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Masters in Entrepreneurship (Financing)

At a glance

  • Examine the importance of different sources of finance for entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Understand the practicalities of developing and utilising financial models
  • Work with academics and industry experts in the Henley Centre of Entrepreneurship and the ICMA Centre
  • Create a network of active young specialists who think globally and act locally
  • Work as a management consultant with a local firm in ‘The Entrepreneurship Project’
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12 months
Programme Director
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The Financing pathway in the MSc Entrepreneurship programme has a more operational perspective. Our academic staff use a variety of teaching methods including lectures and seminars, case studies, entrepreneurship and business scenarios. You will also be taught by distinguished visiting speakers and entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurship Project is a live case study, where you undertake a consultancy intervention with local firms. You will also work with leading academics and industry experts in the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship and the ICMA Centre.

Compulsory modules Credits

This module introduces students to the scholarly literature on entrepreneurship and its recent advances. It shows how theoretical developments have practical applications and so assists students to appraise the increasingly entrepreneurial role of managers in modern business.

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Professor Andrew Godley
10 [5 ECTS credits]

The module provides intensive experiential learning in an international context. This is an opportunity for students group visits a particular country and particular business communities to explore business development issues and the methods the community has found for addressing these issues, as well as to assist these communities with possible business solutions. The module assists to create a network of active young specialists who think globally and act locally to make business action happen. The country partners institutions play a key role in setting up the itinerary and hosting the visit. Students will work in multinational teams for 10 continuous working days to develop international capabilities and build their global network.

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Keith Heron
10 [5 ECTS credits]

What am I going to do when my course ends, and how am I going to achieve it? This module has been designed to help Accounting, Informatics and Business Management students answer those two questions, and empower them to take the actions required. It’s a suite of sessions that pays close attention to the general pathways Business Management, Accounting and Informatics students tend to take, and their aspirations as expressed during pre-sessional career activities & induction surveys. Students will choose this the mix of custom-made sessions that best suit their stage in life and supplement them with the open careers programmes offered at the University, the online content on the Henley Careers Blackboard site and 1-2-1 careers consultations.

0 [0 ECTS credits]

This module will enable you to develop your entrepreneurial capacity and your understanding of the start-up process through an immersive, team-based learning experience, culminating in a consultancy to help entrepreneurial small businesses and start-ups.

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Keith Heron
40 [20 ECTS credits]

This module introduces students to the characteristics and skills that underpin Entrepreneurial leadership.

Using scholarly literature and case studies this module discusses how this form of leadership is applied in difference contexts, from family businesses to corporates and start up-firms.

The module has a strong practical application and uses real life case studies.

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Dr Yemisi Bolade-Ogunfodun
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module aims to critically examine the nature, role and importance of different traditional and non-traditional sources of finance for entrepreneurial ventures and assess their costs and benefits for an entrepreneurial firm at different stages of growth.

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Professor Maksim Belitski
20 [10 ECTS credits]

Students will develop their own new business idea in real time, experiencing the realities of entrepreneurship and business start-up as they progress through the module. They will study the underpinning theory, while also gaining entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and understanding. This will enable them to be effective in both developing their venture and reflecting on their personal and business performance.

  • Project planning
  • Financial models (cash-flow projections)
  • Product development
  • Building partnerships
  • Customer relationships
  • Resource acquisition
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Keith Heron
20 [10 ECTS credits]
To strengthen students’ ability to make best use of the learning opportunities during the MSc degree course. To provide students with an understanding of what is required to perform well in essays, dissertations, report writing and examinations at Henley Business School. To provide students with an awareness of the appropriate use of methodology, theory, data, literature reviews and original research in a Masters dissertation/project.

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Professor Peter Scott
0 [0 ECTS credits]

Optional Modules

In addition students must choose three optional modules from the list below.

Optional modules Credits

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent a large share of our economies and a leading force in economic development. This module focuses on such enterprises and explores the distinctive features of management in the SME environment. An important component of this module is the preparation of a Business Plan.

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Professor Yipeng Liu
20 [10 ECTS credits]

To equip students with relevant accounting and financial management knowledge in decision making, especially for those who have little background in accounting and financial management. The module covers relevant topics in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management, with a focus on the ability to understand the importance of accounting and financial information in decision making and critical evaluation of the use of relevant information in decision making.

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Professor Liang Han
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module examines existing knowledge about how people behave in organisational settings, the theories that inform this knowledge and the practical implications for managers. It relies on the tacit knowledge of students and on social and human sciences such as management, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology.

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Dr Chris Woodrow
20 [10 ECTS credits]

This module provides an introduction to the field of human resource management in terms of the development of the function; its approach to strategy and the deployment of the key practices of human resource management. It is relevant for any students considering a career where they will be managing others or for those interested in a career specialising in HRM.

