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Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship (MSc)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The MSc in Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship is designed for graduates seeking a rigorous foundation prior to launching their own company or entering an existing corporation in a role focused on business development and growth.

The programme will provide students with the required skills via a combination of teaching methods covering knowledge about best business practices, as well as cover the fundamental principles behind them. Building on these skills, students will also have the opportunity to create a new venture. The development of this new venture will be supported by academic faculty as well as a corporate sponsor or entrepreneur.

Special Features

Course Description

The programme consists of nine subjects completed over one year of full time study. Assessment per module is based on the equivalent of one 2,500-word assignment and one two-hour examination per 15 credit module. The pass level for each module is 50% based on the weighting of assessment components and all assessments are conducted prior to the beginning of the next semester or stage of the scheme.


Available Modules

Semester 1

The aims of the Economics and the Business Environment module are to introduce students to the nature of and functioning of firms and markets so that students can improve their business decisions, and to encourage students to understand the social and political environments in which organisations operate.

This module encourages students to reflect critically on the nature and challenges of entrepreneurship. It addresses those themes relating to entrepreneurship-as-practice and entrepreneurship-in context.

This module provides students with an introduction to the entrepreneurial process. It exposes students to the concepts, practices, skills and tools of starting and growing a new business - whether this be in a start-up, corporate or family context.

The aims of the module are to provide students with skills in the preparation and interpretation of financial reports, as well as to provide an understanding of the uses of management accounting techniques in evaluating cost behaviour for decision making purposes and financial management.


Semester 2

This module discusses how entrepreneurs in start-ups and family businesses can shape their organisations so that they can continuously build and commercialise valuable innovations, and how managers and executives in established firms can become more entrepreneurial in their approach to innovation.

The module will focus on the issues and problems involved in developing and managing entrepreneurial organisations. Students will evaluate the factors that make an organisation effective at each stage of growth.

This module provides an in-depth understanding of the theory, concepts and tools which are used to market a new product offering and are applicable in an entrepreneurial setting. Emphasis is placed on the special requirements for creating and executing marketing plans and programmes in a setting of rapid technological change.

The module aims to evaluate the indicators of personal leadership styles, and apply these to individual working practice. Students will learn to understand the principles of leadership and how they can help the individual to work more effectively.


Semester 3

This module aims to integrate and apply core course concepts, skills and techniques holistically, experientially and in a self-guiding context in order to construct and present a new venture plan for either a start-up company or an existing organisation based on a defined brief.


Skills Acquired

The course provides students with the required skills via a combination of teaching methods covering knowledge about best business practices, as well as the fundamental principles behind them. Building on these skills, students will also have the opportunity to create a new venture. The development of this new venture will be supported by academic faculty as well as a corporate sponsor or entrepreneur.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements will normally consist of a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university. Where relevant an applicant's work experience will also be taken into account and each applications is assessed individually.

Applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the university by attainment of a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, with a subscore of 5.5 in each individual paper.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £11,250 £18,750
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.
Notes

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Postgraduate Admissions Office, Cardiff Business School  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6953 

Fax:  

Email: carbs-pg-admissions@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://business.cardiff.ac.uk/courses

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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

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