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MEnt Master of Enterprise

Build practical enterprise and entrepreneurship skills that focus on developing new business ideas.

Develop the knowledge and practical skills to grow your own business start-up, or apply entrepreneurial thinking to benefit an existing company. The course enables you to experience how knowledge is transferred into the marketplace as products and services.

Take advantage of the workshops, guest speaker events and competitions run by Manchester Enterprise Centre.

MEnt Master of Enterprise, Business and Entrepreneurship / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
Master of Enterprise
12 Months [Full-time] / 24 Months. [Part-Time]
Entry requirements
We normally look for a UK bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours (2:1) 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.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply online .  Supporting documents may be provided electronically with your application, or you may provide them as hard copy documents directly to us here at the School.

An application should consist of the following documents.

  1. Online application form
  2. Project Concept Document - please request a pro forma from Manchester Enterprise Centre
  3. Certificates of all your previous degrees - these must be written in English
  4. Grade transcripts of all your previous degrees - these must be written in English. If you are currently undertaking a degree programme, an up-to-date interim transcript will be sufficient at this stage.
  5. Two academic references. Your referees must complete the Reference Form and send it to us with their letter of reference. Please note: If you are nominating a potential supervisor, they cannot act as a referee for you.
  6. Certificate of English language test (if applicable)

The closing date for receipt of full applications in AMBS is 31 July each year for September entry.  We recommend candidates apply early and make sure that all required documents are submitted with the application. 

If you are applying to the MEnt Programme in a School other than AMBS you may be required to nominate a subject supervisor and meet alternative entry requirements and entry deadlines.  We recommend that you contact the Manchester Enterprise Centre directly to check School specific requirements. 

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MEnt Y Y N N

Programme description

This unique postgraduate degree has been designed to train and support students in developing business ideas from postgraduate research.  The MEnt degree enables students to develop their entrepreneurial skills and go on to either start their own business or work for a company where enterprise and innovation are valued.  The degree is a generic research degree, combining Masters level postgraduate research with teaching in the business skills and knowledge required to turn that research into viable new business propositions. 

The Master of Enterprise programme is a course devoted to experiencing how knowledge is transferred as products and services into the market place; founded on practical experience supported by theoretical understanding. The Manchester MEnt is unique in that it is driven by the practical application of knowledge supported by an integral programme of enterprise teaching.

  • The programme leads to the award of the degree of Master of Enterprise (MEnt) in a student's chosen subject `discipline'.
  • The programme consists of a 120 credit enterprise project in addition to 60 credits of taught units - 30 enterprise and 30 subject-based. The taught component provides students with both skills in enterprise and a depth of specialist knowledge that is directly applicable to their enterprise project.
  • Students are allocated a supervisor from their host school along with an enterprise supervisor from MEC; they may also be allocated a business mentor to provide guidance during the projects exit to market.

Course structure:

  • 2 core taught units (15 credits each): MCEL60021 Shaping Ideas for the Market and MCEL60032 Business Creation and Development;
  • 2 taught units from your subject area of choice (15 credits each)
  • Year-long enterprise research project (120 credits)
  • Students are also expected to attend a non-credited Research Methods unit.

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MEnt (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,260
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • MEnt (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,130
    International students (per annum): £9,000

Please note that fees for MEnt students registered in Schools other than AMBS at the University of Manchester are set by their home School and applicants are advised to check with their School of registration for exact fees.

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Academic department
Alliance Manchester Business School
Contact name
Manchester Enterprise Centre
+44 (0)161 306 8487
Academic department overview
Alliance Manchester Business School was established in 1965 as one of the UK's first two business schools. Today, we are the UK's largest campus-based business and management school, and 'Original Thinking Applied' is at the heart of everything we do. Find out more .
Paul Delamere MEnt Master of Enterprise Alumni Testimonial

"The course stood out to me as a highly practical and engaged course with plenty of room for students to express their creativity. I would say that the course played a key role in giving me the skills, impetus and confidence to start my own business."

Paul Delamere, UK, Co-Founder of ShinDigger Brewing Co.

MEnt Master of Enterprise, Class of 2013


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