Develop your understanding of enterprise on a global scale, gaining the skills to run your own business

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2016
12 months full time
24 months part time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
International fees:

Our MSc Enterprise develops your enterprise skills and gives you an insight into how you can create economic and social value through entrepreneurial activity. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to develop and manage your own business and identify new products, processes and markets to exploit opportunities in innovative ways.

Delivered and supported by award-winning academics and successful entrepreneurs, this practical course develops your understanding of enterprise and entrepreneurship on a global scale. Key modules focus on creating, developing and managing ventures, including social and family organisations. The course offers flexible study options and you can choose to follow either our full-time or part-time programme.

Our action-based teaching techniques stimulate and enhance your skills, allowing you to experience genuine business challenges faced by enterprise both locally and globally.

This course is also available part-time over 24 months.

Academic excellence

The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies is the focal point for enterprise education on campus at the University of Leeds. It provides exceptional research-based enterprise teaching and practical support.

The Centre can help you locate enterprise opportunities and get involved in entrepreneurial activities outside of your studies, such as joining a student enterprise group, starting a business, taking on a social project or entering a national competition.

You will also benefit from the centre’s network of Enterprise Ambassadors. These successful entrepreneurs provide real-world projects as part of the programme, which helps you to understand how to apply your enterprise education in practice.

The University of Leeds is recognised as a leading entrepreneurial University in the UK. We have won the title Entrepreneurial University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2015), received The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship (Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2015) and The Guardian University Award for Entrepreneurship (2016). Kairen Skelley, Head of Spark, the University's business start-up service, has also been named Higher Education Enterprise Champion (National Enterprise Educator Awards 2015).

Course content

Introductory modules explore the concepts of enterprise and entrepreneurship and their role in society. You’ll examine how enterprise is seen around the world, and how different geographical and economic contexts create challenges for new ventures.

You’ll consider contemporary issues and debates during guest lectures with successful entrepreneurs, hearing first-hand about their experience of the latest topics. You’ll also develop your understanding of research methods in business and enterprise studies.

The course has a practical focus and you will work on a range of projects that allow you to gain real experience – you’ll create a new venture and work in a team to deliver a consultancy project for an entrepreneurial business.

In the final semester, you’ll complete a dissertation project on a research question of your choice - this can be used to explore your own ideas for a business venture or social enterprise, or look at how best to support or grow an existing firm.

You’ll also have a choice of optional modules in key areas of management and international business, including cross-cultural management, supply chain management and the emerging markets.

If you study part-time, you’ll study one day per week over 24 months and take only the compulsory modules, plus a dedicated module in applied enterprise. The part-time option enables existing entrepreneurs to continue to develop their own enterprise, whilst professionals and budding entrepreneurs can work alongside their studies.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

You’ll take seven compulsory modules and choose three further optional modules.

Compulsory modules
Optional modules
- Global Perspectives on Enterprise
- Enterprise and Society
- Contemporary Challenges in Enterprise
- Research Methods and Enterprise Project
- Enterprise Awareness
- New Venture Creation
- Enterprise Dissertation
- Marketing for Management
- Globalization of Innovation
- Operations and Supply Chain Management
- Cross Cultural Management
- Financial Reporting and Analysis
- The Emerging Markets
- Strategic Management
- Small Business Growth

For more information on typical modules, read Enterprise MSc Full Time in programme catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Enterprise MSc Part Time in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of different teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, work-based learning, fieldwork and workshops. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.

The Enterprise Project module is one example of how practical learning and teaching is embedded in the programme. This gives students the chance to work closely with an entrepreneur and undertake a strategic developmental role within their business. For example, recent student Ratawan Tanadumrongsak completed a group project for Twinkl Ltd, an online business supplying education resources worldwide. You can read a case study about this project here.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll attend the University for one day a week over two years.


You’ll also be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject. A background in business or management is desirable, but applicants from other disciplines will be considered.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

UK/EU: 31 August 2016

International: Closed for 2016 entry

Apply (Full time)

Apply (Part time)

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £9,500

International: £18,500

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

We award a range of scholarships to UK/EU and international students. There are several scholarships available for this programme that you may be eligible to apply for. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills. Find out more about scholarships.

Career opportunities

Our MSc Enterprise is designed for those who aspire to start their own business or social enterprise, develop an existing family firm or start a career in corporate venturing.

Graduates from the programme are equipped to succeed in a wide range of competitive environments and can draw on a number of key transferable skills to exploit global opportunities.

Start your own business

If you’re interested in developing and running your own business in the UK, you can get support from Spark.

Spark is the University of Leeds business start-up service for students and graduates provided by the Careers Centre. The initiative offers a range of practical advice and resources to support the development of your business ideas, as well as opportunities to apply for funding.

While studying on the MSc Enterprise, Robert Conway and Andrew Green put their skills in to action by setting up a business called TourOutdoor alongside their studies. The company ran guided student excursions to tourist attractions across the UK.

Robert explains: "The help from the University has been fantastic. We won both the Enterprise Scholarship and the Proof of Concept fund, which really helped get our business off the ground. If you have a good idea and show passion, there is so much support for you." Read more in Robert's profile

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the Masters programme. You will develop key professional skills that employers value.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Enterprise tour of local businesses was a highlight of last semester as we got to see a range of business models, and had a very interesting networking session with local entrepreneurs.

Antonia Benson, United Kingdom
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I would definitely recommend coming to study here in Leeds University Business School. High-quality lecturers, high-quality study and a high-quality environment.

Edoardo David, Italy
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There are many great things about studying here. The course has practical and inspiring activities. My personal interest is social enterprise and it focuses on both profitable and social enterprises.

Shu Wen Lee, Taiwan
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I always enjoy the guest lectures from entrepreneurs, learning how they became successful entrepreneurs, what they had to go through and how to overcome obstacle, this interests me a lot.

Methika Thanaviroj, Thailand
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