students say...

This course is about developing a mind-set for innovation and enterprise. How you then use that mind-set is up to you, but you might find it to be an invaluable advantage in your career.

Entry Requirements

A second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

A second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

English as a Foreign Language: an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

A second class honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Work experience is desirable but not essential.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

This course is about developing a mind-set for innovation and enterprise. How you then use that mind-set is up to you, but you might find it to be an invaluable advantage in your career.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£11,867
£12,450 (with professional practice) (per year)


January 2020

£11,867
£12,450 (with professional practice) (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£11,867
£12,450 (with professional practice) (per year)


January 2020

£11,867
£12,450 (with professional practice) (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£14,509
£16,700 (with professional practice) (per year)


January 2020

£14,509
£16,700 (with professional practice) (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

What our students say...

This course is about developing a mind-set for innovation and enterprise. How you then use that mind-set is up to you, but you might find it to be an invaluable advantage in your career.

Career prospects

When you graduate, you should have the skills and attitudes you need to develop your own business or to build a career as an innovative leader within an organisation.

On successfully completing this course, you should have a wide range of skills which are currently very much sought-after by investors, lenders and employers. A huge range of opportunities could be open to you when you graduate, whether you choose to be an entrepreneur or to follow an intrapreneur pathway (as an innovator within an existing organisation).

You should have a strong grasp of the roles which creativity and innovation can play in the workplace, and how they can contribute to enhanced business success. You should know how to balance curiosity and risk-taking with responsible risk management and financial control.

Your self-sufficiency and your resilience should have been strengthened, and you should develop skills to know how to use networking to build strong connections for potential partnerships. You should be able to recognise genuine opportunities, negotiate uncertainty, and be capable of delivering strategies for leadership in the context of self-employment, consultancy or business management.

Where our graduates work

Several career pathways might be open to you after you graduate, including:

  • Applying to join a large corporation as an intrapreneur or innovation-led manager
  • Starting your own business
  • Applying to join a consulting firm
  • Returning to a family business and having the chance to lead the development of the company
  • Applying to take up a role in public policy or government, using your skills to create new ways to solve old problems
  • Applying to go into teaching or for roles involving training others in the advantages of the entrepreneurial approach.

What our students say...

This course is about developing a mind-set for innovation and enterprise. How you then use that mind-set is up to you, but you might find it to be an invaluable advantage in your career.

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