Entrepreneurship and Innovation MRes

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
Up to 4 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£13,500
International fees:
£24,500
Location:
London

Achievements

Winner

annual institute

for small business and entrepreneurship award 2016

Overview

Our MRes in Entrepreneurship and Innovation gives students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and analytic abilities to kick start their career as a researcher.

Our MRes in Entrepreneurship and Innovation gives you the opportunity to become part of an interdisciplinary, research-focused community with the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development. You will take modules designed to improve and enhance your research skills, whilst undertaking teaching and self-guided learning on the makeup of the entrepreneur and the process of innovation management.

By undertaking Entrepreneurship and Innovation MRes, you will discover the theories and methodologies used to interpret business success. You will analyse critical insights into the best models and practices for launching a business, or the requirements for making an existing enterprise more successful. You will gain a deeper understanding of the research that is currently being undertaken by the Glendonbrook Institute for Enteprise Development, which currently focuses on harnessing the innovative strategy of enterprises in order to produce successful entrepreneurial behaviour.

The Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development is fully committed to research and research-led teaching, and employs leading academics in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation to fulfill this goal. An annual international conference held on campus explores cutting-edge research in entrepreneurship and innovation, and underscores the importance of research to the Institute and the University as a whole.

What makes this programme different?

  • Step closer to doctorate
  • Join a research-focused community
  • Develop your research skills

Who should study this programme?

If you'd like to explore the possibility of undertaking a PhD, or uncover the designs, practices and methodologies used by experienced researchers in the fields of enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation management, then our MRes from the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development is the ideal choice for you.

An upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent qualification in a wide range of subjects. In exceptional circumstances an applicant may be admitted to the degree who does not possess the requirements mentioned, but who has substantial and relevant work experience.

The standard University IELTS English language requirement is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

What you'll study

You will learn from the most influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators, exposing you to the latest theories and developments from across your discipline.

Modules

This module focuses on research in a real-world context. On completion of the module, students will have completed a full rapid cycle of teamwork-based empirical research originating from a problem set by a real organization, community, business or similar. Students will spend the module identifying appropriate approaches and research methods, planning and executing the research and disseminating the results back to their external project partner.

This exciting module will encourage the participants to learn and apply concepts related to team roles, collaborative working and shared leadership. Students will be expected to apply social science and design research methods, whilst utilising their critical thinking and reflection skills.

Students will also engage with the project by developing their practical research skills and project management skills, and will discover how to successfully manage stakeholder expectations, while giving practical consideration to research ethics and sustainability issues.

This hands-on module acts as a springboard for students wishing to gain an introduction to the issues related to real-world research, in preparation for an MRes Dissertation or subsequent PhD.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Work in diverse and interdisciplinary research teams
  • Understand and be able to undertake a project and team based real-world research process
  • Apply critical enquiry, reflection, and appropriate methods to identify, frame, and resolve issues and problems related to research initiatives
  • Identify stakeholder issues, values and worldviews, while collecting and analysing evidence-based information and knowledge to develop appropriate research insights, practices and outputs.
  • Identify, structure and reflect on key issues and propose solutions to undertaking research in creative ways using appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Enhance their appreciation for diversity and divergent individual and disciplinary perspectives
  • Be able to provide structured, reflective and critical feedback to peers and other stakeholders
  • Plan and implement a real-world and team based research initiative including identifying problems, objectives, resources, timing, and appropriate qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Effectively communicate research ideas, methods and results to diverse stakeholders, using multi-channel, state of the art data, media and technologies
  • Make informed, critical and reflective decisions in time-limited situations

Assessment

  • Coursework (100%)

The aims of this module are to prepare students for research planning, design and execution cycles when carrying out research. Students will discover how to implement good research practices and adopt professional research ethics. The module will also equip students with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to embark onto a professional research career in industry or academia.

Research execution stages will be discussed in detail. These include choosing the best research methods, executing the most efficient, professional and ethical research process and achieving set objectives.

Students will discover the best possible data collection methods and will understand how to perform critical analysis of data including comparison against the state of the art available in the public domain.

The importance of applying a self-check process at all stages is also covered, to ensure that students are aware of the correct methods and means to reach their intended research goals. All of these topics are of vital importance and will ensure students maintain a professional attitude towards research and critical analysis.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The importance of design and planning of the overall task in hand
  • The importance of a clear hypothesis and coordination of the research objectives
  • The importance of efficient execution of the planned strategy to achieve the objectives
  • The ethical implications and the importance of professional approach to ethical issues in research
  • The methodologies for data collection or knowledge assimilation for the subject area
  • Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended data
  • The most effective methods of presentation of this data or knowledge Skills

Assessment

  • 100% coursework

By the end of this module students will be able to make informed assessments of the design and construction of quantitative data sources and their implications for analyses. The module will carefully guide students through the best methods to appropriately prepare and analyse quantitative data using statistical software; and apply and interpret a range of forms of statistical analysis competently, including descriptive, inferential and multivariate techniques.

