Key Information

Of course, you’ll have lots of questions about the course. Here is a list of the most frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to call us or send an email.

Time and Duration

The course starts in May, September and January.

The online management course will take between two years, three months (minimum) and five years (maximum) to complete.

We recommend approximately 12–15 hours of study per week.

Tailored to fit your lifestyle, our online business management course is perfectly suited to students with full-time work commitments and/or family obligations. Online study offers multiple ways to interact with the curriculum, all designed to suit your schedule.

Building an enterprise from the ground up is the ultimate career aspiration for many but, alongside passion, innovation and hard work, business startup success requires a set of key business skills.

Our world is changing, and having a digital skillset is paramount in today's economy – no matter what the business or sector. Over two-thirds of companies are struggling to fill vacancies for digital roles.


Tuition fees are paid per unit at £833* per 10 credits. Fees are paid in unit instalments corresponding with the course units. Each taught 10 credit unit is £833 and for the 60 credit dissertation students will pay two instalments of £2,499. To qualify for an MSc you will need a total of 180 credits. All courses will have the project payment split into two equal instalments with the first instalment payable in advance of the start of the project, and the second instalment due during the following enrolment and payment window period (8 weeks after the start of the project).


To enrol on our entrepreneurship and management MSc course, the following criteria apply:

  • Typically you should have a first or second class bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent
  • If you do not have a first degree in a business-related subject you will be expected to have some practical work experience to support your learning about business activity
  • If English is not your first language, you will be required to show that your first degree was principally taught and assessed in English
  • Alternatively, you have passed the IELTS academic test with a grade of no less than 7.0 overall, with at least 6.5 in all of the four parts (reading, listening, writing and speaking). If you completed your degree in the UK within the last 2 years prior to the start of the course, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Find out how to apply

Within the VLE you can access a discussion forum within each unit where you can post questions to your tutor and fellow students. You can also email any questions you may have to your lecturer. If you are seeking support, you can contact our student support team, or if you are having a technical issue, you can ask our 24/7 technical support team.

You are welcome to visit the university if you wish, where you can access facilities such as our physical library, as well as our online library. You can apply for a library card by emailing our library services with your name, address and photo.

Online Learning

Students are assessed through a variety of methods, including essays, reports, group work, case studies and presentations. In some cases relevant work experience can be included as curriculum credit. Find out more about the course curriculum.

Rather than a dissertation, you will get the opportunity to carry out an independent research project and develop a business idea into a viable business model. In this project, you will apply the learnings and research techniques you have acquired during the course. You can refer to our article here for more information about your research project. 

One of the main forms of interaction is on discussion forums on our VLE, where some of the weekly activities involve you sharing your thoughts in discussions with your fellow classmates. You also have the option to message each other and connect via email, text, WhatsApp and other social media platforms. 

Our MSc courses are flexible and designed to fit around your lifestyle and work commitments.

We provide an open environment that allows you to experiment with the entrepreneurial process and develop your skills. The mindset you’ll acquire will be useful in many different areas of business.

In addition to our faculty of highly acclaimed teaching staff, we have links to a wide range of companies worldwide, including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), BMW, CIL management consultants, Zurich, BMT Hi-Q Sigma and A.S. Watson Group, which means we are in a great position to open doors for our students.

The course is 100% online, so there is no need to visit campus at any point during your studies. You can attend campus, if you wish, for instance if you want to use the library, but it’s not a requirement.

Our online environment features regular interaction with your lecturers and fellow students to give it that classroom feel. To help you connect with the content, the environment includes video content, case studies and a library of digital resources. Though our online courses allow you to study at a time and place that suits you, we do ask that you complete your assignments against a set schedule.

Find out more about studying online at Bath

All your required reading will be made available via the University Library’s reading list system and will be available to read electronically. Once you have fully registered as a student and received your university username and password, you will be able to access the Library's services and online resources. 

It is recommended you have the following operating systems in order to fully enjoy the benefits of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): either Windows 8, 10, 11, Mac OS X 10.11 or later, Linux based operating systems will likely be sufficient but please note they are not officially supported by our technical support teams. You will need RAM of 4 GB or more and high-speed/broadband connection (at least 25Mbps). If you are unsure, you can test your internet speed here

It is also important you have an up-to-date web browser, listed here: Chrome (version 30.0 or higher), Firefox (version 25.0 or higher), Microsoft Edge, or Safari (version 6 or higher). Cookies must be enabled in your browser for our VLE to function correctly. Most browsers have cookies enabled by default. If you are unsure whether your browser is configured properly, please contact technical support for advice. 

The course incorporates a range of case studies, from big businesses like Apple and Google, to smaller and local successful businesses and individual entrepreneurs. The University of Bath’s partnership with SETSquared (the world’s number one Business Incubator) facilitates access to real world business insights and connections. 

Traditionally, an MBA is seen as a degree that allows you to progress within the ranks of a particular organisation and move into a management role. Our Entrepreneurship Management and Innovation MSc focuses on developing knowledge about different areas of business in order to perform a management role more effectively. The focus of the course is analysing and solving problems by gaining a holistic understanding of the challenges and strengths of different aspects of your business. Entrepreneurship revolves around being flexible and versatile, and the course focuses on helping you independently create effective solutions, through new ideas, processes and mindsets.

Career Prospects

This management course opens up a number of different career options, including consultancy work, innovation management or business development roles in large corporations. For those excited about their own ideas, many go on to start businesses of their own. Some students use the course to develop their entrepreneurial ideas so they can make them more successful.

The degree certificate and transcript do not mention ‘online’, and the degree qualification is equivalent to a full-time campus degree. 

* Valid up to and including September 2023 intake. Tuition fees are liable to increase each January. You should budget for an increase of up to a maximum of 5% each year.