The start-up universities

We have created a guide of universities from all parts of the UK where you can get degrees and attend courses to become great entrepreneurs and business people.


Lord Ashcroft International Business School

MSc in entrepreneurial management; BA (Hons) enterprise and entrepreneurial management

A three-year BA of Anglia Ruskin is now coming in a tandem with a master’s degree that can be gained in one year. The course will help you create your own business and make it successful in any situation. The university also has an entrepreneurship support programme that includes many events connected with different fields of the industry.

Aston Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science
MSc product design enterprise; MSc industrial enterprise management; MSc entrepreneurship and international business

Aston opens a wide range of master’s degree programmes, including two extraordinary. The first was created for those with engineering educational background or product designing. Another one is created for a broader range of wannabe entrepreneurs. Aston also offers other possibilities, such as access to the programme BSEEN, as well as different partnerships within the industry.
School of management
MSc entrepreneurship and management

Students learn modern business development patterns, entrepreneurial finance, and management more broadly. They also have a possibility to create their own idea and create its business model.
MSc creative technologies and enterprise

Bath Spa’s one-year course is designed to equip its graduates with a mixture of creative, technological and entrepreneurial skills. Students have the opportunity to undertake placements in the UK and internationally.

MSc/PGDip pharmaceutical enterprise

The one-year programme has been designed to prepare graduates to work in pharmaceutical SMEs and related spin-out companies.

MA media and creative enterprise; MA freelancing and journalism enterprise; MSc video game enterprise and production (Gamer Camp: Biz)

Birmingham City’s courses take a strong sector-specific approach designed to help professionals use their skills in an entrepreneurial way. For instance, its video game enterprise degree – known as Gamer Camp: Biz – uses a series of camps and real-life game development to teach people how to start up or run a game production.

FdA/BA (Hons) food and beverage enterprise management; FdA/BA (Hons) business enterprise

The business enterprise programme degree is designed to explore the basis of entrepreneurial activity while developing the skills needed in business through live projects for local industry partners. Students can develop their own business plan in place of their final year research project. The food and beverage enterprise course is for students who ultimately want to run their own bar, pub or food enterprise.

BA (Hons) business studies with enterprise

Bournemouth’s course is designed to equip students with a critical appreciation of issues around entrepreneurial activity and the tools to start or manage their own businesses. The university also runs a range of initiatives to support student entrepreneurs, including its Creative Enterprise Bureau, which offers consultancy services to local businesses.

School of Management
MSc media and entrepreneurship; MSc science and entrepreneurship; MSc telecommunications, engineering and entrepreneurship

Bradford’s interdisciplinary master’s courses equip graduates with entrepreneurial skills as well as sector-specific knowledge.

Brighton Business School
MSc management (entrepreneurship)

This MSc is aimed at both would-be entrepreneurs and university graduates who want to develop their entrepreneurial abilities within the corporate world.

Bristol Business School
BA (Hons) business (team entrepreneurship); MSc innovation and applied entrepreneurship

BA students can earn qualifications from the Institute of Leadership and Management alongside their degree, while those on the master’s are encouraged to use their time at the university to develop their own business or social enterprise.

BSc (Hons) business enterprise

Buckingham’s two-year accelerated degree is designed for students who want to start their own business or social enterprise while studying. It includes the opportunity to pitch for seed funding of up to £5,000.

Judge Business School and other departments
PGDip entrepreneurship; MPhil  bioscience enterprise; MPhil micro and nanotechnology enterprise;

Cambridge’s business school offers a postgraduate diploma in entrepreneurship designed to help entrepreneurial individuals realise their aspirations. The university also offers master’s programmes that combine science or engineering and entrepreneurship, while Judge runs a number of non-degree initiatives, including Ignite, an annual one-week training programme for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to test a business idea and prepare it for a commercial environment, and the three-month Accelerate programme for teams of entrepreneurs.

BA (Hons) enterprise and entrepreneurship

Students can opt to take this degree over the standard three years, or turn it into a four-year sandwich course with the addition of a one-year work placement or international year.

Derby Business School
BA (Hons)/MBus business start-up

Derby’s starting position is that entrepreneurs are made, not born. Students on the two-year accelerated BA will build their own business or social enterprise as they learn; those who want a postgraduate qualification spend a third year at university to emerge with a master’s.

Durham University Business School
MSc management (entrepreneurship)

Students on this master’s combine academic learning with an expectation that they will turn their entrepreneurial ideas into action. They and other Durham students can also take advantage of the university’s Careers Centre Enterprise Support Programme and its resident business adviser.

