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The BA (Hons) Entrepreneurship programme is an innovative, one-of-a-kind programme designed to equip you with all the skills you need to bring your business ideas to life. The programme provides an environment to support aspiring entrepreneurs, or individuals who want to develop practical entrepreneurial skills and experience which they can apply to business. The programme provides a flexible framework for the study of entrepreneurship combining entrepreneurial theory, business skills, specialist research led modules and an opportunity to pursue an experiential approach in which you will apply the business, leadership, and management knowledge you develop by establishing and managing your own business. Throughout the programme you engage in a coaching style learning environment where you work with your peers to become curious learners and harness the power of collaboration to support your own learning. What is different about the programme is that you take the Student Enterprise modules, where you take control of your own learning. Along with their peers students decided on what they want to learn and how. Student Enterprise modules support you to develop business activity to ground the knowledge you gain from your modules in a real venture. Read More


EF3039 - CORE, 20 Credits

Listening and Seminar Skills for Academic purposes

This module focuses on developing your listening, note-taking and seminar skills. It provides bi- weekly lectures covering topics relating to global issues that will allow you to develop topic knowledge and listening and note-taking skills.

EF3040 - CORE, 20 Credits

Reading, Writing and Research Skills for Academic Purposes

This module introduces you to the skill of reading for academic purposes and develops your academic writing skills. There are weekly reading texts covering global issues topics that provide you with exposure to, and the experience of the types of academic texts you will be expected to read during your degree programme.

EF3041 - CORE, 20 Credits

Intercultural Communication Skills for Academic Purposes

On completion of this module, you should be able to demonstrate: 1. An awareness of yourself and your cultural background; 2. Knowledge of other cultures and how they are represented; 3. Confidence to express ideas and opinions objectively in academic English; 4. Improved pronunciation and fluency in English 5. Experience of working within a team and have developed intercultural communicative competence.

AF3001 - CORE, 20 Credits

Practical Maths and Statistics

This module provides you with the knowledge and skills of applying a variety of practical mathematical and statistical methods that are used to analyse and interpret financial data.

AF3004 - CORE, 20 Credits

Business Intelligence and Analytics

This module is designed to develop your understanding of the role that data and data analytics plays in organisations. The module will introduce you to various data sources. It will empower you to build an understanding of how to collect and analyse data. You will become confident in locating data, interpreting and analysing it to facilitate business decisions.

AF3005 - CORE, 20 Credits

Contemporary Issues in Accounting, Finance and Economics

In this module you will explore the contemporary issues that are impacting the world of Accounting, Finance and Economics today. You will be able to understand and critically appraise the issues in order to demonstrate how these contemporary issues are likely to shape the future of the Accounting, Finance and Economics landscape.

SM9413 - CORE, 20 Credits

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

This module introduces you to ideas, examples and theories from the world of entrepreneurship. The modules reviews the importance of entrepreneurship and provides an overview of the history of entrepreneurship. The module takes a critical approach, looking at evidence, confirmation and conflict in academic theories as well as giving you opportunity to learn from practising entrepreneurs. The module introduces you to a range of thinking and supports you in evaluating alternative models and applying them as analytical tools in the understanding of entrepreneurial business.

Specifically, you will learn about the main classical theories of entrepreneurship, new research on the causes and promotion of entrepreneurship and the economic impact of new business.

Indicative topics:

  • Defining entrepreneurship
  • The importance of entrepreneurship to the economy and society
  • Entrepreneurial traits, characteristics and skills
  • Your entrepreneurial potential
  • Entrepreneurial mindset
  • Where do ideas come from?
  • Creativity and innovation in entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial process
  • Value creation
  • Types of entrepreneurs
  • Social enterprise and innovation
  • Drivers of innovation

AF4038 - CORE, 20 Credits

Financial Decision Making

You will learn how financial information can be used to assist managers and external user groups in their decision-making processes. You will initially look at the informational needs of outside user groups, the nature of the information they are provided with, and how this information can be analysed and interpreted in order to enhance the effectiveness of their decision making.

Topic areas will include:

  • The reporting frameworks and ethical principles that underpin financial reporting
  • The nature of international financial reporting standards
  • Format and content of the statement of profit or loss and statement of financial position
  • The statement of cash flows
  • Analysis and interpretation of financial statements using ratio analysis

You will then examine how financial information can facilitate managers in making operational decisions in relation to planning and control.

