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Course content

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.

Academic excellence

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.

Course content

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.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

You'll take nine compulsory modules, including your dissertation.

  • Globalization of Innovation 15 credits
  • Strategic Management 15 credits
  • Managing for Innovation 15 credits
  • Managing and Exploiting Intellectual Capital 15 credits
  • International Business Theory 15 credits
  • Commercial and Professional Skills 15 credits
  • Innovation Management in Practice 15 credits
  • Innovation Management Dissertation 45 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis 15 credits

Optional modules

You'll choose one optional module.

  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation 15 credits
  • Effective Decision Making 15 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management 15 credits
  • Creative Industries Management 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Global Innovation Management MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

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

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.

Career opportunities

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.


Visit the Global Strategy and Innovation Management MSc page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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