• Application Deadline
  • 9 months
The Creating Futures: Sustainable Enterprise and Innovation programme offered by The Open University UK provides intermediate/advanced conceptual and practical learning in entrepreneurship and innovation in different specialist sectors. 


Through a mix of study activities and self-selected experiential projects you will develop independent research and online collaborative skills necessary to engage in enterprise and innovation practices in new and existing organisations. The Creating Futures: Sustainable Enterprise and Innovation programme offered by The Open University UK encourages you to do so by articulating how entrepreneurship and innovation can be used to satisfy individual goals, while contributing to solving societal problems in an ethical and sustainable manner.

In addition to regular tuition in the tutor group forum discussions, this module includes one Day School or online alternative, which takes place during Block 1. The Day School will clarify some of the key concepts addressed in the module, outline the learning activities and guide students towards a career development planning framework that will run across the module. The Day School is complemented by five Online Tutorials, which link to specific learning activities and associated assessments.

By studying this module you will:

  • research, create and manage sustainable forms of innovative and entrepreneurial ventures within a range of specialist areas, recognising that specialist areas have to be explored at multiple levels of analysis
  • apply core theories, concepts and frameworks of innovation and entrepreneurship to understand the strategy, process and operations of enterprises
  • discuss the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship on society, both at a conceptual and a practical level, including ethics and sustainability, economic and social benefits to you, the economy and local communities
  • distinguish the responsibilities of founders, managers, employees and directors within particular types of sustainable enterprises and innovations.
Vocational relevance

By studying this module, you will gain the ability to:

  • negotiate, influence, and agree roles and rewards within founder teams in entrepreneurial settings, doing so in a legitimate ethical manner
  • appropriately plan and solve problems in entrepreneurial and innovative settings
  • deploy effective networking and persuasive communication skills
  • work independently and as part of a collaborative virtual team to develop attributes and capabilities for entrepreneurial success in a complex and changing environment
  • undertake independent research to inform practice within your area of specialism
  • critically evaluate and reflect on your own career development objectives.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 9 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

This module consists of four blocks of study:

  • Block 1: Societal impacts of entrepreneurship and innovation 
  • Block 2: Researching entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Block 3: Sustainable Enterprise Challenge 
  • Block 4: Module summary and revision

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This module assumes that you have the necessary knowledge and experience of innovation and entrepreneurship. This could be gained from successful prior study of The Open University courses Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century (U101) and Exploring innovation and entrepreneurship (B205). You will find this module more straightforward if you complete B205 first. If you study this module without any prior first completing U101 and/or B205 and without any other experience of entrepreneurship and innovation you will need to create the time to do additional remedial studies

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1464 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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