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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 Masood Enterprise Centre.

MEnt Master of Enterprise / Programme details

Year of entry: 2019

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 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 Masood Enterprise Centre.

Course structure:

  • Two core taught units (15 credits each): MCEL60021 Shaping Ideas for the Market and MCEL60032 Business Creation and Development
  • Two taught units from your subject area of choice (15 credits each)
  • 12-month enterprise research project (120 credits)


This course gives you a thorough grounding in enterprise and entrepreneurship - allowing you to advance an idea and experience its development into a real commercial opportunity.

Special features

  • Learn key enterprise skills including opportunity recognition, idea generation, effective problem-solving and the ability to transform ideas into tangible business proposals 
  • Gain essential knowledge and awareness in areas such as finance, risk management and market research 
  • Choose two taught units from your academic area of interest to complement the two core enterprise units. This enhances your knowledge in your specialist subject within an enterprise context 
  • Apply your specialist knowledge to your own proposal for a start-up business, or one from an existing business with the year-long Enterprise Research Project
  • Benefit from either full or part-time study options.

Masood Enterprise Centre

The Centre provides a range of enterprise and entrepreneurship extra-curricular activities that help develop the skills and aptitudes necessary for graduates in the competitive world of work.

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Teaching and learning

The programme consists of a 120 credit enterprise project in addition to four taught units (60 credits) - 30 enterprise and 30 subject-based. This taught component provides students with both skills in enterprise and a depth of specialist knowledge that is directly applicable to the enterprise project.

Programme unit details

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.

Programme unit list

The programme unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Shaping Ideas for the Market MCEL60021 15 Mandatory

Additional fee information

The programme is open to Home, EU and International candidates. 

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • UK/EU students (per annum): Not yet set. For September 2018 entry the fees were £4,260 and are expected to increase slightly for September 2019 entry.
  • International students (per annum): £18,500 (non lab)

If you are a MEnt Master of Enterprise student registered in a school other than Alliance Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester, fees are set by your home School. We advise you to check with your School of registration for the correct tuition fee.

For the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource, such as the use of laboratories, 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 are 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.

Scholarships and bursaries

What our students say

Salman Malik, MEnt Graduate

The Master of Enterprise (MEnt) programme has been invaluable in developing my enterprise skills and fundamental business knowledge. The assignments, case studies and group work are revolutionising my perceptions of entrepreneurship, which was previously unseen during my academic research.

The Masood Enterprise Centre (MEC) offers a plethora of resources, databases and experts that all students can use to develop their own ventures and all of this comes within a leading UK business school which allows us to network with many other like-minded individuals from the prestigious MBA programme. The Venture Out competition was a great learning curve. I received immediate feedback from academic and industry experts allowing me to assess the feasibility of my idea and its commercial potential. The next Venture Further competition will allow me to test the commercial viability of my ideas in a safe environment and I am certain that whatever the outcome, I will receive continued support from the MEC to further develop my ideas.

Eve Kekeh, MEnt Graduate

The MEnt course has brought me together with a range of interesting people from different backgrounds, who share the common ambition to start a business. Our core units take us from idea generation to developing a viable business. Mixing in units from our subject of interest along with the core MEnt courses means that we gain diverse knowledge and leads to interesting discussions.

The best thing about the MEnt course is that it applies theories of entrepreneurship in a practical way. We've been encouraged to attend networking events and enter competitions (including Venture Out). The encouragement and feedback I have received in class, from my supervisors and at Venture Out have been so valuable to me as I develop my business.

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Eve Kekeh MEnt Master of Enterprise graduate testimonial

“The MEnt Master of Enterprise degree course gave my business a great foundation. It gave me the freedom to spend time researching my business idea, talking to potential customers and getting advice from experts. The flexibility of the course meant that I could choose units that would aid in my business’ development."

Eve Kekeh, UK, Founder of Bundlee

MEnt Master of Enterprise, Class of 2017