Doctor of Enterprise 2017-18This course also available for 2016-17 entryThis course also available for 2018-19 entry
The Research Degree
An EntD is a type of PhD, the highest academic award for which a student can be registered.
Like a PhD, individuals who work towards a EntD pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge. However, the EntD is designed for students whose emphasis is on the need for research to underpin a new business, social enterprise, or innovative service idea.
A full time EntD is a three year programme of research and the expectation is that the research will be carried out for 5/6 of the period of study with the remaining 1/6 of study time used to develop and action a business plan based upon the research already undertaken. The production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 50,000 words, and the business plan, will be submitted for examination.
Completing an EntD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.
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 full time EntD (Doctor of Enterprise) is 3 years (36 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.
Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study
The normal entry requirements for enrolment on the EntD is:
• a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
• an upper second class honours degree from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
• appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment, or
• appropriate knowledge and experience of business planning and business start-up, and/or experience of starting up a new service requiring substantial project and financial planning.
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, or equivalent, will be considered acceptable).
Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages
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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 are advised to take time to investigate the University's website to find out more details about the research we conduct. Please visit the Research section of the website to take a look at the information there.
To look at profiles of any of our academic staff, you can visit our academic staff profile page.
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 full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate research students at the University of Huddersfield is £4,165 (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 interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.
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.
Please visit our webpages to check if you are eligible for the Vice Chancellors Scholarship for University of Huddersfield graduates.
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.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.
Examination for an EntD is by thesis and by oral examination ‘Viva Voce'
The text of the thesis should not normally exceed 40,000 words for science, engineering and art and design subjects, or 80,000 words for arts, social sciences and education subjects.
Where the submission is accompanied by material in other than written form or the research involves creative writing or the preparation of a scholarly edition, the written commentary should normally be a minimum of 10,000 words.
Individuals working towards the award of PhD are required to successfully complete a programme resulting in a significant contribution to knowledge related to enterprise.
You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).
The thesis will show how the primary research and personal reflection has been used to inform and action a fully developed business plan. The final business plan, included in the submitted thesis, will be assessed as part of the examination process.There is no requirement that the developed innovation was successful, however, if the initiative failed, the thesis should explore how and why it failed, and suggest how this could be avoided if taken forwards again in the future.
You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of 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).
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.