Programme title: msc Technology Entrepreneurship Final award (BSc, ma etc)



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PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION


Programme title:


MSc Technology Entrepreneurship

Final award (BSc, MA etc):

(where stopping off points exist they should be detailed here and defined later in the document)



MSc

Cohort(s) to which this programme specification is applicable:

(e.g. from 2015 intake onwards)



From 2016 intake

Awarding institution/body:


University College London

Teaching institution:


University College London

Faculty:


Engineering Sciences

Parent Department:
(the department responsible for the administration of the programme)


School of Management

Departmental web page address:


(if applicable)


https://www.mgmt.ucl.ac.uk/


Method of study:

Full-time/Part-time/Other




The programme can be taken either full-time or part-time.

Criteria for admission to the programme:


See: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/technology-entrepreneurship-msc
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Under certain circumstances, candidates with an exceptional entrepreneurial background, but not meeting the above criteria, will be considered.

Together with the academic requirements, applicants normally must have a demonstrable interest in pursuing an entrepreneurial venture or career and must have undertaken entrepreneurial activities, not simply aspire to entrepreneurship. Applicants must also have in excess of two years' work experience.


The English language level is Good.



Length of the programme:

(please note any periods spent away from UCL, such as study abroad or placements in industry)



One calendar year full-time, two calendar years part-time

Level on Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
(see Guidance notes)

Level 7


Relevant subject benchmark statement (SBS)
(see Guidance notes)

QAA Benchmark Statement: Master's degrees in business and management


Brief outline of the structure of the programme and its assessment methods:

(see guidance notes)



Students must take seven core modules and select one from four possible pathway modules (assessed by either coursework and/or written exams) and submit a 10,000-15,000-word dissertation.

Board of Examiners:



Name of Board of Examiners:

Postgraduate Management Board (MSING)




Professional body accreditation

(if applicable):





N/A

Date of next scheduled accreditation visit:

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME:
The MSc Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL provides recent graduates with the skills and knowledge to allow them to participate effectively in the creation and growth of high-impact, technology-based business ventures.

PROGRAMME OUTCOMES:

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A knowledge and understanding of:
The analysis and evaluation of data and options required to inform sound managerial decisions relating to a new business opportunity





Teaching/learning methods and strategies
Through a structured programme of three-hour classes that cover topics relating to the generation of new business concepts, the assessment of feasibility and the execution of appropriate business models and strategies.

Teaching methods include group and project based activities along with case-based teaching. Students will be required to attend all classes, study extensively on their own and make effective contributions to group-based activities.

Students will be assessed by a variety of methods that include: class participation; open-book and ‘unseen’ examinations, long essays; presentations and group or individual course work.


The integration of entrepreneurial theory and practice along with an understanding of the practicalities and limitations of existing management frameworks in the context of a specific new business opportunity.



Through group and individual project and dissertation assignments that relate to the market, technical and financial viability of a new business opportunity.

B: Skills and other attributes





Intellectual (thinking) skills - able to:
The programme aims to help students:
Develop and encourage creativity at the individual, team and enterprise scale.

Critically evaluate evidence and strategy in the context of emerging business opportunities.



Assess, quantify and where appropriate mitigate critical risks and uncertainties arising from incomplete or imperfect information



Teaching/learning methods and strategies
Throughout the programme, all courses will introduce information that will need to be assessed critically and will demonstrate that how conflicting interpretations arise from the same information.






Assessment:
Particularly through group and individual project and dissertation assignment.

C: Skills and other attributes





Practical skills - able to demonstrate skills that relate to:


  • The planning and completing a research topic within a given time scale

  • Experience of gathering and evaluating primary and secondary research material

  • Critical evaluation, analysis and synthesis of research material

  • An appreciation of the difficulties of data gathering and analysis

  • The selection and application of appropriate techniques of analysis to data

  • An understanding the way data gathering relates to later analysis and conclusions

  • The presentation, justification and defence of a research findings





Teaching/learning methods and strategies


  • through the writing of reports and dissertations

  • through ‘hands-on’ instruction

  • through group and individual presentations

  • through seminar and class discussion

  • through visits to libraries and institutes

  • through tutorial support and supervision








Assessment:
Open-book and ‘unseen’ examination, course work, long-essay, class participation and dissertation.

D: Skills and other attributes





Transferable skills - able to demonstrate:


  • Time management of a complex project over an extended period

  • Understanding the role of academic research in a broader business context

  • Skills in academic writing, scholarship, referencing and authorship

  • Confidence applying dissemination skills in areas of new knowledge.





Teaching/learning methods and strategies:


  • reports, course work, dissertation

  • using data bases, consulting on-line library catalogues, using web-site material

  • seminar presentations

  • seminars, library visits, ‘hands-on’ instruction

  • reading, class discussion








Assessment:
Presentations, course work, long-essay, class participation and dissertation.

The following reference points were used in designing the programme:

  • the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications:

(http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/qualifications-frameworks.pdf);

  • the relevant Subject Benchmark Statements:

(http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements);

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental course handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by UCL and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Programme Organiser(s) Name(s):



Simon Hulme

Date of Production:


22nd August 2008

Date of Review:


1st August 2017

Date approved by Chair of Departmental Teaching Committee:




Date approved by Faculty Teaching Committee:


Sept 2017


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