Overview

Who is it for?

You are a curious, persistent, problem-solving, team-oriented and ambitious graduate interested in launching your own business, leading initiatives within large corporations or taking your family business to the next level. You relish the challenge of learning in a fast-paced, hands-on programme, created and taught by leading academics and entrepreneurs.

You’re looking for an academically rigorous and professionally relevant qualification that will serve your ultimate needs as an entrepreneur or business owner.


Aubry Dibas-Franck talks about his experience studying the MSc in Entrepreneurship at Cass Business School.

Objectives

You begin your MSc by plunging straight into the world of entrepreneurship as we kick off with New Venture Creation. During this four-day module, you and your fellow students come together to share ideas, form teams and build prototypes.

You’ll quickly realise that your studies put strong emphasis on balancing research-led teaching with experiential learning such as consulting for small-business owners, preparation for joining an accelerator and field trips. It’s your fast-track guide through the intricate process of starting your own venture/initiative.

The overarching aim is to help nurture innovative and prosperous new ventures with responsible leaders who appreciate the demands of multiple stakeholders.

Cass Innovate

At Cass Innovate 2017, our MSc in Entrepreneurship students had the chance to hear from, learn from and interact with entrepreneurs and innovators at every stage of their journeys – from fledgling start-ups to fully fledged global giants. The conference showcased the work of staff, students and alumni from the MSc in Entrepreneurship, as well as friends and colleagues from a broad range of innovative organisations.

Prizes

The £10,000 Ardmore Healthcare Prize (to be awarded to an individual or a team of the MSc Entrepreneurship cohort to take their business off the ground.) More information to follow.

Structure

What will you learn

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of the unique processes involved in creating and launching your own business.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the factors behind successful entrepreneurship, from creativity to start-up financing.
  • Understand and critically evaluate current issues affecting establishing new businesses from the ground up.
  • Develop team-working abilities crucial to the launch of a successful business.
  • Sharpen your commercial skills and learn how to apply them to the challenges of starting a successful small business.

Assessment methods

Assessment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • fourteen core modules (10 - 15 credits each), Individual Professional Development Portfolio* and three electives (10 credits each) or
  • a Business Research Project (30 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Entrepreneurship, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

New Venture Creation

The course will kick off with New Venture Creation. This will be a four-day module, where you and your fellow students will come together and share ideas, form teams and build prototypes (no credits).

Individual Professional Development Portfolio

* We believe that this is an important component of this programme since it requires you to practice entrepreneurship. During induction, we will discuss the compulsory activities that you must participate in and reflect on, throughout the academic year. You will be required to develop an individual professional development portfolio, which may include: mentoring diary, participation in startup competitions, attendance to all relevant events (and reflections), and participation in research projects of faculty in the entrepreneurship.

Term dates

Term dates 2018/19

In-Person ID-Checks (all students must attend): Commences 17 September 2018

Compulsory Induction: 18 - 29 September 2018

Term I
1 October 2018 - 7 December 2018
Term I exams
7 January 2019 - 18 January 2019

Term II
21 January 2019 - 29 March 2019
Term II exams
22 April 2019 - 3 May 2019

Term III
6 May 2019 - 28 June 2019
Term III exams
1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test  will do so in the period:
12 - 30 August 2019

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2019

Official Course End Date
30 September 2019

Teaching staff

Course Director

Course director profile

Professor Costas Andriopoulos

Academic expert working at Cass Business School.

The teaching staff on the MSc in Entrepreneurship have many years of practical experience working in industry and are also active researchers in their fields

This knowledge and experience inform the highly interactive lectures that make up the MSc in Entrepreneurship.

Course Director

Professor Costas Andriopoulos

Head of Entrepreneurship Programmes

Aurore Hochard

Module Leaders include:

Visiting Faculty

Complementing our Cass academics, we have a number of highly experienced Visiting Faculty who teach very practical classes, based on their entrepreneurial experiences, on the course.

