MSc Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 2018

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 2018
12 months full 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:
£11,000 (total)
International fees:
£20,500 (total)

Our MSc Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 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 as well as being able to work more entrepreneurially in other organisations. By the end of the course you will be adept at identifying new products, processes and markets to exploit opportunities in innovative ways.

Delivered and supported by award-winning academics and successful entrepreneurs, this course develops your understanding of enterprise and entrepreneurship on a global scale. You’ll develop your skills through practical activities such as creating a ‘pop-up’ business, acting as a consultant to an existing organisation and exploring your own entrepreneurial potential. Our action-based teaching techniques stimulate and enhance your skills, allowing you to experience genuine business challenges faced by enterprise both locally and globally.

You can choose to follow either our full-time or part-time course.

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 most recently won the Guardian University Award for Enterpreneurship (2016), as well as being awarded the title of Entrepreneurial University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2015) and The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship (Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2015). 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).

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

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.

  • Compulsory modules

  • You'll take seven compulsory modules including your dissertation.
  • Global Perspectives on Enterprise 15 credits
  • Enterprise and Society 15 credits
  • Contemporary Challenges in Enterprise 15 credits
  • Research Methods and Enterprise Project 30 credits
  • Enterprise Awareness 15 credits
  • New Venture Creation 15 credits
  • Enterprise Dissertation 30 credits
  • Optional modules

  • You'll also choose three optional modules.
  • Marketing for Management 15 credits
  • Globalization of Innovation 15 credits
  • Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
  • Cross Cultural Management 15 credits
  • The Emerging Markets 15 credits
  • Small Business Growth 15 credits
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Enterprise and Entrepreneurship MSc in the course 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.


Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll 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


International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

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.


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


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

If you have the talent and drive, we want to make sure you can study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible for, including:

  • Masters in Enterprise International Excellence Scholarship
  • Masters in Enterprise UK/EU Excellence Scholarship
  • Dean's Excellence Scholarship (UK/EU and International)
  • Leeds Alumni Bursary and Excellence Scholarship

Read more about Business School scholarships.

Career opportunities

Our MSc Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 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 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, 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. If you have a good idea and show passion, there is so much support for you." Read more in Robert's profile

Links with industry

Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

You will be able to connect with leaders from a range of firms including major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development.

Careers support

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

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Careers Centre also provides a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

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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Antonia Benson

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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Edoardo David

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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Shu Wen Lee

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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