University of Bristol

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent), references, a suitable personal statement and an innovation pitch. Please see our international website for international equivalent qualifications.

Course modules

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. (http://www.bris.ac.uk/unit-programme-catalogue/RouteStructure.jsa?byCoho...)

Sponsorship information

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 20,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 9,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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