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MScGlobal Innovation Management

Why this course?

This is a unique two-year programme, which gives you the opportunity to study at both the University of Strathclyde and Hamburg University of Technology.

The world continues to evolve, and thanks to the advancements in technology and therefore globalisation, the opportunities for organisations and brands are vast.

Consumers want organisations, transnational or local, to become more transparent, have environmentally friendlier supply chains, quicker turnaround times and unique and personalised products. For organisations to compete and achieve market growth they need to continually innovate, maximise production times and costs, invest in appropriate technologies and analyse market potential for introducing new products and services.

The joint MSc in Global Innovation Management has been created to meet the demands organisations around the world face with these challenges. The programme provides students with innovative ideas to deal successfully with today’s and tomorrow’s complex global challenges, this not only includes the assignment of new innovation management tools but also the willingness and the ability to collaborate with partners from all over the world.

This is a unique, two-year programme, which provides a truly international experience through the opportunity to study at the University of Strathclyde, here in Scotland, and Hamburg University of Technology in Germany.

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
  • a broad global outlook through the ability to compare the difference in case studies between the two countries of study

Schedule

The programme is divided into four semesters over two years.

You’ll spend your first year at the University of Strathclyde, in the Department of Design Manufacture & Engineering Management. 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 at Hamburg University of Technology in Germany. In the final semester you’ll take on a thesis project.

Industrial experience

During the first year of your course, you'll undertake on an industrial group project. This will help you to develop and apply your skills as a global innovation manager within the real world.

The Industrial Group Project will give you the opportunity to work as part of a team. You'll develop your people, project management and leadership skills. You'll do this by applying innovation management principles to address a practical problem for an industrial client, gaining direct industry experience. The Industrial Group Project works in conjunction with major organisations that face challenges with the management of major innovation projects and have a demand for the skills gained from this course.

Through this module you'll gain experience to add to your CV, develop skills, manage a project through to completion and practice working in a multidisciplinary group preparing you for collaborative work throughout your future career.

We work with on average 50 organisations per year and previous students have worked with organisations such as:

2018/19

  • Adidas
  • Airlie Ice Cream
  • Drink Baotic
  • Promedics Orthopaedics
  • Rolls Royce
  • Spirit AeroSystems (Europe), Inc
  • Unilever

2017/18

  • Adidas
  • Alexander Dennis
  • Belle Bridal
  • Chivas Brothers Ltd
  • HATSUN Agro Products (India)
  • Johnstons of Elgin
  • Terex Trucks

2016/17

  • Adidas
  • Allied Vehicles
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • NCR
  • RSPB Scotland
  • Weir Group
  • WEST Brewery

International experience

You’ll gain an international experience by studying, integrating and living in two different countries and universities throughout this unique masters.

University of Strathclyde

The energetic and innovative Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management was founded in 1989 and headed by Professor Alex Duffy.

The department delivers broad-based education and research aligned to the needs of innovative global industry. Relevance, creativity, quality, and multidisciplinary team working are key themes in the way the department operates. The department is concerned with ‘what to make’ and ‘how to make it’, and its research interests involve product and process technologies, design methodologies, advanced manufacturing and organisational modelling.

Engineers are problem solvers. They must combine creative, practical and technical skills in an innovative manner in order to find solutions to modern challenges.

Hamburg University of Technology

The Institute of Technology and Innovation Management was founded in 1998 and is headed by Professor Cornelius Herstatt. The institute’s focus is on the management of technology and innovation, in particular the practical management of the innovation process and new technologies. The institute's research is directly focused on innovation processes and new technologies, with the aim of identifying and analysing strategic, organisational, and methodological issues having significant impact on the success of new product development.

Accreditation

Accreditation by a professional body is a mark of assurance that programmes meet the standards set by a profession. It's an accepted and rigorous process that commands respect both in the UK and internationally. It helps students, their parents and advisers choose quality degree programmes. It also confers market advantage to graduates from accredited programmes, both when they are seeking employment and also when they decide to seek professional qualification. Some employers require graduation from an accredited programme as a minimum qualification.

