This course focuses on the growth and entrepreneurial development process of an organisation from start-up to potential multinationality.


This course provides participants with an appreciation of the growing importance of international entrepreneurship, and rapid internationalisation by small firms. It develops appropriate enterprise knowledge and skills among participants to foster international entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviour. This course will assist participants to develop their personal international entrepreneurial effectiveness and to think creatively with regard to problem-solving and possible future scenarios, as well as assist them on their global citizenship journey.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046

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About this course

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There are several major barriers to the internationalisation of entrepreneurial firms. In many countries, developing the entrepreneurial capabilities of firms and management teams is a significant public policy objective. Given the potential contributions of small entrepreneurial firms to economic development and export led growth, an international context and focus is highly appropriate. Therefore this short course focuses on the growth and development process of the firm from start-up to potential multinationality. The theories underpinning the course are grounded at the intersection of entrepreneurship and internationalisation and emphasise process and development. Participants will be offered the opportunity to develop international entrepreneurship skill-sets that extend across processes and decisions relating to international opportunity recognition, business start-up, and commercialisation, planning for rapid international growth and the rapid internationalisation process, as well as global entrepreneurial leadership furthering their personal global citizenship journey.

The aim of this course is to lead participants towards an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the international growth and development process of firms from their inception through to maturity as established international firms, with the emphasis on the early stages of international development for (international) new ventures and young, often born-global firms. Conventional internationalisation theory is challenged through the exploration of rapidly internationalising firms, international new ventures and the born-global phenomenon. The course focuses on key concepts and theories underpinning international entrepreneurship and the emergent area of global entrepreneurial leadership, and how these are applied in practice. In addition, participants are encouraged to draw on a wide range of intellectual resources, theoretical perspectives, and practical applications to illuminate and reflect upon their learning in the context of international entrepreneurship, born globals, international new ventures and global entrepreneurial leadership.

Linked programmes

MSc International Business , PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


100% Coursework - (1) Written assignment - based on a detailed investigation
of a particular (international) entrepreneurship topic. This assignment requires each participant to undertake a critical literature review and identify and synthesise the key issues and themes emerging (2000 words) (60%) and (2) Presentation - this will comprise of 2 parts:

(a) Participants will initially develop an individual case study (1500 words, worth 25% of the overall mark) on an international entrepreneurial topic from a country of their choice, identifying how the key findings of their work (dis)confirm extant literature and (b) participants will work in groups (using online technologies) and exchange their individual cases from (a) in order to compare and contrast their main findings and deliver a 20 minute group presentation of 10 slides max. (worth 15% of overall mark) (using online technologies) demonstrating how the cases collectively are similar/dissimilar and (dis)confirm the extant literature. 25% of the final mark awarded will be based on individual contribution as assessed by peer review (40%).


This course is delivered online for 12 weeks with no on-campus attendance requirements starting 28 January 2019.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 28 January 2019
How to apply


How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 28 January 2019

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:


Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at


Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk.


Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

For more information visit

Ulster University Business School

Department of Global Business and Enterprise