Royal Holloway, University of London

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Year in Business)

This course is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career as an entrepreneur, whether that be starting a new organisation or developing entrepreneurial and innovative projects within existing organisations. You will be equipped with specialist and in-depth understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation together with practical skills, enhancing your employability.

The course draws upon the highest level of theory and practice in this field and builds on the extensive research and teaching expertise of academics within the School of Management. The content of this course is continually updated to reflect contemporary issues and areas of interest, such as family business management, entrepreneurship and consultancy, and social entrepreneurship.

By choosing to spend a year in business you will also be able to integrate theory and practice and gain real business experience. We provide a learning environment where students can use their experience of organisations to engage with and challenge both the theoretical and case materials and work together on new intellectual and management problems.

On graduating you will have a critical understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation research, an appreciation of the impact of entrepreneurship and innovation and the processes and practices at every level. You will look at venture creation, innovation, consultancy, financial planning, entrepreneurial marketing, social entrepreneurship and family business management.

Our course is enriched with the knowledge and expertise shared by our visiting speakers which include entrepreneurs running successful and in many cases, highly innovative business.

As a student of the School of Management you will join an intellectually stimulating, friendly and supportive research environment and, through working closely with our expert and experienced academic staff, you will be in a position to realise your potential.

- Excellent position to be a successful business owner or manager by gaining a deep understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation, coupled with a practical set of skills and the beginning of an effective business network.

- Scholarship Opportunity with Santander who are offering a tuition fee waiver of £5,000.

- Flexibility to tailor your studies to suit your specific areas of interest, such as marketing communications, e-business and accounting..

- Outstanding research; Royal Holloway sits in the top 25% of UK universities for research which is rated as 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent'.

- Latest thinking and exciting intellectual challenges provided by academics who are at the frontiers of their subjects.

- Inspiring international community; 60% of our Management students come from overseas, with over 130 countries represented across Royal Holloway's student body.

Entry requirements

UK Lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) or equivalent.

Relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area will be considered.

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all subscores. If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor your study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

This course is appropriate either for students from a management background of from other disciplines - the arts and social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology and economics), as well as science and engineering. It is also suitable for mature students with a good first degree and work experience.
those who have studied alternative disciplines to management or business should take the 'Foundations of Modern Management' unit during Induction Week to obtain the background knowledge required for this course.

A successful candidate will usually:

- be a self-starter, enterprising and show initiative

- have a strong interest in the field of entrepreneurship

- have good written, verbal and presentation skills

- be able to set and meet targets

- be competent and professional in nature

- be able to work well both independently and with others

Students from overseas should visit the International pages on the Royal Holloway website for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master's Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

Course modules

Year 1: Venture Creation and Financial Planning, Innovation, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Consultancy, Dissertation Preparation and Research Methods.

Year 2: Independent Business Research Project. This year will be spent on a work placement. You will be supported by the School of Management and the Royal Holloway Careers and Employability Service to find a suitable placement. However, Royal Holloway cannot guarantee that all students who are accepted onto this degree programme will secure a placement, and the ultimate responsibility lies with yourself. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme and you will be asked to complete assessed work.

A range of optional modules are also available.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation based on your year in business. Some modules are assessed by in-class tests and group projects


The fee for the year in industry will be 20% of the first year fee for that academic year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 10,050 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 Years
MSc Full-time £ 17,000 (Year 1) International 2 Years
MSc Sandwich including industrial placement September 2018 17,500 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MSc Sandwich including industrial placement September 2018 10,400 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years

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