Our MSc Global Innovation Management programme has been awarded academic accreditation. This demonstrates the degree meets the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) as outlined by the Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP).

This accreditation is achieved through a panel of trained and expert accreditors looking closely at our programme’s content and delivery, including its relevance, coherence, challenge, assessment, staffing, quality assurance and resources.

The accreditors also monitor that the programme is continually improving and in line with the latest best practice, providing assurance to our students that they are getting a relevant and quality degree.

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

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.

Gaining accreditation isn’t just about ensuring the quality of our programmes, it also benefits you as a student. For example, being accredited by IET means that our graduates will benefit from a more straightforward process when applying for professional registration. Also, being part of an IET accredited programme is part of the eligibility criteria for many IET Scholarships and Prizes, including the Diamond Jubilee, Belling and BP Scholarships and IET Grants.

Staff

You'll learn from leading experts in the field of global innovation management. All our staff have great experience working with innovation management and improvement projects.

Staff include:

  • Professor Alex Duffy
    Professor Duffy is a leading expert in systems design, coordination of systems engineering projects, performance improvement and strategic development.
  • Dr Anup Nair
    Dr Nair’s overarching research theme is of technology driven innovations within organisations, particularly high value manufacturing organisations and strategic technology management.
  • Dr Andrew Wodehouse
    Dr Wodehouse’s research addresses the themes of product, process and people: the individual product experience in terms of user interaction; group collaboration in the design and delivery of products; and the sociological factors that drive product innovation and lead to commercial success.
  • Dr Andy Wong
    Apart from being a fellow of HEA, Dr Wong is a member of IEEE and BAM which are both leading academic communities in the world. He has published over 40 journal and conference papers in the areas of Management Science, Operations Research and Soft Computing.

Facilities

The Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management has a range of innovative purpose built design and manufacture laboratories. This includes a digital design and manufacture studio. It brings together:

  • data capture
  • CAD
  • 3D visualisation
  • rapid prototyping capabilities

Find out more about the facilities.

Additionally, as a Masters student in the department, you'll also have access to a private postgraduate student community area, including collaboration work areas, computer suites and social areas, as well as a kitchen.

Course content

Year 1

Compulsory classes (total 90 credits):

Global Design (10 credits)

This module aims to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and experience to become competent members of global/distributed design teams.

It covers the nature of distributed design, including: Benefits and issues relating to distributed design, design methodologies; Extended supply chains (design and manufacture); Distributed team structures; Comparison of co-located and distributed design teams; design to manufacture, distributed design expertise, different distributed design scenarios, e.g. cross-site, cross-company, national, international, etc.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of distributed design by explaining the concepts of distributed design engineering by discussing how the benefits and issues related to distributed design compare to those of co-located design
  • Demonstrate understanding of the management of distributed design projects by describing management tools and techniques for successfully managing distributed design, applying these tools and techniques to carry out distributed design project work and showing how these tools and techniques can overcome issues relating to distributed design
  • Describe appropriate technology and how it can be used to support distributed design by applying the use of technology to successfully carry out distributed design project work

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework submissions (70%) and project presentations (30%).

Strategic Technology Management (10 credits)

This module aims to provide a series of strategic frameworks for managing high-technology businesses. The main focus is on the acquisition of a set of powerful analytical tools which are critical for the development of a technology strategy as an integral part of business strategy. These tools can provide a guiding framework for deciding which technologies to invest in, how to structure those investments and how to anticipate and respond to the behaviour of competitors, suppliers, and customers. The course should be of particular interest to those interested in managing a business for which technology is likely to play a major role, and to those interested in consulting or venture capital.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the role and importance of technology in business strategy formulation process
  • Develop the ability to critically assess concepts, tools and techniques of managing technology for both stable and turbulent business environments
  • Evaluate complexity and develop appropriate technology strategy models for specific cases

Grades will be determined by class participation assessed through four two-page papers on case studies, which may be written in groups of 4 people (40%), and an individual final technology strategy report based on an in-depth exploration of technology strategy in an assigned industry (60%). There is no final exam.

Supply Chain Operations (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students 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.