Topic areas will include:

  • Costing (full and variable costing)
  • Cost, volume, profit analysis
  • Relevant costs for decision making
  • Budgeting and variance analysis
  • Balance scorecards
  • Working capital management

Finally, you will explore the motivations for entrepreneurial activity and techniques that can be used to appraise investment decisions.

Topic areas will include:

  • Investment appraisal techniques (payback, accounting rate of return, net present value and internal rate of return)
  • Practical aspects of investment appraisal (inflation and capital rationing)
  • Risk and uncertainty

HR9409 - CORE, 20 Credits

Preparing for Professional Practice

Your programme aims to ensure that you are learners for business, not just of business, upon graduation. This module starts you on this journey by supporting your professional development. It aims to increase your awareness of and sensitivity to personal and employability/entrepreneurship/enterprise skills. It does this by focusing on programme-specific graduate career opportunities that require you to work on projects similar to those that graduates within your field will undertake once in employment. You are taking an experiential, team-focussed, project/problem-based approach. The module will support you in identifying and developing the essential skills, behaviours, and understanding required to sustainably and responsibly manage organisations and their people. These might include generic areas such as leadership, project management, management, resilience, empathy and professional judgment, and discipline-specific capabilities.

You will use this understanding to evaluate, practise, develop and re-evaluate your capabilities in these skills, behaviours and acumen areas, enabling you to build your own graduate identity. This approach underpins your successful future employability, entrepreneurship or enterprise activity. In addition, the activities provide you with authentic insights into the importance and challenges of team-working within organisations as you work to address real organisations’ issues.

Learner/team-led, tutor-guided sessions aim to support you in enhancing your employability and upon building your graduate identity. During the practical development of the key attributes and behaviours central to your future success within your chosen profession within a project-based environment, you will receive support from the programme team. In addition, by documenting and reflecting upon your progress towards achieving your own team defined KPIs, you will enhance your skills, behaviours, capabilities, and understanding.

In short, at the end of this module, you will:

  • Have an understanding and increased awareness of, and sensitivity to, those personal skills and attributes which are central to your future employability in your chosen profession or future entrepreneurial or enterprise activity.
  • Be better prepared to understand the skills and qualities required by graduates in your field to secure future employment or engage in enterprise activity.
  • Have practical experience of working on a real-life business project appropriate to your programme area, improving your project management, research, employability and collaboration skills.

HR9412 - CORE, 20 Credits

Business, Economy and Society

Governments and society are increasingly expecting business organisations to step up and assist in building cohesive societies through the application of more sustainable forms of capitalism. This module introduces you to the global economic, societal, technological and environmental challenges of the 21st century, and identifies how, through greater alignment of business interest with that of society and the economy, business can be a “force for good” as well as best prepared to ‘Take on Tomorrow’. You will focus on how contemporary businesses, broadly defined to include public, voluntary, not-for-profit and social enterprise, interact the economy and society though examination of topical news stories and events. In doing so, you will develop a deep understanding of the relationships between business, the economy and society and the global challenges we all face. You will explore a range of cultural, governmental and ethical issues that arise from current and developing global and national contexts through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Key issues include business ethics, the role of business in society, green issues, stakeholder theory, capitalist variants, the nature of globalisation at firm, economic and societal level and the interrelationship between business and government. By the end of the module you will be able to evidence critical thinking and analysis skills while bringing your own experiences as a citizen into your discussion and inquiry.

MK9414 - CORE, 20 Credits

Introduction to Marketing

This module will introduce you to the business philosophy and practice of marketing. It will examine how organisations can analyse and segment markets to improve performance and profitability by building long-term relationships with their customers. A wide range of marketing decisions is studied together with the influence of the changing marketing environment on these decisions.

