The MSc Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship will prepare you to become one of a new generation of global leaders and entrepreneurs. At the core of the programme is the concept of transformative entrepreneurship, which involves the development and implementation of innovations to address the causes and consequences of environmental degradation, economic inequality and social injustice.
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Modes and duration
Part-time students normally study half the amount of full-time (i.e. around 19h/week with 1 day in attendance). Modular flexible students’ study will depend on the number of modules taken per year.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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.
A first or upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institution. Evidence of extensive experience may be considered in lieu of the above, subject to approval.
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: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
The degree is an opportunity to explore the topic of transformative entrepreneurship through theory, research methods, design thinking, an applied project and dissertation. It embraces a critical and progressive view of transformative entrepreneurship, drawing on emergent theories of entrepreneurship, such as community-based enterprise and effectuation, as well as feminist perspectives and social impact. The connected innovation module will also give you an opportunity to work with IGP partners on a transformative entrepreneurship and innovation project.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), two optional/elective modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Prosperity, Innovation and 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.
- Transformative Entrepreneurship and Prosperity: Core Concepts (15 credits)
- Transformative Entrepreneurship and Prosperity: Design (15 credits)
- Researching Transformative Entrepreneurship (15 credits)
- Connected Innovation Project (15 credits)
- Dissertation in Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (90 credits)
- Debt, Finance and Prosperity (15 credits)
- China and Global Prosperity (15 credits)
- Urban Futures and Prosperity (15 credits)
- Pathways to Prosperity 1: Global Legacies (15 credits)
- Pathways to Prosperity 2: Global Futures (15 credits)
- Research Methods 1: Measuring Global Prosperity (15 credits)
- Research Methods 2: Problem-solving for Global Prosperity (15 credits)
And/or other modules across UCL, subject to timetabling, availability and approval by the home and teaching department.
All students undertake an independent research project leading to a dissertation (15,000 words). The dissertation is flexible to different research approaches and methods. It is an opportunity for you to demonstrate command of the relevant literature, research design and methods, as well as capacity for analysis and contribution to research.
Some of the modules will include short, 1-day field trips, to take place locally. You can also undertake fieldwork, both in the UK or elsewhere in the world – after approval by the Programme Leader – as part of your dissertation.
The Connected Innovation Project module allows you to work on a project in collaboration with a partner of the Institute for Global Prosperity or another external organization. These are not conceptualized as a formal internship.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through targeted and innovative learning methods, including lectures, seminars, case studies, group work and student presentations. You will be assessed through a range of both formative and summative means. These will include formative group work and in class-discussions and presentations, followed by summative group/individual projects and presentations, reports and essays. Assessment culminates in the dissertation.
If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the Programme Administrator, Dr Andres Vicente (firstname.lastname@example.org).
UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Applications for this scholarship are now closed for 2020/21
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
This programme will prepare you for different career avenues including working in entrepreneurial start-ups or corporations in the fields of innovation, intrapraneurship or sustainability, or on entrepreneurship interventions in the non-profit, public and social policy sectors.
After graduation, you will be expected to go on to define new routes to prosperity through working in entrepreneurship and innovation policy and practice. IGP's extensive network of external partners and alumni will benefit students in building their careers and especially in their entrepreneurial endeavours.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The mission of the Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) is to rethink social and environmental prosperity and to generate new entrepreneurial models and measures to deliver prosperity. Prosperous communities are socially inclusive, equitable and sustainable; however, radical changes are required to overcome today's grand challenges and to enact such prosperity.
The IGP is pioneering research into questions of prosperity and driving forward novel transdisciplinary engagements to deliver new, more prosperous social and economic forms. As a student in the Department, you will have the opportunity to become part of this emerging community, to learn from and participate in our research, and to help shape debates around what a prosperous society should be. We expect you to become value-driven leaders and entrepreneurs who go on to deploy in your future careers the ideas and practices you have learnt.
You will have the opportunity to engage with a range of IGP researchers, partners and affiliated fellows with possibilities of developing academic, policy or entrepreneurship projects. As a multidisciplinary global university with wide resources at its disposal, UCL is the ideal environment in which to study transformative entrepreneurship.
Department: Institute for Global Prosperity
Application and 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.
Who can apply?
This programme will appeal to a range of students from around the world. In particular, individuals who already have a postgraduate degree and/or significant real-world experience in business, social entrepreneurship, government as well as social justice and non-profit organisations are encouraged to apply.
- Full-time applicants
- 11 August 2020
- Part-time and modular/flexible applicants
- 11 August 2020
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at graduate level
- why you want to study Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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