Bayes Centre

Innovation-driven Entrepreneurship

This course offered by the Business School will help you build on general understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as specialised topics related to Data-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. This course involves a unique collaboration between Edinburgh Innovations and the Business School to bring in industry relevant learning experiences.

Course Summary

We are living in a data-driven society where entrepreneurship and innovation, driven by data has led to radical social and economic changes. However, advanced technology and data alone is not sufficient to guarantee either user adoption or commercial success. The course will raise your awareness of the legal, business, managerial, ethical, creative, analytical and interpersonal skills relevant to setting up and running a new venture, and more broadly, encourages you to be an innovative thinker in a variety of organisational contexts. 

This course provides an on-line enabled curriculum utilising multiple learning modes, including: independent reading, short lecture video presentations, interview videos with individual entrepreneurs, case studies, online discussions, and exposure to practice. Throughout the course, you will engage in a piece of research to evaluate your opportunity ideas.

The course will cover the following five topics related to innovation, entrepreneurship and new ways of organising business activities with data: 

  • Data-driven innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Design thinking, Opportunity discovery and evaluation
  • Business models and business model innovation
  • Entrepreneurial growth and scale-up strategies
  • Entrepreneurial leadership

Further information can be found in the University's course catalogue: 

Innovation-driven Entrepreneurship

Course Delivery Information

Start Date:

17th January 2022

Course Duration: 10 weeks 
Total Hours:

100 (Lecture Hours 5; Tutorial Hours 2; Project Support Hours 3; Online Activities 10; Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78)

Method of Assessment: Coursework 100%

This is an introductory/intermediate Masters course (SCQF Level 11). It develops your skills and/or provides a detailed overview of the subject - some foundational knowledge or experience is required. Please see the entry requirements for further details. Masters-level courses are relatively intensive and require independent learning, critical thinking, analysis and reflection. 

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.  

Entry requirements by country

If you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, you may still be considered if:

  • you have professional qualifications with substantial work experience, or
  • you do not hold a degree or professional qualification, but you have a very strong motivation and experience demonstrating a high degree of responsibility

Experience can be from any industry including the public sector, charitable organisations, or the arts.

  • Interests in taking entrepreneurial opportunities forward in a variety of contexts
  • Interests in creating values for the organisation by using data and technology
  • Individuals from all levels of an organisation

English Language Requirements

You must be comfortable studying and learning in English if it is not your first language.

Course Fees and Funding

Course fees for 21/22 are £960, but funded places are available for people employed, unemployed or furloughed in Scotland who meet Scottish Funding Council elgibility criteria:

Determining eligibility for a funded place for upskilling takes a number of things into account, including fee status, but also location of employer. SFC provide guidance specifically for upskilling courses:

“Courses/provision is open to all Scottish-domiciled/’home fee’ students, which is consistent with SFC’s policy for core funded student places. Students from the rest of the UK (rUK) are not normally considered eligible for SFC funding. If however a university is working with a Scottish/UK employer which has a physical presence or operating in Scotland, rUK employees of that employer would be eligible.”

Organisations like UKCISA, and the University, provide guidance on how to determine your fee status:

If your fee status is Scotland Fee Rate, RUK Fee Rate, or EU-EEA Pre/Settled Scotland Fee rate, you may be eligible for a funded upskilling place. To determine this we will look at your fee status, residency information and, where relevant, details of your employer, to confirm whether the employer is based in, or has a significant presence, in Scotland.

Funding eligibility will be assessed at the point of each application for each course; you may be asked to provide further information if you do not meet the general residence conditions. Please email us at if you would like to discuss your funding eligibility before applying.

Please note that full-time students (including full-time PhD students) are not eligible for funding.

Apply Now

Applications for January 2022 are now open.

In order to verify that you meet the entry requirements for this course, you will be required to provide either:

  • a degree certificate/transcript for your highest/most relevant academic qualification, or
  • a CV and reference from an employer (if employed) or professional associate (if unemployed) outlining your suitability for the course

The degree certificate/transcript or CV should be emailed to within 24 hours of submitting your application. References should be emailed to the same address (from an institutional/company account if from your employer) within 1 week of submitting your application. 

Once complete, your application will be processed in 1-2 weeks. Applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis with priority given to applicants who meet the criteria for a funded place. We aim to email all applicants within 2 weeks of submission regardless of the outcome of their application.


Applications will close on 4th January 2022