Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship MSc (with pathway)

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.

Our course gives you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself into experiential visits and gain hands-on experience as you meet with successful entrepreneurs, start-ups, business consultants and investors.

On this course 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.

The 'with policy' pathway will allow you to gain further knowledge into policy interventions related to entrepreneurship innovation and economic growth at a regional and national level.

Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship (MSc)

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2021
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2021

Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship MSc (policy)

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2021
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2021
Location Kingston Hill

2020/21 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2020/21 (i.e. between August 2020 and July 2021), please view the information about changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2020/21 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2020/21. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas Course page.

What our students say

My biggest lesson was to be open to change and most importantly to test, re-visit, reframe and develop ideas as many times as possible until it is solving a true consumer need.

Tadu Nyasulu, student 2018-19

I learnt about the different methods and processes it takes to take a project from the design board to the shelf.

Edwin Osei, student 2018-19

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • We are one of the top UK universities for graduate start-ups (Higher Education Statistics Agency).
  • MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship students won the Best Business Pitch at the Young Enterprise National Final 2018
  • Kingston is among just five per cent of the world's business schools to be accredited by AACSB International.
  • This course includes a study tour to places such as fintech hub Level 39 in Canary Wharf and the entrepreneurial team in City Hall. You may enter competitions such as Bright Ideas and the London Mayor's Entrepreneur start-up.
  • Free car parking at the Kingston Hill campus is available for students of this course. The campus can also be easily accessed by public transport. Halls accommodation is just a walk away from the classrooms.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Kingston Business School holds the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in recognition of the excellence of its business education. This accreditation has been earned by just 5% of the world's business schools and recognises the high quality and standard of our business degree offering.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Student experience on this course

Competitions and challenges

Students on this course have the opportunity to participate in a range of competitions including idea development events and workshops.

'Dragons' Den

'Dragons' Den

Students pitch their ideas to real investors.

Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

A University-wide competition that seeks out innovative products and business concepts.

Hackathon

Hackathon

Learn to solve problems creatively in partnership with local charities.

Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition

Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition

Submit a business idea that can make London a better place to live and work!

Life on this course

Experiential visit

Experiential visit

Hear about one of the visits to different environments on this course.

Expert talk

Expert talk

Students had the opportunity to learn from an industry speaker.

Experiential visit

Experiential visit

Students visit Glaxo Pharmaceutical global headquarters in London.

What you will 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; and
  • policy interventions for supporting entrepreneurship innovation and economic growth at a regional and national level. 

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.

Modules

Policy pathway modules

Optional placement year

This course is made up of five core modules.

Core modules

Innovation Management and Entrepreneurial Finance

30 credits

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.
Entrepreneurship and Growth of Innovative Businesses

30 credits

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.

Management, Strategy and International Entrepreneurship

30 credits

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.

Design Thinking for Start Ups

30 credits

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.
Research Proposal and Research Project

60 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to research a specific area of start-up venture, established organization, policy instrument or program linked to entrepreneurship, innovation and small business development. It involves the identification of a research question which merits investigation using appropriate theory and research methods in order to be able to make sound, evidence-based, managerial recommendations. You will write a research proposal followed by a research project, combining academic rigour with practical implications. This will be a theoretically-grounded and scientific research project leading to findings that will inform policy making decisions.

You will have the opportunity to apply research skills, as well as acquire capabilities for independently managing a large-scale research project. The module also enables you to draw together and implement the knowledge and skills gained in other modules of the course. The module will aid you in developing and practising a set of advanced research skills which will equip you for making sound business plans for start-up venture, or established firms; or policy interventions in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation underpinned by objectively determined evidence.

This course is made up of 5 core modules.

Core modules

Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy

30 credits

Entrepreneurship and innovation play a vital role in a country's economic development and growth. Several countries (e.g. Japan, Singapore and Israel) and cities (e.g. Dubai) have experienced dramatic growth as a result of their sustained efforts to promote entrepreneurship and innovation via value-creating industries, products, services and jobs. However, increased innovation performance of a country or a region does not happen in a vacuum. Multilateral organisations (such as the European Union and the World Bank) and governments from around the world have been increasingly exploring ways of increasing entrepreneurship and innovation levels through policy measures and programmes. The module will examine the fiscal and non-fiscal policy measures employed by countries and regions to stimulate innovation such as tax incentives, regulation, financial incentives for investments in start-ups and R&D, and programs such as innovation vouchers, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in the United States and the SMEs Financial Instrument in the European Union.

