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Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2019
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2019

Choose Kingston's Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship MSc

Why choose this course?

Innovative thinking and entrepreneurial behaviour in a global economy are in the DNA of the MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at Kingston Business School. You will develop and utilise your creativity and problem solving skills and lead others on starting, growing and managing successfully innovative firms. You will benefit from being part of a cohort of students from all over the world, and will graduate into a  strong global alumni network.  During your studies, you will have the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience from outstanding entrepreneurs, high-growth start-ups, tech giants and investors.

What will you study?

This course provides you with the knowledge and experience of the key issues of innovation and entrepreneurship. The course emphasises the analysis and practical application of the key issues surrounding innovation management and entrepreneurship, including:

  • management systems for innovation projects
  • leadership and entrepreneurial behaviour
  • lean start-up techniques
  • deep customer insights approaches
  • entrepreneurial funding and financing
  • strategies for growth and internationalisation.

Key features


Individual and group coursework, time-constrained coursework and consultancy report that reflects real business situations.

Career prospects

You will graduate ready to either start your own business or work as an innovation manager, innovation consultant, chief innovation officer, business development or product manager.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Invoicing on the placement courses is split into two stages. The standard course fee is payable in year 1 with the placement fee invoiced in year 2. Therefore, students starting in September 2018 would therefore be charged the placement fee of £1,230 in September 2019. Students commencing the course in September 2019 will be invoiced the placement fee in 2020 (provisionally £1,350).

This amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.


  • The module introduces the concepts of entrepreneurship and business growth and provides an opportunity to begin exploring their practice, particularly in relation to innovative businesses. Entrepreneurship is defined as a set of behaviours and also as process through which opportunities are discovered, evaluated and exploited. Once a new venture is created however, a major challenge faced by many entrepreneurs is how to grow their new businesses using different growth strategies, in order to ensure the survival and long-term sustainability of the new enterprises. The importance of entrepreneurship and business growth is underlined in national and international policy initiatives in both advanced and developing countries. You will learn about issues related to sustainable development and business ethics, particularly in the areas of entrepreneurship. The module covers entrepreneurship not just in the developed countries but also in developing countries. Therefore, case studies, videos and examples will be drawn from entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial organisations in different parts of the developing world, such as India, China, Nigeria, Kenya and other developing countries. Through this module you will explore and develop your own entrepreneurial capabilities including creative problem solving, idea exploration, business model and development of growth strategies. Entrepreneurship and growth are relevant to all types of organisations and environment - public sector, not-for-profit and for-profit, small and large businesses, so the module is relevant to students from different backgrounds and motivations.

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  • Organisations with a strong, consistent and successful focus on managing innovation outperform their competitors in terms of growth and financial performance. Innovation management requires special knowledge and skills, which are different to standard strategic management theories and practices. Innovative companies often need to raise capital from external sources because they do not have sufficient internal resources or cannot access loans. They typically look for venture capital or business angels to provide them with the financing they need to expand, break into new markets, and grow faster. Innovative companies famous for receiving venture capital or business angel funding early in their development include Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Recently, the explosion of crowdfunding platforms has signalled a new era for the innovation finance industry.

    This module introduces you to the main concepts and management tools for innovation activities and analyses all stages of the entrepreneurial funding ladder for innovative companies. It examines the main forms of entrepreneurial finance and the investment process; how private equity and venture capital funds, business angels and crowdfunding platforms work; how firms become investment ready, raise external finance and how to they finally exit. You also learn about wider framework conditions that have a bearing on business innovation, including availability of entrepreneurial finance, public policies and agencies promoting innovation.

    The aim of this module is to:

    • develop an understanding of the role and relevance of innovation activities in an organisational context;
    • enable you to reflect productively on your individual and team capacities to act as innovation managers in identifying and exploiting opportunities, developing entrepreneurial / intrapreneurial management behaviours and skills whilst coping with uncertainty, risks and complexity;
    • develop in-depth knowledge of the entrepreneurial finance industry including private equity, venture capital, business angels and crowdfunding, including a good understanding on how such instruments differ from other types of corporate finance;
    • understand the decision-making process with respect to screening and selecting of business proposals, negotiating and structuring the deal, following up on investments, and exiting; and
    • enhance and develop key skills in pitching to venture capitalists and develop an appreciation on the evaluation of business opportunities from a VC point of view. To further learn how VCs structure deals, monitor and add value to their portfolio companies.

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  • This module aims to give you the knowledge and understanding of creative and business behaviours necessary for developing a product/service and establishing an innovative multidisciplinary business enterprise. You will work in teams to set up a business. Business mentors will be available to coach the teams.

    The aim of this module is to:

    • critically evaluate and apply design thinking practices into new enterprise ventures;
    • gain first-hand experience of managing and developing a start-up business through multidisciplinary collaboration including management and leadership theories in the context of the creative economy;
    • develop a professional presence through social media; and
    • critically reflect and apply the entrepreneurial and social media skills learnt through the venture to future career goals including creative and innovative individual leading capabilities.

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  • The success of an organisation depends on the ability to make fast, widely supported and high quality decisions on a frequent basis. Many of such decisions affect the long-term ability of the organisation to succeed and remain sustainable. Management, Strategy and International Entrepreneurship is a module that involves studying a mixture of processes by which social and economic organisations assimilate and process information as well as interpret and make decisions within their environments. These decisions tend to involve imitating their competitors or differentiating themselves from them. Contemporary strategic decisions tend to involve learning, flexibility and adaptation rather than rigid, mechanistic processes of their planning era. Students will learn about issues related to sustainable development and business ethics, particularly in the areas of management, strategy and international entrepreneurship. The strategic decision making issues will be covered in the module both in the contexts of advanced and developing countries. Therefore, case studies and examples will be drawn from organisations in different international contexts.

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  • This module enables students to work on their own business idea. The module delivers a systematic understanding of the integrated component parts that constitute a start-up enterprise and a business plan. The MSc in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship provides students an understanding of strategic issues using appropriate frameworks to critically evaluate how entrepreneurs undertake the development of functional processes and to make informed strategic decisions. The module is organised around the development of a business plan that can be used to secure funding for a start-up venture.

    This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and practical experience to develop and design a new start-up venture. There are two aspects of skills and knowledge involved - entrepreneurship skills and knowledge, and research methods. Students will be equipped with appropriate frameworks in classes to validate their proposed business idea using iterative lean start-up methodology principles. Initial workshops will typically cover topics such as idea generation, market identification and segmentation, the business planning process, research techniques, marketing and financial planning.

    The aims of the module are to:

    • Provide students with in-depth practical experience in developing their own business idea and carrying out research on its feasibility which will test and develop their entrepreneurial competences.
    • Enable students to analytically apply key theoretical knowledge acquired during the course to build a business plan and pitch it.
    • Develop tangible experiential knowledge in how to develop new business opportunities and translate them into validated and viable new businesses.
    • Develop students' ability to apply critical and creative thinking towards business modelling and business planning by use of appropriate research methods, collection and analysis of data, and presentation.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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