SECTION: Specialised Modules
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The specialised modules focus on developing the entrepreneurial skills of the PhD Researcher.
These modules cultivate students’ capacity to implement their ideas. The emphasis is on project management capabilities and the development of transferable skills such as planning, budgeting, team building, leadership and practical steps to protect what is unique about your ideas.
Students choose three out of four modules to complete the programme :
- Protecting & Exploiting Your Intellectual Property
- Leadership Development
- Planning Your New Venture
- Creative Capital
Planning Your New Venture
This module supports the development of the value proposition within the researcher’s idea and the topic of planning new ventures. The key building blocks and milestones of planning a project encompassing market research, concept validation, value proposition, logistics, resources, revenue models and expenditure are all explored in relation to the researcher’s idea. Students emerge with a conceptual plan of how to develop their idea further.
Protecting & Exploiting Your Intellectual Property
This module enables the understanding, early recognition and thus potential protection of intellectual property opportunities for postgraduate researchers. The different options of how to protect IP are explored through copyrighting, patenting, trademarks, industrial design and know-how: their purpose is to capture for the innovator and the investor the value which can be developed commercially from invention and creativity. Students explore the intellectual property opportunities related to their doctoral research area.
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This module facilitates an understanding of the financing of new business ventures. It teaches students the key skills and principles needed to fund a start-up and manage and support an early venture. The module also focuses on the practical application and adaptation of financial tools, techniques, and principles required when launching the new venture. Students learn how the principles of financial management and capital structure are pivotal to the launch and sustainability of a successful venture. Students develop a financial plan for their idea, further developing their conceptual venture plan.
We draw on research and best practice from across the world to assist you to reflect on your leadership practice and come up with a picture of the leader you are and want to be. The style of the programme is to use a rich mix of inputs to challenge your thinking and stimulate ideas for personal development that is relevant and appealing to you.
By the end of the programme it is intended that each of you will have:
- Reflected on and discussed the fundamentals of good leadership
- A clear view of what is required to provide strategic leadership for an organisation
- A reasonable understanding of what is meant by emotional intelligent and leadership styles
- A better understanding of what motivates and engages individuals to follow whilst others lead
- Been introduced to and reflected on a set of leadership practices that are required for effective team leadership and collaborative working
- A set of models, tools and techniques to draw on to lead and manage change
- Drawn up a personal action plan that, when put into practice, will improve your leadership performance in a partnership-working context.
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