University of Huddersfield

Doctor of Enterprise

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. 

Course Details

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

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