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.
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]

You must complete a satisfactory dissertation to be awarded your MSc. This piece of work, undertaken in your third term and over the summer, gives you the opportunity to apply the techniques and theories you have learned during the taught modules.

A list of dissertation topic areas will be presented to you towards the end of the first term: dissertation topics reflect the diverse interests and expertise of research-active academics who teach on the course and other research and teaching staff. Sometimes there are opportunities to undertake dissertations related to ongoing research projects or in collaboration with industry. Alternatively, you may work on an academically-grounded business plan.

Examples of topics covered 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 China
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.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 100 internet-based. Only applicants who already meet the minimum English language requirements will be considered. English language test results submitted must be less than two years old. See the website for more information: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/entry-requirements/language-requirements.aspx

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

MBS Scholarships are also available - contact the Admissions Office for details and visit the MBS website for further details: http://www.mbs.ac.uk/masters/courses/scholarships/

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
- months
block mode
- months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

PGT Masters Admissions
+ 44 (0)161 306 1339