Entrepreneurship MSc

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Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Course options
    Internship / overseas study
  • School

Entry requirements

  • One of the following:
    A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class) or equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.
  • For international students:
    An official academic transcript, with official English translation, of your university grades to date, students whose native language is not English also need to satisfy our English language requirements.
  • Full entry requirements
    See entry requirements below for full details
More information

Key Dates

Our MSc Entrepreneurship is ranked 5th in the UK and 47th in the world in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2018

Develop analytical and strategic skills to set up and manage new enterprises

Course summary

If you’re looking to start your own company, lead a family business or gain entrepreneurial skills which are held in high regard by employers, then look no further. Our MSc Entrepreneurship will help you to identify business opportunities and pursue new ventures. You will develop your understanding of the global commercial environment allowing you to manage and grow a business internationally.

With extensive industry contacts, links to business incubators and a huge amount of start-up support available, we’re the perfect stepping stone for your future.

The course concludes with a Business Project; a substantial piece of work designed to provide you with an opportunity to analyse a business problem and practically apply the knowledge and skills developed during the course.

You can choose to study this course as part of our double degree programme. 

Entry requirements

One of the following:

  • A good UK honours degree (minimum lower second class)

  • Equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University.

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee

  • An official academic transcript of your university grades to date

  • A completed application form.

For International Students:

  • An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date.

  • Students whose native language is not English will also need to satisfy our English language requirements Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.

  • Postgraduate masters students enrolling with Aston Business School with a 5.5 in one of the 4 IELTS sections will be required to engage with English language tuition as part of our professional development programme, The Aston Global Advantage.  There will be no extra cost to the student.

  • For students who do not meet our minimum academic and English language requirements for this course, we offer an alternative pathway to an Aston Master's with Kaplan International College, London.
  • For more information about qualifications, view our Aston in your country webpage.

Applicants with extensive work experience:

We recognise the value of extensive professional experience. If you do not have the academic qualifications, but have extensive and relevant professional experience and a proven ability to succeed, we would welcome your application.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Why choose us?

We’re part of an elite group of business schools thanks to our triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. We boast a strong reputation and an impressive track-record for student satisfaction and teaching quality.

Our MSc Entrepreneurship is ranked 5th in the UK and 47th in the world in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2018. In addition to a world-class education, you can also benefit from a business incubator located on campus. BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) offers workshops, tailored business support and grants to students and graduates embarking on new business ventures. Our extensive industry links can also provide you with mentoring opportunities.

Attracting students from all over the world, this course is a great opportunity to mix with people from different cultures and diverse backgrounds. You can build a network of international contacts and you’ll experience working as part of a multicultural team.

Our courses offer a range of opportunities to gain practical experience through things such as, consultancy projects and entrepreneurial opportunities. Find out more here. 


Fees and scholarships


January 2020 start

UK/EU: £10,400
International  £18,450

Fees 2020/21

UK/EU:          £10,550
International  £18,850


Find out more about our scholarships here.  

Course outline

This exciting programme will equip you with the knowledge and capabilities to pursue a range of future career paths. We will provide you with the academic grounding and practical skills needed to start your own business. You’ll gain a detailed understanding of businesses in an international context, enabling you to work for a leading global firm or operate across borders with your own company. We’ll also help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset. This can open doors to a variety of future pathways, from securing a graduate role to becoming a successful entrepreneur, and from expanding the family business to working with start-up firms. Whatever your career ambitions, we can help you achieve them.

The course covers the entire process of starting a new business venture, from the initial idea to international expansion. It will help you to identify and develop business opportunities and teach you how to check the feasibility of a venture using key frameworks and tools. It will teach you business growth strategies and what funding options are available to entrepreneurs. You’ll also appreciate how enterprises can vary in terms of their mission, from commercial ventures aiming to maximise profits to social enterprises who prioritise social wealth creation. We also explore entrepreneurship in the context of family businesses and corporate intrapreneurship.

We focus on developing practical entrepreneurial skills throughout the programme. For example, you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical experience writing formal business plans and presenting venture propositions to would-be investors by the way of a pitch. We’ll also develop key transferable skills which employers consider highly valuable. You’ll enhance your communication, teamwork, analytical and critical-thinking abilities thanks to our emphasis on applied learning methods.

