With organisations seeking to employ individuals with the ability to spot and take advantage of new opportunities, entrepreneurial and innovation skills are increasingly sought after. Our MSc prepares you for a wide range of careers in business including business development and running a start-up.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme Structure
An overview of the MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation programme structure, including details of the course information for semester 1 and semester 2.
This programme runs for one academic year, starting in mid-September. In semester one, you study six core courses. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Landscape is a short course in week one providing an introduction to the content of the program. These compulsory courses are the foundation upon which the whole MSc is built.
In semester 2, you will select option courses depending on your own interests and career aspirations, allowing you to build on and put into practice the concepts introduced in the first semester.
Finally, your MSc dissertation brings all of the year's learning together in a piece of work unique to each student. For this particular programme you have the option to pursue a research dissertation, or to engage in a business-focused dissertation such as a business plan or business project.
To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2019/20.
- Entrepreneurial Finance
- Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation in Context
- Introduction to Accounting for Entrepreneurs
- Managing Innovation in Context
- Methods of Business Research
- The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Landscape
Option Courses (Choose between 1 and 2*)
- Innovation Management in Practice
- Venture Management and Growth in Practice
Option Courses (Choose between 2 and 3*)
- Design Thinking
- Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Social and Sustainable Enterprise
- Organising for Social Change: Strategy, Governance and Innovation
- Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation
Dissertation (MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation)
Details of the Dissertation
*We will notify applicants of any changes to the programme structure and courses by 15 June in the year of entry to the course. We cannot guarantee that all option courses will run each year and occasionally there will be last minute amendments after this date due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff illness.
The content of individual courses and the programme for any given degree are under constant academic review in light of current circumstances and may change from time to time, with some programmes and courses being modified, discontinued or replaced.
Due to high demand we cannot guarantee students a place on the optional course of their preference. Equally, if there is not enough interest in a given year for an option course then it may not be viable for us to run that particular option course. Some combinations of option courses may not be possible due to scheduling constraints.
Core and Elective Courses
Full programme details, including all available core and elective courses can be found on the University Degree Programme Tables website.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Degree Programme Table
Expand Your Skills
Our MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation will help you to develop business skills that are essential in a wide range of different organisations. Our dedicated Student Development Team is here to help you become equipped to maximise your potential in the global market.
Support for Masters Students
Learn about the support our Student Development Team can offer.
The MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides students with the opportunity to develop skills that can be applied to a variety of organisations, to new and existing ventures, and to a wide range of sectors.
The programme prepares students for a range of careers including:
- Managers of innovation within existing organisations
- Policy and business development roles
- Venture founders
- Taking on more serious roles within a family-run business
The success of our programmes is reflected in the career destinations of our graduates.
Career Outcomes of Past Students
Student Development Team
The Student Development Team will be an integral part of your student experience from day one.
In your first semester you can benefit from a series of professional development sessions - run by the Student Development Team - that cover a range of topics including:
- Team working
- Job search strategies
- Presentation skills
- Self awareness
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For specific and tailored career advice and coaching you can book 1-to-1 sessions with a member of the Student Development Team to discuss:
- CV and application advice
- LinkedIn profile reviews
- Careers guidance
- Interview or assessment centre practice
For general enquiries please email the Student Development Team.
All our MSc programmes have various built-in opportunities to engage with companies; an important step in your skills development and the expansion of your corporate network. Examples of programme-specific opportunities include:
- Group Consultancy Projects
- Career Lounges
We aim to provide our students with interaction across a wide range of businesses, gaining valuable insight into their operations, advice from their key decision makers as well as the opportunity to work on 'real life' projects proposed by our industry partners.
More on Industry Opportunities
Edinburgh Award for Professional Development
As part of your MSc programme you will have the opportunity to further enhance your employability credentials by taking part in the Edinburgh Award.
By proactively working on your own development, you can gain official recognition through the Edinburgh Award for professional development. As well as receiving an official certificate from the University, the achievement will be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
Participants are offered individual coaching sessions; peer support networks; a 'buddy system' and masterclasses on topics such as leadership and advanced communication.
The Student Development Team is on hand to help you build your confidence and networking skills. By involving our alumni and network of corporate contacts, we are able to ensure that the activities are industry-relevant and give you the opportunity to build your own professional and global networks.
In addition to the Student Development team, there are a number of other services and societies across the university which may help with your professional development, such as:
Got Questions? Get in Touch
Email Our Student Development Team
Engagement with Industry
On the MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation you will have the opportunity to work with industry and business professionals in a variety of ways, such as through group consultancy projects and career exploration treks.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Consultancy Project
Our students share their experiences working on consultancy projects with external clients.
Group Consultancy Projects
As part of the MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, you have the opportunity to work on two consultancy projects: Innovation Management in Practice and Venture Management in Practice. These both run in the second semester, from January to March.
Students will work as a team of consultants to tackle the real-world challenges faced by established organisations to consider approaches to managing innovation.
Past companies have included:
- Fair Business Alliance
- I'm Perfect Food
- IBM Watson
- Social Investment Scotland
I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside some of the brightest students that Edinburgh University has to offer on our innovation project. Working in collaboration we have created an innovation plan which we will implement into areas from within IBM. I see the impacts of this collaboration impacting our clients and I look forward to interacting with the University on future projects.Adam Turner, IBM Watson
Throughout the year, the School gives students the opportunity to engage with industry and business professionals in their own environments.
- Developing your knowledge of an industry, sector, or geographical location in order to make the best career choices
- Getting a feel for the culture, people, and values of particular companies
- Building your network of industry professionals and alumni
We run different types of treks:
- Local Treks: involve visiting organisations in and around the Edinburgh area
- Industry Treks: take place over the course of two or three days and are designed to give insight to a particular industry through visiting a series of related organisations, typically in a location away from Edinburgh
- Thematic Treks: generally programme-specific and focus on issues surrounding employability and the main learning outcome of your programme.
More on the Dublin 2018 Trek
Past trek locations for Entrepreneurship and Innovation have included London and Dublin.
Got Questions? Get in Touch
Email the Student Development Team