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What will I learn?

Innovation and entrepreneurship are the drivers of economic growth and are now seen as critical competencies for firms operating in competitive markets.  Participants will learn the theory and practice of innovation and entrepreneurship that will enable them to lead in this important and growing area.

Competencies in creating and leading teams that can design and develop successful new lines of business inside current firms and new stand-alone ventures

Knowledge and application of the repeatable processes that can be employed to identify, develop and validate new business ideas

A comprehensive understanding of entrepreneurial logic, business model design, and a design thinking approach to new product and service creation in knowledge-based businesses.

How will I benefit?

Those who complete the course will develop:

  1. An ability to analyse and evaluate consumer needs, and design and lead new business development teams and processes to deliver knowledge-based solutions into the marketplace.
  2. An analytical perspective on the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in serving the needs of society and in the creation and sustainability of modern businesses.
  3. Practical skills in identifying and creating new business opportunities that are appropriate for a firm or founding team, and the markets they wish to serve.


Delivered part-time over 2 years with twice-weekly evening classes, this programme involves an academic component—with 7 taught modules (including 2 option modules) and a major paper—and a practical component involving a 20-month practicum where students create actual new ventures or new lines of business inside existing firms.


Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2Summer term

+ 1 option module

Options vary from year to year


Year 2

Semester 1Semester 2 Summer term 

+ 1 option module from 6 options that vary from year to year

+ 1 option module from 6 options that vary from year to year

The MSc Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design programme is aimed at students who have a background in science, technology engineering or math (STEM) and wish to become leaders of innovation and entrepreneurship for technology-based businesses (Purpose).

We value and therefore encourage our students to be proactive, self-motivated, autonomous learners and actors who have a critical and reflective approach to creating value for society (education and
subject/discipline/professional values).

We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to constructively challenge existing norms and practices in business and in markets, individually and as part of a team, so they can develop their own and others leadership and innovation, entrepreneurship and design competencies toward identification and development of new value creating businesses (the nature of the learning environment for students).

The programme combines planned, interactive classroom learning environments with extensive practical experience via self-directed practica, involving creation of actual new ventures or new lines of business within existing firms (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

Programme Goal 1. Subject Specific Knowledge: Our graduates will be current in their knowledge of the theory and practice of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Programme Goal 2. Analytical Skills: Our graduates will be able to analyse customer need the competitive landscape, technology and industry trend and financial requirements in order to design and implement value-creating businesses or lines of business.

Programme Goal 3. Communication Skills: Our graduates will be effective communicators in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. 

Programme Goal 4. Global Ethical Perspective: Our graduates will be able to asses comment critically on, and understand how economic, social and environ-mental factors affect the potential for, and impact of, innovation and entrepreneurship in diverse settings.

Critically assess the theory and practice underpinning innovation, entrepreneurship and design, and make informed decisions about their application to the development of a range of value-creating businesses (PG1).

Employ suitable theories concepts and models to identify and exploit opportunities to create value for society (PG1). 

Initiate, undertake and present a detailed analysis of unmet customer needs that represent potential innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities locally and internationally (PG2).

Utilise relevant design principle and creativity and innovation processes to develop and evaluate economically viable, value-creating solutions to unmet customer needs (PG2).

Select and utilize appropriate strategies to communicate organizational goals and challenge and to convince team member and both internal and external stakeholders to support efforts to meet these challenges (PG3).

Initiate and lead the development of plan strategies and organizational structures that are appropriate for new businesses operating in an ethical, global context (PG4).

Employ appropriate communication and negotiation skills for leading individuals and teams in diverse settings (PG4).   


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