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Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation (2023)

1. Programme Title:

Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation

NQF Level:


2. Description of the Programme (as in the Business Approval Form)

If you are looking to launch a technology start-up, grow an existing family business, use technology innovation to transform an existing organisation, or to create a social enterprise using technology to maximise the positive impact on society, then this MSc programme is for you.

Taught in partnership by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the Business School, the programme provides you with an exceptional learning experience, access to world-leading academics, and the chance to build an outstanding personal network to enhance your future career.

Through this programme you will learn and develop methods, techniques and analytical tools to apply technology innovations to create new organisations or to enhance business operations, along with a thorough understanding of the industry’s processes and practices.

The modules Engineering Management Science, Sustainable Manufacturing and Design Innovation and Entrepreneurship (delivered by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences) provide you with an exceptional hands-on learning experience of the latest theories, concepts and technologies underpinning the 4th Industrial Revolution. The module Entrepreneur Business Startup delivered by the Business School provides you with the tools, skills, and the mental framework to successfully create and grow a new venture. Your educational experience will culminate in one of the following dissertations: a New Venture project or a Business Growth project.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

This MSc programme covers the theory and practice of both technology innovation and entrepreneurship and creates a space to test these ideas in the real world. This understanding is supported by the underpinning core engineering modules (Engineering Management Science, Sustainable Manufacturing and Design Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and by hands-on learning experience in Exeter Digital Enterprise Systems laboratory. The module Entrepreneur Business Startup will provide a thorough understanding of the requirements for the development and launch of a successful new startup or a new venture within an existing enterprise.

As a result of undertaking and successfully completing the course, you will:

1. have a critical understanding of the entrepreneurial mind-set, the nature of entrepreneurship and innovation, the entrepreneurial and innovation process, and business model generation

2. know how to identify, create, deliver and manage new business value

3. be enabled to have the confidence to start new ventures or embark on significant technology innovation

4. be equipped with the knowledge of growth phases of business and innovation so you can make responsive, informed management decisions

5. have developed an understanding of the application of industry-standard concepts and tools in engineering business management through theoretical and practical application, and be capable of applying this experience in new situations

6. be able to apply theoretical concepts to practical problems and identify solutions from the perspectives of both engineering as well as entrepreneurship

7. have developed skills of analysis using tools and techniques based on an interdisciplinary approach, which includes engineering, management, mathematics, and systems modelling.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Exeter’s approach to engineering education emphasises collaborative Problem/Project Based Learning, contextualised teaching and a focus on skills development and practical application of knowledge. A blend of traditional and innovative teaching and learning approaches will be deployed. Exeter Digital Enterprise Systems laboratory will provide hands-on learning experiences with the latest technologies underpinning the 4th Industrial revolution.

Distinctive Intentions

The programme is built on Exeter’s culture of technology innovation and entrepreneurship and offers a unique blend of learning and doing.

4. Programme Structure

The MSc in Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation is a 12 month programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.  The programme comprises 180 credits in total.

Exit Awards

If you do not complete the programme, you may be able to exit with a lower qualification.

  • Postgraduate Diploma: At least 120 credits of which 90 or more must be at level M.

Postgraduate Certificate: At least 60 credits of which 45 or more must be at level M.



5. Programme Modules

The following table describes the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the Business School and College of Engineering Mathematics and Physical Sciences College websites:

Stage 1: 180 credits of compulsory modules


Stage 1

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
BEMM385Entrepreneur Business Startup60YesNo
ENGM039Modelling, Simulation and Machine Learning for Operations Management15YesNo
ENGM040Research Ethics and Methodology15YesNo
ECMM164MSc Dissertation60YesYes
ENGM023Sustainable Manufacturing15YesNo
ENGM026Design, Innovation & Entrepreneurship15YesNo

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning & Assessment Methods

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to: Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

A Specialised Subject Skills & Knowledge

1. Gain knowledge of the industrial environment and of the latest Industry 4.0 technologies.

2. Understand the most important concepts and methods of management science.

3. Understand manufacturing in relation to management practices and sustainability.

4. Understand and evaluate the innovation process and the role entrepreneurs play in creating it.

5. Apply appropriate analysis tools and modern technologies to problems to generate innovations.

Learning & Teaching Activities

A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, tutorials, seminars, individual and group assignments, and laboratory session, electronically mediated work that is taught and assessed using a range of media such as video and VLE.

Assessment Methods

Assessment techniques will include traditional examinations and assessed coursework, and the dissertation. These will be supplemented by smaller projects and formative assessment designed to give feedback. Assignments will take the form of case studies or reality based projects.

B Academic Discipline Core Skills & Knowledge

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the main concepts and theories of engineering management

2. Apply analytical tools to business situations and problems and formulate innovative alternative approaches.

3. Critically evaluate management theory with reference to application in the industrial or commercial context.

4. Critically evaluative entrepreneurial learning and its role within the entrepreneurial process.

5. Reflect on the role of the entrepreneur in new venture creation, identifying key strategies for idea creation/opportunity recognition, evaluation and exploitation.

