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 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. 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.
Key modules focus on creating, developing and managing ventures, including social and family organisations. Our action-based teaching techniques stimulate and enhance your skills, allowing you to experience genuine business challenges faced by enterprise both locally and globally.
The course offers flexible study options and you can choose to follow either our full-time or part-time course.
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 Kairen Skelley, Head of Spark, the University's business start-up service, has been named Higher Education Enterprise Champion (National Enterprise Educator Awards 2015).
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.
You’ll take seven compulsory modules including your dissertation.
You'll also choose three optional modules.
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.
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.
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.
Visit the Enterprise and Entrepreneurship MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!
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