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Entrepreneurship MSc

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

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£15,410 (FT)
£7,700 (PT)
Overseas:
£30,400 (FT)
£15,410 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Fee deposit: 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.

Location: London, Canary Wharf

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.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

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

International students

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.

Select your country:

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Entrepreneurship.

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 is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Building High Impact Ventures
  • Customer Development and Lean Startup
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing Strategy and Branding
  • Product Development and Prototyping
  • Strategic Management of Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Managing The Growing Firm

Optional modules

The optional modules listed 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. For questions about optional modules, please reach out to us at: mgmt-e@ucl.ac.uk.

Students choose one of the following modules:  



  • Fintech Entrepreneurship
  • Retail and Consumer Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study.  We have included these updates below:   Entrepreneurial Marketing Strategy and Branding (MSIN0099) and Product Development and Prototyping (MSIN0087) will run in Term 2. Managing the Growing Firm (MSIN0069) is not currently available. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.  

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a dissertaion research project of 10,000 to 15,000 words in length. The dissertation topic is chosen by the student and typically relates to their start-up idea. It is, however, possible to research alternative commercial issues and opportunities. All students have an academic supervisor from the Entrepreneurship MSc teaching team to guide them throughout the process.  

Teaching and learning

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

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

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

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Brown Family Bursary

Note:
This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
Value:
£15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Fulbright – UCL Entrepreneurship Award

Note:
Now closed for 2020/21
Value:
Tuition fees plus stipend (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

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

Careers

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 UCL School of Management website.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The 2018 rankings from the Complete University Guide place UCL School of Management 3rd in the UK for Business and Management Studies. The school offers unique research and education programmes with a focus on entrepreneurship, management, innovation, and operations research.

Entrepreneurship MSc 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.

Postgraduate education at the UCL School of Management is primarily delivered from Canary Wharf, the heart of the new financial district of London. Additional teaching takes place at the Bloomsbury campus, a district famous for its cultural and educational institutions.

Department: UCL School of Management

Application and next steps

Applications

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 £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

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.

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