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As well as giving you the opportunity to add 'with Proficiency in Entrepreneurship' to your degree title, WPI-E modules include activities and sessions that can count towards the new Exeter Award Entrepreneurship Theme. You can find more information about the 'Exeter Award within Modules' here.


If you have any questions about our ‘with Proficiency in Entrepreneurship’ pathway, please contact WPI-E lead

Raphael Dennett

With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship

With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship

With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter

University of Exeter Students from across the Streatham Campus* can get ‘with proficiency in Entrepreneurship’ added to their degree title in just 2 years, thanks to the Business School’s new degree enhancement pathway.

While we are facing an uncertain future full of complex global, social, and environmental issues, more and more employers are looking for graduates in all fields who have additional entrepreneurial skills, and the WPI-E pathway has been designed to help you achieve this no matter your career path.

As well as building your entrepreneurial skills, confidence, and business acumen in order to increase the chances of success in identifying, creating, delivering, and capturing value. The WPI-E pathway prepares you for navigating an uncertain future by teaching crucial interdisciplinary skills, including problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and flexibility, as well as learning to grow from failure as a part of the process.

Entrepreneurs are great at finding solutions to the big and small problems we all face, and we need entrepreneurs in every industry and every company to push the world to be a better place, this pathway enables you to be part of making a difference.

Currently there are six modules for selection within the WPI Entrepreneurship pathway:

Impactful Entrepreneurship is a first-year elective that introduces students to technology and the circular economy while building creative confidence. In other words, the module seeks to develop student knowledge of innovation within the context of the circular economy. By exploring the latest trends in technology and their relationship to business, students will build a stronger contextual understanding. The lectures will be delivered entirely online and workshop time will be project based and immersive in nature. Through utilising the contemporary practice of design thinking and human centred design, students will explore technology and the emerging concept of the circular economy in order to create impactful solutions

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This module introduces the student to innovation and entrepreneurship theory and practice. Using case studies, this module delivers foundational knowledge in these subjects. You will explore the histories, theories, and frameworks associated with innovation and entrepreneurship and how they support business growth. The module will consider contemporary urgent global issues such as sustainability and inequity and explore how entrepreneurs are innovating to tackle the sources of these problems. This will all be brought together in a workshop setting where students will apply their new acquired knowledge to build a range of entrepreneurial skills.

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This module explores what it means to think like an entrepreneur and how individuals in all types of organisations can use entrepreneurial practices to solve problems and create value.

The module’s core component is delivered online and covers research on how entrepreneurs ensure success through the use of entrepreneurial thinking. This is built on in a series of workshops that help the participants to build their entrepreneurial mind-set.

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The module is designed to introduce students to how individuals behave entrepreneurially to create sustainable value using their available means. The module’s core components (e.g. Sustainable value creation; Effectual entrepreneurship) are delivered online covering how to explore the feasibility, desirability, and viability of entrepreneurial ideas. We use practice-based approach enabling students to experience the early stages of an entrepreneurial process through the development of their own entrepreneurial idea (which can be based on for-profit or non-profit logic).

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Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of business in relation to entrepreneurial value creation. This module is about the core aspects of business including an overview of the impact that entrepreneurship has on the following subjects: accounting and finance, operations, business structures and types, talent management and marketing.

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This is a project-based course where students learn by working in a team to launch a real social enterprise that sells a real-life product or service. It provides an opportunity for students to revisit and gain practical experience with the tools and concepts they have learnt in previous entrepreneurship courses (as well as in other business and non-business courses). In addition, this course focuses on helping student practice navigating ambiguity and developing the “soft” business that must be learnt through structured practice. There are no required lectures or formal essays – student time for this class is dedicated to learning through acting in the real world. Online materials (including optional lectures and resources) will be provided to help students as they encounter common issues involved in launching a business. In-person instruction time will focus on creating a classroom “business accelerator” space where students can work through challenges with the instructor, other teams, and additional mentors.

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These modules have been replaced but are still credit-bearing towards the completion of the WPI-E stream

1. BEM2010 Could you be an Entrepreneur  
2. BEM1020/1020A Innovation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
3. BEM2032 Startup Entrepreneurship

Further information:

*All efforts have been made to make the programme available across all colleges within Streatham campus. Students are responsible for opting into WPI Entrepreneurship and ensuring their course allows for the flexibility to complete the required module set.

New and returning students

If your programme contains optional modules in the year ahead, you will be able to select WPI-entrepreneurship modules through the ‘Online Module Selection’ (OMS) system. Module selection is open from Wednesday 7th September 2022, and we encourage you to explore this as early as possible. You must submit and confirm your selections by 5pm on Friday 7th October 2022.

If you have already submitted your module choices, but would like to change onto a WPI-Entrepreneurship module, you can request this from 9am, 19th September to 12pm (noon), 7th October 2022 when the Module Change window opens.

More information can be found here and on our new students' website.

Undergraduate students successfully passing a minimum of 60 credits (30 credits per year) taken from the approved list of modules can request that ‘with Proficiency in Entrepreneurship’ be added to their degree title, on the recommendation of the relevant Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee.

For example, a Management student who passes 60 credits of WPIE-E modules can have their degree title amended to BSc (Hons) Management with proficiency in Entrepreneurship.

Modules taken for the ‘With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship’ pathway must be taken at two different levels and must be passed.

Students satisfying these criteria and who wish to be considered for the addition of entrepreneurship proficiency to their degree title should contact their College Office by no later than 1 June of their final year of study to request that this be considered by the Board of Examiners.

If you have no optional module credits available in your programme, the University of Exeter’s Student Startups Team provides a range of non-credit bearing options for learning entrepreneurial skills. For more information see the Student Startups web pages.

If you have any questions about our ‘with Proficiency in Entrepreneurship’ pathway, please contact WPI-E lead, Raphael Dennett