family enterprises

Enterprise (Family Enterprises)


Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2022
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 12 - 16 months
  • Fee: £22,000


This degree is ideal for anyone looking to the develop the skills to successfully launch or enhance their own business venture.   

MA Enterprise offers a participant experience that bridges the gap between academia and industry experience. Specialising in one core pathway enables you to develop the specific skills you need to move into your chosen field.  

Family enterprises play an integral role in building our nations. However, they face unique challenges that require specialist skills and knowledge.   

The Family Enterprises Pathway

The Family Enterprises pathway explores the nature and dynamics of entrepreneurial families. It will address the universal issues of such enterprises as you apply them to your own family business.  

You will have the platform to test out your ideas, collaborate with peers and mentors, and learn how to solve complex enterprise-related problems.  

Using a range of case studies, you will examine different business models – from start-ups to high growth organisations. This knowledge will help you to recognise the practical and ethical dimensions of enterprise, giving you the skills to develop effective solutions.  

You will also learn how to determine the managerial and resource priorities that are required to operate efficiently, sustainable and successfully.  

This degree will develop you into a creative entrepreneur, who is ready to successfully launch or enhance your family business.  

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This is a full-time programme, comprising two terms of study.

You will take the following core modules:

Core Modules

Module Title Overview
Elements of Enterprise This module combines ideas and concepts from the enterprise field to create a learning environment that allows participants to deconstruct taken-for-granted tools, theories and practices by thinking “out of the box”, to create proactive solutions to contemporary enterprise issues as well as develop the ability to stretch boundaries in an attempt to identify innovative enterprising solutions. By stretching the participants’ thinking, intellectual, creative and innovative skills, it is hoped they will make better enterprise managers and leaders.
Marketing and Finance for Enterprise The module is designed to equip participants with a theoretical and practical insight and competence in the fields of marketing and finance for enterprise. The focus is on developing strategic approaches to marketing and finance that will help achieve competitive advantage, USP and proposition development. Marketing and finance represent key interfaces between an enterprise and its stakeholders and therefore they encompass strong practical dimensions that are inseparable from the conceptual frameworks that underpin them.
Research in Practice An ability to plan, prepare and adapt your ideas and define your strategies to start and successfully run your own enterprise is crucial. This module will draw upon core modules from term 1, ‘Research in Practice’ and ‘Marketing for Entrepreneurs’ and will compliment all subsequent modules in a practical and experiential way. The module will give you an in-depth learning experience in preparing and writing your own business plan, covering the necessary steps and process of business planning, writing and presenting and will aim to equip you with the skills to produce a robust business and financial plan to present to potential investors.
Sustainability for Enterprise This module provides students with an understanding of the increasingly central role of sustainability in enterprise strategy and examines the trajectory of current enterprise practice. The module will embody a critical understanding of the increasing need of the enterprise manager to adapt and leverage sustainability constructs. This module will initially provide participants with a contemporary understanding of the external issues that are driving enterprises to engage with sustainability. This will cover recent ecological and social drivers that are externally impacting businesses around the world and the contemporary moves by stakeholder groups to engage enterprises in embedding the full spectrum of sustainability strategies into their operational models, in particular ‘supply chains’. Theories and case studies around sustainability engagement in support of the earnings imperative will also be critiqued. This will be positioned in the context of the maturity of enterprises in their development and application of sustainability strategies.

Family Enterprises Pathway

Module Title Overview
Challenges in Family Enterprises Family businesses and small businesses are the earliest form of economic activity All of the large multi conglomerates started as small businesses A relatively small proportion of family businesses have survived for three, four and five generations There are more than one such business in the UK that is being managed by the tenth generation.

Therefore, these businesses play a key role in the development of the economy of every nation Starting up, developing and maintaining these businesses requires a dedicated entrepreneurial spirit and a range of managerial skills Family businesses are formed by individuals with entrepreneurial spirit Those businesses that survive from one generation to the next have managed to sustain this sense of spirit within the enterprise over a period.

This module focuses on helping students understand the challenges that family and non-family members face in developing a sustainable family enterprise A business that continues to satisfy the complex needs of individual family members and helps the family build and maintain a desired level of wealth.
Planning for Family Enterprises This module sets out to build on the content covered in the module Family Enterprise the Challenges The focus will be identifying how planning can help to ensure that the inevitable conflict in the interests of the family, the business and the shareholders, is positively controlled There by ensuring that the business is sustainable and professionally run.
Enterprise Project In this module, participants prepare a plan for an enterprise project. This typically consists of a feasibility research section, a start-up plan, and a reflective report that includes individual elements about their experiences. The participants also make a presentation to the supervisor and another member of the academic staff. If agreed with the supervisor, other relevant parties may also be invited to the presentation. This is the programme’s major module and it builds upon what is learnt in the programme overall. It is an opportunity to apply the programme knowledge in a real enterprise environment. Students negotiate the structure of the project with their supervisor and any other external parties involved and are expected to take a high degree of responsibility for their own learning. The learning and teaching strategy builds on the capabilities developed in the whole programme.

