Entrepreneurship MSc

London, Canary Wharf

The MSc Entrepreneurship programme is designed for students who intend to start and run high-impact, 'for-profit', innovative businesses. UCL's networks provide access to London's thriving entrepreneurship scene, a possible founding team and investor finance for a new business.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open


Application closes at 17:00 (UK time).

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Together with the academic requirements, applicants normally must have a demonstrable interest in pursuing an entrepreneurial venture or career and must have undertaken entrepreneurial activities, and not simply aspire to entrepreneurship.

Applicants must ideally have in excess of two years' work experience.

Under certain circumstances, candidates with an exceptional entrepreneurial background, but not meeting the above criteria, will be considered.

Your personal statement is your opportunity to explain your reasons for applying to study this particular MSc programme and how you hope to develop your future career as an entrepreneur with reference to the compulsory modules we offer. This programme requires that applicants have clear entrepreneurial ambitions, so you need to provide evidence of having begun to pursue these.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Students learn the necessary skills to build and scale a successful business. This includes how to develop ideas, build prototypes, and understand what customers truly want. Students learn about finance/funding, marketing, team building and all the key issues facing rapidly scaling enterprises. The focus of the teaching and student experience is around hands-on learning and entrepreneurial activity.

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for graduates with some work experience who now wish to pursue an entrepreneurial journey, either by starting their own business or being part of a founding team.

What this course will give you

Students acquire the confidence and understanding of how to develop and then scale a start-up opportunity.

The school offers an outstanding quality of teaching from a team with experience both of academia and of the world of industry and entrepreneurship, including several active venture capitalists and investors.

MSc Entrepreneurship students have access to world-class technical expertise and resources within a structured framework of support and formal business education, backed up with strong links to UCL Innovation and Enterprise.

The programme is taught at Level 50 and Level 38, One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, London’s global business and financial hub. Students will also have full access to the Bloomsbury campus, a district famous for its cultural and educational institutions.

The foundation of your career

The MSc Entrepreneurship programme at UCL School of Management is designed for students who intend to start and run high impact, innovative businesses.


Former Entrepreneurship MSc students have gone on to create a diverse range of start-up companies such as Double Dutch Drinks. For recent news of Entrepreneurship MSc alumni activity visit the UCL School of Management website.

In total there are now more than 700 alumni from the MSc Entrepreneurship programme. We are aware of 100+ actively trading businesses from 39 countries that have been created by our alumni. A selection are featured on our newly launched Hall of Fame website.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and class discussions. Students are given the opportunity to attend weekly lectures given by leading academics, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Assessment is normally through coursework, presentations, examinations, and the dissertation.

Students typically study 4 modules in Term 1 and 4 modules in Term 2, of which two are optional. In Term 3 students undertake a supervised dissertation project.

Each taught module is delivered over 10 weeks, with 3 contact hours per week comprising lecture content and interactive components.

In addition, students spend approximately 7-12 hours a week for each module on assessment and independent study to further develop the skills and knowledge covered in lectures and seminars.

The total number of weekly hours will vary according to the weekly activities being undertaken.

For a full overview of the programme structure please visit the UCL School of Management website.


Students will undertake eight taught modules of credits and a dissertation credit module.

The programme consists of:

  • six compulsory taught modules
  • two optional modules from a choice of eight
  • a research dissertation

The compulsory modules provide a broad foundation in subjects such as customer and product development, marketing, finance, strategy and management. In all cases, the teaching emphasis is entrepreneurial driven.

All students select two of eight specialist modules, aimed at giving more domain-specific knowledge, networks, and skills. Some of these optional modules will be taught with students from other School of Management Master’s programmes, thus providing further opportunities for student interaction across the school.

The optional modules offered are subject to change each year and are indicative only. Optional modules can change for a variety of reasons including but not limited to updated learning outcomes, lack of demand and resourcing.

The dissertation allows students to work full time on developing their start-up, or to conduct research-based field investigations of the desirability, feasibility, and viability of a business opportunity.

Please visit the UCL School of Management website for further details on the programme structure.

Part-time study offers a student the opportunity to carry on working in a career or in their own start-up or to simply study at a slower pace.

Part-time students take two modules per term (instead of four for full-time students). These modules are taught during the daytime on separate days of the working week. Part-time students are taught in the same class alongside full-time students.

The modules are taught in a specific order, with the optional modules chosen in the second year.

Students will need to have a level of work flexibility (if employed) in order to cope with the School’s timetable.

The dissertation project is undertaken in Term 3 of the second year, hence there will be limited activity during Term 3 of the first year.

Please visit the UCL School of Management website for further details on the programme structure.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Entrepreneurship.


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Graduate Open Events: An introduction to Entrepreneurship MSc

The School of Management is a world-class business school in central London. Creating disruptive research and entrepreneurial leaders for the complex, interconnected world of the future. Join us at one of our virtual open events to learn more about studying the programmes: MSc Management, MSc Finance, MSc Business Analytics and MSc Entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £18,000 £9,000
Tuition fees (2023/24) £38,300 £19,150

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000.

This programme does not have any compulsory additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying. 

Students may have the opportunity to undertake an optional field trip in Term 3 and other potential international study trips throughout the year. Small grants are available for student organisers, but in most other cases the cost is entirely funded by the students themselves. It is estimated that students would need to contribute between £750 to £1,500 per field trip depending on chosen geographical location and personal preferences on flights and accommodation. This estimate is based on the costs incurred by the students on previous field trips and is subject to change depending on prevailing exchange rates. 

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

There are a number of sources of scholarship and other funding available for both UK and overseas students. More information is available at the UCL sources of funding webpage. Note, UK applicants are advised to apply as early as possible if seeking funding from scholarship sources since these funds are usually limited in their size and availability. The Fulbright Commission Award is available for a US graduate student to study MSc Entrepreneurship. For further information, please see Fulbright US to the UK. Please note this is only available to citizens of the United States of America.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Brown Family Bursary

Deadline: 8 June 2023
Value: £15,000 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to explain your reasons for applying to study this particular MSc programme. The programme requires that applicants have clear entrepreneurial ambitions, so you need to provide evidence of having begun to pursue these. In assessing your application, we also require you to clearly demonstrate why you want to study Entrepreneurship at UCL and how you hope to develop your future career as an entrepreneur with reference to the core modules we offer.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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