Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Run by Faculty of Arts
Awards available MPhil
Programme length 1 Year Full-time
2 Years Part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
This programme can also be studied via distance learning.
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship comprises a group of academic staff with research interests in two related areas: design innovation and entrepreneurship, spanning both commercial and social sectors. This includes research wholly contained within one of these disciplines or bridging both subjects.

The centre has a reputation for collaborative and participatory approach to teaching and research, ensuring impact for its stakeholders.

The profile of our team, most of whom are both practitioners and scholars, helps to ensure continual cross-fertilisation between academic and non-academic applied settings. We therefore welcome and encourage students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Students may join directly from university or be experienced professionals, for example, established entrepreneurs or designers.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time
UK: part-time (two years)
Overseas (including EU): full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

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.

Alumni scholarship

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 2021/22

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

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). Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree.

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:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups


Graduates of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship move into a variety of roles in the profit and not-for profit sectors. Current students are planning on entrepreneurial careers, such as developing new business start-ups or in large businesses as intrapreneurs. Research students may also choose to develop a career in academia.

Our core ethos is to make sure that the skills developed on all our courses are highly relevant to the world outside higher education.

Staff profiles

Mark Neild BSc (Hons) MBA (Cass Business School), (Lecturer)

Dr Gerasimos Balis BBA (Hons) MSc MRes PhD (Lancaster), (Lecturer)

Professor Kirsten Cater BSc (Hons) PhD (Bristol), (Academic Director)

Dr Tom Ellson BSc(Hons) PhD (Cranfield) FCMI CMath FIMA, (Research Director)

Dr Maria Alejandra Lujan Escalante BA (Hons), MA (University of the West of England), PhD (Lancaster University), (Lecturer)

Dr Don Parker BA (Hons), PhD (South Wales), (Lecturer)

How to apply
Application deadline:

2 Aug 2021 for UK and International applicants. Early applications recommended; places may fill before the deadline.

Open days and visits

Watch on-demand recordings from November's virtual open week.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 428 2296 Email:

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
7 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB

School website: Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 20% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 45% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 5% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.


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