MSc Social Innovation and EntrepreneurshipFind a programme
New programme for 2022
|Faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Programme length||One year full-time.|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2022|
To thrive a disrupted world you will need creativity as well as commercial acumen to change things for the better. Come to the multi-award-winning home of innovative, design-led, creative business education and transform your prospects.
The MSc Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship will teach you how to apply your passion to change the world through real-world business challenges, including:
• Starting up your career and ideas in a professional supported environment
• Undertaking applied commercial projects in collaborative teams
• Learning human-centred techniques for designing and developing ideas of real social value
We welcome students from any discipline who are thinking about building a socially purposed career either in large commercial organisations or start-ups.
This programme shares much of its teaching with our other MSc and MA Innovation and Entrepreneurship programmes but has a specific focus on social value and social innovation.
This course will develop the high-level skills and critical competencies needed for successful social innovation and entrepreneurship, through a largely practice-orientated educational approach based on collaborative teamwork across disciplines and cultures.
During the programme you get opportunities to work alongside social-purpose businesses and organisations to develop a deep understanding of their opportunities and challenges.
Bristol is a recognised hub for innovative and entrepreneurial business; ranked as the best place in the UK to start-up outside of London (Startup Cities Index, 2021), home to the world’s best university-run business incubator (UBI Global, 2015-2019) and home to some of the most impactful, innovative, and creative organisations in the world.
Fees for 2022/23
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:
- UK: full-time:
- Overseas: full-time
Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2022/23
For more information about funding please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The degree is delivered through practical units on innovation-led entrepreneurial skills, design and systems thinking, and developing and prototyping ideas.
In the first teaching block you will learn about human-centred design thinking to create innovations that create value by meeting real human needs. This involves understanding your target audience and the issues facing them and developing and testing ideas for possible solutions. You will gain insight into the technological, social, and political influences on design and innovation, drawing on case studies of success and failure to help you think about future opportunities.
In the second teaching block you will explore solutions for a real-world client, iterating to develop an unexpected range of possibilities and creating prototypes to test with customers or users. You will learn about different kinds of enterprise, how to explore your ideas from a business perspective and how to place them in the appropriate context. You will find out how to assess the viability, feasibility, sustainability, and desirability of a proposed venture and write compelling business plans.
In your final project over the summer, you will pull together all you have learned to create an innovative product or service as an entrepreneurial or innovative new venture.
There are no exams, only coursework, which typically includes both individual and group assessments and you will get the chance to work in interdisciplinary teams throughout the year.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
To be considered for admission to this programme, applicants are required to hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline. Non-traditional qualifications/routes will also be considered.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Workers with design skills are 47% more productive in their jobs and whilst already contributing £209bn to the UK economy and that value is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the economy. (Design Council, 2018)
You may create your own social entrepreneurial venture or join an existing one. Whatever you choose, you will be able to hit the ground running.
You will graduate with a portfolio of work that shows what you can do, you may have an emergent venture, and you will have a network of contacts to draw on whether you are starting-up or seeking innovative roles.
International students graduating from the pre-existing MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme have been successful in exploring their ideas in the UK after graduation. This programme is new for 2022/2023.
29 July 2022 for international applicants. 12 August 2022 for UK applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline. As students from different regions tend to apply at different points in the application period, applications from some regions may close earlier in the year.
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- 45% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 5% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
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