Essex Business School
BSc international business and entrepreneurship; MSc entrepreneurship and innovation; MSc international business and entrepreneurship

Two of Essex’s courses are designed to help students understand how the international aspects of business affect the identification of new opportunities, while the MSc in entrepreneurship and innovation focuses on issues associated with economic growth and social transformation.

MSc international management with entrepreneurship and innovation

This course can be studied over nine or 12 months; students who choose the latter can spend their second semester at a partner school in Germany, Denmark or Italy.

Huddersfield University Business School
BA (Hons) enterprise development; BA (Hons) entrepreneurship and business; master of enterprise (MEnt); doctor of enterprise (EntD)

Huddersfield’s undergraduate entrepreneurship and business degree can be taken over three years, or four with a placement year. Its postgraduate degrees, both of which are research based, can be undertaken part time or full time. The university also offers support to student and graduate start-ups through its Enterprise Team and the Duke of York.

Kent Business School and School of Computing
MSc computing and entrepreneurship

Students cover a mixture of technical, business and entrepreneurship through the schools of business and computing. The standard industrial programme is 12 months but it can be extended to as many as two years with the inclusion of an industrial placement.

Lancaster University Management School
BA (Hons) management and entrepreneurship; PGDip/MSc entrepreneurship, innovation and practice

Undergraduate students can earn their BA over three years or add a fourth year – spending their third on a work placement – to earn the BA (Hons) management and entrepreneurship (industry). The master’s degree and postgraduate diploma are designed for graduates who want to set up their own business or who are planning to take on an entrepreneurial role in a larger company.

BA (Hons) English language and business enterprise; BA music with enterprise; BA social policy with enterprise; BSc/MBiol biology (biotechnology with enterprise); BSc/MBiol biology with enterprise; MSc enterprise; MA digital, social & mobile design with enterprise

Leeds has numerous graduate and undergraduate options for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Leicester Business School
BA (Hons) business entrepreneurship and innovation; MSc international business and entrepreneurship

De Montfort’s BA includes a Dragons’ Den-style assignment in which students have to pitch to real entrepreneurs in the university’s “fox’s lair”, while the MSc’s entrepreneurship modules give people the chance to turn an idea into a business plan.  All students at De Montfort can access support, workshops and start-up funding through its Campus Enterprise Opportunities initiative.

School of Architecture and Design
MA international design enterprise

Students evaluate the commercial potential of their designs and learn about entrepreneurial effectiveness in this 12-month course, which is only available full time.

BA (Hons) business (team entrepreneurship)

Students start this three-year programme, based on a course developed in Finland, by establishing a team company and trading as a functioning business. There are no academic lectures or seminars involved; instead teaching is done through a series of professional workshops and training sessions led by coaches.

School of Management
MSc management and entrepreneurship; MSc entrepreneurship

Students can concentrate on how to set up and run their own business with the pure entrepreneurship degree, or combine it with broader management training.

MSc entrepreneurship

This master’s course is designed for people planning to set up their own business venture and current business owners who want to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Students receive free membership of the Institute of Directors


MSc business innovation with entrepreneurship and innovation management

Entrepreneurial evening classes at Birkbeck can lead to a master’s degree in two years if taken part time, or in one year of full-time study. The college also runs a two-day enterprise academy programme for students from all disciplines.

MA social entrepreneurship; MA in creative and cultural entrepreneurship; PGCert in museums & galleries entrepreneurship; MPhil in creative and cultural entrepreneurship

Goldsmiths offers several specialised master’s degrees that take a sector-specific approach to entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship. Its MPhil in creative and cultural entrepreneurship is taught at Trinity College Dublin. Goldsmiths also offers a number of short courses for entrepreneurs, including Starting Your Own Business, which begins in November.

BA (Hons) business entrepreneurship and innovation

The first year of this degree shares its courses with other undergraduate business degrees before students go on to specialise in entrepreneurialism. There is an option for students to study at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and to win investment capital through Greenwich’s business plan competition.

