Why this course?
The MSc in Global Innovation Management is a unique two-year programme. It’s offered jointly by:
You'll have the opportunity to study at two of the universities.
The course focuses on new challenges in innovative global enterprise and provides you with:
- a practical and global perspective of innovation management
- skills applicable to larger multinational organisations and smaller enterprises
- broader views of Innovation Management including; technology management; research and development; product/service development
- increased research capability
The programme is divided into four semesters over two years.
You’ll spend your first year at Strathclyde. You’ll gain practical experience of working within globally distributed teams and with an industrial client.
In the first semester of Year 2, you’ll either undertake in-depth study of innovation management in Germany or an industrial internship in Denmark.
In the final semester you’ll take on a thesis project. This is supervised by the Year 2 host institution.
Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde
The department focuses on 'what to make' and 'how to make it'. Its research interests involve:
- product and process technologies
- information technologies
- design methodologies
- telepresence and organisational modelling
The department has a range of innovative purpose built design and manufacture laboratories. This includes the new digital design and manufacture studio. It brings together:
- data capture
- 3D visualisation
- rapid prototyping capabilities
The department achieved a research rating of four (where five is top) in the most recent UK national assessment of research.
The Institute of Technology and Innovation Management, Hamburg University of Technology
The institute’s focus is on the management of technology and innovation. In particular, the practical management of the innovation process.
Lecture content is based on new research findings. You’ll also take part in:
- group work
- case studies
- practical applications in the field of innovation management.
Research is directly focused on innovation processes and new technologies.
The Centre for Industrial Production (CIP) at Aalborg University
The main focus is on linking theory to method. The relationship between product development, manufacturing and distribution networks in a global context is of key interest.
The University ensures that their most relevant and up-to-date research activity is delivered to students through project-based work. There’s a particular emphasis on industrial experience.
The centre organises their research into four distinct areas:
- product development in networks
- supply chain management
- strategic manufacturing development
- organisational design and change
Accreditation has been awarded for this programme from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
Industrial Group Project
This class aims to integrate and apply design, manufacturing and management knowledge and skills, acquired in previous years of the course, to an industry based product development project and to develop team project skills.
This class aims to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and experience to become competent members of global/distributed design teams.
Strategic Technology Management
This class aims to provide you with a high-level understanding and knowledge of the role of technology in business strategy for maintaining market competitiveness.
Supply Chain Operations
Management Of Innovation
The class aims to provide you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of those key concepts, methods, tools and techniques that are fundamental to effective and efficient running of supply chain operations from suppliers’ suppliers to customers’ customers.
On completion you'll be able to design and manage operational supply chain planning, monitoring and control systems for complex and disparate operations.
This class aims to identify, create and exploit opportunities for innovation on a systematic basis. In this class, all aspects of managing innovation; from recognizing the need and desire to be creative and innovative, using imagination to add value, developing structures, systems and incentives that encourage and implement innovation, will be discussed. We will examine what management of innovation is, how science and invention fuel different kinds of innovation, such as technological innovation, and the many organizational challenges that are presented by the inevitable evolution of new technology.
Topics that are addressed include:
- understanding the nature of technology
- preparing for emerging technologies
- organising to innovate
- types of innovation
- the management of technology projects
The class is organised around lectures, class discussions, guest speakers from the sciences, engineering, and business, case analysis, exercises, and project work.
To provide a structured introduction to the Design Management process, issues and tools.
Choose from this list
People, Organisation & Technology
This class aims to introduce you to the “softer” aspects of change management. In other classes you will have learned how to identify areas for improvement in organisations, tools and techniques to model organisations and to implement change. This class complements these things and looks at the human implications of change.
This class aims to enable you to select and apply appropriate design methods as a part of the design process.
Mechatronic Systems Design Techniques
Strategic Supply Chain Management
This class aims to :
- introduce design techniques at advanced level
- enable you to understand the application of advanced product design engineering techniques in product development, in particular in mechatronic systems
- provide opportunities for you to develop technology focused products or systems within the class supervised environment, including partial system evaluation and prototyping
This class aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the fundamental building blocks of Supply Chain Management and e-Supply Chains from a Strategic perspective. This is with a view to developing your capabilities in modelling, analysing, diagnosing and re-designing/improving supply chains.
Enterprise Resource Planning
To develop a critical understanding of operation, structure and implementation issues around ERP systems as used in industry.
Knowledge Engineering & Management For Engineers
This class aims to give you an understanding of the types of knowledge, techniques and systems used in building knowledge based systems and to discuss the application of these techniques.
Engineering Risk Management
This class aims to enable you to understand the basic principles and techniques of engineering risk management and demonstrate the appropriate application of this knowledge within an engineering context.