Elective Modules

Module Title Overview
Business Analytics Business analytics has become a crucial strategic tool for organisations of all sizes in identifying market trends and patterns and optimising business processes and decision-making. This module is designed to develop the students business-level understanding of the key technologies involved in managing business information needed for decision-making process. This module will equip students with the ability to interpret, conceptualise and convert data into useful information that improves organisations’ performance. This module includes a practical component to develop analytical skills using SAS software, a world leader company in analytics. This software is a graphical interface, menu and wizard-driven tool that empower users to analyse data and publish results. These skills are more vital than ever in large and SMEs organisations and, as such, graduates with an understanding of business analytics are increasingly in-demand in the job market.
Managing Complexity Complexity is one of the salient hallmarks of the 21st century for global managers / leaders. The demands of managing in a complex landscape require knowledge and understanding to promote adaptability, learning and creative problem solving, as well as confidence, which enables the distributed intelligence of the organization / community to flourish.
This complexity arises from operating in multiple geographical markets, engaging in multifunctional activities and dealing with heterogeneity in terms of different businesses, countries (cultures, legislations), and tasks. In other words, global managers / leaders function in many different contexts across cultural geographical and socio-political environments. Hence, they should be prepared to think, act and communicate differently based on a given situation, rapidly accommodating global business challenges. Therefore, complexity is determined by the environment in which global managers / leaders and live. Although naturally different, environments that drive complexity share four common conditions: multiplicity, interdependence, ambiguity, and flux. Coping with the complexity of today’s business environment is not about predicting the future or reducing risk. It is about building the capacity for the global managers / leaders, to adapt continuously and learn speedily, in order to maximize opportunities and at times to survive in an intensely connected and complex world.
Social Media Marketing Analytics Marketing communications play the vital role in supporting and maintaining a brand. This once one-way street then moved to dialogue and has now become multilogue with the exponential growth in Word of mouth (WOM) social media marketing. This module will introduce students to the key concepts of social media marketing.

Students will learn how to understand, critically evaluate and apply conceptual social media frameworks, theories and approaches relevant to their marketing and promotional mix. They will discover how social media networks are used as part of the marketing strategies of a variety of different organisations. They will appreciate and be able to harness the key metrics tools of social media marketing in order to listen, monitor and manage communications through such tools. The module also aims to develop students’ strategic understanding of how to build and manage social media marketing communications campaign which impacts on the identified target audiences and integrates with all other relevant media.
Technology and Innovation Economic growth, increased wealth, higher standards of living, and better quality of life all depend upon productivity increases. And increased productivity is primarily a function of technology and innovation. This course will focus on both the macro aspects – how technology and innovation have contributed to the making of the modern world – and the micro aspects – how technology and innovation influence business. The course will also focus on what factors – social, political, economic, cultural, geographic, and religious – have been conducive to or detrimental to the success of technology and innovation, on both the macro and the micro levels.

There will be special emphasis on the management of technology and innovation, with case studies in different industries and countries used to illustrate and analyse the concepts and ideas covered.

This module will link to Strategy and Decision Making, as the management of innovation, particularly disruptive innovation, is fundamental to a successful corporate strategy – indeed to corporate survival.
Regent's Connect (language elective) Regent's Connect is a language and cross-cultural elective module available to the student community at Regent's. You can choose from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Business English. This module is designed to broaden your education, enhance your CV and give you those extra attributes employers are looking for. You'll gain valuable life skills such as the ability to communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries, as well as developing resilience and self-awareness. In an increasingly interconnected world, knowledge of a foreign language can help to facilitate transactions and provide skills which are crucial for success in a multicultural environment. Cultural sensitivity and intelligence will enable you to have more rewarding social interactions with people who have a different identity from your own and increase your career prospects.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 1,000 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer, please pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place. 

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.


Tuition fees

Annual tuition fee: £22,000

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000
Non-EU students: £4,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. 

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses (such as Summer programmes) that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 for the year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Additional fee charges

  • The programme fee outlined is for the full Masters programme including the dissertation element
  • Should there be a requirement to retake modules during an additional term of study or during the dissertation term,  there will be an additional charge per module retaken at the rate applicable to that period of study
  • The module charge will be calculated on a credit basis for each module, in line with the overall credit weighting of the programme  
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • All fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching and assessment

You will be introduced to different perspectives, and encouraged to analyse and interpret information independently. You will also work with diverse and multicultural teams, learning from different perspectives and honing your collaborative skills.

The course is delivered through:

  • Case studies
  • External guest speakers
  • Group work
  • Lectures
  • Presentations
  • Seminars
  • Simulations
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods include:


  • Written reports
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Examinations
  • Oral assessments
  • Interviews
  • Peer assessments

Teaching Staff

Our teaching staff have a high level of academic experience, as well as familiarity with the industry. We also welcome guest lecturers to provide insight into the latest developments in enterprise.

Staff on the programme have published in a range of academic journals, authored books and industry publications.

You will also be allocated a personal tutor, who will meet you on a one-to-one basis at various stages throughout the academic year and give you guidance and advice to support your ongoing personal and professional development throughout your studies at Regent’s University London.

The course leader of the MA Enterprise is Dr Zubin Sethna:

Dr Zubin Sethna is a qualified marketing practitioner as well as an entrepreneur. He is the author of the UK and Europe’s most popular text on Consumer Behaviour (SAGE Publications - 4th Edition in 2019). He has successfully launched five businesses (one of which won a UK National Award). Zubin has conducted research in the UK, Europe, India and China, and has raised external funding of nearly £550k for various academic projects. He is Co-Chair of the Academy of Marketing's Special Interest Group on 'Entrepreneurial and Small Business Marketing' and has been invited to conduct keynote lectures at HE institutions in the UK, EU, China and India. Dr Sethna is the Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and regularly reviews for a variety of other marketing and entrepreneurship journals.

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Minimum entry requirements for Level 7 students

One of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum second class UK undergraduate degree
  • Equivalent international qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University
  • Exceptional entry will be assessed on case by case basis by academic referral only based on:
    - An undergraduate degree lower than 2:2 plus one year of relevant work experience
    - No undergraduate degree but three years of relevant work experience

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 6.0 or above in all 4 component parts
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.
For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Regent's English Proficiency Test (REPT)

We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.


A large percentage of our graduates join family businesses or start their own ventures in a wide range of business and creative areas.

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MA Enterprise (Family Enterprises)