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Master of Science in Applied Research and Innovation

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What is this programme about?
The capacity of a business to innovate through new or improved products and services is fundamental to its competitive and commercial success.

The objective of this programme is to cultivate an integrated professional skillset in graduates (science, engineering, design, computing, and business) for the effective management of the innovation process through the development of strategic, research-led and knowledge transfer capabilities.

You will learn how new products and services are created and how they get to market as well as how innovation is managed in different types of organisation. The programme is designed to connect, integrate and embed research activity within regional small and medium enterprises and to meet an identified skills gap within that sector.

The programme will facilitate learners to explore their own interests in an active and practical way through undertaking research projects with local companies. You will experience what it means to carry out research and how to develop real life scenarios for organisations by working in a projectbased way to apply the knowledge acquired through the modules.

The teaching and learning approach on this programme is structured around the supervision of research projects supported by workshops and seminars. This makes it a uniquely practice focused master’s degree aimed at one of the key drivers of competitive advantage in today’s knowledge based economy.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this programme, students should be able to:
• Analyse the current innovative performance of an organisation;
• Work with a range of innovation management skills;
• Utilise a research and enquiry based approach to business problems;
• Analyse and resolve problems across a range of competing demands and disciplines/industry function perspectives;
• Understand and facilitate project delivery

What are the minimum requirements
The course is designed for students who want to gain employment in the area of research but is equally suited to those who wish to build research skills for application in their current work environments. The course provides a strong foundation for further post-graduate study, particularly for PhD research.

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