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Postgraduate Course

International Entrepreneurship and Innovation MSc

Equip yourself with skills in creativity, innovation, global expansion and enabling digital disruption.

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Develop your creative and innovative thinking alongside structured approaches to scaling an organisation. Supported by a team of academics and practitioners, you will develop a pragmatic approach and an innovative mindset to gain a competitive advantage in the global market. This knowledge will support you in your future entrepreneurial work.

Please note: this course will not be recruiting in 2024. The next start date for this course will be September 2025.

London campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time, 2 years full time with professional experience
  • Start date – September 2025
  • School – London

Minimum entry requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Experience Evidence of relevant experience if your degree is in an unrelated subject

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 9,300 full time

    International 2024-25 £11,300 full time

Course overview

The International Entrepreneurship and Innovation MSc combines the fundamentals and cutting-edge principles of innovation and entrepreneurship. These will be applied to authentic scenarios to prepare you for your future career. You will learn about topics including:

  • Business planning
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Global expansion

The content of this course is rooted in the principles of sustainable approaches, ethical practice and cultural context.

You can also gain knowledge and develop your skills with with our Venture Creation Lab (VCL), which focuses on identifying and devising entrepreneurial activities. Guest lectures will be delivered by industry experts with extensive experience.

You will gain the knowledge necessary for a career both as an intrapreneur or entrepreneur, including the ability to:

  • Assess the commercial viability and ethical attributes of a business start up
  • Critically appraise resources required to facilitate globally minded, entrepreneurial growth 
  • Critically examine the factors that contribute to entrepreneurial success and failure 
  • Analytically assess principals of sustainability that contribute toward entrepreneurial endeavours 

This will prepare you for an entrepreneurial career leading business ventures or making an impact within organisations as an employee.

You can choose to study this course with a professional experience year, allowing you to apply your learning to real workplace scenarios. This valuable experience will help you in your future career and give you a competitive edge in the competitive job market. Our VCL offers the opportunity for you to gain valuable experience through its 4 pathways:

  • Entrepreneurial
  • Technical
  • Research
  • Leadership

Course structure

How you will study

You can study this postgraduate course full time or part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

If you choose to study full time the course will take 1 year to complete. You will study:

  • 6 compulsory modules across two semesters
  • 1 course length Research Project (dissertation) module

If you choose to study part time the course will take 2 years to complete and the modules will be split across both years.

You can find out which modules are available in each term in the Course Specifications.


Credits: 20


Analyse the process of a business start-up from conception through to execution. Learn how to identify entrepreneurial characteristics and skills, and how to attribute these to entrepreneurial success or failure. Discuss the impact of contemporary issues and major conceptual debates. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own abilities and aspirations and will be assisted in the assessment of your entrepreneurial skills.

Credits: 20


Creativity and innovation play an important role in product and service development, enabling business owners to align with shifts in consumer needs. Gain experience taking creative concepts through to a well-defined idea that can be implemented. You will have the opportunity to engage with real business challenges and use creative problem solving to find innovative solutions.

Credits: 20


Entrepreneurship involves seeking and identifying customer trends and industry environments. On this module you will become familiar with the identification of a target market and designing a marketing strategy based on their needs. Explore how digitally focused tactics can be combined with traditional marketing methods create an effective marketing campaign.

Credits: 20


Before entrepreneurs launch a new venture, both costs and revenues must be planned. Develop the knowledge and skills needed to calculate the financing needs of a new or growing business. You will investigate traditional entrepreneurial fundraising alongside emerging strategies.

Credits: 20


Global expansion requires considering a growth strategy that can take business operations, products, and services into international target markets. On this module you will learn how to plan a growth strategy, including selecting a country and analysing factors relevant to business expansion. Develop an awareness of issues relating to international governance and compare market entry approaches.

Credits: 20


Constant advancements in digitalisation can provide new market opportunities and a source of competitive advantage. Evaluate sources of disruption and explore the contribution of digital platforms to strategic decision making. We will teach you about contemporary and emerging technologies, such as the metaverse. By the end of this module you will be able to enable digital disruption within a start-up or growing enterprise.

Credits: 60


Undertake an independent research project on a contemporary issue within the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. You will investigate, analyse and develop creative solutions to reach evidence-based conclusions. You can focus on a topic that relates to your personal interests and career aspirations as either an entrepreneur or intrapreneur. Taught sessions will explore research methodology and data analysis techniques.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

All of your modules will be delivered using a variety of different teaching sessions. This includes:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Debates
  • Discussion forums
  • Tutorials 

Our teaching is rooted in project-based and inquiry-led learning. Support with study skills, conventions of academic analysis, and scholarly writing will be available throughout the duration of the course.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.



We have a range of assessment types that are designed to reflect real workplace scenarios and ensure an inclusive, individualised experience. Such as:

  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Vivas
  • Project-based research

You will benefit from a variety of feedback models, as appropriate to the method of assessment. Feedback will detail how you can develop areas of research, subject knowledge and professional practice.

Professional experience

Professional experience is the perfect opportunity to enhance your career prospects and deepen your understanding of your subject area. You can undertake a 12 month or 24 month professional experience route, depending on if you are studying full or part time. We offer support in looking for placement opportunities through the London Student Opportunities Team. While there is no guarantee you will secure a placement, as this decision sits entirely with employers, we can guarantee you will have access to professional experience through our Venture Creation Lab (VCL).

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Experience Evidence of relevant experience if your degree is in an unrelated subject

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered.



International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and funding


The tuition fee for this postgraduate course without Professional Experience in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £9,300 for full time study
  • 4,650 per year for part time study (£9,300 in total)

The tuition fee for this postgraduate course with Professional Experience in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £9,300 per year for the first year full time, and £1,395 for your professional experience year (£10,695 in total)
  • £5,150 per year part time, and £1,395 for your professional placement year (£10,695 in total)

These costs apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

Funding opportunities


The tuition fee for this postgraduate course without Professional Experience in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £11,300 for 1 year of full time study

The tuition fee for this postgraduate course with Professional Experience in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £11,300 for your first year, and £3,600 for your Professional Experience year (£14,900 in total)

These costs apply to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

International Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 9,300 full time

    International 2024-25 £11,300 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for alumni

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

You will need to consider the cost of accommodation in London. There are many student accommodation options throughout the city. More guidance on finding accommodation in London is available on our dedicated Study in London page.

Career outcomes

Where could International Entrepreneurship and Innovation MSc take you?

This degree could you lead to a career directly related to International Entrepreneurship and Innovation, such as working as an entrepreneur, or it could take you in a completely different direction, using the many transferable skills you will develop. These include problem solving, analysing information, undertaking research and more.

This will give you an advantage in careers including:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Product development
  • International business development
  • Finance
  • External auditor
  • Sales
  • Supply chain management

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £6,500 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree. (Department For Education Graduate Labour Market Report 2022)

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

For postgraduate degrees you must apply directly to York St John University using the links below. This will take you to the application form you need to fill out for this specific course. 

To complete the online application form you will need to create login details. 

Please contact 2 referees before submitting your application. An automated request for a reference will be emailed to them as soon as you submit. Your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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