The module will focus on concepts, methods and skills central to quantitative social research, including data collection approaches and concept operationalisation. Building on a grounding in ideas relating to probability sampling, sampling error and statistical inference will extend from comparisons of means and simple cross-tabular analyses to a discussion of multivariate analysis approaches, including linear and logistic regression, but also introducing other techniques relevant to specific analytical goals (e.g. factor analysis, ANOVA, principal components analysis, cluster analysis and hazard models).

Teaching methods will mostly consist of practical classes and workshops. Students will gain hands-on familiarity with existing, high profile quantitative sources, including longitudinal studies, and the practicalities of handling data from such sources. This module can act as a springboard for students wishing to gain more specific and advanced quantitative skills in subsequent training, in preparation for an MRes Dissertation or subsequent PhD.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Critically reflect on and provide well-grounded analysis of the appropriate type of quantitative analysis required for a specific research project
  • Understand the validity and robustness of the findings reported upon in research
  • Critically reflect upon the presented results and the extent to which these support conclusions drawn in research
  • Translate research question into research model into quantitative analysis strategy
  • Perform basic quantitative methods (such as correlations, Chi-2, factor analysis, regression analysis)
  • Recognizing, and addressing commonly found quantitative research related issues in current scholarly work
  • Be able to determine the extent to which research presented is appropriately researched
  • Be able to challenge quantitative research presented
  • Select and use appropriate quantitative research approaches
  • Demonstrate effective research strategy decision-making

Assessment

  • Report (40%)
  • Assignments (60%)

The content of this module is developed around current practice in qualitative research in a range of disciplinary fields. Content is drawn from the intended learning outcomes and is linked to the module assessment.

The programme content covered includes:

  • How to become a skilled qualitative researcher
  • Epistemological and theoretical issues related to qualitative research
  • Design issues for qualitative studies
  • Selecting an appropriate research method (action research, case study, critical discourse analysis, ethnography types, gender theories, grounded theory, participant observation, textual analysis)
  • Analysing and interpreting qualitative data
  • Issues and debates related to conducting qualitative research
  • Evaluation of qualitative research studies
  • An examination of ethical considerations
  • Scholarly academic writing skills and information communication technologies
  • The future of qualitative research in solving research problems

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of qualitative research paradigms, principles and practices
  • Undertake an original and independent piece of qualitative research using a wide range of ontological and epistemological perspectives and methods
  • Present a rationale for the application of qualitative research to interdisciplinary research problems
  • Employ a range of qualitative approaches to record and analyse qualitative data
  • Solve complex research problems through qualitative approaches
  • Critically evaluate the characteristics of qualitative research
  • Analyse, interpret and critically evaluate qualitative data
  • Conceptualise and design qualitative research approaches for various research settings
  • Employ qualitative approaches to research and evaluate their use and value in research
  • Implement qualitative research projects for various disciplinary settings
  • Demonstrate awareness of relative activities elsewhere and always apply a self-check against the best practice
  • Find and evaluate scholarly sources
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Demonstrate effective communication and argumentation of the research findings with appropriate references
  • Demonstrate effective project management skills and show commercial awareness of the managed task
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude towards qualitative research approaches
  • Demonstrate qualitative problem-solving skills in a variety of research settings

Assessment

Coursework (100%)

The aims of this module are to give you an opportunity to research a related subject in detail, and present the findings in a format that best suits your academic strengths and future career goals.

The module will create an opportunity for you to put into practice real research skills and knowledge by leaning about a specific area, understanding the current problems through investigating the related state of the art and proposing solutions to push the frontiers forward in your chosen subject area.

Detailed experimentation (where possible), critical analysis of your results and effective presentation of the findings are three key milestones of this module.