Master of international business (entrepreneurship)

Students who choose the entrepreneurship specialisation will acquire the knowledge and tools to set up their own business or social enterprise. This course can be undertaken at Hult’s London campus, but students can also choose to spend time at the school’s other campuses, which include San Francisco, Shanghai and Dubai. The school also runs the Hult prize, which it says is the largest student entrepreneurship competition in the world. (UK degrees are awarded by Ashridge)

Business School
MSc innovation, entrepreneurship & management

Imperial’s master’s course is designed for graduates of non-business degrees who want to start their own enterprise, grow an existing start-up or work as an innovation consultant. The university also runs the Entrepreneurial Smart Camp summer school course, which is a hands-on programme designed to help would-be entrepreneurs fine-tune their early business ideas.

PhD strategy and entrepreneurship; the Entrepreneurship Summer School; financing the entrepreneurial business

LBS’s Entrepreneurship Summer School is designed for people who are contemplating an entrepreneurial venture but aren’t sure whether or not start-up life is for them. Financing the entrepreneurial business is a five-day executive education programme for investors and for high-potential entrepreneurs seeking capital investment. Students offered a place on the PhD programme receive full funding, including a tuition waiver, subject to academic performance.

MA music industry management and enterprise

Students learn the technological, entrepreneurial and business skills needed to launch and run start-ups in the fast-evolving music industry. The programme includes a trip to Beijing to study opportunities in emerging markets.

School of Entrepreneurship
Advanced certificate: innovation, technology and entrepreneurship; MSc fashion, design and luxury management; global MBA (entrepreneurship)

LSBF’s global MBA can be studied in London, Birmingham, Manchester or online. The degree is awarded by the International Telematic University in Italy.

FdA enterprise and small business development

This foundation degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

MSc/PGDip/PGCert innovation management and entrepreneurship

All courses offer practical skills training in areas such as budgeting, business strategy and finance alongside theoretical study, and can be taken full or part time.

BSc (Hons) business and enterprise

Students spend the first two years earning an HND and the third “topping up” to a full honours degree. The part-time course is taught largely in the evening and online so that students can study while working. (Degree validated by Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London)

European Business School
MA management with pathway in entrepreneurial management

Graduate students who follow the entrepreneurial management pathway of this master’s programme will learn about the need for today’s entrepreneurs to be aware of their social and environmental responsibilities as well as how to research, develop and fund new business ideas.

MSc entrepreneurship

Royal Holloway’s entrepreneurship master’s course can be taken full time over one or two years; in the latter case, it includes a nine-month work placement, which students are expected to secure for themselves.

Institute of Biomedical Engineering
MRes medical technology entrepreneurship

Students, who usually have a relevant undergraduate science degree, learn about medical device development, entrepreneurial finance and business management. The degree can lead into an industrial or entrepreneurial career, or a doctorate in Medical Device Innovation.

MA arts and cultural enterprise

The MA, offered by Central Saint Martins, is supported by a number of short courses in enterprise run by the university’s colleges and aimed at entrepreneurs in fashion and other creative industries.

BA (Hons) business management – entrepreneurship

Westminster allows students, who can choose entrepreneurship from a number of pathways on this general business degree, to take a one-year business placement or to study abroad for a year between their second and third years.

MSc entrepreneurship and innovation management; MSc entrepreneurship, finance and innovation

The entrepreneurship and innovation management course covers topics such as intellectual property, small business funding and business failure, while the entrepreneurship, finance and innovation programme concentrates on financial management for start-ups and SMEs. Both are taught at the university’s London campus.

Manchester Business School
BSc management (innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship); MSc innovation management and entrepreneurship

Undergraduate students enrol on MBS’s broad management degree in the first year, then specialise in their later years. Students on MBS’s master’s programme investigate how new products get to market and how companies set up new ventures. It looks at entrepreneurship from the perspective of business, government and the global economy.

BA (Hons) business enterprise/human resource management; BA (Hons) business enterprise/marketing; BA (Hons) business management with enterprise; BSc (Hons) enterprise/psychology; BA (Hons) food business entrepreneurship

MMU offers multiple options for undergraduates who want to combine study of a specific discipline with a broader awareness of issues relating to small and medium enterprises.

MRes biotechnology and business enterprise; MSc/PGDip/PGCert renewable energy, enterprise and management; MSc innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship

Students interested in the business potential of renewable energy can study the topic at full or part time at certificate, diploma or master’s level via a combination of distance learning and face-to-face sessions. The MRes in biotechnology and business enterprise is aimed at life science and medical graduates who want to learn how to turn laboratory breakthroughs into successful businesses.

