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Course Director: Dr. Yvonne Costin
Course Administrator: Kathy Ryan
Ranked #36 Best Masters in Entrepreneurship Globally
The focus of the course is around developing students’ entrepreneurial behaviour and generating business opportunities. This one-year full-time Masters programme provides students with the specialist knowledge and a practical understanding of the key tasks required to establish, manage and grow a new venture in a challenging international business environment whist building the students network of professional contacts in the area of small business.
The programme is designed for graduates who wish to start an entrepreneurial venture; those who wish to work in small and medium firms or as trainers and consultants with small and medium enterprises.Click here to download the programme brochure.
This one year, Full-time, programme consists of ten taught modules, completed over two academic semesters and a research dissertation that will be completed during the summer semester.
Semester 1 (Autumn)
Semester 2 (Spring)
Semester 3 (Summer)
|Establishing International Ventures||Strategic International Venture Growth||Business Simulation|
|Managing Creativity and Innovation New Venture||Business Consulting||Strategic Commercialisation Project|
|Marketing and Sales Strategies||Financial Issues for Small and Medium Enterprises|
|Professional Development 1||Human Resource Management for Small & Medium Enterprises|
|Information Management for Small & Medium Enterprises||Research Methods|
|Leadership, Influence and Change|
Professional Development 2
Electives – Choose 1
International Economic Issues
Applicants will possess a minimum of a 2:2 honours primary degree. An interview may form part of the application process. Applicants who cannot satisfy the minimum 2:2 honours primary degree requirement may be accepted on the basis of relevant professional experience (e.g., small business related experience as entrepreneurs or as an employee in a small or medium sized firm).
In the case of international students, applicants must hold a qualification that is equivalent to an Irish or UK honours bachelor's degree (NQAI level 8). The degree must be in a discipline relevant to the postgraduate degree sought. To find out if you have the correct qualifications to apply for a programme at UL check the specific requirements for your home country.
Where candidates are non-native English language speakers, the candidate should meet the University’s English Language Requirements.
There is a focus on action and experiential learning including interactive presentations, industry specific case studies, team work, individual assignments and entrepreneurship and small business-related projects which stimulate innovative thinking and more effectively develop the student’s entrepreneurial potential. In addition, external speakers from the small firm world, government agencies, professional organisations and financial institutions will challenge participants thinking and provide an enhanced network of contacts for future personal and business development opportunities.
The opportunity to work with and solve business problems for small and medium firms will further equip students with the best practices in small firm formation and growth and thus better prepare them to engage in entrepreneurial activity either personally or in an established business context.
The completion of a research paper allows the student to deepen their knowledge and expertise in a chosen subject of interest or alternatively, completion of the Strategic Commercialisation Project provides students with the opportunity to transition a business idea and evaluate its commercialization options by developing a two year strategic growth plan.
A key feature of this Masters programme is the linkages and working collaborations with local and regional communities, government agencies, professional organisations and the small and medium enterprise sector through completion of in company research projects, management consultancy assignments and the inclusion of practitioners as guest speakers and their participation in panel discussions.