MSc Innovation and EntrepreneurshipFind a programme
|Programme length||One year full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2018|
Do you want to change the world? Our innovation programmes will set you on your way.
The innovators of the 21st century will bring together arts, science, engineering, humanities and enterprise to deliver innovative products, services and ways of living. They will be team players, with a breadth of skills enabling them to work across specialisms and cultures. They will be designers and entrepreneurs, and have a passion for style, efficiency and sustainability. Bristol’s innovation programmes are for people who want to pursue their subject specialism in a way that enables them to apply it.
We want to educate a new generation to create and grow innovative companies and social enterprises. The MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship aims to develop the high-level skills and critical competencies you will need for successful innovation and entrepreneurship. This involves a practice-orientated approach, working collaboratively across disciplines and cultures.
The programme will teach you how to apply your subject-specific knowledge to real-world challenges through a range of transdisciplinary units. These focus on innovation-led entrepreneurial skills, design, and systems thinking, making and testing.
You will be able to apply your knowledge and skills to address key issues, such as health, education and the environment. Your final project will be your launchpad: creating an enterprise, putting together a detailed plan and working out how take it forward and raise investment.
Fees for 2018/19
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2018/19
We have five Santander Innovation Scholarships worth £3,000 each, which will be awarded as a one-off payment to the top five students on the MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme at the beginning of their course. These scholarships will be open to both home and overseas students and will be offered based on academic merit for the best innovation pitches (text or video) submitted, as judged by the innovations academic team. Representatives from Santander will meet the student award recipients at an event in September/October, near the start of term, when these scholarships will be awarded.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
You will start by learning to work in teams and finding out about both design thinking and systems thinking. This combination can deliver a holistic understanding of a genuine problem or need and generate ideas that will transform both the system and the lives of users, while ensuring the new system is sustainable.
You will work in multidisciplinary teams to take on a series of innovation and entrepreneurial challenges. You will also learn to create innovations to meet real human needs, understanding your target audience and the issues facing them and developing ideas for possible solutions. You will gain insight into the technological, social and political influences on design and innovation, drawing on case studies of success and failure to help you think about future opportunities.
In the second teaching block you will explore solutions for a real-world client, iterating to develop an unexpected range of possibilities and creating prototypes to test with real customers or users. You will learn about different kinds of enterprise and learn how to explore your ideas from a business or social perspective and how to place them in the appropriate context. You will find out how to assess the feasibility, sustainability and desirability of a proposed venture, how to create business plans and how to assess whether your ideas will work, whether they are viable, or whether anyone will want them.
In your final project over the summer, you will work in teams to pull together all you have learned to create and trial a prototype for an innovative product or service, or a social innovation. Your team may contain staff and external partners, as well as students. You will put together a detailed enterprise plan to accompany your prototype, including market analysis, intellectual property searches, resource profiles, financial plans, user testing and clear opportunities for investment.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent), references, a suitable personal statement and an innovation pitch. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
You will still be an expert in your chosen subject specialism and you will still be able to go on to careers that require an honours degree in that specialism. However you will also be equipped to do much more: to take your subject knowledge and apply it to real-world challenges, to innovate, to work in teams with people from different specialisms, backgrounds and cultures, and to create and implement entrepreneurial plans to take ideas forward. These skills are highly valued by all organisations, whether large or small, local or global.
You may graduate as a member of a new venture that you and your fellow students have created. Or you may decide to create your own enterprise or join an existing one. Whatever you choose, you will be able to hit the ground running, building on your entrepreneurial and innovation experience. You will soon have the satisfaction of seeing your work starting to make an impact – and ultimately changing the world.
You will graduate with a portfolio of work that shows what you're able to do and you will have a network of professional contacts to draw on. You would also be able to go on to further study, either in the UK or internationally.
1 August 2018. Early application is advised as places may fill quickly.
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