The module covers an Introduction to supply chain operations; Demand management; Master planning; Material management; Capacity management; Inventory management; Distribution management; and Case studies.

On completion the participants will be able to design and manage operational supply chain planning, scheduling and controlling systems for complex and disparate operations. In particular, students will:

  • Understand the basics of supply chain operations in relation to planning, operating, scheduling and controlling, including knowledge of supply chain operation practices (demand management, master planning, material management, capacity management and inventory management); understanding the impact of supply chain operation practices within commercial and social contexts and global trends in supply chain operation practices
  • Identify and assess different methods, tools and techniques for managing plans, operations and materials of end-to-end supply chains
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply those methods, tools and techniques in different contexts, including manufacturing and service sectors, with a critical awareness of drivers and obstacles in real life and the ability to produce sensible solutions to overcome them

Assessment and feedback is in the form of 2 in-class tests (60%) and one coursework (40%).

Management Of Innovation (10 credits)

This module focuses on innovation implementation. It integrates insights from research and strategy, management control, innovation and technology and organisational behaviour to consider how innovations can be managed. Three main challenges to innovation are explored: resources, organisation and management mechanisms.

The module covers: Management of Innovation including an overview of what makes innovation management complex and three models for how these complexities can be managed; Introduction to Model S for small initiatives; Introduction to Model R for Repeatable Innovations; Introduction to Model C for all other innovations; Build the Team: An Overview and Division of Labour; Assembling the dedicated team and managing the partnership; Creating the Innovation Strategy; Enabling, running and evaluating Disciplined Experimentations.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of managing the innovation process within organisations
  • Demonstrate how to integrate business strategy with innovating strategies
  • Develop the ability to critically assess concepts, tools and techniques of managing innovation for both stable and turbulent environments
  • Develop and contextualise an approach for analysis for a specific case
  • Develop an innovation roadmap for strategic purposes

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group presentation (40%) and an individual final report (60%).

Design Management (10 credits)

This module provides a structured introduction to the Design Management process, issues and tools.

The module covers: Different approaches and aspects to design development including concurrent engineering, team engineering, product management, design management, distributed design, and decision support, the design activity, methods and process models including role of the market, specification, conceptual and detail design, basic team and management structures (organisation), key issues related to design complexities and the key aspects of design coordination, design performance and innovation.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand the role of design within an organisation and the organisational structures required for effective design by articulating the impact of early product delivery with regards to quality, cost and market sales and by describing the different main organisational structures and their impact on the design activity
  • Appreciate the role of design models, approaches and methods by appreciating of the different strengths and weaknesses of models, approaches and methods
  • Appreciate the role of innovation in design and know how to measure design performance by highlighting the key factors in design performance and how they relate as well as the nature and different types of innovation in relation to design

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework (100%), there will be no exam.

Postgraduate Group Project (40 credits)

This module aims for students to integrate and apply design, manufacturing and engineering management knowledge and skills to an industry based product and process development project and to develop project management skills.

The module consists of a team-based industrial project where an outline project brief is set by an industrial client. The team is expected to manage all aspects of the project through to a finished solution. This can be a product, system or process depending on the nature of the project. Teams meet with academic staff and industrial clients regularly through the project.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Have in-depth understanding and knowledge of products and management practices in industry
  • Critically review and evaluate products and management practices of the particular company and the business impact of proposed solution
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability in applying and using various analysis and modelling tools and techniques
  • Demonstrate project planning and management, presentation, consulting and team working skills
  • Plan, control and lead an industrial project from inception to completion.
  • Evidence achieving deliverables which meet the client company requirements.

Assessment and feedback includes a project report, a presentation to the client and any other deliverables specified in the project brief.

Elective

Choose no fewer than 30 credits from this list:

Product Modelling and Visualisation (10 credits)

This module aims to enable students to understand the concepts of virtual product modelling and techniques used to visualise products before they are fully designed and manufactured.

