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MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Innovation and Applied Entrepreneurship

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2019 intake. Applications for 2020 should be made from October 2019. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit the MSc International Management page.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Bristol Business School
One year
Full-time, starts September; Block Learning available
Programme leader:
Conroy Grizzle
Key fact:
This highly practical and academically rigorous Masters gives you the opportunity to gain a year of hands-on experience alongside your studies with plenty of real-world application and a uniquely supportive learning environment where your entrepreneurial abilities can flourish.

Page last updated 12 February 2019


Are you looking to start your own business or seeking to develop your entrepreneurial capacities? If so, our MSc in Innovation and Applied Entrepreneurship is the ideal postgraduate course.

Whether you are working on your own business start-up idea, or would like to form part of a team looking for a creative solution to a social or business problem, this unique Masters-level programme covers all the skills and capabilities you need to develop yourself as a successful entrepreneur.

Learning by doing

The course equips you with all the theories, ideas and concepts you need to be aware of from an entrepreneurial perspective. But more importantly, it also gives you the opportunity to go out and use those ideas by working on a wide range of business projects.

Research tells us that this applied approach makes it significantly more likely that you will retain what you learn and you can then take that learning either into your own venture or into a management role within a larger organisation.

The right environment

The course has been structured to move away from the classroom-style of teaching to create an environment that's most conducive to developing an entrepreneurial mindset. You'll spend a lot of time working in multi-disciplinary teams where you can learn from one another, as well as from your tutors and external business experts and build strong networks for the future.

You will leave the course well equipped as a collaborative entrepreneur, with the skills, networks and confidence you need to make an outstanding contribution, whether in your own start-up business or an established organisation.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of the following two modules:

Business Basics for Entrepreneurs - a blended learning module, which includes 5 core study units covering key business topics (Accounting and Finance; Human Resources; Law; Marketing; and Strategy) and 10 optional study units (you need to complete 5 of them) that allow you to go into more detail in the areas of most relevance to you and your business. 

Innovation and High Performing Teams - a hands-on module including: team roles and organisational role analysis; group processes and team dynamics; team development and team building; creativity and innovation in teams; idea generation and selection; team working diagnostics, tools and techniques; diversity and difference in teams; cross-cultural team working. There will be an opportunity to work on your own business ideas, as well as on genuine 'briefs' from external organisations.

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of the above modules, plus the following two modules:

Developing Entrepreneurial Capacities follows a similar format to the 'Business Basics for Entrepreneurs' module. Core study units cover key aspects of entrepreneurship (including creativity and decision-making; funding models and pitching; lean start-up approaches) and options allow you to explore relevant themes in more depth.

Leadership and Managing People - follows a similar format to 'Innovation and High Performing Teams' and the emphasis is on developing your leadership and management capacities. Areas covered will include: personal influence; self-leadership and managing self; leadership practice; leading through complexity, networks and patterns of relationship; coaching, dialogue and constructive conversations; giving and receiving feedback; well-being and resilience; diversity and difference; and leadership across cultures.

For the Masters phase, as well as the four modules above, the choice is between completing a dissertation or a business development plan:

Research Methods (15 credits) and Dissertation (45 credits)  This requires you to complete a research methods course and assessed dissertation project plan, followed by a dissertation that explores a relevant innovation/entrepreneurship topic of your choosing in some depth the dissertation will be 15,000-20,000 words.  You will be allocated a supervisor to support you through this process.

Business Development Plan (60 credits) Grounded in rigorous business research, the business development plan brings together a strategy to achieve specific business goals and the key elements that will help your business to achieve these within a given time-frame. These are likely to include but are not limited to: value proposition and business model, strategic marketing plan, human resources and management structure, financial structure, sales planning, and financial and (where appropriate) investment planning. The assessment includes a verbal presentation, the business development plan itself (10,000 words) and a critical reflection and evaluation of the plan (4,000 words). You will be part of an action enquiry group, as well as receiving individual supervision.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The course is team based and uses a 'learning by doing' approach. In training sessions, you will be supported by an experienced team coach. As well as undertaking projects based on 'wicked problems' (complex issues requiring input from different perspectives and backgrounds), you will have opportunities to bring your own startup ideas and benefit from the input of other team members.

Masterclasses are highly interactive and are led by academic and industry experts, whilst online delivery of some modules allows you to engage with individual study units as and when they are most relevant to you.

Group working is a key element and you will have plenty of opportunity to practise and develop your team working capabilities. The opportunities to share learning across multi-disciplinary teams will also help you to learn more, and at a faster rate.

For more details, see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

This is a full-time course, which means you'll attend the University for 12 months. You will have three 3-hour training sessions a fortnight, plus a series of masterclasses. Projects are typically based out of the Team Entrepreneurship Hub on the Frenchay Campus and may also involve client visits.

Study support

If you have been out of higher education for a while, we provide skills sessions to help prepare you for studying again as well as sessions for non-native English speakers.


The assessment on this course is designed to demonstrate that you can apply theory to practice effectively and to develop skills that will be useful in your future career. There are no written exams. Course work assessments include verbal presentations, book reviews, reports, marketing/business plans, project logs and reflective essays.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Study facilities

The course is based in an open plan office space in the Team Entrepreneurship Hub on the Frenchay campus.

You will also have access to other facilities on campus to enhance your learning experience. This includes the University library, which is open 24 hours a day and includes computer facilities and an impressive selection of books, journals, statistics, company information, market reports and DVDs.

The University is currently investing in a £50m project to build the new Faculty of Business and Law building, which will provide a state-of-the-art learning environment for business and law students.

Meet leaders of industry

As a student at Bristol Business School, you will have the opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership through our Bristol Distinguished Address Series.

Our inspirational line up of speakers has included Arie De Geus, expert in organisational learning and Ann Francke, CEO of CMI. We also hold 'creative conversations' as part of the course, where we invite entrepreneurs to come and talk and share their experiences with our students in a more informal setting.



Careers / Further study

The MSc in Innovation and Applied Entrepreneurship at Bristol Business School will equip you with the entrepreneurial capacities necessary to start your own business or to thrive in a management position in a complex, fast-moving environment.

If you are looking to develop your own business idea, the course offers the ideal environment in which to explore and progress your plans. The Masters is also suited to those looking to take their entrepreneurial know-how into a larger organisation. The skills we develop on the course such as being solution-focused, forward thinking and a flexible communicator are increasingly sought after by employers across all sectors.

You will have access to careers support while you are studying with us (and for three years after you graduate) through the University's careers service.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.


September Full Time Intake

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Award Fee9500
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)792
International-Full Time-Award Fee13250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1104

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.


Entry requirements

You will need:

  • An honours degree (minimum 2.2) in any subject.
  • If you do not have a first degree, equivalent professional qualifications combined with work experience may be sufficient: please give full details in your application.

Your personal statement should be no more than 1,000 words in total and should include detailed responses to the following questions:

  • What has motivated you to apply for this course?  And why do you think you are a good candidate?
  • Thinking ahead to when you have graduated, what would success look like for you?  What do you hope to have achieved both academically and personally?
  • What are the most important personal qualities, skills, experiences and expertise you will bring to this course and to a project team?  And in which areas of your skill set and expertise do you need to develop?
  • Please outline any relevant experience and achievements  you would like to include to support your application, paying particular attention to how they demonstrate teamwork and the personal qualities necessary to succeed on this course. 

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet UWE's minimum English Language requirements - the International English Language Test (IELTS) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components.

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