The success of an organisation can rest on both an understanding of IT and how to use innovation strategically to enable new growth and competitive advantage. This course aims to provide an understanding of the characteristics of high-tech innovation combined with the leadership and management values necessary for entrepreneurship (new venture creation) or for successfully creating and managing strategic innovation both from within an organisation as well as from outside, eg as an IT consultant.
This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
You can tailor the course to suit your own career development needs, industry background or organisation's requirements.
The project/dissertation gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills. It often takes the form of a business plan relevant to your career, and provides an excellent selling point when looking for a job or promotion. If you are an overseas student, we will help you to carry out a project either based in your home country or that will be of specific relevance when you return home.
What will you study?
You will study the types and characteristics of innovation, as well as the major barriers to the spread of innovation. This will enable you to recognise and welcome the increased rate of change and instability in the business and technology fields. You will gain an understanding of the role of information systems in encouraging, capturing and managing innovation in an organisation and how this relates to constructing better value chains by using knowledge management, data mining, decision making and business intelligence.
Coursework and/or exams.
The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list:
eBusiness Strategy and Implementation IT and Entrepreneurship Modelling Enterprise Architectures Data Management and Governance Project Dissertation
English language requirements
In order to complete your programme successfully, it is important to have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, if you are a non-UK applicant* you will usually be required to provide certificated proof of English language competence before commencing your studies.
For this course the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.
* Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
"I completed my MSc in IT and Strategic Innovation with Management Studies in 2008 and am now working as an IT consultant for Fujitsu UK, the third biggest IT consulting and services firm in the world.
"After completing my BSc(Hons) in Information Systems at the University of Mauritius, I worked for a year in industry on Oracle Technologies. I decided to do a masters degree in the UK, but was quite specific about finding one which deals with strategic decision making.
"I am convinced I made the right choice by coming to Kingston. The lecturers are highly qualified and involved in relevant research projects. They bring a lot of enthusiasm and current knowledge to their lectures, and their learning materials are of very high quality. I was awarded a teaching assistant scholarship, which was a great relief financially.
“As an international student, an important part of my time at Kingston University was meeting people from around the world and sharing experiences. I made so many friends that I never felt too far from my country, Mauritius. It’s been an unforgettable experience.
"It would have been extremely hard for me to get work experience in the UK without my masters degree. I strongly recommend Kingston University, which has paved my way into a challenging career in such a highly respected IT company."
Postgraduate SEC International Scholarships
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing is offering awards of £1,500 for international students on its taught, full-time MSc courses.Students selected to receive a scholarship award will act as an ambassador for Faculty promotional activities and events and have the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience assisting with undergraduate classes for between four and six hours per week (for a maximum of 40 hours over the year and teaching times to be arranged to work around your MSc timetable and any other commitments you may have). Selection ProcessSelection is by application only and applicants must:- Have a good academic record - Provide a statement of 500 words explaining why they think they would make a good ambassador for the course and the faculty.* Please note that applicants cannot be awarded more than one scholarship.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Any international student applying for a taught full-time postgraduate MSc course in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing with a confirmed offer of a place for the next academic intake (September or January).
In order to apply for a scholarship, you are required to fill in and submit a SEC Scholarship Application Form available on our website.
The application must be typed and printed.
The deadlines for receiving your application for scholarships are:
* 31st July for September intake * 16th November for January intake
Applications received after this deadline can not be considered.