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Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth
20 [10 ECTS credits]

The objective of this module, which is delivered at the ICMA Centre, is to develop students’ appreciation of the practical aspects of raising private equity or venture capital finance for a management buyout or earlier-stage company, growing the business through the close working relationship between the PE or VC firm and the management team and achieving a successful exit. Both private equity and venture capital deals are covered on this module from the viewpoints of both the entrepreneur or management team and of the investing institution (general partner) as well as the relationship between the PE or VC firm and its own investors (limited partner institutions). Extensive use will be made of case studies and a business plan project in addition to guest seminars from invited experienced practitioners

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Dr Keith Arundale
10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module enables students to explore the concepts of strategic planning and strategic (or ‘capital’) budgeting. It introduces a range of techniques for strategic budgeting. It illustrates concepts using topical, real-world events and cases.

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Dr Linda Arch
10 [5 ECTS credits]

This module introduces students to the theory and practice of corporate governance. The module then focuses on a critical discussion of the corporate form and corporate accountability.

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20 [10 ECTS credits]

The module or course content descriptions set out on this page are correct for those being taught in the current academic year. Modules or course content marked as optional are indicative and may be subject to change.

A holistic approach

Effective leadership requires more than first-class business acumen, it requires a degree of self-awareness and sensitivity. Our Masters programmes offer you a unique practice-centred approach to teaching equipping you with the tools to become a compelling leader. This approach creates emotionally intelligent graduates who can be fully effective in their chosen careers.

How you will learn

Henley has a strong reputation for the practical application of business ideas and concepts. We are underpinned by academic excellence and the strength of our research. We offer high-quality technical skills training as well as a deep understanding of the importance of personal development for leaders. This is a thread that is woven through all of our Masters programmes.

Our Masters programmes feature a mix of core and optional modules, tailoring your degree towards your needs and career ambitions. You will complete up to 10 taught modules during your programme, totalling 180 credits. One module usually equates to 20 credits or 10 hours of work per week. Your week will include lectures, tutorials, workshops and personal study, with each accounting for 25% of your time on average. This provides you with the opportunity to discuss and explore the material in depth with your lecturers and fellow students.

You will be introduced to the latest thinking and research findings then have the opportunity to challenge those that have created it. You will also explore real-world issues, tackle current business challenges, and interact with guest lectures and speakers from industry. This gives you the opportunity to test, extend and refine your knowledge and skills with confidence.

How we assess you

You will learn and be assessed through a wide variety of teaching methods depending on your chosen postgraduate course. These include online materials, guest lectures, group assignments, case studies, field visits, dealing room simulations, presentations, applied projects, consultancy work and examinations.

On average examinations of core modules form between 15 - 50% of the assessed work. The remaining comes from coursework, including a written dissertation or project depending on your chosen programme.

Ongoing support

While Masters students are self-motivated and determined individuals, study at this level can present additional pressures which we take seriously. Lecturers are available to discuss module content and you can meet with your academic tutor. Support staff are available to help with anything that may arise during your time at Henley.

How can Henley Careers work with you?

We have an award-winning careers team that will support you through your postgraduate studies and four years after graduation.

Here is how Henley Careers can help you:

  • Careers Consultant appointments: Our Careers Consultant are here to help and support you with any careers related concern that you might have. Whether it’s CV advice, practicing for an interview, providing feedback if applications aren't successful or support planning your career goals. We are here to help empower you to progress in your career.
  • Events: Henley Careers organise numerous events aimed to help you build your confidence, develop the skills employers are looking for. Additionally, network with employers and expand your industry knowledge.
  • Alumni support: You can continue to book one-to-one appointments with your Careers Consultant and use our online resources. For up to four years after graduating we’re here to help and support in your career.
  • Career Smart: Get a head start in securing a graduate job by taking part in our online course, Career Smart. You can expect to learn about the graduate recruitment cycle in the UK. As well as where to look and how to start applying to jobs, and the different roles available to you.

For more information  please see our Careers page.

Continuing your career

This Masters degree will help you to pursue entrepreneurial careers, whether through your own start-up or through leadership roles in entrepreneurial firms. You will be equipped to work internationally in a general or trainee management role. This degree can help enhance your career prospects in any sector for organisations ranging from small and medium sized enterprises to multinational firms.

Our students and alumni are always keen to share their Henley experience. Whether you are a prospective applicant or already applied to a Masters programme at Henley Business School. You can ask questions to a current student by clicking the “Chat to our students” button below.

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One of my goals is to take my family business to the next stage by diversifying the business, entering new markets and taking risks. That’s one of the key things that I’ve learnt during my Masters.

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What I’ve learned from the study visit to Poland is that everything I’ve learned at Henley works in the real world.

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The way in which the Masters is designed allows you to learn all of the necessary theories and apply them immediately in real-life case studies and business situations.

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