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Knowledge Management for Innovation (MSc/PgCert/PgDip)

Course Description

Course Description

The MSc Knowledge Management for Innovation is operated in conjunction with industry and applies many industrial tools. This course aims to create the next generation of technical and business leaders who can drive strategic innovation and collaboration by effective management of organisational knowledge within their specialist domains. Therefore it develops leadership skills, team working skills, creativity and knowledge, to enable individuals to implement management practice to aid the development of business. The course combines rigorous academic activity, practical work, utilising industry software such as SAP, and real-life experience through industry sponsored project work, in preparation for careers in engineering extended enterprise.

Students completing this course will have a full appreciation of the relevant technical and business requirements for the implementation of knowledge management practice to aid innovation within the organisation.

Course overview

The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.

The modules include lectures and tutorials, and are assessed through practical work, written examinations, case studies, essays, presentations and tests. These provide the 'tools' required for the group and individual projects.

Group project

The group project runs from early February to the end of April. It is examined by continuous assessment, oral presentation and written report. During the group project, the students, working in groups of four to six, are given the overall responsibility for an industrially sponsored consultancy style project, based on a multidisciplinary topic around research expertise and interest. The multidisciplinary project is undertaken within an intense three month time-scale and budget. This means that the group project team has to perform immediately from the project start. Similarly, the sponsoring company also has to respond during this period.

Industrially orientated, our team projects have support from external organisations. These include: Airbus, Atkins, Altro, Bromford Industries, Benaa Group, BT, Caterpillar, Centre for Process Innovation, Cisco, DPD, Dragon Rouge, Engineering Photonics Centre, Environcom, ERA Foundation, GKN Hybrid Power, HS Marston Aerospace, Ihsan Center, Labinal Power Systems, Maier Group, Novartis, Okaz Organization for Press and Publications, Operations Excellence Institute, Rolls-Royce, Safran Power, SENTi, SPI Laser, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Ultra Precision Centre, and Whirlpool.

As a result of external engagement Cranfield students enjoy a higher degree of success when it comes to securing employment. Prospective employers value the student experience where team working to find solutions to industrially based problems are concerned.

Individual Project

The individual thesis project runs from June to September. The thesis provides an opportunity for a substantial piece of individual research. The thesis is usually industry-based and the subject is defined by the agreement with the sponsor. Working under academic supervision, each student is given a problem, the solution of which requires extensive research and fieldwork. The sponsor will meet the project cost and will allocate an advisor who will ensure access to appropriate data and resources for meeting the project objectives. These are aimed at addressing issues of real importance to the sponsor.

Throughout the thesis project each student will perform presentations of on-going findings and recommendations. The final thesis document should detail the approach taken to successfully complete the project including, findings, experimental/theoretical studies and recommendations.


The course comprises eight assessed modules, a group project and an individual research project.

Core -

Enterprise Systems
Knowledge Acquisition and Creation
Design Driven Innovation Processes
General Management
Knowledge Systems Design
Information Management
Enterprise Modelling
Strategic Knowledge Management


Taught modules: 40%
Group projects: 20%
Individual project: 40%


Funding opportunities exist, including industrial sponsorship, School bursaries and a number of general external schemes. For the majority of part-time students sponsorship is organised by their employers. We recommend you discuss this with your company in the first instance.

Career opportunities

Successful students will secure influential positions in almost all aspects of business including manufacturing, banking, healthcare, government and consultancy. Students have joined companies such as:

- Airbus
- Barclaycard
- BOC Edwards
- easyJet
- Metropolitan
- Rolls-Royce.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Knowledge-Management-for-Innovation

Visit the Knowledge Management for Innovation (MSc/PgCert/PgDip) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Angela Whiteside

379.jpg Why did you choose the course?
I wanted to expand my education by taking the skills learnt from my previously theoretical background in astrophysics and applying them in more contextual, real life engineering applications. I was drawn to the Knowledge Management for Innovation course on account of the breadth of its syllabus, which sampled topics from people management skills and innovation right through to data management techniques and business process planning. Cranfield’s excellent reputation within industry was also attractive when considering future employment prospects.

Did postgraduate study meet your expectations?
It exceeded it by far! Upon joining Cranfield, I could not have imagined how enriching that one year would be. The close tie-ins with industry, combined with highly reputed academic standing, provided me with all the applied skills and knowledge I needed to begin a career in engineering. The experience itself was second-to-none, and I met some lifelong friends.

What skills did you acquire from postgraduate study?
The primary skills I learnt from my time at Cranfield were centred on optimal knowledge and information management and learning how to creatively solve problems. This was accomplished through softer people skills and management classes in addition to tuition in subjects such as Enterprise Resource Planning software and Entity Relationship Modelling.

Did you undertake project work?
I chose to undertake my individual project within Rolls-Royce, with whom I had already secured employment, because I saw it as an excellent opportunity to become familiarised with the company structure, people and environment before I began as a fully-fledged employee. The 3-month project was based around a real-life engineering task, centred on improving and standardising the process for progressively releasing an engineering model from design to manufacturing.

