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


Tried, tested and triple accredited. We are one of just 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation.

If you’re looking to start your own company, lead a family business or gain entrepreneurial skills which are held in high regard by employers, then look no further. Our MSc Entrepreneurship will help you to identify business opportunities and pursue new ventures. You will develop your understanding of the global commercial environment, allowing you to manage and grow a business internationally.  With extensive industry contacts, links to business incubators and a huge amount of start-up support available, we’re the perfect stepping stone for your future.

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. 

This course is available for September or January start

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:
September or January

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.

This exciting programme will equip you with the knowledge and capabilities to pursue a range of future career paths. We will provide you with the academic grounding and practical skills needed to start your own business. You’ll gain a detailed understanding of businesses in an international context, enabling you to work for a leading global firm or operate across borders with your own company. We’ll also help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset. This can open doors to a variety of future pathways, from securing a graduate role to becoming a successful entrepreneur, and from expanding the family business to working with start-up firms. Whatever your career ambitions, we can help you achieve them. 

The course covers the entire process of starting a new business venture, from the initial idea to international expansion. It will help you to identify and develop business opportunities and teach you how to check the feasibility of a venture using key frameworks and tools. It will teach you business growth strategies and what funding options are available to entrepreneurs. You’ll also appreciate how enterprises can vary in terms of their mission, from commercial ventures aiming to maximise profits to social enterprises who prioritise social wealth creation. We also explore entrepreneurship in the context of family businesses and corporate intrapreneurship. 

We focus on developing practical entrepreneurial skills throughout the programme. For example, you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical experience writing formal business plans and presenting venture propositions to would-be investors by the way of a pitch. We’ll also develop key transferable skills which employers consider highly valuable. You’ll enhance your communication, teamwork, analytical and critical-thinking abilities thanks to our emphasis on applied learning methods.

We’ll equip you with a broad knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll develop an understanding of how the external environment can affect business decision-making and behaviours. We examine foreign market entry modes, approaches to international trade, how international businesses are structured as well as the impact of technology and country policies on company strategy.

We examine the traits and characteristics often associated with successful entrepreneurs and help you to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. This is useful as it can empower you to create your own business. It’s equally important for graduate careers too as it makes you alert to opportunities for growth and innovation within markets.

With a wide selection of optional modules, this course provides you with opportunity to tailor your studies to suit your interests or professional ambitions. You’ll be able to gain advanced-level understanding of subject areas, including finance, marketing, human resource and strategy. Whatever career path you’re looking to take, we can help you get on the right track. 

You’ll benefit from being taught by experts in the field of entrepreneurship and international business. The faculty is committed to providing you with the highest quality of education and we use a variety of teaching methods to enable you to get the most from the course. There are practical activities, including simulation exercises, reflective case studies, collaborative group work, thought-provoking class discussions as well as inspiring lectures and tutorials. All sessions are delivered in a friendly, supportive atmosphere and we make best use of technology to help engage with students.

Why Choose Us?

We’re part of an elite group of business schools thanks to our triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. We boast a strong reputation and an impressive track-record for student satisfaction, teaching quality and employability. Recent graduates have gone onto to set up successful businesses in a variety of sector, whilst others have secured coveted graduate roles.

Our MSc Entrepreneurship is ranked 5th in the UK and 47th in the world in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2018. In addition to a world-class education, you can also benefit from a business incubator located on campus. BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) offers workshops, tailored business support and grants to students and graduates embarking on new business ventures. Our extensive industry links can also provide you with mentoring opportunities. 

Attracting students from all over the world, this course is a great opportunity to mix with people from different cultures and diverse backgrounds. You can build a network of international contacts and you’ll experience working as part of a multicultural team. 

You will study all core modules plus three optional modules.

Core Modules

Business Venturing – This module teaches you practical entrepreneurial skills which will enable you to start a successful business. You’ll explore techniques for coming up with business ideas and how to develop this into a formal business plan. You will learn how to effectively present a business proposition to potential financial investors and gain practical experience by delivering a mock pitch. 

Entrepreneurial Strategies – We develop your understanding of how new businesses are created and what is needed for them thrive and grow. We’ll teach you various techniques for evaluating business opportunities and you’ll learn to analyse market and industry conditions. We also explore different contexts of entrepreneurship, from commercial start-ups to social enterprises and from family businesses to corporate venturing. 

International Business – Develop an understanding of the fundamental aspects of the global business environment. We examine how this influences strategic decisions and business policies. You’ll learn about the different perspectives on international business, look at theories on international trade, foreign direct investment and corporate governance. 

Entrepreneurial & Innovation in Emerging Economies – This module focuses on entrepreneurial ventures and innovative activities of established businesses in developing countries, and how they contribute to the development of emerging economies. We look at specific processes of new business creation and innovation in this context and examine case studies to help you to gain an applied understanding. 

International Entrepreneurship – We develop your understanding of the global business environment and the factors which affect entrepreneurs’ strategies in relation to growing their business abroad. You’ll analyse the main entry modes for new companies looking to do business overseas. We also assess the implications of economic policies and technological advances on new business internationalisation. 

Dissertation Project – You can tailor your dissertation project to your interests or career ambitions. Choose an area of entrepreneurship or business to carry out in-depth research into or take a more practical approach and develop a formal business plan for a new venture. Whichever route you choose, you’ll be guided by a dissertation supervisor who will support you throughout your project.

Optional Modules - a choice of three from the following:

Product, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship
Business Finance
Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
People and 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 

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

Karim Kirollos 

Karim is a Teaching Fellow in International Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School. He teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and undertakes research specialising in multinational organisations from Latin America; mergers and acquisitions, and more recently, tax avoidance.  Karim has acted as a consultant to the United Nations Conference Trade and Development, specialising on economic integration, SMEs and foreign direct investment.  He was a consultant to the ASEAN Investment Report 2015, and is contributing to the upcoming ASEAN Investment Report. 

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

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


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