The module covers: An introduction to basic modelling, visualisation and evaluation techniques creating models, parts and assemblies; The representations that underpin modern CAED systems (wireframe, surface, CSG and BRep), basic computer graphics (homogeneous transformations), data exchange, information integration, product data management, economics of CAD/CAM systems (cost breakdown, potential benefits, improving cost/benefit ratio), basic systems selection and justification and organisational impact and system management.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use a commercially available CAD system by creating 3-D product models and appropriate visualisations for evaluation
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of product modelling and visualisation by demonstrating an ability to provide 2D/3D part and assembly drawings, and a variety of sectioned/dimensioned views of part/assembly models
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of product evaluation techniques by identifying and describing suitable product evaluation techniques such as FEA and utilise for evaluation
  • Describe and discuss the functionality and benefits that CAED systems can bring to product development by identifying and justifying a CAED solution for an industrial problem

Assessment and feedback is in the form of coursework (100%).

Mechatronic Systems Design Techniques (10 credits)

This module introduces design techniques and mechatronic systems at an advanced level in order to enable students to understand the application of advanced design techniques and development platforms for modern products and engineering systems. It provides opportunities for students to develop technology-focused products/systems by using the state-of-the-art hardware platforms and industry-standard software development tools within the class environment.

The module covers: Mechatronic system design process (including Product/system design specifications (PDS), concept generation and selection, mechatronic system design and flow chart diagrams); Sensing and actuation (including sensing theory, sensor selection, drive design and motor control); Control systems (understanding and applying control theory in a mechatronic system design); Hardware and software design (including software design basics, algorithm and code design, programming tools and software engineering principles); Prototyping and evaluation (prototyping methods and tools including rapid prototyping and computer modelling).

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of advanced design methodologies, design process models and techniques for mechatronic systems
  • Demonstrate the design process to generate mechatronic design solutions and prototyping skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of state-of-the-art processor architecture on modern embedded computing platforms
  • Describe processor architecture and the interface with real-world interactions
  • Apply knowledge to the modern embedded computing platforms, including selection of sensors and actuator to formulate a basic control system in mechatronic product design
  • Apply design basics and tools to the development of software for mechatronic products

Assessment and feedback is in the form of two assignments. Both are carried out in groups and assessed in terms of the quality of report and presentation/demonstration (50%/50%).

Design Methods (10 credits)

This module aims to enable students to select and apply appropriate design methods as a part of the design process.

The selection and use of design methods within the context of modern design practices and the new product development process will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on recently developed product independent design methods and their application within industrial environments. Specific topics include the design process management frameworks, user understanding methods, product specification methods, creative methods, design for production and cost methods, design for safety and reliability methods and design for the environment.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • select and apply appropriate design methods for a design project to solve product design oriented problems by understanding specific design methods and recognising their strengths and weaknesses
  • integrate appropriate design methods into a design process to ensure fitness of purpose of all aspects of the problem/context by demonstrating how manufacture, costing, environmental, disposal and customer needs may be addressed in the design process through design methods
  • analyse literature sources to identify design methods suitable for a particular situation by undertaking a critical literature review to identify current developments in design methods in research and practice and synthesise the results of the literature review into a report

Assessment and feedback will be in the form of an exam (60%), a report (35%) and a presentation (5%).

Enterprise Resource Planning (10 credits)

This module aims to develop a critical understanding of operation, structure and implementation issues around enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems as used in industry. Students learn how a typical ERP system works using an up-to-date SAP training package and consider the real-life use of a typical software package within an organisation.

The module covers: Business Excellence; What is ERP?; Business Planning and Control; Expected Benefits; How does ERP work?; ERP Pre-Requisites; Selecting the right system; Implementation Planning.

At the end of this module students will have a critical understanding of:

  • terminology relating to MRP, ERPII and ERP
  • the benefits and limitations of using ERP systems for making operational, tactical and strategic decisions within businesses, including the ways in which ERP systems may support or hinder decision making at different levels
  • learning to operate and build a product in a SAP environment
  • the scope, implications, logic, critical requirements to facilitate successful implementation of ERP systems, in particular the relationship between ERP systems, other ICT systems, business processes and human factors

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a 40 minute quiz (40%) and one coursework (60%).

Engineering Risk Management (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce the basic principles and techniques of engineering risk management and demonstrates the appropriate application of this knowledge within an engineering context.

