MSc Entrepreneurship

Develop the knowledge and skills to grow a great idea into a thriving business.

Attend an open day How to apply
Attend a course fair How to apply


From Amazon to Uber, every great business started as a small seed of an idea. The ones that make it are those that understand their market and have strong strategies to grow and adapt.

On this course, learning that knowledge from the beginning will get you ahead of the competition. Whether you’ve just started a business (or plan to), are working in a small start-up, or want to apply entrepreneurship principles to a career elsewhere, this course gives you the skills to maximise your chances of success.

A real career journey

You’ll begin with idea generation and business planning. Then move on to strategy – including marketing and finance. Plus,learn how to scale up in areas like human resources and law. Finally, work on a live business project and pitch your idea to investors before writing up what you’ve learned in the research project.

Every step of the way you’ll learn practical skills you can put to use in your own business.

Food for thought

While the practical skills are vital, you’ll also learn about management systems and analyse organisations’ socio-political environments. By putting your work into context, we believe you’ll be a much more effective entrepreneur when you graduate.

Topics like ethics and globalisation are relevant to any business. With our expert research and teaching staff, and visiting professional, you’ll hear about the latest industry trends as they’re happening.

Features and Benefits

  • Real business experience – learn to manage a business, market yourself at trade stands and pitch your ideas to investors.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Accessible – you don’t need any prior business experience – we’ll cover all the basics at the beginning of the course.
  • Build your network – you will have the opportunity to network and learn from our 80+ business based at our Innospace incubator.
  • A city of opportunities – with global organisations, and innovative start-ups, Manchester offers a wealth of opportunities.Use our connections with employers to enhance your studies and professional network.
  • Postgraduate internships – develop business relationships and hone your management skills on an optional short-term internship in addition to your studies. The course also offers the option to undertake an additional 36-48 week internship as part of your course, after you have completed your taught units.
  • Taught by experts – learn from academics with experience working in industry and undertaking cutting-edge research into their field.
“I feel lucky to have gained so much from my tutors. Having the benefit of their many years within industry really brings subject to life.” Lewis Madden, Business School graduate

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“Manchester Metropolitan has students from all over the world and this gave be the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and learn to approach problems from a different angle.”

Anthanisos Basos, Business School graduate

Career Prospects

You’ll learn a broad range of business skills during the course. Your knowledge of areas like investment, sustainability and management will be useful in any industry. Entrepreneurship skills aren’t just useful in start-ups either. You’ll be a valuable asset to bigger businesses too.

If you are looking to start your own business, this course is a great way to fast-track your business skills so you can have the best chance of turning your idea into a reality.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – minimum 2:1 – or the international equivalent. We’ll also welcome applications from students who have significant experience of entrepreneurship theory or practice plus a 2:2, or the international equivalent.

In addition, proficiency in English will be required to at least IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.

Course details

While we teach you the theory behind your work, much of this course is about practical skills you’ll use every day in a business. We’ve designed the topics to give you a chance to test out new ideas before you put them into practical after you graduate.

The core units cover a broad range of subjects, and you’ll also have a choice for your optional unit. You could take on a live project for a business, or do a mini internship within a company. Or take a class from a related business area to build up your knowledge.

Your final research project is where you’ll gather your thoughts and sum up what you’ve learned during your time here. Take inspiration from something that interested you during the course, or a challenge you came across during your work with businesses.

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Planning, Capabilities and Goals

The concepts of idea generation and opportunity spotting will be explored through related theory and creativity techniques. Students will learn the steps to pre-start-up - via business planning process theory. Knowledge will be accrued on a chosen industry or market whilst analysing competitive forces. Entrepreneurial capabilities will be nurtured via self-appraisal against the business concept. These will include research skills, visioning, and goal setting.

New Venture Development

The concepts of venture development and the start-up process will be explored through related theory and business tools. Students will learn about the steps taken during start-up - via strategy development in areas such as marketing and finance. Knowledge will be accrued on developing supplier relationships and customer profiling. Entrepreneurial capabilities will be nurtured via self-appraisal against a business concept. These will include networking, relationship building, sales generation, and international trade.

Small Business Success

The concepts of scaling and growing a business will be explored through related theory and business practices. Students will learn about the growth stage of a business via strategy development in areas such as operations, human resources, resource management, and law. Knowledge will be accrued on developing relationships with accountants, solicitors and business mentors. Entrepreneurial capabilities will be nurtured via self-appraisal against the business growth plan. These will include negotiation, raising capital and developing social capital.

Business Simulation: Creativity to Launch

This unit enhances enterprising behaviours and skills through experiential learning and creates an awareness of the entrepreneurial career path. Students gain experience of a live project, creating and validating a business idea, before showcasing their business to industry experts via a trade stand.

Business Simulation: Trading to Pitch

This unit builds on the ‘Business Simulation: Creativity to Launch’ unit. It continues to enhance enterprising behaviours and skills, further informing the entrepreneurial career path. Students use their initiative to develop and manage their businesses and trade outside the classroom, supported by in-class activities and role-plays, before showcasing their businesses to industry experts via trade stands and Dragons’ Den style pitches.

Critical Enquiry for Entrepreneurs and Leaders

This unit explores organisations as embedded in socio-political environments. Students will be challenged to question business ethics, develop their understanding of neo-liberalism, globalisation, managerialism and communitarianism with a view to developing ethically, socially and environmentally responsible graduates.

Critical Management Studies

This unit builds on ‘Critical Enquiry for Entrepreneurs and Leaders’ unit. It further enhances students understanding of organisations as embedded in socio-political environments. Students will be challenged to question themes such as business ethics, neo-liberalism, globalisation, managerialism or communitarianism with a view to developing socially, ethically and environmentally responsible graduates.

Research Project

In this investigative final capstone research project students will immerse themselves in a specific area of small business/start-up/entrepreneurship. The project cements the knowledge and skills galvanised from the programme and enhances research skills and deepens understanding of this field of study and practice.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

You can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

Optional internship year

When you have successfully completed your taught units, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 36-48 week internship. You will be supported by our Placement Office, who have extensive contacts with the industry and over 25 years of experience of helping students to find placements.

The Placement Office advertise a variety of opportunities, support and advise on the application and recruitment process and continue to support you whilst you are away from the University. 

An additional fee applies to this internship.

Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

Our Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability Department delivers innovative programmes rooted in industry, driven by the global environment and reflective of evolving business trends.

The department develops courses in close collaboration with industry practitioners, focusing on entrepreneurship and employability skills, and using dynamic teaching practices that include live projects run in conjunction with industry and innovative classroom techniques.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff


UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 to £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

Find out more

Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

Learn more

Want to know more?

How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online now

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for postgraduate taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

Confirmation of Regulator
The Manchester Metropolitan University is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. More information on the role of the OfS and its regulatory framework can be found at

All higher education providers registered with the OfS must have a student protection plan in place. The student protection plan sets out what students can expect to happen should a course, campus, or institution close. Access our current Student Protection Plan.