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Henley Business School

Entrepreneurship (Financing)

In ever more competitive global markets, organisations that depend solely upon re-investing profits and loan finance will be condemned to slow growth.

Our faculty members use a variety of teaching methods including: lectures and seminars, case studies, entrepreneurship and business scenarios, with distinguished visiting speakers and entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurship Project is a live case study, where students undertake a consultancy intervention with local firms. You will also work with leading academics and industry experts in the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship and the ICMA Centre.

This Master's programme is designed for graduates keen to pursue entrepreneurial careers, whether through their own start-up or through leadership roles in entrepreneurial firms. Graduates will also be equipped to work internationally in a general or trainee management role in any sector for organisations ranging from small and medium sized enterprises to multinational firms.

Henley Business School enjoys a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts, underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders, a thread that runs through all of our Masters programmes.

Our postgraduate masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree towards your individual personal development needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This stimulating mix of lectures and interactive tutorials provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the subject material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students. You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings and be able to challenge some of those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues and tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry, giving you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills.

Entry requirements

Although a good first or second class UK honours degree, or overseas equivalent, will usually be required, professional experience will be taken into account and applicants considered on their overall suitability for the programme.  Evidence of entrepreneurial experience will be of particular value in our admissions decision.

Prior knowledge or experience of your chosen subject area is not required. We welcome applications from recent university graduates from a wide range of disciplines.

Applicants to Henley Business School, whose first language is not English, will be required to attain the International English Language Test Scores (IELTS), or equivalent acceptable qualification accepted by the University, as defined below, to enter a programme.

However, for students who successfully complete one of the Pre-sessional English Language courses run by our International Study and Language Institute, a half-band credit will be applied to their English language condition. (For example - programmes requiring IELTS 7.0 will accept students with IELTS 6.5 providing the student has completed the relevant English course with us).

Course modules

Compulsory Modules

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Study and Research Skills: Sources, Methods, and Practice - 0 [0 ECTS credits]
  • Advances in Entrepreneurial Theory and Practice - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Entrepreneurship Project - 40 [20 ECTS credits]
  • Financing for Entrepreneurship - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Strategic Planning and Budgeting - 10 [5 ECTS credits]
  • Venture Capital - 10 [5 ECTS credits]

Optional modules

In addition students must choose three optional modules from the list below:

  • International Strategic Management - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Financial Management - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Principles of Human Resource Management - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Practice of Entrepreneurship - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Corporate Governance and Accountability - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • New Venture Start-Up - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Principles of Marketing - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Business and Economic Development in Resource Rich Countries - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Global Entrepreneurial Management - 20 [10 ECTS credits]
  • Business Service Design - 20 [10 ECTS credits]

Assessment methods

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods which vary depending on your chosen Masters programme. These include online materials and multimedia content, guest lectures, individual and group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations form around 70% of the assessed work with the remaining 30% coming from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme. The exam period falls between April and June in the summer term, with students taking an average of 5 or 6 exams. Graduation normally takes place in December.

Sponsorship information

Alumni of the University of Reading who undertake their next level of study at Henley Business School will receive a tuition fee discount of £1000.

Loans of up to £10,000 are available to eligible students studying for postgraduate masters courses from the 2016-2017 Academic year. In general, students need to be domiciled in England.  EU students, and individuals falling within certain specified categories, may also be eligible.

You can apply for a loan through the UK Government website.  You can read more about the scheme on the Student Loans Company website or on these two UK Government sites: Introduction of loans for postgraduate students and Government response to the Consultation on Support for Postgraduate Study.

Applicants who normally live in the UK (for a minimum of three years) can apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan to borrow between £300 and £10,000. This is a bank loan, with interest charged at a commercial fixed rate.


Please note that a non-refundable deposit is payable when confirming your acceptance of an offer of a place. This is part of your tuition fee and will be deducted from the total amount upon enrolment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 12,500 (Whole course) Home/EU 12 Months
MSc Full-time £ 19,800 (Whole course) International 12 Months

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