The module covers: Risk definitions and basic risks in engineering; Risk management processes; Reliability - achieving reliability; Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) cycle; failure rate; Mean Time Between Failure; Mean Time to Fail; Mean Life; failure stages within bathtub distribution; downtime; repair time and availability; Risk classification - failure rate; severity and detection; As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP); Risk identification - Failure Modes and Affects Analysis; Hazard and Operability Study; Fault and Event Tree Analysis; Risk-based decision making – uncertainty, decision trees, Pareto optimality, Analytic Hierarchy Process and Risk legislation and litigation in engineering.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of and ability to make general evaluations of risk issues in the context of the particular specialisation, including health & safety, environmental and commercial risk.
  • Demonstrate awareness of relevant regulatory requirements governing engineering activities.
  • Demonstrate ability to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, use theory or experimental research to mitigate deficiencies.

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group coursework to show understanding of the risk management process in practice (100% for group contribution and submission of main reports).

Management of Total Quality & Continuous Improvement (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the key principles, concepts, tools and techniques of total quality management and continuous improvement together with an awareness of how these can be used to design and deliver an integrated continuous improvement programme.

It covers an Introduction to Total Quality Management including definitions, basic elements and quality costing; ISO Quality Management System Standards; Quality improvement tools; Reliability Engineering and Continuous Improvement Concepts (FMEA, Lean methodologies, Kaizen, Poka Yoke, Theory of constraints).

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • understand the key principles, concepts, tools and techniques of total quality management and continuous improvement
  • apply key principles, concepts, tools and techniques of total quality management and continuous improvement, including planning for real-life application of tools and techniques
  • formulate improvement strategies within a particular context

Assessment and feedback is in the form of one group work (a case study report, 40%) and one individual coursework (a journal article, 60%).

Fundamentals Of Lean Six Sigma (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the principles of Lean and Six Sigma. From Continuous Improvement approaches to organisational requirements, the module covers the critical success factors needed to support sustainable and effective business transformation.

The module covers: an Introduction to Lean Thinking, Six Sigma, and Lean Six Sigma (LSS); Comparing and Contrasting Lean & Six Sigma; DMAIC Continuous Improvement Methodology; LSS project characterisation and selection; Lean and Six Sigma metrics; Overview of basic Lean Tools and Techniques including: affinity diagram, project charter, project selection matrices, SPC, Ishikawa, 5 Why’s, 5S, SMED, DoE, etc.; Evolution of Lean Six Sigma (from manufacturing to service environments and the implications of each).

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • gain an appreciation for Lean Six Sigma as a Continuous Improvement methodology, and understand the implications of its application in manufacturing, transactional and service processes
  • apply the Lean Six Sigma methodology (DMAIC) and basic Continuous Improvement tools to solve real world problems
  • evaluate the Critical Success Factors and fundamental barriers in the execution of both Lean & Six Sigma initiatives

Assessment and feedback is in the form of an exam (35%) and an assignment in the form of a project report (60%) and project presentation (5%).

Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing (10 credits)

This module covers one of the major challenges of modern industry which 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.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of sustainable product development and sustainable manufacturing and how to establish competitive advantage and appreciate the key legislation affecting modern industry
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the engineers’ role in problem & solution to this and how to establish competitive advantage (e.g. via operational efficiency and effectiveness, new opportunities and enhanced enhancing marketing and customer goodwill)
  • Describe End- of- Life issues and critically discuss the place of reuse processes in Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, as well as identifying the various reuse processes
  • Identify the product features and characteristics that facilitate and hinder product recovery and redesign them for enhanced sustainability
  • Identify the fundamental “building blocks” of LCA and describe/illustrate the use of LCA in lifecycle decision making, as well as describing Biomimicry use in product design

Assessment and feedback will be in the form of coursework (70%) and a lab project (30%).

Product Costing & Financial Management (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of strategic aspects of finance in relation to the decision-making process and analysis necessary for efficient management of organisations.