Main lectures will introduce the basic theories of marketing:

  • The Marketing Environment
  • Consumer & Organisational Behaviour
  • Target Marketing & Segmentation
  • Marketing Information Systems & Research
  • Dimensions of a Product, Branding and Product Life Cycle
  • Pricing Theory; strategies and tactics
  • The Promotional Mix: Advertising, PR, Direct & e-Marketing
  • Marketing channels

Whilst seminars and topical lectures will apply marketing theory to different case scenarios:

  • Service Marketing
  • Not for profit Marketing
  • Food marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Environmental Marketing
  • Sustainable Marketing

SM9414 - CORE, 20 Credits

Student Enterprise: Building a Venture Team

This module is the key to your entrepreneurial learning in your first year. The module supports you to develop your ideas and entrepreneurial mindset through team learning. You will work in coaching teams and with support from your Team Coach you and your peers will work on integrating learning from your other Level 4 modules to support you to test and develop ideas which will build your entrepreneurial skills. Combined with this is the all programme activities which support your entrepreneurial and team learning, through a residential and Bootcamp as well as student led enterprise events.

You will use developing your own trading business or by working on enterprising type activities such as through entrepreneurial societies to tests out your learning in a practical setting.

This module is self-directed so you and your peers will direct your own learning in coaching sessions by drawing in learning and topics form your other level 4 modules. With support from your team Coach however some of the topics you may cover are;

Team formation topics (from all programme activities)

  • How to develop effective communication
  • How to develop effective venture teams
  • What is coaching and how to get the most from a coaching environment

Venture development Topics (From Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Financial Decision making and Introduction to Marketing)

  • How to come up with business ideas
  • Ideation
  • Business model canvas
  • Lean start up
  • Market research
  • Developing a cashflow
  • Writing a marketing plan

Team development Topics (From Business, Economy and Society and Preparing for Professional Practice)

  • Developing a social enterprise
  • Team building and communication
  • Reflective learning

SM9536 - CORE, 20 Credits

Creativity and Innovation

In this module you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature and practice of creativity and innovation and how it can be applied, whether within the context of a new venture or an existing organisation. The module will cover theories relating to innovation and its management within a strategic management context. This will be combined with an introduction to processes of stimulating creativity in a variety of business contexts. The module will seek to facilitate the development of practical skills to promote creative thinking through practice-based elements in which real world problems are introduced for the testing of creative teamworking techniques.

Specific topics will include:

Innovation in a strategic context:

  • What is innovation, innovation and industrial dynamics, innovation strategy, disruptive innovation

The process of innovation and creativity:

  • Models of innovation process, sources of innovation, open innovation, innovation management, creativity, design thinking.

The creative environment:

  • The creative organisation, creative industries, creative class, creative places.

Innovation and creativity policy:

  • Innovation systems and clusters, promoting creative places.

SM9538 - CORE, 20 Credits

Business Research and Analysis

This module focuses on ways to conduct independent research, together with the key academic skills of analysis, synthesis and criticality. You will be able to learn about processes and practices of conducting research from the initial idea to reporting results as well as understand the purpose of the research projects. The module examines the principles of research design before progressing to a more detailed treatment of data collection and analysis. You will be challenged to develop research ideas and critique existing literature primarily from academic sources. You will gain an understanding of various means of undertaking a research enquiry specifically to provide insights to solving a relevant problem, including activities as defining hypothesis/research questions, designing research objectives and research design that involves also budgetary limitations, primary and secondary data collection, research methods, and structuring of the final results.

SM9540 - CORE, 20 Credits

Entrepreneurial Management

Successful entrepreneurship requires a broad understanding of management processes and techniques ranging from finance to strategy, HR and organisational behaviour. This module provides you with an overview of key management techniques and ideas which will be useful in your future entrepreneurial career. You will learn some basic concepts from a range of management disciplines with a focus on essential skills and their application in the entrepreneurial business.

Topics will include the following:

  • Foundations of strategic management
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • HRM for new businesses
  • Organisational culture in the entrepreneurial business

SM9542 - CORE, 20 Credits

International Digital Economy

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand how the emergence of the digital economy has created opportunities and challenges for international business. The module is delivered through lectures and seminars.

The module will cover the following issues:

  • The scale and scope of electronic commerce
  • Digital infrastructures
  • Digitalisation and international business
  • International institutions and the digital economy
  • Transnational businesses and national governance structures
  • International digital platforms

Through this module you will gain skills enabling you to analyse the growth and developing of the international digital economy. On completing the module, you will appreciate the scale, scope and dynamism of the international digital economy.

SM9552 - CORE, 20 Credits

Entrepreneurship Theory

The module focuses on The Entrepreneur and the Role of the Entrepreneur in Entrepreneurship Theory.