Entrepreneurship and Growth of Innovative Businesses

30 credits

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.

Management, Strategy and International Entrepreneurship

30 credits

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.

Research Proposal and Research Project

60 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to research a specific area of start-up venture, established organization, policy instrument or program linked to entrepreneurship, innovation and small business development. It involves the identification of a research question which merits investigation using appropriate theory and research methods in order to be able to make sound, evidence-based, managerial recommendations. You will write a research proposal followed by a research project, combining academic rigour with practical implications. This will be a theoretically-grounded and scientific research project leading to findings that will inform policy making decisions.

You will have the opportunity to apply research skills, as well as acquire capabilities for independently managing a large-scale research project. The module also enables you to draw together and implement the knowledge and skills gained in other modules of the course. The module will aid you in developing and practising a set of advanced research skills which will equip you for making sound business plans for start-up venture, or established firms; or policy interventions in the area of entrepreneurship and innovation underpinned by objectively determined evidence.

Design Thinking for Start Ups

30 credits

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.

The professional placement year is optional. It takes place after the full-time year. It allows students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The work placement is an assessed part of the course and is therefore covered by a Tier 4 visa.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Core modules

Professional Placement

120 credits

The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a Master's programme that incorporates an extended professional placement that follows completion of the first 180 credits of taught modules and project or dissertation. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and to develop and enhance key employability skills and subject specific skills in their chosen subject.

It is the responsibility of individual students to locate and secure a suitable placement opportunity; this will normally involve one placement which must be completed over a minimum period of 10 months and within a maximum of 12 months. The placement must be approved by the module leader prior to commencement to ensure its suitability.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

We welcome students from all backgrounds, cultures and nationalities. As a minimum, applicants should have:

  • a good honours degree or equivalent; and
  • a willingness to learn, develop and change.

Most Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship MSc students are arts, humanities, technology or science graduates, who received their honours in the previous three years. Some may have limited work experience but possess specific knowledge or skills that they also bring to the course.

Personal qualities

This is an intensive course so all students are expected to have a high degree of motivation, focus, maturity and commitment. You'll need to be able to work effectively on your own and with others.

International

Please note: most students from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area and classified as overseas fee paying, are not eligible to apply for part-time courses due to UK student visa regulations. For information on exceptions please visit the UKCISA website or email our CAS and Visa Compliance team.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Professional Placement Year

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 288 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1512 hours
Professional Placement Year
  • Scheduled teaching: 50 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1150 hours

 

  • Year 1: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.
  • Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

How you will be assessed

Individual and group coursework, time-constrained coursework and research project that reflects real business situations or exploration of entrepreneurship, innovation or policy research topics.

The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Type of assessment

Year 1

Professional placement

Year 1
  • Coursework: 82%
  • Practical: 18%
Professional placement
  • Coursework: 100%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Class sizes

You will be part of an intimate cohort of students which provides dedicated academic guidance and advice and the opportunity to build a life-long network of colleagues. Some modules are common across other postgraduate programmes therefore you may be taught alongside students who are on these courses within the Business School.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.

Fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • MSc full time £11,280

Overseas (not EU) 2020/21

  • MSc full time £16,000

Fees for the optional placement year

If you choose to take a placement as part of this course, you will be invoiced for the placement fee in Year 2. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme and the costs for the placement year.


Funding and bursaries

Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:

If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.

We also offer the following discounts for Kingston University alumni:

After you graduate

You will have the opportunity to enhance your employability skills through the practical relevance of the modules, the strong networks with the industry practitioners, the exposure to external entrepreneurial competitions, the Kingston Business School networking events and the University careers and employability services. You will enhance your emotional and social skills as requested by employers across the world (World Economic Forum Report, 2018).

You will graduate ready to either start your own business or working in intrapreneurship roles such as an innovation manager, innovation consultant, change agent, chief innovation officer, business development or product manager. You will be set-up to work in start-ups, SMEs, multinational organisations, governmental organisations, embassies and NGOs.

Changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19

Changes detailed here are for students joining this course in the academic year 2020/21 (i.e. between August 2020 and July 2021).