Zahira Jaser

Zahira is a very experienced facilitator, and an insightful and compassionate team coach. She has been coaching and developing teams and individuals at board and executive level in start ups, scale ups, and old world companies, amongst which: Unruly, Barclays, Coutts, GSK. She is a lecturer and PhD Fellow at Cass Business School where she researches leadership and followership. She has taught Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management and Leadership at Cass Business School, the London School of Economics and Queen Mary University. With more than 20 years of experience she blends a wealth of business acumen (gained at JP Morgan, SG and Barclays), with innovative content and teaching techniques. She has a MSc. in Organisational Behavior from the London School of Economics, an MRes from Cass Business School, where she is currently continuing her research as PhD Fellow.

I teach leadership and team development, because for me it's the most effective and most enjoyable way to change the world. Teaching allows me to work on hearts and minds, to coach people in becoming empowered, literate, engaged, creative, liberated human beings who want to join in this effort of change.

Philippos Kassimatis

Philippos Kassimatis is a Senior Partner and cofounder of Maven Global, an investment banking boutique focusing on trading and hedging financial markets risk. Philippos also co-founded Panthir Capital UK, an asset management and advisory business, regulated by the FCA since 2009. Panthir Capital UK has been nominated twice for Emerging Manager of the Year by S&P's Capital IQ. Previously he was Global co-Head of FX Structuring at Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch, where his team was responsible for asset, liability and risk advisory solutions for institutional investors globally. He started his finance career at Merrill Lynch in 1999 in New York focusing on M&A / Derivative Financings in the corporate sector, moving to London in 2003 with responsibility for the European FX Structured business for financial institutions. Philippos holds an MEng degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University, an MA in International Economics and an MBA from Yale University. philippos.kassimatis@mavenglobal.co.uk

Luke Johnson

A leading figure in private equity, Luke is the pioneer behind several instantly recognisable high-street brands. An Oxford medical graduate, he began his career as a media analyst at Grieveson Grant, before being appointed as Chairman of PizzaExpress PLC in 1993. The business grew from 12 to over 150 restaurants during his tenure. In 1999, he started Signature Restaurants, which owned The Ivy, Le Caprice and the Belgo chain, before establishing the Strada restaurant concept. The total proceeds from these two disposals were in excess of £90 million.

Luke is the Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, a private equity firm he co-founded in 2001, as well as Chairman and part owner of Gail’s bakeries, Neilson Active Holidays and Patisserie Holdings PLC. He also serves on the board of Brompton Bicycles and is chairman of the Gaucho restaurant business. He was appointed Chairman of StartUp Britain in 2012 and, a year later, he created a think tank called The Centre for Entrepreneurs. During his time as the former Chairman of Channel 4 Television (2004 – 2010), the organisation enjoyed record ratings and revenues. He has also previously served as Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts and as a Governor of the University of the Arts London, and is currently Chairman of Career Colleges, a non-profit promoting vocational education. As well as being the Chairman of the Institute of Cancer Research, Luke writes weekly for The Sunday Times, and, until 2015, he contributed a weekly column to The Financial Times for seven years.

I’m honoured to be asked to teach the first MSc Entrepreneur Module at Cass Business School for 2016/17. Cass is a forward thinking Business School in the heart of the great city of London. This is an exciting launch for both me and the next generation of budding entrepreneurs.

Vincenzo Roberti

Vincenzo Roberti

Vincenzo is a serial entrepreneur with commercial acumen rising from his visionary instinct and technical insight. He has created and built technology companies, brands and negotiated multi-million GBP contracts. After initially working internationally with Sony and Panasonic he is personally launching a series of software companies, focused within Broadcasting, Media, and Security Industries. His UK start-up ventures, 1999 Ark-e-media Technologies that grew to become PLC’s, all establishing a global presence with multi-million GBP of revenue and in 2005 Sicura Systems to develop IP products for security industry became a reality in Europe and the Middle East. Following acquisition in 2004 and 2014, Vincenzo has since dedicated most of his time to investment, coaching, advising and mentoring start-up ventures and SME’s within the UK technology industries. Vincenzo also joined Richard Branson (Virgin Start-up) helping to develop the next generation of young entrepreneurs and he is often a guest speaker and has been on business panels at various events.