We’ll equip you with a broad knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll develop an understanding of how the external environment can affect business decision-making and behaviours. We examine foreign market entry modes, approaches to international trade, how international businesses are structured as well as the impact of technology and country policies on company strategy.

We examine the traits and characteristics often associated with successful entrepreneurs and help you to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. This is useful as it can empower you to create your own business. It’s equally important for graduate careers too as it makes you alert to opportunities for growth and innovation within markets.

With a wide selection of optional modules, this course provides you with opportunity to tailor your studies to suit your interests or professional ambitions. You’ll be able to gain advanced-level understanding of subject areas, including finance, marketing, human resource and strategy. Whatever career path you’re looking to take, we can help you get on the right track.

Subject guide and modules

Core modules

  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Business Venturing
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies
  • Ethics in Academic Practice
  • International Business
  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • The Aston Global Advantage
  • MSc Business Project or Dissertation 

Optional modules

  • Strategic Business Sustainability
  • International Marketing Management
  • Strategic Global Outsourcing and Offshoring
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Intellectual Property Strategy and Management
  • Business Finance
  • Accounting for Non-financial Managers
  • People and World Organisations
  • Marketing Management
  • Management of Innovation
  • Economic Environment of Business
Learning, teaching and assessment

Our experienced teaching staff use a range of innovative and engaging teaching methods to help you get the most out of this course.  

Inspiring lectures will teach you key theories and concepts related to entrepreneurship and international business. You’ll also benefit from guest lectures, where entrepreneurs share their expertise and experiences of setting up and managing businesses. There’s also a variety of hands-on activities where you can apply what you’ve learnt and increase your understanding, such as case studies, class room and a business simulation task.

It’s our focus on developing your practical skills which helps us stand out from other universities. You’ll gain experience in writing formal business plans and pitching new venture ideas to prospective investors. These are key skills for aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders.  

Our online learning platform will support you with your studies. It has all the digital resources you need when revising, including lecture slides, access e-books and online journals, as well as video recordings of teaching sessions.

We use a mix of assessment methods. There are exams, coursework, group work and presentations designed to test your understanding of key topics. Your lecturers will ensure you’re well-prepared for your assessment and will offer support with any topics you have difficulty with.

Business Venturing Pitch – You’ll get the chance to present a new business idea to a panel of entrepreneurs. We’ll help you to develop a proposition, teach you presentation techniques and give you opportunities to practice these so you can deliver an engaging and effective pitch. These are vital skills for aspiring entrepreneurs and they can help you to gain support from financial investors in the future.

Emerging Market Report – Do economic conditions, institutions, resources and culture support or hinder new business ventures? You’ll examine this fascinating topic and get the opportunity to profile the entrepreneurial environment in a developing country of your choice. We use key theories and frameworks, as well as access insights from The World Bank, United Nations and other sources to help you identify the common types of entrepreneurship in the country as well as its commercial environment. You’ll then critically evaluate how supportive your chosen emerging market economy is for prospective entrepreneurs. This activity will help you to develop your analytical skills and you’ll gain practical experience in assessing the external environment and its potential impact on business ventures.

Entrepreneurial Strategies Case Studies – Working as part of a small group, you’ll examine case studies relating to various forms of entrepreneurship, such as family business, social enterprise and new commercial ventures. You’ll evaluate the business opportunities through analysing market and industry information. Then by applying entrepreneurial theory and frameworks, you’ll assess the propositions’ viability.

The Aston Global Advantage

More than a Masters

The Aston Global Advantage is an integrated module which runs throughout your course. Focusing on professional development and employability, this module gives you the opportunity to identify, develop and apply the key skills you will gain throughout the year. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Build a portfolio of professional business skills
  • Study abroad with one of our international partners, undertake an internship placement in the UK or overseas or get involved in a global business challenge simulation.
Student experience and employability

Overseas opportunities

We benefit from an extensive network of partner institutions, including some of the highest ranked business schools in Europe, such as Kedge Business School in France. We also have partnerships with univesities worldwide, from Australia, to China, and USA to Singapore.


