Innovation can enable firms to achieve superior performance and competitive advantage in the global marketplace. In today’s dynamic business environment, managers are challenged to provide innovative ideas for new products, services, markets and business models.
This masters degree provides you with the skills and knowledge to successfully manage innovation within the global economy. It will help you appreciate the dynamics and complexity of innovation, understand how to explore and identify opportunities, and give you the skills to be able to respond.
Through a combination of theoretical and practical teaching, you will be equipped to design, lead and implement all types of innovation within an organisation. You’ll learn a range of management strategies and practices, which will help you to identify opportunities and coordinate knowledge.
The course is ideal if you wish to gain expertise in leading strategic innovation initiatives, developing new ventures, products and services.
Our research makes an important contribution to your learning on this course, as academics bring their expertise to you in the classroom.
The Centre for Technology, Innovation and Engagement (C-TIE) is based at the Business School, and brings together researchers and practitioners interested in addressing a broad range of innovation and entrepreneurship topics.
Some of our leading academics are key players in the research network ManETEI (Management of Emerging Technology for Economic Impact), which brings together leading European Business Schools, research institutes and partners from different sectors, technologies and countries. The network focuses on managing emergent technologies for maximum economic and social impact.
The course introduces you to the fundamental concepts and techniques of innovation management. Core modules will explore the importance of different types of innovation and how they interact with each other, as well as the challenges of commercialising ideas and practical aspects of leading innovation teams. A grounding in international business theory and the globalisation of innovation will put this into context, and you’ll develop your knowledge of research design in the subject.
You’ll expand your knowledge during modules that focus on managing and using intellectual capital and strategic management techniques. An additional module will cultivate your professional skills, allowing you to undertake fieldwork and develop research of your own.
There are opportunities to gain specialist knowledge in areas that suit your own interests – you’ll choose from a range of optional modules in management and business topics such as enterprise creation, decision making and supply chain management.
You’ll also focus on a specific topic of your choice during your dissertation project in the third semester. This is an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired and can be either a research dissertation or a practical consultancy project.
You'll take nine compulsory modules, including your dissertation.
You'll choose one optional module.
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.
Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.
Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.
This masters degree prepares you to lead strategic innovation initiatives in a range of organisations. It is ideal for those seeking a managerial career in industries that have a fast pace of change and a high degree of creativity.
As a graduate of this course, you will be well-equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge, and have the necessary skills to lead innovation.
Thanks to our strong corporate links, we will help you to connect with leading global organisations involved in innovation management, to understand the variety of exciting roles and careers that are available to you as an innovation professional.
Links with industry
Senior figures in innovation are often invited to deliver guest lectures at the Business School, providing a practitioner's view of the latest industry developments. We also host regular speakers as part of our Corporate Wisdom Event Series, bringing together innovation experts in industry with our academic and student community.
Students also have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.
Our course encourages you to develop and work at the edge of new and evolving practices. You will be invited to engage with fundamental issues in the theory of literature, producing original creative writing in prose, poetry, hybrid and experimental forms as you develop your personal practice through critical reflection.
The course will be of particular interest if you are a writer of prose or poetry, but you will not be required to commit to either form.
You may also be interested in taking individual modules from the course syllabus on a pay-as-you-go basis. This way you could either build up to gaining the full qualification or study for your own enjoyment and/or professional development.
MA Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment offers you the opportunity to develop your writing and to challenge your creative habits. You will be invited to:
Your own creative activity is the main driver for learning on this course. It is supported by regular workshops, lectures and seminars, personal tutorials, masterclasses with visiting writers and other activities such as event attendance.
Students on the full-time and part-time routes will study together and have additional opportunities to share and discuss work via the university’s virtual learning environment.
You will be assessed through:
The aim of this course is to encourage you to challenge and develop yourself creatively as a writer whilst informing you about the contexts and techniques of contemporary literature. Graduates may use it as part of their career development in teaching, publishing or journalism or as a means of access to doctoral study.
Previous graduates have gone onto further study and training and participated in literary culture through organizing literary competitions and publishing creative work in magazines. Two of the 2010-11 cohort are beginning PhDs in Creative Writing in 2011 (at the University of Northumbria and the University of Salford) and one is undertaking an internship at a local small press poetry publisher (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press).
The course benefits from a regular programme of visiting writers to the English Subject Group through the ‘Vital Signs’ and ‘Drama Workshops’ series. In addition, at least two workshops per academic year are convened by key figures in innovative writing. Past visitors have included: Robert Sheppard, Phil Davenport, Allen Fisher, Camille Martin, Carrie Etter, Philip Kuhn and Tony Trehy. These events create opportunities for local, national and international networking.
Other local links include the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, which hosts an annual showcase of our students’ work; Bury Art Gallery’s Text Festival (curated by Tony Trehy); Community Interest Group arthur+martha (directed by Phil Davenport and Lois Blackburn), The Knives Forks and Spoons Press (Alec Newman) and The Other Room poetry series (co-run by James Davies, Tom Jenks and Scott Thurston). These links benefit students through creating opportunities to engage with the latest contemporary practices, to network with established writers, to perform and publish their work and to learn about teaching and publishing creative writing.