Cass Business School provides forward thinking management and education, developed by a team of top class academics and business leaders. Cass provides its students with a passport to the future. As a member of the Cass team of expert practitioners, I am delighted to be involved with the Programmes and share my business experience with the students

Zoe Pedan

Zoe Pedan

Zoe is an experienced tech entrepreneur in the education and healthcare space. She worked on the growth of her company Insane Logic for six years before a recent acquisition. Zoe has been through accelerators (Startup Leadership Programme, Wayra, Big Venture Challenge, Unreasonable Institute in the US), angel and VC funding rounds seeing the growth of her product from idea through to an established service across the UK. She is now building the next company and is herself in the customer development phase. Zoe has an undergraduate degree from LSE and an MBA from Henley Business School.

I wanted to be part of the team behind the MSc in Entrepreneurship as my first entrepreneurial journey was one of tremendous highs and stab in the gut lows, making mistakes, learning and creating wins at every turn. Nothing beats creating something people pay for that changes their life. It was the fastest period of learning in my life and now I start my second journey with a well worn framework that I want to share with others.

Mentoring Scheme

City, University of London and Cass Business School have an excellent reputation in promoting the employability of their students at all levels: undergraduate and postgraduate. We, at Cass Entrepreneurship, commit to provide you with as much career support as possible. Since last year 2016, we have operated a very successful Entrepreneurship Mentoring Scheme. The scheme operates exclusively to support the Masters in Entrepreneurship programme and provides you with a safe network of entrepreneurs and investors who are available to inspire and support you throughout your entrepreneurship journey.

Bridget Connell

Bridget is Angel investor, start-up coach and mentor. She has a background of 20 years working in IT, digital & mobile telecoms and specialises in bringing new ideas and disruptive technologies to market fast. She is a Board Advisor at Angel Academe – a syndicate focused on investing in women co-founded high tech start-ups and inspiring more women to become Angel investors. She mentors at the City of London Entrepreneur Academy, at Telefonica’s start-up accelerator Wayra, and at the Cherie Blair Foundation for women entrepreneurs." She is also mentor at www.wayra.co.uk and also at a startup accelerator in Dubai www.afka.me

Robin Crumby

Robin Crumby

I am a serial entrepreneur with hands-on experience in starting, managing and advising high-growth businesses. Most recently, I ran Melcrum, a research and training business, advising executives at Fortune 500 organizations worldwide. I stewarded the business from a "kitchen-table" start-up in 1996 to an organization with offices in the US, UK and Australia and blue-chip customers in more than ninety countries. In November 2015, Melcrum was acquired by the Corporate Executive Board. My current focus is on helping growing businesses thrive in the digital age, sharing my knowledge and experience to accelerate performance. I am based in London and am a regular speaker and writer on marketing topics and entrepreneurship. I hold a BA Honors in French from Bristol University, a Diploma in European Business Administration from UWE and I am a graduate of Cass Business School’s ‘Better Business Program’. Outside the office, I am the author of 'The Hurst Chronicles' series, a long-distance runner, play and coach field hockey and enjoy tennis and messing around in boats.

Ypatios Moysiadis

Ypatios Moysiadis

Ypatios, has been described by many as a persistent serial entrepreneur. He has 16 years of international experience in management consulting, investment, innovation, Renewables & Cleantech. He successfully helped many start-ups and SMEs raise capital, optimise their operations, design new products & services and access new markets. He worked with large European and national organisations and participated in multiple cross-country and European collaboration projects. Ypatios has developed and launched more than 4 product families both physical and digital, he designed more than 15 brands and fronted the launch of two business related publications. In a true entrepreneurial spirit Ypatios has invested in more than 10 early stage start-ups, either as a founder or a business angel. He currently works with a large investment firm in the City and participates as a non-executive director, an associate or a partner in a number of SMEs. He holds a bachelor degree in Business Information Systems and has a Master in Design with specialisation in Product Prototyping. A blogger and wine enthusiast, he currently lives and works in London