 As part of this course you’ll have the chance to undertake a work placement. Choose a company of your choice, in the UK or overseas, and spend from one month up to 12 months gaining valuable work experience.

 A work placement taken as part of this master’s programme can be hugely beneficial to your career prospects or future venture plans. It can help to enhance your CV and can give you a competitive advantage when applying for graduate roles. A work placement can also help you if you aspire to start your own company. You can gain key insights into an industry you wish to enter or develop your understanding of a particular business function.   MSc Entrepreneurship students have been successful in gaining work placements for companies across a wide variety of business sectors, both in the UK and internationally. Many of our students choose to spend time with start-ups or small and medium sized enterprises, gaining valuable insights in the process.

There’s also the unique opportunity for you to support start-up businesses and local SMEs with real-life business projects through our Aston Business Clinic. You’ll work to solve strategic problems and make a real positive impact to new or growing businesses.

 Trips and visits

You’ll benefit from a number of guest speakers visiting campus and helping to deliver your course content. This will give you with the chance to hear from entrepreneurs about their experiences of starting a running their own businesses. You’ll gain a valuable insight into the challenges faced when embarking on a new business and learn how to overcome them.

For those of you wishing to explore graduate employment after completing your studies, there’s a large number of graduate employers visiting campus throughout the year. There are careers fairs, networking events and much more. You’ll have the chance to discover a wide range of graduate opportunities and speak with companies to see where’s the best place for you to start your career. 


 Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.  


January Starts 2020/21

Students starting their studies in January 2020 will study a 12 month programme, but with a different structure to the September 2019 starters.

January to April 2020

You will study the first set of core taught modules from January to April 2020.  In total, over your full degree, there are 8 taught modules plus a business project or dissertation.  In January to April you will study 4 or 5 of these taught modules, depending on the options that you choose.

You will also participate in workshops that form part of the Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP). 

You will benefit from engaging with students who are studying the same degree programme who started their study in September as this will give you the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with a wider group of students.  You will also be matched to a current student from your chosen degree subject prior to starting your studies to ensure you are fully prepared for your studies.

April to September 2020

You will continue to study the Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) module. In addition, you will be able to start work on your dissertation.

You do not have to complete your dissertation during this time, but you are encouraged to start initial planning and data collection.

The Aston Professional Development Programme (PDP) offers you three streams to choose from as part of this programme (you will select one stream):

  • Work experience: If you select to gain work experience you will need to have your proposed work experience approved before proceeding. We will support you in finding work experience, and we do source a number of projects for students to undertake, however we do not find work placements for students.
  • Business simulation: This will involve attending a series of on-campus seminars and activities over a five-week period during May/June 2020.
  • PIPE Club - Support in setting up your own business: This will involve attending a series of on-campus seminars and activities over a five-week period during May/June 2020.

Please note

Due to the timing of the second set of taught modules it is not possible for January Start students to study abroad as part of the Professional Development (PDP) module. However, it might be possible to join a summer school at one of our partner institutions, further details will be given to you when you join us.

If you want to study abroad this will be possible at the end of your degree, therefore starting in January 2021.

There are a limited number of partner institutions with whom you could study a double degree, with the degree with our partner running from January 2021 to December 2021. Further details will be available when you join us.

Business Project/Dissertation

The business project/dissertation is a major piece of work, with the exact requirements varying according to your degree programme. Your programme director will explain the requirements for your degree to you.

You will be assigned a supervisor to support you in your studies. You will be able to start work on your dissertation between the two groups of taught modules, and you will have the option to submit your dissertation at three points in the programme (specific dates to be confirmed):

Early September 2020 (which would allow you to graduate in April 2021 if you pass all modules)

December 2020 (which would allow you to graduate in April 2021 if you pass all modules)

March 2021 (which would allow you to graduate in July 2021 if you pass all modules)


September 2020 to January 2021

The remaining taught modules will be undertaken from September through to the end of December, with examinations taking place in early January 2021.



"Here at Aston everyone is really friendly and you are made to feel very welcome and a part of the university right from the very beginning. The students I have around me are amazing and inspire me."

"Aston accommodated my need for flexibility and helped me to grow my business by enhancing my professional network."

Anthony Catt
Managing Director, Oxygen Startups

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