- Start date: September
- Accreditation: AACSB, EQUIS & AMBA
- Study mode and duration: 12 months, full-time
Study with us
- develop the skills to manage complex technology and innovation projects
- be prepared for a career in industries ranging from manufacturing and services to the public sector
- opportunity to work on a live issue for a business client
Why this course?
The substantial gap in knowledge and skills required to manage innovative and transformative projects, and the forecasted global demand for graduates who are able to address future challenges, makes the potential employment opportunities for graduates of our MSc Project Management & Innovation truly outstanding.
Combining an analytical and hands-on approach to projects aimed at addressing real-world issues critically and pragmatically, this course will fully prepare you for career opportunities in management and policy-making positions in all sectors ranging from private firms (manufacturing, services, etc) to public organisations (government, health care, etc).
Distinctive features of the course include:
- a highly practical, career-focused programme, addressing a global skills gap for effective project managers
- core project management classes enhanced and embedded by professional development and project management in practice modules
- a Consulting in Practice module, which provides an opportunity to put into practice all that you've learned from the programme and allows you, as part of a small team, to work on a live issue for a client organisation
- collaboration and engagement with the University’s Technology & Innovation Centre and associated companies
What you'll study
Based in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship in Strathclyde Business School, the programme draws on the contributions of leading academic experts across key, relevant disciplines – project management, innovation, strategy and organisation – as well as from Strathclyde's Technology & Innovation Centre.
On completion of the programme you'll have gained:
- comprehensive knowledge and understanding of key issues in managing technology and innovation
- understanding of the role of projects in delivering innovation and change in products, processes and services
- practical skills for managing projects with a high uncertainty and innovation content and/or which have innovation and change as a main target
Strathclyde Business School
Strathclyde Business School (SBS) was founded in 1948 and is a pioneering, internationally-renowned academic organisation with a reputation for research excellence. One of four faculties forming the University of Strathclyde, SBS has held triple accreditation from the three main business school accreditation bodies – AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB – since 2004. Our subject departments and specialist centres collaborate to provide a dynamic, fully-rounded and varied programme of specialist and cross-disciplinary courses.
Triple-accredited business school
The programme is centred on three core modules:
- project management
- innovation and technology management
- management skills
These are designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills critical for our graduates' future careers in project management and innovation. We place great emphasis on your ability to work effectively in complex, dynamic and uncertain environments, and to recognise the challenges that these circumstances pose.
Our teaching and learning methods are designed so that you develop skills in recognition of challenges, opportunities and can develop strategies for change. Simultaneously, the project management in practice and personal development modules provide you with leadership, project management and professional communication skills that are essential for career progression into project leadership roles, as well as experience of working with clients and putting theory into practice.
You'll also be able to pursue your individual interests and further develop specialised skills relevant to your preferred career paths through a wide range of elective classes.
Professional Management Practice
This class seeks, on the one hand, to focus on the development and refinement of managerial skills. On the other, it seeks to explore the complexities and ambiguities of contemporary organisational contexts. This class offers you, through a series of workshops, the opportunity to identify your development needs and refine your managerial skills.
Commercial Management in Projects
This class defines the role of commercial management within project-oriented organisations, providing a framework for and helping to develop a critical understanding of the factors that influence commercial management practice. It also identifies generic aspects of this practice and provides a theoretical foundation to these activities, by reference to existing and emergent theories and concepts, as well as to relevant management best practice.
Technology & Organisational Change
Drawing on a range of in-depth case studies, this class introduces you to fundamental questions and approaches to the study of technology and organisational change. Specifically, it'll explore how organisational structures enable and constrain the development of new technologies, and how new technologies enable changes in the process of organising.
The purpose of the course is to provide you with a thorough grounding in various perspectives on technology development and use combined with real cases of organisational change and transformation.
Leadership for Change & Innovation
The central premise of this class is that whilst prudent management is essential, it is not sufficient to assure sustainable business success. Leadership in any sector involves using creativity and vision to tackle problems. This class draws together the latest theories and practices to develop skills and understanding for effective leadership in the context of change. It also informs the practices of leadership in innovative project teams.
This class develops your ability to understand the nature and limitations of the information provided in the external, and internal, financial reports. It introduces some of the accounting techniques underlying business activity, and builds your awareness of the financial implications of strategic and operational decisions.
