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

2021/22 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2021/22 (i.e. between August 2021 and July 2022), please view the information about changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2021/22 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 2021/22. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas Course page.

What our students say

As students in 2020-21, we had to adapt quickly to a completely new way of learning and teaching. Our lecturers and the university have managed and adapted to this future trend of education. The teaching style from our lecturers has been commendable. Industry insights from their past experience helped make lectures really interesting.

Our assessments required us to carry out indirect learning, through academic articles and also reading industry articles such as Deloitte and McKinsey. We were also pushed to think out of the box and come up with solutions based on what the industries will look like five to ten years from now."

Asad Sheriff, student and course rep 2020–21

Asad Sheriff, student and course rep 2020–21

To take all our theoretical knowledge and apply it to a real-life business environment, we formed small teams to develop a start-up company. This was a challenging but rewarding hands-on experience. We started our companies from scratch, so as a first step, we learnt how to register a business in the UK. The team had to develop a service or product idea and create a prototype accordingly, which then we had to take it to the market. This meant that the team was attending trade fairs to introduce the business. Our first fair was in the Kingston Business School which served as a learning process where we could practise our pitching and marketing skills.

All in all, the one-year programme was packed with incredible opportunities to grow, gain new skills and to network with other students and business experts. Besides the connections made, we leave Kingston University with a strong education, equipped with highly valued employability skills."

Bettina Gardasz, student 2019–20

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 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, 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

2021/22 fees for this course

Home and European Union 2021/22

  • MSc full time £11,560

Overseas (not EU) 2021/22

  • MSc full time £16,500

2020/21 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.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free Wi-Fi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

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.

Job titles of recent graduates include project manager, co-founder, social entrepreneur, entrepreneurship and incubation manager, and PhD candidate.

Changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19

Course information (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Composition of the course

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Unless government advice instructs otherwise, Study Abroad programmes will take place in 2021/22. The safety of all our students is paramount, therefore, as per normal practice, all Study Abroad activities must also be approved by the University's insurers to ensure that students are adequately protected during their period abroad. We will provide updates as the pandemic situation stabilises and/or further government advice is released.

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 in response to feedback from students and other key stakeholders. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Modules

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules in response to issues arising from 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, module summaries and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

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 in 2021/22, e.g. moving those modules which can be delivered more effectively to the first teaching block and moving back those – such as practical modules and placements – which may be more difficult to deliver due to some ongoing restrictions.

In some cases, it may be necessary to delay placement modules which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will guide students through the appropriate options available to ensure students are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a direct result of the pandemic.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a direct result of the pandemic.

Teaching (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to steadily increase the proportion of on-campus teaching. We will continue to provide a proportion of online learning, as experience has shown that this enriches and supports the student learning experience.

If the pandemic affects teaching and learning activities in 2021/22 more than we currently anticipate, the proportion of online learning will increase. However, unless a lockdown is enforced, we will ensure that all courses provide a reasonable percentage of their teaching and learning activities on campus.

Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you should still be able to engage with your course remotely in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, for example on courses with high practical content, your course team will be able to advise you on the options available 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 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 in 2021/22 the University will aim to deliver the course fully online once more. 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, 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. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

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 learning and teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours were not and will not be made as a direct result of the pandemic.

‘Scheduled learning and teaching' includes teaching delivered online, either live or recorded/on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2021) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2022) will not be available until the autumn. We make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible.

In 2020/21 it was agreed that scheduled learning and teaching could take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm, to maximise the time available for teaching in order to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing. This meant we sometimes had to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. If we need to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing in 2021/22 we expect to adopt a similar approach. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2021/22 entry)

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. to the overall methods of assessments, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Changes are made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback received from students and other key stakeholders. Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

If social distancing or lockdown restrictions are in place in 2021/22, online alternative options to formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be made available to students where possible.

Staff (changes for 2021/22 entry)

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

Staff are engaged in Continuous Professional Development activities to develop their teaching expertise, as part of the normal enhancement processes, to ensure that course teams have the required breadth of expertise.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2021/22.

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

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to be able to increase student access to on-campus facilities. Students will therefore have access to University computers and library facilities.

If, due to an increase in social distancing requirements or the enforcing of a lockdown, it becomes necessary to significantly increase the proportion of teaching delivered 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 might be restricted if social distancing requirements are enforced.

The University is committed to supporting students who are unable to access suitable technology to ensure equity of access in a blended delivery mode.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2021/22. 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 2021/22.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We are anticipating that placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead in 2021/22. However, to ensure students gain maximum value from placement activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, when any impacts from the pandemic restrictions are minimised.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of our students, all placement arrangements must be approved by the University's insurers and the appropriate risk assessments 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.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), MSc, etc., as a direct 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 by email before enrolment.

Accreditation

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and in accordance with any professional body requirements. We do not anticipate making any further changes to courses in response to any issues arising from the pandemic and which would put at risk any professional body accreditation status.

Additional (changes for 2021/22 entry)

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.