The module covers: Financial Management; Accounting and Planning; Cost Engineering – including classification of costs and costing methods; Performance Evaluation; Financial Ratios; Financial Analysis – including investment decisions and investment analysis and other aspects of Financial Management such as risk and project management.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the financial organisation of industrial enterprises
  • understand, interpret and prepare financial statements and costing models of industrial enterprises.
  • evaluate financial models to facilitate economic decision-making
  • evaluate the application and impact of performance measurement tools in a business environment

Assessment and feedback is in the form of an online quiz under exam conditions (50%) and group coursework: Each group will be assigned a topic to carry out an in-depth analysis of the subject and this will be presented in a report (25%) and a mini-workshop (15%). In addition, each team will critique the analysis of the other groups (10%).

Systems Thinking & Modelling (10 credits)

This module aims to introduce students to the theories and principles of Systems Thinking. The module also introduces the methods, tools and techniques for modelling, analysing, improving and designing systems in a variety of organisations including industrial, commercial and public sector.

The module covers: Systems theory, concepts and approaches; Hard and soft systems analysis and systems dynamics; Systems and organisational performance – including leadership in a systems environment and ‘design’ in a systems environment and Practical application of Systems Thinking.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • show clearer understanding and knowledge of hard and soft approaches and how they can be used to deal with complexity and system behaviour in a business context
  • develop understanding of fundamental cybernetic principles that form the foundations of Checkland’s Soft System Methodology and Beer’s Viable System Model
  • develop knowledge and skills in systems analysis and business process modelling
  • critically evaluate the most appropriate methodology to model, analyse and design engineering/business systems across a range of organisations
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to model a business system and to develop a solution to solve a business system problem
  • develop an awareness of the importance of system approaches in management interventions

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a group presentation and one coursework in the form of a reflective diary.

Advanced Materials and Production Technology (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the fundamentals of advanced materials, characterisation and advanced surface engineering. The module also covers advanced machining processes and technologies and the principles and practices of rapid prototyping and manufacturing.

The module covers: Severe plastic deformation, materials properties and characterisation; Advances in Machining including the machining of hard materials, high-speed machining, precision grinding technology; ultra precision diamond turning and grinding technology; Principles and practice of Layered Manufacturing; Advanced Surface Engineering including physical-chemical functionalisation, electro-deposition, CVD, PVD, tools/mould treatment, nano- and multi-layered coating.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Describe processes of materials selection, characterisation, ultra-precision machining, rapid prototyping and advanced surface engineering
  • Demonstrate know-how on key processing parameters and show numerical and analytical skills relating to the materials and process selections and parameter setting
  • Identify key process parameters/variables in relation to process control and product quality
  • Specify machines or manufacturing systems for the manufacture/creation of specified products/models or to propose design solutions for a manufacturing machine/system to address the manufacturing requirements identified

Assessment and feedback is in the form of four pieces of coursework (25% each).

Design Form and Aesthetics (10 credits)

This module aims to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of design form and aesthetics.

The module covers: Traditions, evolution and trends in design form and aesthetics in the context of industrial design; Principles and practices: form; colour; surface and texture; Designing form and aesthetics in practice including concept sketching and imaging - advanced freehand sketching, digital tablet sketching, transferring sketching to CAD; Design refinement and digital modelling (Rhino 3D) including surface modelling and curvature, NURBS surface modelling, visual curvature analysis, basic rendering visualisation; Communicating form and aesthetics - techniques for presenting form and aesthetic ideas and concepts to users, development teams and clients.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Apply design form and aesthetics skills and techniques in project work with a focus on form, colour, surface and texture through the use of freehand sketching, digital and physical modelling. Demonstrate an ability to produce freehand sketches, digital and physical models which clearly show application of form, colour, surface and texture techniques
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a range of methods for communicating design and form approaches (verbal, graphic and prototype)

Assessment and feedback is in the form of preparing a Design Folio. This will include a mid-project design folio presentation (30%), a final presentation of visuals, prototypes etc. and critique of project work (30%) as well as submission of the design folio detailing stages and outputs of the design process (40%).

Human Centred Design (10 credits)

This module aims to provide students with theoretical and practical understanding of Human Centred Design (HCD).

