MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

Year of entry: 2024


Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc)
1 year
Entry requirements

We require a First or Upper Second class honours degree (2:1, with 60% average) from a UK university or the overseas equivalent.

When assessing your academic record we take into account your grade average , position in class and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

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Student Route Part-Time Study Option: For international students The University does not currently offer student route sponsorship for part-time study. 

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

Enhance your career and gain the skills needed to address the challenges of innovation and technological change from the perspective of entrepreneurs, firms and governments.

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Fees for entry in 2024 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2023 were as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £14,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £26,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £7,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £13,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

Refund Policy

Due to the competition for places and limited availability, our courses require a deposit of £1000 to cover non-recoverable costs and secure your place. The deposit will be deducted from your tuition fees when you register on the course.

The deposit is non-refundable, except in the following situations:

  • you fail to meet the conditions of your offer (see below for further information); and/or
  • you are refused a visa or entry clearance to enter the UK (proof must be submitted)

If an offer has been made specifying an English Language condition which you do not meet, the Admissions Team will require the official certificate of an English Language test taken after the date of offer as evidence that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions for a refund to be approved. The English Language test certificate provided with your application documents will not be accepted as proof that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions as such a certificate will predate the offer.

If an offer has been made specifying an academic condition, the Admissions Team will require the official university documentation showing that you have not met this academic condition from the institution at which you have studied, as evidence for a refund to be approved.

The Admissions Team reserves the right to refuse to refund of any deposit that does not meet with the requirements outlined above.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


Contact details

Alliance Manchester Business School
Contact name
Master's Admissions Office
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 .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a First or Upper Second class honours degree (2:1, with 60% average) from a UK university or the overseas equivalent.

When assessing your academic record we take into account your grade average , position in class and the standing of the institution where you studied your qualification. 

English language

For the latest information on demonstrating your English proficiency for those whose first language is not English, please see our language requirements .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements see entry requirements for your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

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Student Route Part-Time Study Option: For international students The University does not currently offer student route sponsorship for part-time study. 

Advice to applicants

Your statement of purpose should cover the areas outlined below: 

  • Tell us why you are interested in the MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneur course at Alliance MBS and how the course will impact on your future
  • Describe what makes you an outstanding applicant and describe your potential to contribute to all aspects of the course.

How your application is considered

We can only process applications with the following documents:

  • valid English language qualification
  • first and second year transcript (scanned copies are accepted at the time of application)
  • statement of purpose (this is included as part of your application form, you do not need to email your statement of purpose directly to the Admissions Team)


To defer your offer to the following year, you must contact your admission officer to get a copy of the deferral form.  You can only defer your offer for one year.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Do you want to start your own business, join an innovative firm or shape innovation policy? The MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at Alliance MBS will equip you with the relevant skills to succeed. It offers a unique perspective on innovation owing to our expertise in areas such as sustainability, high-tech entrepreneurship, emerging technologies, and policy.  

This MSc can be taken as a one-year full-time course or part-time over two years. 

  • Our modules will help you understand how the innovation process works, how companies organise to take advantage of internal and external sources of innovation, and the challenges of innovation for sustainability.
  • You will gain understanding of new technologies, the new business models they enable, and the challenges and opportunities they create. You will also appreciate the role of location and how innovations emerge in different regions.
  • You will learn how new innovative firms are created and develop practical skills in the application of widely used techniques in entrepreneurship.
  • The MSc focuses on developing analytical and critical skills, research training, personal communication skills and effective team-working, which are useful in a wide range of careers.
  • Throughout the programme, field trips and external speakers provide opportunities to learn best-practice from managers and entrepreneurs.
  • You will be able to conduct your own research on an innovation management and entrepreneurship topic of your choice.

Special features

Students will have the opportunity to participate in an organised visit to Manchester’s digital incubators, to experience real-life applications of innovation management and entrepreneurship concepts covered on the course.  Read about a visit to Manchester Technology Centre .

The programme can be studied part-time over 2 years. Part-time students will normally complete 4 courses in year 1, and 4 courses in year 2. They will write their research dissertation over the summer of year 2. Read about the experience of part-time graduate Iva Dulkova .

Coursework and assessment

Units are typically assessed by a combination of:
  • Written work (essay, report or blog)
  • Presentation
  • Group project assessment
  • Examination

Some blogs written by students have been published on the MIOIR blog .

The last third of the programme is spent researching and writing a dissertation, the choice of topic reflecting the student's interests and the expertise of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) .

Course unit details

You will study for 180 credits in total.
  • 8 core and optional units = 120 credits
  • Dissertation = 60 credits  
Full-time students will complete four core units in semester 1 that provide theoretical and practical foundations in innovation management and entrepreneurship. In semester 2 students elect three units from the list of optional courses to suit their interests, with options in three core areas:
  • firm innovation and strategy
  • entrepreneurship and business creation, and
  • innovation and society, focussing on e.g. global challenge, regional factors, and emerging technologies. 

Part-time students will complete 2 courses each semester. Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation on an innovation management and entrepreneurship topic of your choice. Students’ dissertation topics reflect the diverse interests and expertise of research and teaching staff in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) and Masood Entrepreneurship Centre (MEC). There are limited opportunities to undertake a dissertation project related to a new venture/start-up idea, or in collaboration with external partners. 

Recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Business model innovation for sustainability in the fashion industry
  • Studying user involvement in medical device innovation processes in the UK
  • The potential of Fintech as a disruptive innovation in Colombia
  • Understanding women entrepreneurs of Pakistan
  • Value Co-creation in the sharing economy  

Course unit list

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

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Entrepreneurship, Technology and Society BMAN61001 15 Mandatory
Innovation Management BMAN71471 15 Mandatory
High Tech Entrepreneurship BMAN71721 15 Mandatory
Tools and Methods for Innovation Analysis BMAN71751 15 Mandatory
Research methods and skills BMAN72352 15 Mandatory
Case Studies in Technology Strategy & Innovation Management BMAN62042 15 Optional
Place and innovation, from Silicon Valley to Graphene City BMAN62062 15 Optional
Innovation for Sustainability BMAN70372 15 Optional
Innovation & Strategy BMAN71662 15 Optional
Global challenges, emerging technologies and governance BMAN73952 15 Optional
Business Creation and Development MCEL60032 15 Optional
Developing Enterprising Individuals MCEL60142 15 Optional
Essential Risk Management for Business MCEL63402 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 13 course units

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Career opportunities

Graduates from the course have gone on to a wide range of careers in business and government. Recent recruiters include: Accenture, Cap Gemini, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Digital Catapult, Gallagher, GoCardless, Gojek, iManage, JP Morgan, KPMG, Maxis, Meta, Protiviti, Stäubli, THG, UN and Xiaomi.

Graduates also set-up their own ventures such as ZenMate, Pelergy and Vector Homes.

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