Newcastle Business School
BA (Hons) entrepreneurial business management; MSc business with entrepreneurship

Undergraduates will spend much of their course running their own businesses, giving them the potential to earn money while they study areas such as strategic planning, finance and decision-making. Master’s students get a combination of general business understanding and entrepreneurship-specific education.

BA (Hons) business management and entrepreneurship

Full-time students on the BA can choose to study abroad, set up their own business or run a community project during the second half of their second year, while all students can run their own virtual company as part of the course. Master’s students, who do not need a business background to apply, earn the Chartered Management Institute’s level 7 diploma in management and leadership alongside their degree.

Fred Tavares De Carvalho had finished a degree in economics at Nottingham University when he got an internship as a risk analyst at Bizfitech, a comparison website for small business financeFred Tavares De Carvalho had finished a degree in economics at Nottingham University when he got an internship as a risk analyst at Bizfitech, a comparison website for small business finance (Michael Powel)
Business School
MSc entrepreneurship, innovation and management

This programme is designed for candidates looking for a career in business and management as well as potential entrepreneurs and those who are preparing to take over a family business. Students can choose to develop a business plan in place of the usual academic dissertation.
BSc (Hons) business innovation and enterprise

Edge Hill’s students can set up their own businesses and work on live projects at the university’s partner organisations; they can also undertake a one-year paid work placement.
BA (Hons) business, enterprise and entrepreneurship

Students have the opportunity to transfer onto a work-based learning path partway through their course, allowing them to complete their degree while setting up their own business venture.


Plymouth Business School
FdSc estate and farm enterprise management; BSc (Hons) business enterprise and entrepreneurship; BA (Hons) business enterprise

Students on the accelerated BSc complete their degree in two years, while the BA is a more traditional three years. The foundation degree in estate and farm enterprise management is offered through the university’s  partnership with Cornwall College.
BA (Hons) business enterprise development; MSc innovation management and entrepreneurship

Undergraduate students have the option of adding a one-year paid work placement or a stint studying abroad. The master’s course is designed to teach graduates how to develop and launch new products and services through their own business or in an entrepreneurial role at an established organisation.
BSc (Hons) computer games enterprise; BA (Hons) business studies (enterprise)

The computer games enterprise course, delivered through UCLan’s partnership with Burnley College, teaches students about both game design and starting and managing a games business.
Henley Business School
BA entrepreneurship; BA entrepreneurship and management; MSc entrepreneurship and financing; MSc entrepreneurship and management; MA creative enterprise

Both undergraduate degrees are designed to equip students with the tools they will need to start their own business or take on a key role in another enterprise, while those on the second are encouraged to create their own business in their final year. Both MSc courses include an entrepreneurship project, which involves taking on a consultancy project at a local business. The MA, available in multiple different pathways, prepares individuals for entrepreneurial careers within the arts.
BSc (Hons) enterprise, leadership and management

Salford’s programme gives students the chance to undertake a work placement in their second year while still completing their degree in three years.

Tom Stayte and business partner Matt Atkins run Square Share, printing photos from weddings and parties shared on social media. The pair won £8,500 this year in the Enterprise Challenge Awards at Sheffield Hallam UniversityTom Stayte and business partner Matt Atkins run Square Share, printing photos from weddings and parties shared on social media. The pair won £8,500 this year in the Enterprise Challenge Awards at Sheffield Hallam University (Michael Powel)
Sheffield Business School
BA (Hons) business and enterprise management

Students on this course, which covers the principles of enterprise and innovation as well as broader business knowledge, have the chance to undertake an industry placement and to access advice and resources to start their own business.
Sheffield University Management School
MSc entrepreneurship and management

Sheffield’s programme includes lectures, workshops and field visits; students are assessed via blogs, presentations and their business plan as well as traditional essays.
University of Southampton Business School
BSc business entrepreneurship; MSc global enterprise and entrepreneurship

Southampton’s BSc can be taken over three or four years, depending on whether or not students opt for a work placement year. The MSc is for students who want to consider entrepreneurship from a global perspective.
BA (Hons) business management and enterprise

Staffordshire’s BA focuses on marketing products, devising business plans and developing the  skills needed by entrepreneurial managers. There is an option for a one-year work placement.
Sunderland Business School
MBA (enterprise and innovation)

Students complete the same core subjects as all MBA students as well as modules on enterprise and entrepreneurship and innovation management. The course includes visits to companies in Europe.
Surrey Business School
BSc/MBus business management (entrepreneurship); MSc entrepreneurship

