MSc Entrepreneurship

Aston accommodated my need for flexibility and helped me to grow my business by enhancing my professional network" 

Anthony Catt
Managing Director 
Oxygen Startups

Entry requirements

A good UK honours degree (2:2 minimum) or equivalent


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MSc Entrepreneurship is an exciting masters course with a strong focus on the practical application of theory and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to develop your career as an innovative entrepreneur. This course is ideal if you are thinking about running your own business, looking to start up your own business, want to work as an innovative ‘intrapreneur’ in business, take over a family business, or work in an entrepreneurship and innovation-related sector. Enterprise skills are highly valuable outside of new venture start-ups, as employers are increasingly looking to hire employees with an entrepreneurial mindset.

This course offers a double degree option - achieve two degrees for the price of one as well as study abroad at one of our partner institutions. 

35th in Europe and 5th in the UK in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2017.
Develop analytical and strategic skills to set up and manage new enterprises
Study abroad and internship opportunities
Get consultancy experience on a live business dissertation project

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

Duration of course: Full-time - 12 months with work internship in industry.

Start date:

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

MSc Entrepreneurship focuses on the development of entrepreneurial skills. Combined with an understanding of the international business environment, these skills are increasingly important for a career in the modern business environment. Entrepreneurial and innovation-driven businesses from mature and emerging economies are increasingly taking advantage of global markets and seeking to improve their international strategies and operations.

You'll develop an understanding of the global business environment and the factors that inform both entrepreneurial business decisions and business organisations conducive to experimentation and change. You'll also gain analytical and strategic skills to enable you to set up and manage new enterprises within a national and international context, and the knowledge required for developing innovation-based business strategies.

MSc Entrepreneurship will enable you to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. The course will prepare you for starting your own business but is equally useful for students who want to become entrepreneurial employees. Entrepreneurial employees are of value to their employers because they are alert to opportunities to differentiate and innovate business activities. An entrepreneurial mindset and attitude will definitely prepare you for a fast-changing market.

Starting a new enterprise requires creativity as well as the analytical skills to evaluate the feasibility and viability of business opportunities. MSc Entrepreneurship will enhance your knowledge of venture creation and business growth strategies. The curriculum also provides plenty of opportunities for the practical application of enterprise skills. 

You will study all core modules plus three optional modules.

Core Modules

  • Business Venturing
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • International Business

  • Entrepreneurial & Innovation in Emerging Economies
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Ethics in Academic Practice

Optional Modules

  • Product, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Finance
  • Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
  • People & World Organisations
  • Marketing Management
  • International Marketing Management 
  • Management of Innovation
  • Economic Environment of Business
  • International Finance
  • Strategic Business Sustainability 
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring 
  • Operations Management
  • Management Consulting and Strategic Management 

The course then concludes with a dissertation project. 

Learning & teaching

You'll experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.


Your assessment will be through through a mixture of examinations and coursework. In addition, you will prepare a dissertation which will either be a business plan for an entrepreneurial venture or an investigation with a focus on entrepreneurship.

Personal Development

This course will enable you to acquire skills that deepen your understanding of the global business environment and the factors that inform entrepreneurial business decisions. 

You will gain the knowledge required for developing innovation-based business strategies, and develop the analytical and strategic skills needed to set up and manage new enterprises in national and international contexts.

Course director

Dr Emma Folmer 
Emma joined Aston Business School in July 2014, having spent the previous year as a lecturer at the department of Geography and Planning at the University of Amsterdam. The main courses Emma has lectured in have been Introduction to Urban Planning, Research methods, and introduction to Economic Geography. She completed her PhD in May 2014 at the University of Amsterdam. Her PhD research was in the field of economic geography and the research focused on entrepreneurship and small business dynamics in urban residential neighbourhoods in the Netherlands.

Throughout the academic year many events around enterprise and entrepreneurship take place at Aston University. Students are encouraged to engage with these activities.

BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) is a business incubator located on the Aston University campus. It is available to students and graduates from Aston. BSEEN offer workshops and tailored business support, and also organise several enterprise events throughout the academic year. 

The personal development programme (PDP) runs throughout the year and is designed to build professional skills and confidence. Within the PDP students can opt to do a work placement, study abroad, business simulation game or an intensive workshop around enterprising skills. 

Find out more about enterprise and entrepreneurship activities at Aston University.

More than a masters

The Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Build a portfolio of professional business skills
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.

Learn more

This degree is suitable should you wish to set up your own business or further develop an existing entrepreneurial business, particularly in the context of international opportunities and threats. It is also a suitable first step if you plan to pursue a research or academic career in entrepreneurship or international business.

Recent graduates have set up their own businesses in a variety of sectors including:

  • Marketing
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Insurance Services.  

Fees 2018/19 
UK/EU:          £ 10,280
International:  £18,050

Find out more about our scholarships here 

Please note: This course was formerly known as MSc Entrepreneurship and International Business. 

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Discover Aston's MSc Entrepreneurship Webinar - 7 March 2018 - Event Recording
This webinar was delivered by Aston's MSc Entrepreneurship Programme Director, Dr Emma Folmer on 7 March.  It gives a 'taste' of ideas and skills relating to the entrepreneurial mindset, thinking about how entrepreneurs see challenges as opportunities, using strategies to turn those challenges into business, and also gives you a feel for what it's like to study MSc Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School.
Watch the recording here   

Interested? I'd love to hear from you.

Dr Emma Folmer
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