Taught course

Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

The University of Manchester · Alliance Manchester Business School

Entry requirements

We normally look for a First or Upper Second class honours (2:1) degree from a UK university or the overseas equivalent in any discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

Gain the skills to understand and manage innovation in both entrepreneurial and established firms. You will learn how to successfully manage both technology and organisational innovation and how to lead innovative teams and organisations.

You will also learn how the innovation process works, how companies organise to take advantage of internal and external sources of innovation, how to carry out technology investment appraisal and forecasting future innovation trends.

Teaching and assessment places strong emphasis on developing analytical and critical skills, research training, personal communication skills and effective team-working, providing an excellent basis to pursue a variety of careers across all sectors. These include engineers and leaders of innovative teams, entrepreneurs in technology-driven organisations, academic research or teaching.

This course is available on a full or part-time basis.

Visit www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses for more details.

Manchester Enterprise Centre provides a range of enterprise and entrepreneurship activities and support for students. Find out more at www.mbs.ac.uk/enterprise

Career opportunities

Recent recruiters include: ASDA, Bentley, Capgemini, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, IBM, JP Morgan, KPMG, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Tesco plc, Texas Instruments. Some graduates have also set-up their own ventures such as ZenGuard.

Course structure (All taught course units are 15 credits)

Semester 1:

  • Financial Appraisal and Investment Economics
  • High Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and the Knowledge Economy
  • Innovation Management

Semester 2:

  • Research Methods

Three elective units from*:

  • Business Creation and Development
  • Developing Enterprising Individuals
  • Eco-Innovation Management
  • Innovation and Market Strategy
  • Innovation Through Creativity and Design
  • International Competitiveness, Business Strategy and Innovation Management
  • Regional, National and Global Dimensions of Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Service Innovation
  • Water and Sanitation Planning and Policy in Developing Countries

*By agreement with the course director, one elective unit may be taken from another Masters course. All elective units are subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

Summer research period:

Research dissertation [60 credits]

The dissertation gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in the taught part of the course. It normally consists of a literature review followed by a piece of empirical work, involving either qualitative or quantitative research.

Dissertation topics reflect the diverse interests and expertise of research-active academics who teach on the course and other research and teaching staff.

Examples of recent dissertation topics include:

  • Disruptive innovation in the theatre: a case study of simulation technology
  • Emerging technological innovation systems: an analysis of the UK offshore wind industry
  • How do green issues affect the IT industry
  • Investigating the determinants of success of generational technologies in the video game industry
  • The pattern of venture capital firm investment in early stage high technology companies in the UK
  • The Rising Silicon Dragon – strategies adopted by high tech non-government enterprises in Chinas

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 internet-based. English language test results submitted must be less than two years old. See the website for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Alliance MBS Scholarships are also available - contact the Admissions Office for details and visit the Alliance MBS website for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Masters Admissions
+ 44 (0)161 306 1339