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MScGlobal Innovation Management

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

You’ll study

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 undertake in-depth study of innovation management in Germany.

In the final semester you’ll take on a thesis project. This is supervised by the Year 2 host institution.

Partner universities

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
  • CAD
  • 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.


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.

Course content

Year 1

Compulsory classes

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.
Global Design
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

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.

Management Of Innovation

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.
Design Management
To provide a structured introduction to the Design Management process, issues and tools.

Optional classes

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.
Design Methods
This class aims to enable you to select and apply appropriate design methods as a part of the design process.
Mechatronic Systems Design Techniques

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
Strategic Supply Chain Management
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

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.

Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing

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.

Product Costing & Financial Management
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.
Information Management

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

Year 2

You'll have the opportunity to study at Hamburg University of Technology

Hamburg University of Technology

Studying 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

Compulsory classes

  • International Business
  • Product Planning
  • Seminar in Marketing of Innovation
  • Technology Management
  • Masters Thesis

Optional classes 

Choose three from:

  • Business Planning
  • German as a Foreign Language
  • Entrepreneurial Business Creation
  • Entrepreneurial Management

Learning & teaching

The programme is delivered in English at all of the universities.

Entry requirements

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).

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Fees & funding



  • Year 1 (2019-20 entrants): £6,650
  • Year 2 (2018-19 entrants): £6,475

Rest of UK

  • Year 1 (2019-20 entrants): £6,650
  • Year 2 (2018-19 entrants): £6,475


  • Year 1 (2019-20 entrants): £13,275
  • Year 2 (2018-19 entrants): £12,950

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an MSc course you'll be eligible to apply for a Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship offering up to £3,000 towards your tuition fees.

The scholarship is available for application to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an MSc programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying.

You must start your full-time MSc programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2019-20).

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


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
  • Researcher
  • Product Manager
  • Senior Analyst

Employers include:

  • Alten
  • Emerson
  • Openlink Financials
  • Siemens
  • SRW & Co
  • University of Strathclyde

*Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2011/12, 2010/11

Contact us

  • University of Strathclyde For general enquiries regarding the MSc in Global Innovation Management please email us.


Applications should be made to the administrating institution, the University of Strathclyde.

To apply, 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 among 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 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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