ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT

MSc / PGDip

Accredited by the University of Warwick

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Duration

1 year FT

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12 weeks (optional)

Entry

September, February

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8 months FT

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13.2m employed by UK SMEs in 2019*

*Federation of Small Businesses, 2020

90% of worldwide businesses are SMEs**

**World Bank, 2021

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are big for business. SMEs account for over half of employment worldwide, with governments increasingly prioritising their development to absorb the growing global workforce. Such enterprises need qualified managers with the right skill set to succeed, and our Enterprise Management postgraduate course provides the perfect preparation for you to help meet this demand and make your mark in the business world.

This exciting business master’s course focuses on the formation and growth of new ventures, and will help to equip you with that all-important entrepreneurial mindset that can be applied to a range of settings. You will learn to develop and apply vital enterprising attributes, behaviours and competencies towards venture creation and the creation of cultural, social or economic value.

Featuring a blended learning approach, our course provides you with further opportunities to gain hands-on skills and experience, from the option of a 12-week industry placement to gaining practical skills studying in our cutting-edge Digital Creative Studio and our Financial Trading Suite on campus. You will also have the opportunity to engage with industry experts and work alongside entrepreneurs on live projects.

Why should I choose this course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – ‘Learn by doing’ through live project work and developing your own business start-up idea, as well as building practical media skills in our Digital Creative Studio
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Boost your experience of the business sector before completing your course with an optional 12-week industry placement
  • EXPERT TUITION – Interact and engage with business experts who will mentor you to ensure you develop the skills and knowledge to succeed
  • FLEXIBLE LEARNING – Blended delivery provides flexibility for you to weave your study around work commitments
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the University of the Year offering the best Student Support in the UK (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022)

Our facilities

University College Birmingham provides a range of support services for budding young entrepreneurs through our dedicated Enterprise Hive, while students on our business courses have the opportunity to study in our cutting-edge Financial Trading Suite. Our Digital Creative Studio also enables you to learn an array of skills for producing digital content including video and audio.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

Starting and Managing a Business

The aim of this module is to provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge of setting up, managing or growing your own venture. You will learn about the entrepreneurial mindset and how your own management style can influence the growth and direction of your business. You will develop a toolkit of business start-up concepts including finance methods, business planning, market research, human resources, marketing and legal, including registering your venture. You will investigate several high profile and successful business start-ups as well as learning from businesses who got it wrong, so you don’t make the same mistakes. You will finish this module with a complete pitch deck for your new or growing venture and have the opportunity to present it to a group of venture capitalists and angel investors.

Creativity and Innovation

With the fast pace of change and uncertain times, creativity has never been more important. The aim of this module is to provide you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge of creativity and innovation, including how to manage your own creative personality and how to drive your ideas through the organisation. You will cover the impact of rapid digital change, intensifying global competition and how creativity stems from the environment and culture of your organisation. The module will draw on theories of creativity and innovative cultures and examine the sociological and economic, as well as looking at theories of the firm in relation to design and composition for innovation. You will also examine the barriers to creativity and reflect on a range of case studies that demonstrate the impact of innovation on a worldwide scale.

Leading for the Future

As the world enters the fourth industrial revolution, you don’t want to get left behind. This module focuses on a wide range of concepts that prepare you to lead an organisation through a time of rapid change and disruption. We will focus on you as an ethical leader, developing values of sustainability, well-being and flexibility for your team as well as examining how digital transformation will impact on your business and on the lives of your customers. Interconnectedness is at the heart of Industry 4.0, and we will examine the rise of social enterprises and the ethical consumer and how innovations in artificial intelligence, augmented reality and robotics can improve your venture’s ability to be agile and constantly evolve.

The Entrepreneurial Decision Maker

Entrepreneurs need to be great decision makers. In many cases the buck will stop with you, and you won’t have a huge team around you to share the risk. This module teaches you about decision-making theory, examines how to create a team of effective decision makers and gives you the diagnostic tools to formulate, assess, screen and reach the required outcome. You will also learn how to evaluate previous decisions, so you don’t make the same mistake twice. Finally, you will examine data sources and learn how to gather and manipulate information to reach a balanced business decision.

Applied Masters Project

This module extends and develops your knowledge and ability in focusing upon, and preparing for, industry research. It introduces you to the disciplines of research techniques and data analysis as well as the design and execution of a research project. The project can take various forms including a traditional dissertation, generating a new enterprise start-up plan, developing a business or marketing campaign, or proposing new processes/systems/products/target markets. The aim is to develop your skills and expertise in the essential research tools you will need for both successful postgraduate study and as a self-employed entrepreneur or manager of the future.

The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements

Academic

  • MSc Enterprise Management – A grade classification of 2:2 is required, or international equivalent.
  • PGDip Enterprise Management– A grade classification of third-class is required, or international equivalent.
  • There are no subject pre-requisites for this programme.

Work-Based

  • We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to University College Birmingham.
  • To apply, you must have five years of relevant managerial work experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing.
  • A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered.

EU/international students

For academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

Additional

If your degree is not related and you do not have relevant managerial work experience, please contact Admissions so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis before you apply.

If you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form:

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Key information

Teaching and assessment

Providing accessible and inclusive teaching and learning through a block, blended pedagogy, our course will allow you to focus on understanding individual topic areas, while providing flexibility for you to plan your study around your work commitments.

The course will be delivered through a range of methods which include attending lectures, seminar debates, enterprising workshops, and interacting with guest speakers and leading entrepreneurs from industry. You will also be expected to engage with independent reading and research to ensure an interactive and personalised learning experience.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to encourage the development of a full portfolio of entrepreneurial and management skills and competencies. These include case studies, presentations, online debates, assessed seminars, executive reports, business start-up and development plans, and business pitching.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student or an EU student with settled or pre-settled status enrolling on a MA/MSc course at University College Birmingham, your fee for this academic year will be £8,750. The fee for the PGDip course is £6,350.

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on one of our postgraduate programmes (e.g. MSc, MA) in 2023/24, your fee for this academic year will be £14,500 per year.

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UCBconnect - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, we have created a platform called UCBconnect, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation via text and email to complete your user registration and join UCBconnect. For more information, please visit ucb.ac.uk/ucbconnect.

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Work placements

Work placements are vital for gaining real-life experience and for building your confidence and skills before you finish your course – and they may even lead to a job when you graduate. Our Hired team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our MSc Enterprise Management course features the option of a 12-week placement prior to the commencement of your research project. Opportunities are available to work with a large, established company or a young start-up.

Work alongside experts in your sector

A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:

  • Grand Hyatt Beijing (China)
  • Luxury Hotels International of Spain (Spain)
  • Hiflow (France) 
We have been working with professionals from various industry sectors to get a comprehensive understanding of how to start our own businesses. We got to attend a conference on entrepreneurship, and have had a number of guest speakers giving lectures and inspiring testimonials.

Amandine Nguidjol Enterprise Management MSc

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Business development manager (Postgraduate)

Average Salary: £37,500

Management consultant

Average Salary: £50,000

Project manager (postgraduate)

Average Salary: £60,000

Business adviser (postgraduate)

Average Salary: £40,000

Financial manager

Average Salary: £35,000

Business owner

Variable

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