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MSc in Strategic Innovation Management

Course Description

Successful innovation management can create significant value, both economic and social, but is neither easy nor automatic.

This course equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to lead and manage innovation at both operational and strategic levels. You are taught and supervised by leading faculty from SPRU – the Science Policy Research Unit (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/), which is ranked second only to Harvard for research impact in innovation studies (Research Policy, 2012).

Through a range of seminars, lectures and employer-based projects, you gain a practical yet rigorous toolbox of methods for the effective management of innovation. Focusing on new product and service development in larger organisations, the approach is critical and interdisciplinary, drawing on research from business, management, economics and innovation studies. You develop an integrative approach that combines the management of the market, technological and organisational changes – and learn how to create value from innovation.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, multiple-choice tests, essays, group reports and an individual research dissertation. You are required to complete coursework exercises and an assessment for the Statistical Research Methods module.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: you take Science, Technology and Innovation: Markets, Firms and Policies • Managing Innovation • Management, Innovations and Organisational Performance • Design, Creativity and Innovation

Spring term: you take Perspectives, Methods and Skills for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies • Infrastructure and Innovation • New Product Development Strategy. You also take either Introduction to Statistical Research Methods or Multivariate Analysis.

In addition, you choose from Innovation in the Creative Economy • Information and Communication Technology Policy and Strategy • Management of Risk • Strategic Management • Managing Intellectual Property • Managing Knowledge • Managing Complex Projects • New Venture Creation • Governing and Using Technology for Development • Innovation for Sustainability • Energy Policy and Sustainability • Energy and Development • Governing Energy Transitions.

Summer term: you carry out a 15,000-word research project.


Fees for studying on courses available on a part-time basis will be charged at 50 per cent of the full-time fees listed below.

Home UK/EU students: £9,000 per year(1)
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £9,000 per year
Overseas students: £17,000 per year

(1) The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

For more information on fee status, visit Fees - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/fees/pg2016

Visit Living costs - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/livingcosts


The funding sources listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual funding source to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

Visit Postgraduate taught scholarships 2016 - http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016

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Career Paths

You will graduate with a range of transferable skills directly relevant to a range of occupations. In particular, This MSc creates opportunities for graduates to work in:

- management consultancy
- product and service development
- business and technology analysis
- entrepreneurial and new venture creation and growth
- project or technology management
- global business
- R&D and innovation management
- general management in large, multinational organisations
- project-based organisations in the private and public sector.

Our graduates have gone into careers in government, international organisations and think-tanks, as well as academia. Others have set up their own businesses or joined new ventures as entrepreneurs.

Students have worked with a range of employers Express Technologies, Arthur D. Little, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, BT, Pfizer and Proctor & Gamble.

Visit the MSc in Strategic Innovation Management page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Richa Misra; MSc in Technology and Innovation Management

3670.jpg ‘I can without any doubt state that studying at the University of Sussex has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. Be it the international environment or the comprehensive list of options to chose from to pursue academic interests, I believe every programme at this University has its own unique offering.

‘I had a fantastic time studying on my MSc in Technology and Innovation Management. The classroom environment was friendly, and learning was kept interesting by means of various activities and exercises. The faculty members are also very inspiring and readily available to offer help.

‘There are also great opportunities available to students. One of these was Enter-priZe 2010, a student ideas competition, which I participated in and won the first prize. More than the sense of achievement that this experience instilled in me, it was the exposure it provided me with, the opportunities it opened, and the knowledge I gathered while I was preparing for the competition. ‘Overall, I am really satisfied at having had such memorable experiences during my stay here, which I am sure to cherish all my life.’

(Student Profile)

Felipe Jara; Director of Innovation Management Projects and Consulting, Fundación Chile

3671.jpg ‘I came to study at the University of Sussex because the professors at my undergraduate university really recommended it. My expectations were very high, but totally fulfilled once I arrived.

‘My MSc in Technology and Innovation Management at SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit, allowed me to make contact with cutting-edge researchers and practitioners in a vibrant community focused around the issues of innovation. My degree opened up lots of opportunities for me. After completing my studies, I had the good fortune to work in a number of very interesting projects and places: within social technological innovation for schools; as an innovation manager practitioner in one of the biggest copper companies in the world; and now at a large technology transfer institution.

‘Sussex has definitely had a big impact on my career, and on my life.’


Entry Requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent professional qualification. Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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