You have a choice of project pathways:

  • A research project suggested by you or your academic supervisor, which will be mutually agreed and carried out within the University, with or without links to the external organisations
  • A University-based research project that is set by an external organisation and supervised by your University supervisor in collaboration with tan external organization representative
  • A research project that involves direct collaboration and placement/visits to an external organization (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)

Learning objectives

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Articulate a clear, coherent and original research question, hypothesis or business problem in a suitable subject area
  • Synthesise relevant sources (e.g. research literature, primary data, obtained results) to construct a coherent argument in presenting their findings to their research objectives
  • Analyse data collected by an appropriate method during their research project
  • Critically evaluate data collected in context with the state of the art available in public
  • Engage in critical debate and argumentation in written work
  • Apply principles of good scholarly practice to their written work
  • Perform an appropriate literature review using library databases or other reputable sources
  • Determine the most appropriate research methods for a particular subject area
  • Plan a research project and produce a realistic gantt chart demonstrating their intended timelines
  • Synthesise information from appropriate sources
  • Demonstrate rational use of research methods and available tools
  • Select and use appropriate investigative and research skills
  • Demonstrate effective project planning skills
  • Find and evaluate scholarly sources
  • Engage in critical reasoning, debate and argumentation
  • Demonstrate effective researching to reach the set objectives
  • Demonstrate effective presentation and report writing skills
  • Successfully manage a project from idea to completion
  • Demonstrate commercial awareness or the impact of knowledge transfer in a business or research environment

Students should also be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The importance of research project planning
  • The importance of researching the state of the art and understanding the subject area using literature review or other means such as software programmes, standard specifications etc.
  • Theoretical as well as practical perspectives of the research objectives
  • Methods of data analysis and their suitability for the intended project objectives
  • The most effective methods of presentation of the collected and analysed data to relate it to the project objectives
  • The ethical implications of research

Assessment

  • Final Project Report/Thesis (60%)
  • Final Presentation (20%)
  • Interim Project Report (20%)

This module will include teaching on the innovation process and models for innovation; the importance of innovation to the economy; government support for innovation; and the importance of innovation in the contemporary business environment.

The module aims to equip students with an in depth knowledge of the innovation process, its importance to the economy and an understanding of the factors affecting its success.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Explain the complexity of the innovation process
  • Highlight the types and patterns of innovation
  • Understand the interrelationship between an organisations environment and its innovative capability
  • Relate innovation theory to the performance of organisations
  • Interpret company performance in relation to the dynamic environment in which it operates
  • Synthesise information from appropriate sources
  • Demonstrate rational use of business and risk analysis tools to analyse company performance
  • Select and use appropriate investigative and research skills
  • Demonstrate effective report writing skills
  • Demonstrate commercial awareness
  • Recognise ethical dilemmas and corporate social responsibility issues

Assessment

100% Coursework consisting of:

  • 5% Introduction Assignment
  • 95% Report

This module will include teaching on entrepreneurship and the economy; the theories of entrepreneurship; recognizing and measuring entrepreneurial tendencies; and entrepreneurship in different organizational contexts.

The aims of this module are to introduce students to the field of entrepreneurship; to examine the role entrepreneurship plays in modern economies; to analyse the different types of activity contained within the definition, and the main theoretical and analytical approaches used to understand the concept; to consider entrepreneurial innovation at different stages of a business, from start-up to more mature firms; to enable students to assess their own entrepreneurial tendencies; and to enable students to test their theories in a mini research project.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should have a critical appreciation of:

  • The varying and pervasive role of entrepreneurship within the economy
  • The different contexts in which entrepreneurs operate
  • The approaches developed by researchers in attempting to understand the entrepreneurial process
  • Their own entrepreneurial tendencies
  • The dimensions and role of entrepreneurship in a modern economy
  • The ability to interpret and contextualize commentary and analysis relating to the field
  • Appropriate investigative and research skills
  • Effective essay/report writing skills
  • Data collection

Assessment

  • 40% Reflective essay
  • 60% Project

How you'll be assessed

You will complete a combination of written and practical assessments, which may vary depending on the module choices you make. You can expect to complete essays and reports of varying lengths, as well as presentations, proposals and pitches in some cases. For information about the assessments you will be expected to complete for each module, please see the compulsory and option module lists for this programme.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study

Your personal and professional development

The Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development at Loughborough University London is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Studying an MRes in Entrepreneurship and Innovation will give you a fascinating introduction into the life of a postgraduate researcher. Each MRes programme has been carefully designed to empower graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, in order to progress onto a PhD. Graduates may also continue into high level researcher positions within their chosen sector or field.

Your personal development

Research skills are greatly in demand across the high value industries of the UK. Alongside the taught elements of this programme, you will be able to access a tailor-made programme mapped to the Researcher Development Framework produced by Vitae, the UK’s national organisation for research excellence. The programme will encourage you to identify your current skills and future career goals, and will offer you employability training and development activities throughout the duration of your programme.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£13,500
International:
£24,500

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our academics

At Loughborough University London, our academics continually look for new ways of doing things and continue to build best practice. We attract outstanding academics from across the world who are specialists in their field, enthusiastic about their subjects, and are at the forefront of current research.

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