Research course

Master of Enterprise, Business and Entrepreneurship

The University of Manchester · Alliance Manchester Business School

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Entry requirements

We require a First or Upper Second class (2:1) honours degree from a UK university, or the overseas equivalent, in any discipline. Professional qualifications (other than a Bachelors Degree) and/or relevant and appropriate experience may be taken into account for entry to the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique postgraduate degree has been designed to train and support students in developing business ideas from postgraduate research. The MEnt degree enables you to develop your entrepreneurial skills and go on to either start your own business or work for a company where enterprise and innovation are valued.

You will practice key enterprise skills such as opportunity recognition, idea generation and the ability to turn ideas into tangible business proposals. You will also gain essential knowledge and awareness in areas such as finance risk management and market research.

The two core taught enterprise units are complemented by two elective units that support the development of your business idea; these are normally selected from your School of registration and should be chosen to support your research project.

The research project is a major component of the course (120 credits) and must have a potential commercial application. Work on the project commences in September of the year of admission and continues throughout the academic year. It is a significant research exercise in knowledge transfer allowing students to develop an idea and experience how it is transformed into a commercial venture.

There are two distinct parts to the research dissertation - Subject (theoretical) and Enterprise (practical). The Subject part of the dissertation should represent a more theoretical approach and focus on a key aspect of the proposed business concept and its implementation; whilst the Enterprise part should represent the business case for the proposed new venture. The two parts of the dissertation should link to each other - they cannot be two different studies.

  • The course leads to the award of the degree of Master of Enterprise (MEnt) in a your chosen subject discipline, e.g. MEnt Business, MEnt Computer Science, MEnt Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
  • The course consists of a an enterprise project (dissertation), in addition to four taught units. The taught component provides you with both skills in enterprise and a depth of specialist knowledge that is directly applicable to your enterprise project.
  • You are allocated a supervisor from your host school along with an enterprise supervisor from Manchester Enterprise Centre.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MEnt
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Alliance Manchester Business School
+44 (0)161 306 8487