Taught course (will run subject to approval)


University of Cambridge · University of Cambridge

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2:1 honours degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship (PGDE) is an action-based, part-time programme designed specifically for experienced professionals, scientists, and technologists who want to learn the skills of entrepreneurship and develop their business idea or venture in a structured and supportive environment. It is also for entrepreneurs who want to develop their businesses to the next level while learning the skills and accessing the networks they need.

The programme will provide an overview and understanding of entrepreneurship and the critical skills and perspectives for doing it.

The aim is to be highly interactive, with workshops, case studies, subject experts, and practitioners engaging in the discussion of key concepts, theories, frameworks, and emerging ideas for creating, developing, and enabling entrepreneurship in the private, public and social sectors in the UK and internationally.

Students on the course will “learn by doing” to an extent – taking action, either through their own startup ventures or through more provisional “experiments”, to put the theories, frameworks and tools they learn into practice and reflect on the outcomes of these actions. This learning-by-doing will take place within reflective groups or “Action Learning Sets” of students, and will be guided by an individual mentor (a practitioner from within the CJBS Entrepreneurship Centre’s vetted pool of enterprise mentors) assigned to each student.

The programme is delivered through a carefully designed combination of:

  • immersive residential learning and networking in Cambridge (three weeks in total);
  • working through our online learning content and tools, with an Action Learning Set of fellow innovators and creators (35 weeks); and
  • coaching and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs, matched to the individual challenges, who help students review and reflect on the actions they take as they build their skills.

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Generate and identify ideas for entrepreneurial ventures, evaluate the potential for success of those ideas, turn the ideas into a set of hypotheses to be tested and objectives to be pursued, select apposite methods and techniques for testing assumptions and execute some of those methods and techniques. Understand the mechanisms and contingencies underlying the tools used for the above.
  • Identify rational, social and emotional levers to be used in the persuasion of the critical audiences of innovators, early adopters, co-innovators and distribution partners required to get a venture off the ground. Understand the mechanisms and contingencies underlying the tools used for the above.
  • Choose a set of activities a proposed venture will and won’t undertake. Understand how defensible capabilities and relationships are built within a venture. Understand how ventures maintain an appropriate level of agility. Understand the mechanisms and contingencies underlying the tools used for the above.
  • Understand the foundations of effective entrepreneurial/innovation teams and the steps and dynamics than lead to effective or ineffective team behaviours.
  • Understand the behaviours, practices and cognitions followed by entrepreneurs, the contribution they make to successful entrepreneurship (and the mechanisms believed to create that contribution), and the contingencies concerning their effectiveness. Through course-fostered experiences and reflection, they should be able to undertake some of these behaviours and practices and adopt some of the cognitions.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PDip
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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