Project & Programme Management
This class introduces the tools and techniques used in project and programme management. It'll begin by introducing the methods used to define the scope of a project including the objectives it needs to achieve and the deliverables to be generated. It then goes on to examine lifecycle management, planning and scheduling techniques and cost control before finishing with risk management.
The theme of this class is to promote project performance not only in terms of meeting the time, cost and performance targets of each specific contract but also in relation to complementing the overall business strategy by exceeding customer expectations and therefore leveraging new business.
The purpose of this class is to introduce the operations function, in service and manufacturing organisations, as the transformation of system inputs to value-added outputs and to address key aspects of design, planning and control of operations systems, and to provide an understanding of the operations function in a global context.
Project Portfolio Management
In the current harsh and fast-changing competitive environment, organisations are becoming increasingly engaged with the management of a complex collective set of projects. Assembling a project portfolio management (PPM) system is a process that must be carefully and strategically devised, as well as frequently and regularly maintained and reviewed.
This is fundamental to ensure that the organisation supports those projects which provide the most appropriate match between its capabilities with the opportunities available. This class focuses on all key aspects of PPM ranging from selecting projects and facilitating their successful execution.
You'll be introduced to a range of different methodological approaches to conducting research and key issues researchers are commonly faced with (eg relevance of practitioner engagement, ethics). You'll be provided a broad overview of research choices and issues from the perspective of Strathclyde staff representing each department in the Business Faculty who will present vignettes from their own research projects.
This class provides opportunities to explore, understand and apply the language of strategy and strategic management. By examining real-life organisations, you'll develop your understanding of the forces within their contextual and transactional environments that influence their strategy, and by applying different strategic frameworks, develop the ability to critically analyse the strategic direction being adopted.
Managing Technology & Innovation
Innovation has become a core management capability for those organisations that want to succeed in today’s business climate. The course focuses on the management of technological innovation in contemporary business firms with a strong emphasis on the key role of people and organisations in creating, developing and transferring new knowledge, products, processes and services.
By drawing from the state-of-the-art innovation literature as well as a wealth of original, in-depth case study materials, the course analyses the opportunities and challenges related to creating, sustaining and managing innovation in the 21st century.
Consultancy in Practice
As the final class in the degree programme, the Consultancy in Practice class is aimed at developing effective and reflective practitioners/managers. It provides students with the opportunity to deploy many aspects of their learning by engaging with a live issue provided by a client company. It commences with a review of key theories and tools that students have studied as part of their degree with consideration given on how to use these in this exercise.
This is followed by analysis of material provided by the client which describes the issue to be addressed and the outcome expected by the client. This then leads into a group activity which applies particular techniques for addressing aspects of the client’s issue. More detailed client input is provided at certain points in the process often through direct interface with the client. This allows students to gain a more in-depth understanding of the issue and to try out various solutions.
Further analysis is carried out by the groups and the class concludes with students presenting their thinking to their client. The client presentations are then followed by a reflective session where the tutor, client and students are encouraged to explore the process of the class and develop the learning gained.
The Project Management & Innovation project provides you with a valuable opportunity to apply what you have learned through the taught modules to a more practical situation. Working under the supervision of a member of our faculty, you'll spend time working individually, or in a group, on a topic of central interest in the area of project & innovation management.
You'll learn the skills needed to develop a proposal and conduct an effective enquiry into your topic area, producing a report that is both informed and practical. Project subject matters are diverse, with a vast array of industries and topics to consider.
While many projects can be subject specific, increasingly, many projects are undertaken with organisations, which allow you to learn more about a specific industry or work with a particular company. Our experience shows that such interactions often act as a catalyst for future career opportunities. While you'll be encouraged to put forward your own suggestion of a company, we do have client projects on offer, so are more than happy to assist you in identifying appropriate clients and partnerships.
In order to help you develop new skills and/or extend your knowledge in areas that you see as relevant to your personal learning objectives, students are asked to undertake two elective classes. These classes are chosen from a wide portfolio of elective subjects, which are revised annually to reflect the latest business thinking. In the past students have chosen from classes including:
New Venture Creation
In New Venture Creation, students will learn to develop and validate winning business models. Students will cover a broad range of topics that critically examine various approaches to establishing and operating a venture, supported by frequent guest lectures from successful entrepreneurs.
