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MEnt Master of Enterprise, Business and Entrepreneurship / 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 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. 

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 programme (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 and Enterprise. 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 subject part of the dissertation should form a link to the enterprise part - they cannot be two different studies.

 The programme leads to the award of the degree of Master of Enterprise (MEnt) in a student's chosen subject `discipline'.
  • The course leads to the award of the degree of Master of Enterprise (MEnt) in a your chosen subject discipline.
  • The course 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 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.

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.

Aims

This programme gives you a thorough grounding un 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 yourknowledge 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 full or part-time study options.

Manchester 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 60 credits of taught component - 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 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 [dissertation] 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.

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 - dissertation (120 credits)
  • You will also attend a non-credited Research Methods unit

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:

(full-time)

  • 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)

(part-time)

  • UK/EU students (per annum): Not yet set. For September 2018 entry the fees were £2,130 and are expected to increase slightly for September 2019 entry.

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: 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

The MEnt course provided not only a good education in forming and running a business but also the opportunity to incubate it - aligning learning to practical application in one's own business.

I would not have had the background and experience to start my business without the MEnt course.

It helped me to analyse and evaluate different options both for myself and the business; working outside of my original comfort zone - developing adaptability.

I would never have had my career trajectory without the learning on the MEnt. The company I joined when I left soon realised that they could use what I had learned and put it into practise to grow the business - so much so that they offered me a position as a director.

Four promotions in two companies since 2011 - now global role - and when I first found out about the MEnt I didn't know what direction to follow; I am so grateful to the Centre and everything they did.

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