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With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship

With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship

With Proficiency in Entrepreneurship


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 five modules for selection within the WPI Entrepreneurship pathway:

This first-year module is taught in the first term and repeated in second term. 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 and the wider impact of entrepreneurship. By exploring the latest trends in technology and their relationship to business, students will build a stronger contextual understanding.

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This is the second module in the WPI-E stream and it runs in first term for second year students. 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 a 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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This module is delivered for second year students and taught in the second term. The 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 in a series of workshops that help the students to build their entrepreneurial mindset. 

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This is a module designed for third-year students and taught in the first term. The aim of the module is to introduce students to the business fundamentals in relation to entrepreneurship in order for them to increase their ability in managing new venture projects. Further, this module is designed to reduce potential risk in entrepreneurial business endeavours by delivering a better understanding of business essentials. 

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This is the capstone module of the WPI programme. This third-year module is taught in the second term. It allows students to develop a real-world business idea and test it. It builds upon and puts into practice the material learned in previous WPI modules. This is a project-based course where most learning occurs through students acting in real life to launch a semester-long social enterprise to create impact for a local charity. There are no required lectures or formal essays – student time for this class is dedicated to learning through acting in the real world.

Pre-requisite modules: Managing Entrepreneurially OR Thinking Entrepreneurially (previously “Could you be an entrepreneur?) OR Startup Entrepreneurship.

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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

Exeter Award

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.

Further information:

New 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 7th September 2021, and we encourage you to explore this as early as possible. 

If you have already submitted your module choices, but would like to change onto a WPI-Entrepreneurship module, you can request this from 9am, 13th September to 12pm (noon), 1st October 2021 when the Module Change window opens.

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

Returning students

The next Online Module Change window will open 9am, 13th September to 12pm (noon), 1st October 2021. You can request to change onto a WPI-Entrepreneurship module then.  

More information can be found here.

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

*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.