6. Apply modern Industry 4.0 technologies in research and innovation.

Learning & Teaching Activities

Compulsory modules in the programme, namely Engineering Management Science,

Sustainable Manufacturing and Engineering Management Science provide fundamental knowledge in managing engineering businesses, mathematical modelling and simulation of industrial systems and use of advance technologies in industry. The student will also acquire knowledge in entrepreneurship and innovation through the Entrepreneur Business Startup module.

Analytical tools and methods are taught in all modules.

These provide the frameworks for the analysis of complex situations.

ICT skills feature strongly in Engineering Management Science.

Assessment Methods

Assessment techniques will include traditional examinations and assessed coursework, and the dissertation. These will be supplemented by smaller projects and formative assessment designed to give feedback. Assignments will take the form of case studies or reality based projects.

C Personal / Transferable / Employment Skills & Knowledge

1. Think creatively to generate potential new venture ideas and creative solutions to new venture challenges, through the use of appropriate theory, frameworks, techniques and information resources.

2. Think critically to analyse, conceptualise and evaluate the factors relating to new venture success.

3. The ability to actively collaborate, communicate, co-create, and network.

4. Technological and digital competence through the use of technologies to source, process and communicate information.

5. Understanding the social, financial,

and environmental factors that impact business sustainability, and make open and responsible decisions.

6. Work as part of a culturally diverse team to formulate and solve open-ended problems.

7. Plan, implement, report and evaluate a multi-stage project.

8. Identify major global challenges and cultural diversity issues.

9. Communicate high level arguments effectively in writing appropriate for different academic and business audiences.


Learning & Teaching Activities

The students will often be organised into groups for specific assignments. This will often involve learning to work with people from other cultural backgrounds, often with students working in English as a second language. Assignments will often be of a problem solving nature especially where case-study scenarios are used. Business writing will be practised in lifelike case-study assignments. Criticality will be applied when using textual materials in modules and in the research projects. It is important at M-level (NQF Level 7) that students develop a critical approach to reading, especially where claims are made for the benefits of new approaches and innovations.

The need to consider context and outlook when dealing with literature will be emphasised, particularly given the international flavour of the course where business approaches vary with different cultures.

In the supervision of dissertation projects supervisors will provide coaching on academic writing and referencing style. The students will be encouraged to read throughout the programme and to review and discuss your readings.

Assessment Methods

These skills and knowledge will form part of the assessment schemes for coursework and the dissertation.

7. Programme Regulations

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook.

Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

In accordance with University policy a system of personal tutors is in place for all students on this programme. A University-wide statement on such provision is included in the University's TQA Manual. As a student enrolled on this programme you will receive the personal and academic support of the Programme Coordinator and will have regular scheduled meetings with your Personal Tutor; you may request additional meetings as and when required. The role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information Technology (IT) Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Help may be obtained through the Helpdesk, and most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network. Additionally, the College has its own dedicated IT support staff, helpdesk and computer facilities which are linked to the wider network, but which also provide access to some specialised software packages. Email is an important channel of communication between staff and students in the College and an extensive range of web-based information (see is maintained for the use of students, including a comprehensive and annually revised student handbook.

The Harrison Learning Resource Centre is generally open during building open hours. The Centre is available for quiet study, with four separate rooms that can be booked for meetings and group work. Amongst its facilities, the Learning Resource Centre has a number of desks, four meeting rooms with large LCD screens, and free use of a photocopier. Also available are core set texts from your module reading lists, and undergraduate and MSc projects from the past two years.

Online Module study resources provide materials for modules that you are registered for, in addition to some useful subject and IT resources. Generic study support resources, library and research skills, past exam papers, and the 'Academic Honesty and Plagiarism' module are also available through the student portal (

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

Risk Mitigation Plan

Considering that the programme is delivered jointly with the Business School, and change of the provisions of the Business School will be addressed in due time so the interests of the students will be preserved adequately. The Associate Deans of Education of both colleges will decide on the most suitable measures required to mitigate such circumstances.


10. Admission Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.


11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs). 

14 Awarding Institution University of Exeter
15 Lead College / Teaching Institution College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
16 Partner College / Institution University of Exeter Business School
17 Programme accredited/validated by Joint Board of Moderators
18 Final Award(s) MSc
19 UCAS Code (UG programmes) TechVenturesInnovMgmt
20 NQF Level of Final Awards(s): 7
21 Credit (CATS and ECTS) 180 credits (90 ECTS)
22 QAA Subject Benchmarking Group (UG and PGT programmes) Engineering
23 Origin Date February 8th 2023 Last Date of Revision: July 5th 2023