It will develop your learning from Introduction to Entrepreneurship in year one. It is also the module which will help you to increase your capacity to think on your feet and be innovative; it will develop your life-long learning skills and your self-awareness and teach strategies to develop your psychological resources, such as hope and resilience.

Additionally, you will learn you how to create and participate in action learning sets which form the bedrock of the start-up pathway and decide whether this more experiential approach to learning is right for you.

Through this module you will learn about:

  • Different conceptualisations of success in entrepreneurship
  • The difference between being an entrepreneur and being enterprising
  • Effectual logic versus causal logic in new venture creation
  • The psychology of entrepreneurship
  • Meta-cognition / self-awareness
  • Motivation
  • Personality
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive biases
  • Affect
  • Identity
  • Psychological resources
  • Tolerance of uncertainty, ambiguity, risk and failure
  • Learning theory and learning styles
  • How to create, lead and manage action learning sets

SM9553 - CORE, 20 Credits

Student Enterprise: Developing a Venture

This module is the key to your entrepreneurial learning in your second year. The module supports you to develop and grow your venture and enterprising activities through continuing your self-directed approach to learning in a team setting.

You will do this by continuing to work in your coaching team and apply a self-directed approach to your learning. You and your peers will work on growing your ideas by continuing to integrate learning from your other modules. By doing this you will be working on developing your entrepreneurial mindset as well as your ventures or activities. We will also support you to get your venture ready in order to take the Student Enterprise Placement year if you wish.

You will continue to contribute to the all programme activities using this to develop your leadership capabilities.

This module is self-directed so you and your peers will direct your own learning in coaching sessions with support from your team Coach however some of the topics you may cover are;

Venture Development Topics (from Entrepreneurial Management, Entrepreneurial Theory and Creativity and Innovation)

  • Sale processes
  • Marketing campaigns
  • Effectual logic versus causal logic in new venture creation
  • Growth strategies, models and theories
  • Growing sales through customer relationship management
  • Operations and logistics

Venture growth topics (From Business Research and Analysis)

  • Managing customer data for business growth
  • Marketing and sales for growth

There are several activities which you will take part in across the year, some will be other cohorts on the programme

  • Bootcamp
  • Student led enterprise events

SM9640 - CORE, 20 Credits

Digital Entrepreneurship

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand the start-up and development of companies operating within digital markets. The module is delivered through lectures and seminars.

The module will cover the following issues:

  • The growth and scope of e-commerce
  • Business models for digital enterprises
  • Digital platforms
  • Management within digital markets
  • Competition within digital markets
  • Public policy and regulatory implications

Through this module you will gain skills enabling you to analyse the growth and developing of digital entrepreneurial activities. On completing the module, you will understand how companies grow and appreciate the dynamic and complex nature of the relationship between the digital enterprise and its wider context.

SM9641 - CORE, 40 Credits


The dissertation module aims to equip you with the necessary intellectual and practical skills for undertaking an individual student-led, ethical investigation into an applied business (or the named degree) problem or issue. In addition, the dissertation aims to equip you with key transferable, employability skills, including: time management, project management, communication (written and verbal), negotiation, persuasion and influence, discovery, initiative, creativity and innovation in problem-solving, analysis.

The module is student-led but you are supported by, initially, weekly lectures and seminar-workshops which provide an introduction to undertaking Business-Management research followed by one-to-one or small-group supervision meetings.

The lectures and seminar-workshops will cover the following topics:

  • Developing a research aim/question (focusing and scoping the research)
  • Developing a literature review
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Researching ethically
  • Quantitative research techniques
  • Qualitative research techniques
  • Quantitative analysis techniques
  • Qualitative analysis techniques

Upon completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Conduct independent and ethical academic research involving the application and critical evaluation of appropriate theories and models,
  • Engage critically with relevant literature to establish a framework in which to analyse and synthesise the results of your primary or secondary research
  • Generate / collect relevant primary or secondary data using an appropriate and justified method
  • Analyse your data using an appropriate and justified method of analysis
  • Recognise the ethical implications of your work
  • Critically evaluate the source of your data and the method you adopted

SM9691 - Core, 20 Credits

Student Enterprise: Leading a Venture

This module brings together all your entrepreneurial learning to support your future plans. The module will support you to understanding your own entrepreneurial effectiveness by how you have lead a venture or taken a leadership role in enterprising activities. You and your peers will work on understanding your own entrepreneurial effectiveness by integrating learning from your time on the programme and thinking about your future plans and thus a focus on how you, your venture or your enterprising activities need to develop before you graduate to support your future career. If you have decided to take a more enterprising career again you will focus on understanding how you need to develop your leadership capabilities for graduate success. You will do this by continuing to work in your coaching team and being supported by a Team Coach.

