MSc Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 2018

This part time Masters degree develops your understanding of enterprise on a global scale

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Key facts

Start date:
September 2018
24 months part time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
£11,000 (total)
International fees:
£20,500 (total)

Study part-time at the UK’s leading university for Enterprise to develop the confidence and networks you need to successfully build a business, and your own career.

This course is ideal if you have ambitions to start your own business, are working in an existing organisation or already run your own company. You'll learn to identify new products, processes and markets, and adopt innovative techniques to exploit opportunities.

The course is supported by award-winning academics and an influential network of highly skilled entrepreneurs, giving you access to their expertise and experience as well as providing valuable connections for the future. They help to deepen your understanding of the challenges faced by people in enterprise.

We aim to equip you with a practical toolkit to support the knowledge you will gain, providing immediate relevance and the tools to launch your career or business. You will develop the skills to identify promising opportunities that are right for you, and to create a business that will exploit these opportunities.

You’ll work on a range of projects to gain practical experience and connect with successful entrepreneurs, including creating your own pop-up business, as well as visits to small businesses to explore their approaches to growth. Then we use theory to deepen your understanding and to shed light on complex issues and challenges faced by enterprising people.

Part-time delivery enables you to work while you learn and leaves you with time for other commitments.This course is also available full time over 12 months.

Academic and entrepreneurial excellence

The University of Leeds offers a diverse learning environment for people from a range of backgrounds who have a keen desire to learn and practice enterprise.

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 our excellent connections with business, locally, regionally and nationally. The Centre’s network of Enterprise Ambassadors provide real-world projects and deliver workshops as part of the programme. They come from a wide range of business sectors, helping 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).

The 2017 Financial Times’ Master in Management rankings placed Social Entrepreneurship at Leeds 1st in the UK and 8th in the world.

Course content

The course aims to develop your entrepreneurial mindset - a way of looking at the world with the creative ability to see opportunities and understand how to exploit them.

In year one you’ll explore successful enterprise and entrepreneurship and their role in society worldwide. You’ll explore how enterprise is seen around the world, and how different geographical and economic contexts create challenges for new ventures.

You’ll consider contemporary challenges and debates during guest lectures with successful entrepreneurs, hearing first-hand about their experience of the latest topics. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply what you have learned to your own business idea or an existing business, whilst drawing on their expertise.

In year two, you’ll take an in-depth look at social enterprises and alternative business models, including how best to grow an existing small business.

You’ll also work alongside our full-time students on a consultancy project for a local small-medium enterprise, building relationships with the founders and staff (you can read a student case study about a recent project). Some examples of recent projects include: ‘helping an ethical gifts retailer turn their sales performance around’; ‘undertaking a market and brand analysis for a luxury camping business’ and ‘researching the Jordanian and Indian market for a healthcare software company’.

You’ll be introduced to research methods, developing understanding of how to gain important market insights and analyse the viability of a business idea.

In the final semester of year two, you’ll complete the Enterprise Dissertation, an individual project that can be used to explore opportunities for your own business venture, develop a plan for growth in an existing business you are connected to, or to research in-depth an area of interest.

Part-time study

This part-time course enables existing entrepreneurs to continue to develop their business, whilst professionals and budding entrepreneurs can work alongside their studies. Combining work and study can often be to your advantage, since the experiences gained in your professional life will add depth and relevance.

You’ll study over two years, attending classes for one day per week from late September to early May with one-month breaks at Christmas and Easter. In year one, you'll also study for five days betweenJune and early September. In year two, you’ll attend meetings with your dissertation supervisor from April to September. You can expect to attend for approximately 27 days in year one and 17 days in year two (plus dissertation meetings).

Course structure

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

Year 1
  • Compulsory modules

  • Global Perspectives on Enterprise 15 credits
  • Contemporary Challenges in Enterprise 15 credits
  • Enterprise Awareness 15 credits
  • Applied Enterprise 30 credits
  • New Venture Creation 15 credits
Year 2
  • Compulsory modules

  • Enterprise and Society 15 credits
  • Research Methods and Enterprise Project 30 credits
  • Small Business Growth 15 credits
  • Enterprise Dissertation 30 credits

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of different teaching methods such as lectures, small group seminars, personal tutorials, consultancy fieldwork, market research fieldwork, and company visits. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your skills and prepare for taught sessions and assessments.


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.

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.

How to apply

Application deadlines:

UK/EU applicants: 31 August 2018

International applicants: Following very high demand for places at Leeds University Business School we have brought forward key application dates as follows:

All applications received before 15 February 2018 will receive equal consideration.

Applications made after 15 February 2018 will be considered at our discretion and whilst spaces remain available.

The latest possible application date for international applicants is 30 June 2018.


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.


Admissions policy


UK/EU: £11,000 (total)

International: £20,500 (total)

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.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs


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 part-time MSc Enterprise is designed for those who aspire to start their own business or social enterprise, grow an existing family firm or SME or develop new ventures within an existing business.

If you’re from the UK or EU and are interested in developing and running your own business in the UK you can get support from Spark, a Careers Centre initiative for students and graduates.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the Masters programme. Read more about our careers and professional development support.

Careers support

Our Professional Development Tutor provides tailored academic and careers support to every student. This means you will develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to secure employment and start a successful career.

You can expect support and guidance on career choices, help in identifying and applying for jobs (for those seeking employment rather than to start a new venture), as well as one-to-one coaching on interpersonal and communication skills. Read more about our careers 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
MSc Enterprise
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Antonia Benson

I love how the course is delivered, combining academic theory with practice... it feels like it primes you, energises you, to go out and start your own business.

Liz Goddard, United Kingdom
MSc Enterprise (PT)
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