International Trade Theory & Policy
In this class you will gain an understanding of the essential economic issues in international trade, market structure, and the role of international institutions in promoting trade liberalisation and disciplining international commercial interaction. You will analyse the distribution of the gains from trade, identifying the circumstances where trade liberalisation is mutually beneficial and those where there are winners and losers at the international or national level. The class will also address current issues facing the world trading system – such as Brexit – and how these might be resolved.
Managing Talent and Succession Planning
This will seek to address a range of inter-related themes and issues centred on the concept of ‘talent’ – What are the talents that we require? Who are the ‘talented’? How do we source them? How do we develop them? How do we retain them and provide opportunities that meet their aspirations? How do we manage ‘talent’? How do we motivate those employees who are not labelled as part of the talent community?
The class will combine broad strategic talent themes with a practical approach to the management and development of talented or high potential employees within an organisational setting.
The class will encourage the development of a critical view of Talent Management theory and practice to develop capabilities as professional managers who are able to think critically about Managing Talent and are, therefore, better problem-solvers and decision-makers in this key area.
Global Operations Strategy
The purpose of this course is to provide course participants with a perspective on global operations strategy that is underpinned by an attitude of enquiry. There is no one “right” way of designing and running international operations. A company’s global operations strategy will be developed based on a number of choices. These choices are subject to the differences across national boundaries, which can be significant. Geographical and national boundaries may bring different trading conditions due to varying trade rules, different legal frameworks, different skills profiles and capabilities, presence of new competitors, volatile exchange rates, labour costs and labour law etc.
We learn from experience as well as from academic knowledge. In this module, much of the learning will come from case studies - looking at what worked in certain situations and what didn’t and digging deeper into the reasons why. The aim of this course is to learn about the choices faced by managers running operations in multiple countries. Through investigating goal operations strategies adopted by well-known companies and discussing the choices made by managers, students will develop capability in developing global operations strategies.
This module aims to provide students with skills and knowledge relating to the use of practices in Project Management with particular respect to the project triple constraint: time, cost and quality.
Brand Management & Strategy
The mission of this elective is to provide a solid understanding and application in the strategies of global brand management. Key skills and theories of brand management will be presented and discussed in order to equip the learner to operate effectively in a global brand management environment. Students will gain a clear appreciation of the role of brand strategy within the corporation’s operating plan. This will entail consideration of environmental factors causing changes to the structure and composition of the brand portfolio as well as discussion of conceptual issues surrounding the strategic roles of brand management.
Blockchain in Technology Services
This course introduces the student to the blockchain technology and its applications in services. This course will provide an initial understanding of what blockchain technology is, how it works, and what are its applications in services marketing. Specifically, it will explore the application of blockchain in travel and tourism, loyalty programmes and consumer well-being. Further, it considers the benefits as well as the limitations and challenges of implementing blockchain solutions among service organisations.
Strategic Financial Management
The class will consider a number of financial decisions of strategic importance, ranging from capital expenditure decisions to those concerned with the evaluation of the terms of a merger. These decisions will be explored through lectures, exercises and most importantly, case studies. The preparation of the case studies and the discussion of the analysis will provide the focus of the class.
Service Operations Simulation
This class provides MSc students with insights into ‘Service’ Operations Management, an area of study that is increasingly relevant to our graduates as compared with traditional/manufacturing operations management. Emerging concepts such as ‘services science’ emphasize the need to understand operations management within the service sector as a whole, while providing specific examples from different service sectors to illustrate the wide range of challenges within service industries. Aiming to be as practically useful as possible, the class provides both conceptual and technical perspectives on services. The technical perspective utilises discrete event simulation (DES) as a powerful tool to analyse service operations and facilitate decision making for service operations managers.
In this class, participants explore aspects of governance, work ethics and succession as well as family dynamics, conflict on gender issues. The class gives students insights into effective and professional work with and within family firms.
Managing in Europe (Toulouse)
The aim of this module is to:
- sensitize students to the basic skills involved in managing people in Europe with a focus on cultural and knowledge issues as well as managing cross-cultural differences
- understand the European context in terms of HRM and employment relations and manage effectively in this context
- be able to adapt to different cultural environments and to manage effectively in an intercultural European context as well as a global context
Minimum second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in any subject.
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For applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 (with no individual test score below 5.5) is required.
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.
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Fees & funding
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How can I fund my course?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The majority of graduates choose to pursue careers in project management and/or consultancy. They have worked across a range of industries including automotive, banking and finance, public sector, technology and construction, as well as in SMEs.
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Project Management and Innovation
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time
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