The module covers: The evolution of HCD and its various approaches including ergonomics, cognition, user-centered design, people-centered design, design emotion, participatory design, co-design, design ethnography and design anthropology; Ontological and epistemological perspectives and assumptions in HCD such as different ‘world-views’ of people, objects and interaction; Research methods for HCD including interviews, focus groups, lab experiments, participant and non-participant observation, critical making/‘provotyping’.

At the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate HCD tools, methods and operations in design practice
  • Select and provide rationale for appropriate HCD approaches within a variety of scenarios
  • Apply and communicate HCD approaches to a research and design project with tangible demonstration of methods in process and practice
  • Communicate HCD approaches verbally to an audience to convey its value within product development and innovation
  • Communicate design output visually through the documentation of research, process rationale and solution in design folio

Assessment and feedback is in the form of a project progress presentation in class (30%) and submission of project (70%).

Knowledge & Information Management for Engineers (10 credits)

This module aims to give students an understanding of the types of knowledge, techniques and systems used in building knowledge-based systems and discussion on the application of these techniques; and, an understanding of the types of different approaches, techniques and systems used in building information-based systems.

The module covers an introduction to knowledge based systems; knowledge representations; reasoning, chaining and searching and an introduction to information systems; information input and retrieval; information modelling process and techniques; information normalisation; visual modelling; information structure and organisation; and integration of information systems.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Knowledge and Information Management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Knowledge Models and Methods
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Knowledge Engineering and Development Processes
  • Design, develop, implement and report on an appropriate information system to meet the identified information requirements

Assessment and feedback is in the form of group coursework (50%) and individual coursework (50%), there is no exam

Strategic Technology Management (10 credits)

This module aims to provide a series of strategic frameworks for managing high-technology businesses. The main focus is on the acquisition of a set of powerful analytical tools which are critical for the development of a technology strategy as an integral part of business strategy. These tools can provide a guiding framework for deciding which technologies to invest in, how to structure those investments and how to anticipate and respond to the behaviour of competitors, suppliers, and customers. The course should be of particular interest to those interested in managing a business for which technology is likely to play a major role, and to those interested in consulting or venture capital.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the role and importance of technology in business strategy formulation process
  • Develop the ability to critically assess concepts, tools and techniques of managing technology for both stable and turbulent business environments
  • Evaluate complexity and develop appropriate technology strategy models for specific cases

Grades will be determined by class participation assessed through four two-page papers on case studies, which may be written in groups of 4 people (40%), and an individual final technology strategy report based on an in-depth exploration of technology strategy in an assigned industry (60%). There is no final exam.

Students will need to take classes of no fewer than 120 credits (60 ECTS)

Year 2

You'll have the opportunity to study at Hamburg University of Technology. You'll take classes of no fewer than 120 credits (60 ECTS) including the Master Thesis:

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 (total 108 credits, 54 ECTS):

Optional classes (choose no fewer than 12 credits, 6 ECTS):

  • External Study Credits (12 credits, 6 ECTS)
    (Or such other classes as may be approved by the Course Director)

Entry requirements

MSc

First or second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant engineering, technology or science discipline.

PgDip

Degree, or good HND plus relevant industrial experience, may be considered for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. Depending on satisfactory progress, students may transfer from the Diploma to the Master’s course.

English Language Requirements

IELTS (for international students)
6.0 overall with no individual component below 5.5

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

This is a two-year programme therefore you will require funding for both Year 1 and Year 2 to gain the Masters.

2019/20

Scotland/EU

  • 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

International

  • 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.

Careers

As a Masters in Global Innovation Management graduate 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

Example job titles include:

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Systems Developer
  • Engineering Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Product Manager
  • Senior Analyst

Some of our graduate employers include:

  • Alten
  • Emerson
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan Motor Asia Pacific
  • Openlink Financials
  • Siemens
  • SRW & Co
  • Scandit
  • University of Cambridge

According to PayScale, the average Director of Innovation salary is £72,999*, and the average Senior Business Analyst salary is £48,627*.

*Last accessed 18 February 2019

Contact us

Apply

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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