Taught course

Management (Entrepreneurship)

Durham University · Durham Business School

Entry requirements

The equivalent of a UK first or upper second class honours degree. Check the full list of equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Whether you’re looking to launch a business, build partnerships, develop new ideas or invest in new ventures, this innovative MSc explores ways to harness your flair for business and take it to the next level.

This one-year full-time course comprises core modules on strategy, organisational behaviour, the entrepreneur’s environment, entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process, and new venture creation. You can tailor the course to your own interests through a choice of optional modules and complete a dissertation or a business project.

There is a strong practical element to the course and you will hear from guest speakers such as consultants, social marketers and analysts who have a wide experience of the topics covered in the modules you will study.

You will also be able to test your own entrepreneurial skills in the Blueprint Startup Challenge.

Opportunities for international learning are embedded into the course as they encourage you to think globally when it comes to applying your entrepreneurial skills. They comprise an international study tour, a summer school and the option to complete your dissertation abroad.

The Business School is one of an elite group of UK institutions that has been accredited by all three major business accreditation bodies, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of MBAs and the European Quality Improvement System. It offers a vibrant, supportive and stimulating learning experience, delivered by academic staff who are experts in their field.

Course structure

Core modules:

Strategy seeks to explain the success of a business or the lack of it by studying its corporate plan of action in relation to both the external commercial environment and also the balance internally between the plan and its resources and capabilities.

Organisational Behaviour covers key issues relating to the behaviour of individuals in an organisation and examines topics such as personal and mental ability, the management of attitudes and work motivation, decision-making, corporate and social responsibility, and addressing justice and equality within organisations.

Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Process introduces entrepreneurship, the role it plays in modern economies and the different activities it involves in businesses, from family firms to social enterprises and in larger corporations.

Thinking Entrepreneurially will cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset adaptable to both startups and established organisations. This module enhances your ability to confidently navigate the ever-changing business landscape, with entrepreneurship as the foundation. Throughout the course, a strong emphasis is placed on adapting, persisting, and learning from entrepreneurial challenges.

New Venture Creation provides you with an overall understanding of the process of creating a new business venture as well as giving you an insight into what is required to make it happen and how to meet the challenges of such ventures. You will also learn how best to manage customer and supplier relationships, finances, and operational issues in an ethical and responsible manner.

Research Methods and Dissertation (International study route available) offers you the necessary training to undertake advanced-level research and conduct an in-depth investigation into an issue which is applicable and relevant to your degree subject. Crucially, the module gives you a thorough understanding of key principles of research design and methodology in business and management and develops your skills in conducting and communicating research. You will have the opportunity to undertake research abroad at a partner university. Alternatively, you can choose to complete a business project.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Business Economics and Accounting

And two from the following (modules marked * may be taken only if you chose Strategic Marketing Management from the previous options):

  • Arts, Heritage and Tourism Marketing*
  • Buyer Behaviour and Marketing Innovation
  • Competitive Strategies and Organisational Fitness
  • Designing and Marketing Services
  • East Asian Business and Management
  • Employee Reward Strategy
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Planning and Control
  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Global Business
  • Global Marketing
  • Global Sport Business
  • International Study Tour
  • Project Management
  • Social Marketing
  • Strategy Simulation and System Thinking*
  • A language module such as those offered by the University’s Centre for Foreign Language Study

Information for international students

If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
£14,500 per year
International students
£31,500 per year

For further information see the course listing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Durham Business School