Would you recommend your course?
I would most definitely recommend my course to other students. The breadth of material learnt is of immeasurable benefit for individuals of many undergraduate backgrounds or career directions, from finance and engineering to management and academic.

What advice do you have for people considering postgraduate study?
Choosing to undertake postgraduate study is a major life decision. You need to consider your future career aspirations, academic interests/strengths and the atmosphere and study environment you enjoy. It is important to visit prospective campuses to see the facilities and talk to academics and students alike. I’d recommend the Cranfield open day as an excellent insight into the unique study opportunities and environments that the university offers!

(Student Profile)

Valentine Meyer

920.jpg Describe your experience of postgraduate study at Cranfield
The Masters was very interesting for the wide range of backgrounds and nationalities of the fellow students. We learnt a lot from each other as much in the studies as in personal development and cultural perspective. It was a very enjoyable experience. The modules were very diverse, with introductions to many different subjects, with first individual assessments and group projects at the end of the year. These are quite interesting and instructive to learn working in a team, which will be the case for most of us in the future. The final Master’s thesis, of 3-4 months, is finally the last step of the postgraduate study, and to me the most important in the experience since it is what might define our personal profile when looking for a job.

What skills are you acquiring from the study?
I acquired a scientific approach of the subjects and of the research that I did not gain in my engineer formation. The library resources and the software furnished by the university are very useful and complete to be able to do serious works.

Also, because I found and created my Master’s thesis subject along with my supervisor, I learnt the process of searching a home institution, looking at their current projects and what would be of interest to them, contacting them and writing a brief research proposal; I think this skill is very important in our future life and I am really glad to have learnt that from my supervisor.

Would you recommend the course? Why?
I would recommend this course as it enlarges skills and knowledge about a wide range of different subjects introduced along the year. It is a good opening course to achieve its studies and get experience in subjects most likely to be confronted to in our professional life (project management, environment economics, team work...). The individual thesis project at the end of the course allows a specialisation by personalising studies and improving skills in a particular topic chosen.

Do you have any advice for students considering postgraduate study?
I would recommend the students to do postgraduate studies to improve their skills, but also to make contacts and build a network (other students, teachers and industries during the Master’s thesis and other conferences) for future work research. I would say that postgraduate studies tend more to project the people in professional life and are more oriented toward our future work research.

(Student Profile)

Ahmed Murthaza

922.jpg Describe your experience of postgraduate study at Cranfield
I can definitely say that I met experienced and competent academics during my life at Cranfield. The study environment and library resources were excellent. I have also made fantastic friends from various countries that I believe I can rely on and perhaps can work with in the future as needed.

What skills are you acquiring from the study?
Professionalism, competency and working in the field without hesitation.

Were there any parts of the course that you found particularly enjoyable/useful?
The group project was excellent . It was undertaken professionally as a consultancy provided to a well established company. Therefore, it was really useful and I consider it provided me sort of international experience.

What was your individual project about?
Evaluation of best available technologies and best practical environmental options for waste management in the Maldives. The project was sponsored by the Government of the Maldives

Would you recommend the course? Why?
Yes, because the course provides all the necessary knowledge that a person will need for his/her further carrier development

Do you have any advice for students considering postgraduate study?
For anyone who is considering postgraduate study definitely without any further question it’s Cranfield University. This is because of several aspects, including its excellent reputation, great study environment and its experienced academics.

What are your plans for the future?
Back to work (EPA Maldives) with confidence, which I have been even before I started the course at Cranfield, as well as exploring to start up a consultancy business.

What do you most like about Cranfield?
Liked all about Cranfield, especially the invaluable assistance provided by the staff since my first day at Cranfield.


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Cranfield Postgraduate Loan Scheme (CPLS) - 20+ Awards

Cranfield University is now able to offer you a more affordable way to study an MSc with loans managed by Prodigy Finance.With a Cranfield Postgraduate Loan it is possible for you to take up your MSc studies with no repayments while you study. This will leave you free to concentrate on your course and enhance your career prospects.Launched in February 2014, the scheme is designed to support UK and EU students entering postgraduate study and is intended to attract those who may not otherwise progress to this level because of financial constraints.Loans of up to £15,000 are available (dependent on the tuition fees for your chosen course).If you are a UK student, loans are available for tuition fees and maintenance. EU students can apply for a loan covering only tuition fees.
Loans are repaid over a seven year period and repayments start six months after you complete your degree. As a not-for-profit scheme, funded by Cranfield and HEFCE, the loans are competitively priced (6.92% APR representative) and considerably more affordable than a standard career development loan.

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You can apply for a loan if you:• are domiciled in the UK or EU and qualify for ‘Home/EU’ fees and
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If you already have an applicable course offer you can apply online through Prodigy Finance. You will need to provide Prodigy Finance with details of your offer from Cranfield. Your loan application will be considered and responded to within a few days.

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Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or related discipline, or the international equivalent of these UK qualifications. Other relevant qualifications, together with significant experience, may be considered.

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