Philippos Kassimatis

Philippos Kassimatis is a Senior Partner and cofounder of Maven Global, an investment banking boutique focusing on trading and hedging financial markets risk. Philippos also co-founded Panthir Capital UK, an asset management and advisory business, regulated by the FCA since 2009. Panthir Capital UK has been nominated twice for Emerging Manager of the Year by S&P's Capital IQ. Previously he was Global co-Head of FX Structuring at Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch, where his team was responsible for asset, liability and risk advisory solutions for institutional investors globally. He started his finance career at Merrill Lynch in 1999 in New York focusing on M&A / Derivative Financings in the corporate sector, moving to London in 2003 with responsibility for the European FX Structured business for financial institutions. Philippos holds an MEng degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University, an MA in International Economics and an MBA from Yale University. philippos.kassimatis@mavenglobal.co.uk

Vincenzo Roberti

Vincenzo Roberti

Vincenzo is a serial entrepreneur with commercial acumen rising from his visionary instinct and technical insight. He has created and built technology companies, brands and negotiated multi-million GBP contracts. After initially working internationally with Sony and Panasonic he is personally launching a series of software companies, focused within Broadcasting, Media, and Security Industries. His UK start-up ventures, 1999 Ark-e-media Technologies that grew to become PLC’s, all establishing a global presence with multi-million GBP of revenue and in 2005 Sicura Systems to develop IP products for security industry became a reality in Europe and the Middle East. Following acquisition in 2004 and 2014, Vincenzo has since dedicated most of his time to investment, coaching, advising and mentoring start-up ventures and SME’s within the UK technology industries. Vincenzo also joined Richard Branson (Virgin Start-up) helping to develop the next generation of young entrepreneurs and he is often a guest speaker and has been on business panels at various events.

Manjo Varsani

Manoj embeds himself within the startup ecosystem, he loves using technology to innovate and grow businesses. He believes technology will be the backbone of the UK economy in the future. As a technology leader and start up advisor, Manoj has over 10 years experience launching new services and ecommerce businesses. He has worked with the likes of Moo.com (a leading business cards ecommerce company), Doctors.net.uk (the linkedin for doctors) and Informa Group PLC (FTSE 100 company). Most recently he is working at a startup law firm to introduce their new SaaS platform. Manoj is a specialist in launching new products online and building cutting edge technology applications both online (website) and mobile. When he’s not working he is occupied being a trustee for a charity, investor in startups, keynote speaker and advisor to willing entrepreneurs.

Marina Vitale

Marina is a UX designer at Pomegranate, where she is focusing on Customer Experience and UX design to meet the needs of clients operating within different industries that are experiencing digital transformation. She leverages her background in Service Design to create meaningful experiences with a user centric approach. After her Service Design master in Milan, she had the chance to take part of a Design Thinking for Innovation program at Stanford University in California, which aimed at using Design Thinking methodologies to create, validate, test and design a digital business proposition. Lately she co-founded "Flyghter", a startup that received 130k € funding by the italian incubator H-Farm.

Mandy Haberman

Mandy Haberman

Mandy Haberman is a successful inventor/entrepreneur, best known for the Haberman Feeder, used in hospitals for over 30 years, and the Anywayup® Cup, which revolutionised the nursery market worldwide. She is the Founder and Creative Director of HabermanBaby that, in 2013, launched her most recent invention, the Haberman® Suckle Feeder. Mandy has successfully enforced her patent rights through the courts in the UK and USA and, as a result of this experience, campaigned for improvement in the patent legal system. She was appointed to numerous advisory committees for both the British government and the European Commission. She also served on the Project Board of the Business and IP Centre for The British Library and on the editorial board of Patent World, Informa Law. Mandy was the Female Inventor of the Year 2000 and a finalist in the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Awards for 2003. She was also recognised by HM Queen Elizabeth as a Pioneer to the Life of the Nation. In 2014 Mandy was appointed Director of the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN) and in 2015 she was appointed Non-Executive Director to the Intellectual Property Office Steering Board. Mandy has a degree in Graphic Design from St Martins College of Art, London and is a visiting Fellow at the University of Bournemouth, from where she has an honorary doctorate.  www.mandyhaberman.com www.habermanbaby.com

