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Strategic Innovation Management - MSc

Course Description

Our course equips you with the knowledge and skills to lead and manage innovation at both operational and strategic levels.

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, in both the private and public sectors, you develop an integrative approach that combines the management of the market, technological and organisational changes – and learn how to create value from innovation.

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options across the autumn and spring terms. You’ll learn through a range of seminars, lectures and employer-based projects. In the summer, you carry out a 9,000-word research project.

You’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework, multiple-choice tests, essays, group reports and an individual research dissertation.


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017)
-25 scholarships of a 50% tuition fee waiver
-Application deadline: 1 May 2017

ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017)
-A number of ESRC-funded standalone PhD and PhD with Masters scholarships across the social sciences.
-Application deadline: 30 January 2017

HESPAL Scholarship (Higher Education Scholarships Scheme for the Palestinian Territories) (2017)
-Two full fee waivers in conjuction with maintenance support from the British Council
-Application deadline: 1 January 2017

USA Friends Scholarships (2017)
-A scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 for nationals or residents of the USA on a one year taught Masters degree course
-Application deadline: 3 April 2017


You will graduate with a range of transferable skills directly relevant to a range of occupations. In particular, our MSc creates opportunities for you 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 worked with a range of employers including American Express Technologies, Arthur D. Little, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, BP Ventures, BT, Pfizer and Proctor & Gamble.

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.

Visit the Strategic Innovation Management - MSc 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.’


Chancellor's International Scholarship (2017) - 20+ Awards

25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.Type of award
Postgraduate taughtAward amount
50% off International Student tuition feesTimetable
By 1 May: Deadline for all applications to be received
By 31 May: Notification to first choice and short-listed candidates
After 3 July: Notification to successful short-listed candidates if first choice candidates do not take up the scholarshipSuccessful applicants
Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.Contact details
Student Funding Team
Student Life Centre
University of Sussex
Bramber House
East Sussex
Email: [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% off International Student tuition fee


In order to be considered for a Chancellor's International Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website.Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Intend to remain on the programme for which the scholarship is offered.

Application Procedure

To apply for this scholarship you must first have submitted your application to study through the University of Sussex online postgraduate application system: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying/When you have applied for your course, apply for the scholarship using the application form: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/funding/cisapplicationConfirmation of submission will be sent automatically following your submission. If you do not receive this, please ensure that you check your junk/deletion folder for this notification as it may be sent directly to these folders depending on your email security settings.The closing date for applications to be received is 1 May 2017 23:59:00 BST. Applications received after 1 May 2017 will not be considered.

Further Information



ESRC 1+3 and +3 Scholarships (2017) - No. of awards TBC

The University of Sussex Doctoral School is delighted to offer a number of ESRC-funded studentships.Type of award
Postgraduate research.Timetable
24th October - applications for SeNSS studentships open16th November - briefing for applicants at PhD Open Evening10th January - Closing date for applications to University of Sussex30th January - Closing date for applications to SeNSSContact details
Shelley Jenkins
[email protected]
01273 877376

Value of Scholarship(s)

Scholarships cover university tuition fees and a stipend (currently £14,296)


A UK 2:1 degree or equivalent. The scholarships will be awarded for a period of either three years for those with an ESRC recognised research training qualification or equivalent (+3) or four years (1+3) for those without. Scholarships include payment of UK/EU fees and in the case of UK students a maintenance grant (for information the 2016-17 rate is £14,296 per annum). EU students will normally only be eligible for a fees-only award. EU students may be eligible for the maintenance grant (at the UK rate) where they have been living in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course.

Application Procedure

If you wish to apply for an ESRC studentship you must first apply for a place on a PhD course at the University of Sussex. Once you have secured a place you will need to complete an ESRC studentship application form.Sussex holds an annual briefing session on how to apply for an ESRC studentship. The briefing will take place at the PhD Open Evening on 16th November.

Further Information



HESPAL Scholarship (2017) - 2 Awards

The HESPAL Scholarship is a joint award offered by the British Council and the University of Sussex which is centred on building capacity in Palestinian universities by providing young Palestinian academics with an English Masters course in a subject that will benefit their home institution and hence the Palestinian Territories.The University of Sussex and the British Council are committed to providing two scholarships per year. The scholarships covers:
-Tuition Fees
-Pre-departure briefing from the British Council
-Arrival allowances
-Thesis allowances
-A monthly allowance to cover living expenses
-Travel costs to and from the UKNB: Scholarships do not cover the cost for any accompanying family.Where awards are made in relation to a fee waiver no fee award will exceed the total fee payable.Holders of the HESPAL Scholarship are unable to hold another scholarship from the University of Sussex.
Deadline for Application: 1 January 2017End of March 2017: British Council informed of selection outcome
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For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htm
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For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htm

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full tuition fee waiver


Be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.Be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him.Have a Bachelors or Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 2.1 Bachelor's Degree from UK).Be below the age of 35 on application.Sign a written undertaking to return to Palestine within a time frame agreed, normally one year.Have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).

Application Procedure

For further information on the scholarship and how to apply please refer to the British Council website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/ps-education-scholarships-hespal.htm

Further Information



USA Friends Scholarships (2017) - 20+ Awards

Thanks to the generosity of our North American alumni and the Friends of the University of Sussex, a scholarship of an amount equivalent to $10,000 is available to nationals or permanent residents of the USA who will be studying a one year taught Master's degree course at the University of Sussex.The scholarships will be awarded on academic merit.Type of award
Postgraduate mastersEligibility
You will not be eligible for this scholarship if you meet any of the following exclusions:
-Have applied for a course at the Institute of Development Studies except the MA Gender and Development and MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy
-Have applied to study MSc Social Research Methods
-Have applied to study a DPhil (1+3) course
-Have applied to study a Foundation Year, Postgraduate Certificate, International Year One Diploma in Business and Management or Pre-Masters
-Have applied to study Pre-Masters courses and diplomas taught at partner colleges
-Have applied to study the Masters in Business Administration or Masters in Education
-Have applied for a course within the Brighton and Sussex Medical School
-Have applied for LLM in Corruption, Law and Governance (delivered in Qatar)Timetable
By 23:59 BST 3rd April 2017: Deadline for all applications to be received
By 3 June 2017: Applicants notified of the outcome of their application by email
Autumn Term: Scholars receive award payment.Further information
Applications will be ranked and assessed on the following criteria:
-Academic merit (including grades)
-Academic reference
-Impact the scholarship will have on you
-Why you have chosen the University of Sussex and the contribution you will make to the communityYour referee for your application should ideally be a personal tutor or academic mentor at your current or last college or University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

An amount equivalent to $10,000 maintenance award


Be a national or permanent resident of the United States of America.Have applied for and been offered a place on a full time Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Sussex (MA, MSc, LLM, Dip Grad).Have been assessed as paying overseas fees.Remain on the programme for which the scholarship is offered.

Application Procedure

Scholarship applications must be submitted online here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/studentlifecentre/funding/usafriendsapplicationAlong with an academic reference which can be uploaded with your application form or submitted separately via email to [email protected] of submission will be sent automatically following your submission. If you do not receive this, please ensure that you check your junk/deletion folder for this notification as it may be sent directly to these folders depending on your email security settings.Please note that you must also have submitted your course application on the University of Sussex online postgraduate application system: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/applying/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section). For the latest academic admission requirements, please see the website: View Website

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