Course information (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Composition of the course

We do not anticipate making any changes to the composition of the course, i.e. the number of modules or credits in a year for part-time postgraduate courses, as a result of the pandemic.

In order to safeguard our students' health and safety and to minimise the risk of disruption to their studies, the University has postponed all Study Abroad programmes for outgoing students in the first teaching block of 2020/21 (from September 2020 to December 2020). The University will review this decision before the second teaching block and will take into account relevant government advice at that time.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Modules

We do not anticipate making any changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed, e.g. re-sequencing those modules that can be delivered more effectively under the current restrictions with those which would be more difficult to deliver, such as practical modules and placements.

Entry requirements (changes for 2020/21 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a result of the pandemic. However, the range of accepted alternatives have increased as has the way in which we select students, which now includes virtual interviews and online portfolios.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a result of the pandemic. However, in response to the pandemic, we now accept a much broader list of English language exams for entry to the course; the level of these exams remain the same.

Teaching (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

Due to the current pandemic the course's teaching and learning activities will be delivered through both online and on-campus methods (blended learning) in 2020/21. In order to provide all students with a comparable on-campus experience, the University has committed to ensuring that all courses provide at least 30% of their teaching and learning activities on-campus.

While physical distancing measures remain in place, you will receive your learning and teaching via a blend of on-campus and on-line activities. Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you will still be able to engage with your course in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, support will be available to consider what options are open to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the current pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced the University will aim to deliver the course fully online. This may require some additional changes being made to planned teaching and learning activities, including assessments. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised significantly, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered appropriately. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

In the event that the current social distancing restrictions are fully lifted and the University is able to resume normal delivery of teaching and learning activities, courses will assess whether it is in the students' interest to resume normal delivery. In some cases it may be better to continue and complete modules under the planned blended delivery mode.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours will not be made as a result of the pandemic. However, it is possible that some adjustments might be made at module level, e.g. a few more scheduled activities, in order to help ensure student engagement with blended learning.

Any changes made to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

'Scheduled teaching' includes teaching that is online either live or recorded / on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. from September 2020 to December 2020) should be available by the end of August 2020. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2021) will not be available until the autumn. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm. To accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing, we will need to maximise the time available for teaching. This means, we may have to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Changes can be made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area. Due to the current restrictions in place, i.e. social distancing, it is anticipated that many formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be replaced with alternative assessments which can be completed online. These changes will be considered and approved through the University's processes to ensure that student assessments will be able to demonstrate they have achieved the expected learning outcomes. The approval process will also assess whether the change impacts the status of any professional body accreditation the course benefits from.

Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Staff (changes for 2020/21 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

As a result of the social distancing restrictions in place, on-campus teaching activities may need to be split into smaller groups which may require the support of teaching assistants and student mentors, who will be managed by experienced staff.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2020/21.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As a result of the blended delivery of courses in 2020/21, where a significant proportion of the teaching will be done online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities will be restricted due to social distancing requirements.

The University is considering how best to provide support to students who do not have access to suitable hardware and software requirements and access to the internet. Identifying students who require this type of support is an important milestone for the University in our journey to ensure equity of access while we continue to deliver our blended approach. Information about the support that will be available will be provided to students during the induction period.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2020/21. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2020/21.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead as planned. However, to ensure students are able to gain maximum value from these activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year when current restrictions have been lifted. We acknowledge that this year it may be more difficult for students to secure appropriate placements. In those situations, students will be guided and supported through the various options that will be available to them, including switching courses or interrupting their studies until a time when they can complete their placement.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered. Students will be advised of any changes that may become necessary and appropriate support will be available to students to guide them through the various options that may be available to them.

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, the University will ensure that appropriate risk assessments are made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Voluntary placements or field trips may be rescheduled, or, as a last resort, cancelled if it becomes difficult to deliver them and doing so is in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and students.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2020/21 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. MSc, as a result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.

Additional (changes for 2020/21 entry)

International students

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.

Students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities

The University will ensure students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities are able to effectively engage with their studies remotely. For certain courses an inability to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities may not be in the students best interest, as it may impede their chances of succeeding in the course or lead to them receiving a poor learning experience. In such cases students will be advised and guided through the various options available to them, such as deferring their studies until they can engage fully with the course.