The business management degree is designed as a broad undergraduate business programme with a pathway in entrepreneurship. Highly academic students  study for an extra year on top of the first three to earn a master’s degree. The MSc in entrepreneurship is aimed at students planning to start or work in an entrepreneurial venture.
MSc management and entrepreneurship

Topics on this one-year course, which can be taken part time over two years, include writing a business plan for a new venture and understanding entrepreneurship in organisational and geographical contexts.
BA (Hons) fashion enterprise

Teesside’s course prepares students to run or work in a fashion or fashion-related business.
MA arts, enterprise and development; MA creative and media enterprises; MSc innovation and entrepreneurship

Warwick’s MA programmes are designed to help creative professionals develop their careers, including those who want to set up their own enterprise, while its MSc is for students who want to launch an innovation-driven global business.
BA (Hons) business management with enterprise and innovation

Students are prepared to start their own business or take on a new business role in an established organisation. All of the university’s staff, students and recent graduates can apply for enterprise awards to support their start-up ideas.


School of management and business
MSc in enterprise and innovation management

This one-year course offers an academic understanding of management theory, financial analysis and organisational strategy as well as entrepreneurship and new venture creation. The university’s AberPreneurs initiative offers start-up support to students and graduates.
Cardiff Business School
MSc in business strategy and entrepreneurship

Cardiff’s master’s programme is aimed at graduates preparing to start a company or enter an established corporation in a business development role. Cardiff University Enterprise, a joint initiative between the university and its students’ union, runs workshops and competitions for students interested in start-ups.
BA (Hons) computer games enterprise; PGDip entrepreneurship practice; MA games enterprise; MSc international business and enterprise

The PGDip has been developed for women who are, or hope to become, self-employed or entrepreneurs. Students on the MA in games enterprise will develop both a computer game and a detailed business strategy for it.
BSc business management (entrepreneurship); MSc management (entrepreneurship)

Students can learn about entrepreneurship at graduate and postgraduate level. Student entrepreneurs can take advantage of Swansea’s International Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Swansea Business School
BA entrepreneurship

Students start with a broad-based look at core business functions before focusing on entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and theory.


Edinburgh Business School
MA business with enterprise and innovation

This four-year programme includes an examination of the business climate as well as entrepreneurship-specific courses and the chance to study a range of non-business subjects in the first two years.
BA (Hons) management and enterprise; MSc fashion business creation

The BA is only open to people who have an HND; they can then earn their undergraduate degree in two years. The master’s degree is a 16-month course taught at the university’s London campus.
MSc international business & entrepreneurship

Glasgow’s 12-month master’s programme takes an international perspective on entrepreneurship, with options including cross-cultural management, the global business environment and international entrepreneurship and innovation.
MA (Hons) business management with enterprise

The first two years of this degree follow a standard business management curriculum. In the final two, students specialist enterprise courses including innovation management and social enterprise.
MA culture and creative enterprise

Students learn how the dynamics of small businesses contribute to creative and cultural life, and how the creative and cultural sectors contribute to enterprise and employment.

In 2012, Vicky Hamilton was looking for a project for her product design engineering course at Strathclyde University when her joiner father Gordon suggested a decent set of kneepads. She won £5,000 in the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards and £50,000 from the Young Innovators ChallengeIn 2012, Vicky Hamilton was looking for a project for her product design engineering course at Strathclyde University when her joiner father Gordon suggested a decent set of kneepads. She won £5,000 in the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards and £50,000 from the Young Innovators Challenge (Wattie Cheung)
Strathclyde Business School
BA (Hons) business enterprise; MSc environmental entrepreneurship; PhD in entrepreneurship

Strathclyde’s undergraduate degree is for students who want to start a business or take over  management of a company, while its master’s is aimed at those who want to improve the environment while identifying business opportunities.
BA (Hons) applied enterprise

This course, for people who want to start their own business, is aimed at students who have an HND. They enter in the third year of the four-year degree. It is offered in  partnership with Dumfries and Galloway College and the University of Glasgow.
MSc enterprise and E-marketing

All modules on this course, designed to help people understand how technology can be used to access new markets, are delivered flexibly online.


MSc in business for agri-food and rural enterprise (business communication); MSc in business for agri-food and rural enterprise (innovation management); Msc business for agri-food and rural enterprise (rural enterprise development)

These MSc courses are aimed at students who want to build careers in rural business sectors. Queen’s University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin are behind the Innovation Academy, which offers a postgraduate certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.