Master of Enterprise 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
The Research Degree
The Masters of Enterprise (MEnt) programme allows you to undertake a two year research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. This type of study gives you the chance to explore a research topic over a shorter time than a more in-depth doctoral programme.
It is ideal for individuals wishing to explore a potential business or social enterprise idea, either to start-up their own business or for a new venture within public- or private-sector organisations. The emphasis will be on enterprise creation and personal entrepreneurial development within the chosen area, rather than on the study of business organisations.
This two year programme of research will culminate in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 15,000 words.
On graduation, you will have acquired entrepreneurial knowledge, behaviors, and skills with the ability to use research to develop and underpin your ideas. Depending on your research project, you will be in a position to take a new service or product to market; increase your likelihood of success in business, social enterprise, or self-employment; and have a better understanding of issues impacting on enterprise activity related to your area of research.
This research degree has multiple possible start dates including:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
Your start date may be decided in agreement with your supervisor.
The maximum duration for a part time Master of Enterprise (MEnt) is 2 years (24 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 4 months.
If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.
Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on the MEnt are an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard, in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed.
Since 31 March 2009 most international students coming to study in the UK have been required to apply for a visa under the new Points Based System, Tier 4. However, this visa type explicitly excludes self-employment and trading in the UK. We are therefore unable to accept applications for Masters of Enterprise or Enterprise Doctorate study from international students where their research is likely to include an element of UK based trading.
For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification (the minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent).
Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages
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This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area(this number may be subject to change)
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What can I research?
Example projects could be:
• Explore how to take a new product design to market • Investigate how a public sector body might generate income from an expensive piece of equipment when it is not being used for its original purpose • Develop a business plan for an existing business to expand into new areas of activity • Analyse different models of setting up in business or social enterprise to see which best supports your idea • Plan how to implement an innovative idea in a traditional institution • Investigate the impact of an issue such as intellectual property protection on future income streams • Explore commercial exploitation of the output of a university research project
You could also use the keyword search on the academic staff profile page to give you an idea of what types of research staff focus on.
You will need to complete a research proposal outlining your areas of interest and when this is submitted along with your research degree application form we will look for the academics within the University who have the expertise and knowledge to supervise you and guide you through your research degree.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes to aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate research students at the University of Huddersfield is £2,115 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions).
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
The University offers a limited number of full and partial fee waivers. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.
Additional Programme costs
Additional programme costs (sometimes known as bench fees) may be charged for research degrees in which there are exceptional costs directly related to the research project. For some subject areas, such as Science and Engineering, these costs could range from £3,000 - £16,000 per year, dependent upon the research project. If you wish to know if these costs will apply to the course youre interested in, please email the Admissions and Records Office who will direct your query to the relevant department.
Examples of exceptional costs include:
- Equipment maintenance costs
- Equipment hire
- Access costs to specialised equipment
- Patient/volunteer expenses
- Tissue/cell culture
- Special reagents/materials
- Purchase of laboratory consumables
- Purchases of additional special permanent laboratory equipment
- Photography and film processing
- Video tape filming, recording, CD archiving
- Specialised computation
- Travelling costs - where this is integral to the research, it would not normally cover conference attendance except in special circumstances
- Access to specialist facilities/resources
- Special statistical packages
- Access to special databases
- Data collection costs (eg. postage, envelops and stationary, questionnaire administration)
- Interview translation and transcription costs.
All Postgraduate research students who do not have specific timetabled teaching sessions are required to maintain regular engagement with the University under the Attendance Monitoring Policy.
Information for overseas students with a Tier 4 visa: The University also requires that all overseas students with a Tier 4 visa comply with the requirements set out below:
• Students are expected to remain in the UK at the address notified to the University until the official end of the academic year.
• Students are expected to be able to demonstrate, to the University's reasonable satisfaction, that their domestic living arrangements, including their residential location, are conducive to their full engagement with their studies and to their ability to comply with Home Office and University attendance requirements for full time students.
How to apply
To make a formal application, complete the online application form.
This normally includes the submission of a research proposal. Read through the proposal guidelines first to make sure you cover all the information needed, and ensure you include the proposal (if required) when submitting your online application. You can check whether the degree you are applying for requires a proposal by checking the specific course entries.
If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.
Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence, other relevant experience and how closely the research proposal aligns with Huddersfield's key research areas.
The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.
The programme of research normally involves a literature study, followed by the critical and reflective development of an evidence-supported business plan. The supporting evidence might include market research; empirical testing of materials, methods, or procedure; or full discussion of appropriate academic literature. A short version of the business plan should be provided in an appendix to your research thesis.
You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, guided reading or a combination of study methods). The programme of research is assisted by these background and related studies which can be especially important if you are a part-time/mature student who may have been away from formal studying for some time.
Research skills training
The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. The Researcher Skills Development Programme supports our researchers to broaden their knowledge, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. It's important to develop transferable personal and professional skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing researchers at the University of Huddersfield to benefit from Vitae support as well as our own Programme.
We offer skills training through a programme designed to take advantage of technology platforms as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the University's Virtual Learning Environment.
You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project. At least one member of the supervisory team will also act as an Enterprise Advisor.