Management Of Total Quality & Continuous Improvement
To provide you with an in-depth understanding of the main principles, concepts, tools and techniques of quality management and continuous improvement together with an awareness of how in practice these could be integrated to design and deliver an integrated continuous improvement programme.Fundamentals Of Lean Six Sigma
Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing
The objective of this class is to introduce the participants to the principles of Lean Six Sigma thinking, tools and techniques of Lean Six Sigma and understand the wider implications of the broader strategic issues of organisation management and how they impact on continuous improvement programme.
On completion of the class you should be able to understand the theory and practical application of Lean Six Sigma methodologies within a holistic process improvement framework. This will enable their businesses to become more efficient, cost effective and much more profit oriented in today’s competitive marketplace.
Product Costing & Financial Management
One of the major challenges of modern industry is to address the need for sustainable product development and manufacturing. International legislation and increasing costs of fiscal instruments such as the landfill tax now aim to force producers to reduce the environmental impacts of their products and processes. Accelerating globalization and industrialization continues to exacerbate complexity of sustainability. Whilst manufacturers are constantly required to lower their costs and maintain their competitiveness, legislations require them to look at lifecycle costs.
This class addresses these global concerns by studying lifecycle considerations for a sustainable and profitable product development and manufacture. The latest environmental legislation will also be studied along with product development concepts and strategies that will enable industry to meet these increasingly severe competitive, environmental and legislative pressures. The associated practical, hands- on sessions maximize the usefulness of the skills acquired in real-life operational industry setting.
This class aims to provide you with an understanding of strategic aspects of finance in relation to the decision-making process and analysis necessary for efficient management of supply chains.
Systems Thinking & Modelling
The objective of this class is to introduce you to the theories and principles behind systems thinking. The class will also introduce you to the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations, including industrial, commercial and public sector.
This class aims to give you an understanding of the types of different approaches, techniques and systems used in building information based systems.
In particular to:
- introduce you to the software engineering process, identifying information requirements and visual modelling
- acquire a basic understanding of information storage, retrieval, and systems
- provide an appreciation and basic skills in the process of developing information systems
- familiarise you with information technology, how to model and use information and in introduction into a way of representing information on a computer based system
You'll have the opportunity to study at two of the universities.
Hamburg University of Technology
If you choose to spend your second year at Hamburg University of Technology you’ll focus on:
- market research for (radical) innovation
- cross-functional cooperation at the front end of the innovation process
- managing innovation projects over geographical and functional/divisional borders
- preparing the market introduction of new products and services
- International Business
- Product Planning
- Seminar in Marketing of Innovation
- Technology Management
- Masters Thesis
Choose three from:
- Business Planning
- German as a Foreign Language
- Entrepreneurial Business Creation
- Entrepreneurial Management
If you spend your second year at Aalborg University, you’ll undertake an industrial internship at a Danish company. You’ll gain relevant global innovation management work experience.
You’ll be assigned an internship that best reflects your own interests from the available placements.
You’ll document the internship in a report.
Completion of the internship will provide further experience of many of the skills required for the Semester 4 thesis project.
You'll also take the compulsory class Operations Development and Strategy.
Learning & teaching
The programme is delivered in English at all of the universities.
You should have:
- a second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in an engineering, science or technology subject
- an appropriate level of competence in the English language, through attaining a minimum of IELTS 6 (minimum of 5.5 in any of the 4 test sections) or TOEFL 95 (minimum of listening 21, speaking 23, writing 21 and reading 22)
Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.
You can also complete the online application form.
To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.
As a graduate of Global Innovation Management you’ll be able to enter the international employment market working for employers such as:
- enterprises dealing with high end technological products and services
- consultants making technology assessment and innovation /change management
- governmental institutes dealing with innovation policy and strategy
- relevant research and higher education institutions
Where are they now?
100% of our graduates are in work or further study.*
Job titles include:
- Business Analyst
- Business Systems Developer
- Engineering Consultant
- Product Manager
- Senior Analyst
- Openlink Financials
- SRW & Co
- University of Strathclyde
*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2011/12, 2010/11
Applications should be made to the administrating institution, the University of Strathclyde.
To apply online please go please click on the 'Apply' button below.
You should upload all of the following documents to the application system:
- As a single PDF document, a covering letter (maximum one page) and summary CV (maximum two pages). The letter should draw on your CV to further outline your personal aims and objectives and align your profile to the programme focus of Global Innovation Management. You should also identify whether you believe an innovation pilot project within Danish industry at Aalborg University or further study of technology and innovation management at Hamburg University of Technology most closely meets your learning and career development needs. Please note that you will finalise the selection of your year 2 institution at the end of semester 1 of the programme.
- Two scanned letters of reference
- A copy of the first degree certificate, including confirmation of the level of award (GPA, if award level not stated on certificate)
- English Language Proficiency certificate (see Entry Requirements)
- A photocopy of your passport
Please note that in making an application to this programme, applicants accept that the submitted personal details and documentation may be shared amongst the GIM consortium partners and with any other body relevant to the processing of applications. Please see this document for full details of the University of Strathclyde's Data protection Policy.
Global Innovation Management
Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time