Year in Enterprise

Are you interested in taking a year out of your studies to work on your own business? The ‘Year in Enterprise’ programme includes business advice, office space and £5,000 living costs allowance*.

Josephine Canning, Year In Enterprise 2017/18, Undergraduate, BSc Geological Sciences

The University of Leeds, through the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, is offering four places to on a ‘Year in Enterprise’ academic year 19/20 for those second year students who have a workable business plan and wish to spend their third year developing their business. The year would begin late August/Early September and last for 12 months. The year works in the same way as a work placement year, and you would return to complete your degree.

If you are successful you will remain a Leeds student for the year and take the 120 credit placement module LUBS7001 Year in Enterprise. Available to any qualifying undergraduate students across the University.

In addition to the usual support offered to students on an industrial placement, you would receive the following:

  • Living costs allowance of £5,000*
  • Academic tutoring from CEES staff
  • Provision of a business mentor
  • Access to additional start-up advice
  • Access to networks
  • Provision of office space which include networked PCs, meeting space and filing areas

Successful completion of this module will given you a unique programme award as it will include an “(Enterprise)” variant

See ‘How to Apply‘ to download the full job description and further information.

The Year in Enterprise is subject to the same tuition fees as a Year in Industry.  * You are still eligible to apply for a student loan but this will be at the reduced rate; see student finance information for more details.

Please note: the Year in Enterprise is not currently open to international students due to visa restrictions. On a Tier 4 visas, you are not allowed to be self-employed; this is a Home Office rule. As the Year in Enterprise students are required to start up formally and trade, then they have to be HMRC/Companies House registered which would not be permitted under the visa regulations.

Find out more

Hannah Gilliker took a year out to take part in the Year in Enterprise in 2012 – 2013.
Find out more about Hannah’s experience of the Year in Enterprise programme.


Nick Simm took a year out to take part in the Year in Enterprise in 2011- 2012.
Find out more about Nick’s experience of the Year in Enterprise programme and his business: Bold Gorilla.