Simon King-Cline

Simon King-Cline

Simon is an entrepreneur. The first business he set up in 1997 was Aspect ltd. This is a top 10 UK creative communications agency with a mission to “inspire business performance”. Specialising in events, training and communications consultancy, Aspect works for a multitude of major corporations across the globe. Simon also owns a property investment business with interests around London. Simon is a creative communications expert with nearly thirty years of dedicated industry expertise behind him.  His particular strengths lie in bringing communications creativity to all the projects he works on at a strategic level and he is also seen as an industry-leading presentation and performance coach. His career began at Purchasepoint Productions where he grew to become a senior event producer and then left to head up the Live Events Department at Crown Communications.  From there he then set up his first venture Aspect ltd. Over his career he has been involved in many communications projects in virtually every industry sector and regularly works at Board level. Right now he has a keen interest to inspire young entrepreneurs and has delivered talks at Cass Business School, Kent University and West London University. He has broad interests, and is currently undertaking a music performance degree at the London College of Music.  He plays Oboe and saxophones and is also a keen runner, swimmer and rollerblader. He is very proud to be a father and is married with three children.

Jeffrey Lawrence

Jeff Lawrence

Jeffrey Lawrence is COO of Ardmore Healthcare Ltd, a company he established 10 years ago. It is a UK organisation which develops and sells medical devices for hollow organ assessment and evaluation using a range of non invasive products and proprietary software for adults and children. He holds an MBA from Cass having studied at City University Business School far too long ago to remember exact dates! A BOC scholarship funded his studies. His business career started with BOC where he worked in sales and marketing roles in the UK, Japan and Singapore where he developed the BOC health care businesses. Whilst in Singapore he joined Glaxo Group as a Director responsible for the medical devices business for the Pacific Basin. Upon his return to the UK he was responsible for production activities before setting up Ardmore Healthcare. He is an active member of the City University mentoring programme having been involved with it for 3 years. As a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology he remains at the forefront of new product development and innovation committees, principally with the Royal London Hospital.

Application

How to apply

Documents required for decision-making

  • Transcript/interim transcript
  • CV
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)
  • Your reponses to our application questions. Please complete this form along with your application.

Documents also required (may follow at later date)

  • IELTS, if reports available
  • Two references, one of which MUST be an academic reference
  • Work experience is not a requirement of this course
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Specialist Masters Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

We cannot comment on individual eligibility before you apply and we can only process your application once it is fully complete, with all requested information received.

Individual Appointments

If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.

Entry requirements

  • A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution.
  • Previous study of business, management or finance is not required

English language requirements

  • If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the IELTS test
  • If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.

IELTS

The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other section.

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Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Fees

UK/EU/International £23,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

Being very close to the “Silicon roundabout”, you will be perfectly placed to exploit the opportunities created by this programme.  Our dedicated careers team will work with you to identify and achieve your career goals by providing one-to-one support. You will also benefit from regular skills workshops and employer and alumni networking opportunities.

Depending on your sphere of interest and expertise, potential opportunities after graduation include being the founder or CEO of the venture created during your studies or pursuing a career in start-ups or corporate organizations who are always on the lookout for candidates with entrepreneurial spirit and knowhow.

Course information and statistics

Man
24
average age of student body
Search
13
applications received per place available
Globe
26
nationalities in 17/18 cohort
Diploma/ certificate
7.4
average IELTS score for 17/18 cohort