Global Entrepreneurship PgCert

Course code N190

What is special about this course?

Are you spending more time working IN your business than ON your business? Would you like to learn more to help your business but not sure what or how? Does your business need to develop a more global outlook to prepare for the future? If so, this new PgCert Global Entrepreneurship is for you.

This innovative course supports you to respond to the ever-evolving business environment and enables you to study on a part-time basis while starting or growing your business.

The course is aimed at business professionals and new and early stage entrepreneurs who have already gained experience in small business, typically in a number of settings. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local and global economies and communities. Increasingly small business owners are managing a wide range of diverse challenges and opportunities in a dynamic and fast-changing marketplace. On this programme you will have the opportunity to apply business and entrepreneurial concepts and tools to the strategic challenges you face daily.

Many small businesses invest in training to enhance their technical skills and to achieve compliance, however this programme enables a strategic focus on you, as the business leader, and on the growth of your business.

The course is studied predominantly online, with support from module tutors, your personal mentor and your personal academic tutor, as well as the wider programme team of experienced business professionals. This triangle of support is unique to the university and, due to the virtual and interactive nature of the course, is available at a time and place to meet your needs.

As a result, the course is focused on providing practical and applied knowledge that will help you to grow and develop your business as well as build your confidence and leadership skills. It will support you to become increasingly responsive and exploit emerging opportunities in the dynamic global economy.

Special features

  • Taught by highly experienced entrepreneurs and academics
  • Each learner will have their own personal mentor to encourage/support their learning and the development of their business
  • Learning on this programme is highly practical and ensures you move beyond theory to meet the needs of you and your business
  • You will be challenged to develop your ideas and seek out opportunities for sustainable growth
  • All project and assessment work is based on your business and relevant development plans
  • The global focus will help you to identify international opportunities for growth and learn from international best practice and case studies
  • You can achieve an internationally recognised qualification while building your own business, allowing you to continue your lifelong learning

Entry requirements

  • Normally a 2:1 (and not less than 2:2) honours degree or international equivalent. There is no barrier to entry based on the subject studied
  • Applicants with a professional qualification, recognised as equivalent to the above, will also be considered
  • Applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • Applicants will also be expected to have two years’ relevant business experience. However, in exceptional circumstances admission may be granted to those with less than two years' business experience, who are well-qualified academically and can provide evidence of business leadership through professional and personal experiences


You will study three core modules:

Semester 1 (September):

  • Entrepreneurial mind-set for growth 

Semester 2 (the following January):

  • Developing an innovative business model

Semester 3 (the following September):

  • Effective sales and collaboration

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • For every professional learner enrolled on the programme, we will provide a ‘triangle of support’ via each module tutor, your allocated personal mentor and your personal academic tutor, as well as support from the wider programme team
  • Anyone considering applying for this programme is encouraged to contact the course team to discuss and help you confirm that this is the right course for you and your business. You can contact the team by emailing

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 18 months (September start) - taking place over three semesters with an average of 2 hours tutor-supported activity and 13 hours personal study per week, plus 2 assessments per module/semester
  • Semester 1 (12 weeks) begins in September
  • Semester 2 (12 weeks) begins in January
  • Semester 3 (12 weeks) begins in the following September

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness - This is a fully online programme: you will apply to, and get support from, the CREATE team at UHI Inverness

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2021-22 2022-23
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2,180 £2,180

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2021-22 2022-23
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £2,450 £2,507

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2022-23, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2021-22 With scholarship 2022-23 With scholarship
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £3440 £2,690 £3,530 £2,780


International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2021-22 2022-23
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £3,440 £3,530

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

This course is not available for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Aimed at existing business professionals, as well as new and early-stage entrepreneurs, this programme is designed to support the strengthening and development of your entrepreneurial mindset and leadership skills, in order that you are able to gain a recognised, internationally-relevant, postgraduate degree while enhancing your personal and business development.

On successful completion of the programme, you will be well-placed to develop and grow your own business or seek employment in a range of settings such as enterprise and economic development.

It is expected that graduates of the programme will be able to demonstrate enhanced global leadership and entrepreneurial capabilities, which are:

  • vital to building and growing a successful venture in any context
  • highly sought after by enterprise and business organisations
  • actively required by entrepreneurial and growing businesses

This qualification is a fast-paced, immersive learning opportunity, which will give you a distinctive edge in the global business environment and the dynamic job market.

Can I progress into further study?

Successful students can progress into a masters level qualification such as the MSc Leadership and Management

Successful completion of this course is likely to mean that you could be awarded Recognised Prior Learning for up to two modules in the Postgraduate Diploma level of the MSc Leadership and Management programme.

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I enrolled on this course to develop my entrepreneurial skills as well as to learn how to build an online presence with engaging content for my landscape art business. The small class sizes gave me the opportunity to have one-to-one support relevant to my business from my lecturers. Being able to discuss theories and models with fellow students enabled me to challenge aspects of my business and improve my confidence. 

This particular postgraduate course is great for those just starting out with their own business; it provides dynamic and objective feedback, both from lecturers and fellow students. This feedback helped me to challenge aspects of my business that had previously frightened me such as self-promotion and customer engagement. 

Reina studied the PgCert Global Entrepreneurship at UHI Inverness. 

I am a podiatrist and I've loved starting my own business without having much of a clue, around 16 years ago. In 2018 we opened multipurpose wellness clinic which adds an extra dimension to the business. Since completing my PgCert Global Entrepreneurship I have also started a copywriting business. The course provided lots of practical elements which we could apply to our own businesses.  

I loved the fact that I could connect with other students during the weekly online group sessions and also access the modules to study in my own time. I also liked that we were assessed via assignments and not exams. The topics I enjoyed the most were the business mindset topics as I am interested in this area and also the innovation sessions as I felt this was an area I needed to work on to grow my business. 

Kirsten studied on the PGCert Global Entrepreneurship. 

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