You will take a leadership role in the all programme events and supports on the programme to develop their entrepreneurial learning.

This module is self-directed so you and your peers will direct your own learning in coaching sessions with support from your team Coach however some of the topics you may cover are;

  • Sustaining a venture (From Digital Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial eco-systems and Policy)
  • Securing finance for business growth
  • Running an ethically and socially responsible business
  • Hiring and employing staff
  • Professionalising your business
  • Legal and financial issues of sustaining a business
  • Options of closing a business

There are several activities which you will take part in across the year, some will be other cohorts on the programme

  • Bootcamp
  • Student led enterprise events

SM9654 - Core, 20 Credits

Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship

This module offers an opportunity to develop an understanding of and interest in contemporary issues in entrepreneurship.

The word “entrepreneurship” has evolved over recent years and the term now covers a diverse range of social and economic actors, processes and situations. Entrepreneurship as an academic domain has exploded in diverse ways. This module aims to introduce you to some of the key themes of contemporary entrepreneurship research. The content will be flexible in order to showcase the current, leading-edge research interests of faculty and will have three broad themes:

Entrepreneurial performance and growth: Consideration of the links between economic and entrepreneurial performance, and lessons for growth, prosperity, economic policy and job creation. Possible topics will include creative/rural industries entrepreneurship, small business creation and development,innovation, incubation and networks, supporting small business, and SME finance and venture capital.

Entrepreneurial actors: Consideration of the person of the entrepreneur and entrepreneurial behaviours as well as socioeconomic dimensions such as labour markets, demography and entrepreneurial heterogeneity. Possible topics will include gender, entrepreneurship, social, community and ethnic entrepreneurship, management and leadership skills development and growth issues.

Entrepreneurial frameworks: Consideration of entrepreneurship theoretical frameworks and the ethics of entreprenership, as well as the impact of culture (organisational, regional, national and international) including entrepreneurship education and training. Possible topics will include entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurship education, sustainability and environmental issues, and entrepreneurial philanthropy.

On completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills and oral & written communication skills.

SM9643 - CORE, 20 Credits

Family Business Studies

This module will introduce students to all aspects of family business studies. It will cover seminal issues including the evolution of family businesses and differing interpretations of family business including the distinction between family and non-family business. The role of family businesses worldwide and how they operate in different socioeconomic, political and cultural contexts. Drivers of longevity in family business including succession planning/management, next-generation engagement, innovation, transgenerational issues (such as transmission of skills), change management and entrepreneurship. Finally, there will be special focus areas such as: emotions in family business (including socioemotional wealth); values in family business (including governance and CSR); family business strategy and competitive advantage (including Resource-Based View); and the function family business history (including identity creation/maintenance, branding and impression management).

Entry Requirements

In addition to a good secondary school profile, it is recognised that successful admission of the programme is dependent upon the ability of the students in the English Language. All students must have an adequate command of written and spoken English to be able to study any programme which leads to an award of the University.

Mandatory for all years

A high school certificate recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar

The minimum pre-entry requirements into QFBA-Northumbria University programmes are as follow:

1st Year

At least IELTS 5.0 or equivalent, with a minimum IELTS component score of 4.5

2nd Year

Completed foundation year from a recognised institution by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar (e.g. University Foundation College, Academic Bridge Program)

3rd Year

Completed 2-year diploma from a recognised institution by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar (e.g. University of Doha for Science and Technology (formally CNAQ) and Community College of Qatar)

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Fee Schedule

Tuition fee

Tuition fee:

QR 70,400 per year
Application fee

Application fee:

QR 300

Fees can be paid by card at the University premises, online from your applicant login, or via bank transfer. Application fees (QR 300) are non-refundable.

Application Timeline

January intake:

Application open in November

Application deadline in January

September intake:

Application open in February

Application deadline in September