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Study Entrepreneurship at Otago

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Entrepreneurship is more than an area of expertise – it’s a mind-set. Grow your ideas and share them with the world, be your own boss, or develop your existing role within a company. Entrepreneurship at Otago teaches you to recognise and exploit business opportunities. Our innovative and stimulating programmes take a problem solving approach. They’re designed to help you take that next step and create your own future.

Do you want to start your own business, or create an innovative spin off? If so, the Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr) degree could be your launch pad for success! Entrepreneurship is also available as a major subject for the Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom).

Entrepreneurs are responsible for the development and introduction of many new products and services, and for opening new markets. Entrepreneurship is also important in today’s changing world for the solutions it brings to environmental, social, and economic challenges.

It used to be thought that entrepreneurs were special, that they were born rather than made. However, research has shown that entrepreneurs learn to do what they do, and their success depends largely on their skill and expertise in business.

Entrepreneurship is also available as an optional minor subject for the qualifications noted against the minor subject requirements.

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Contact details

Centre for Entrepreneurship

Tel +64 3 479 8128

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Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) in Entrepreneurship


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Master of Entrepreneurship (MEntr)

Papers Points

Part A

  • Five required papers:
  • ENTR 411  Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    ENTR 412  Feasibility Analysis
    ENTR 413  Finance for Entrepreneurs
    ENTR 414  Marketing in a Digital World
    ENTR 415  New Venture Strategy

  • plus one of
  • ENTR 420  Sustainable Entrepreneurship
    ENTR 421  Technology and Entrepreneurship
    TOUR 416  Tourism Entrepreneurship and Business

Part B

Note: Subject to approval from the Academic Leader, up to six students not enrolled for the MEntr Programme, but otherwise qualified for admission, may enrol for each of the papers in Part A. The normal prerequisites for the papers may be waived for such students.










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Minor subject requirements

Entrepreneurship as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points

BSNS 115 Accounting and Information Systems

MART 112 Marketing Management




MART 212 Understanding Markets, or any other 200-level paper from Commerce Schedule C



MANT 303 Entrepreneurship

MANT 301 Managing Innovation and Growth, or MART 306 Innovation and New Product Development



Note: Prerequisites for 200- and 300-level papers may be varied with approval from the Head of the Department of Marketing and the Professor of Entrepreneurship

Total   90

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