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 new MSc Project Management and Innovation, truly outstanding.
Combining an analytical and hands-on approach to projects aimed at addressing real world issues critically and pragmatically, this new masters degree 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).
Based in the Department of Strategy & Organisation at Strathclyde Business School, this 12-month masters 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 new Technology & Innovation Centre.
On completion of the programme you'll have gained:
- comprehensive knowledge and understanding of key issues in managing technology and innovation
- a thorough understanding of the role of projects in delivering innovation and change in products, processes and services
- a set of practical skills for managing projects with a high uncertainty and innovation content and/or which have innovation and change as a main target
Among the distinctive features of the course are:
- 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
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.
Semester 1 & 2
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
Technology & Organisational Change
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.
Leadership for Change & Innovation
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.
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.
Project Portfolio Management
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.
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.
Managing Technology & Innovation
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.
Consultancy in Practice
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.
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.
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:
- Brand Management & Strategy
- Foundations of Risk
- New Venture Creation
- Programme & Project Management
- Games of Strategy
- Strategic Financial Management
- Management of International Relationships
- Change Agency
- Developing Skills for Effective Management Consulting
- Social Media: Strategy & Management
- Managing in Europe (Taught at Toulouse Business School, France)
A full list of the electives available in the 2015/2016 academic year will be announced during Semester 2.
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.
First or second class Honours degree, or equivalent, in any subject.
There's no requirement for prior work experience.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language isn't English, an IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 (with no individual test score below 5.5) is required.
A degree in project management is the ideal start to building a successful career in management.
Project management is used in all industry sectors. In engineering, construction and events management, business is fully managed using project-based structures and techniques. In areas such as finance, mass manufacturing and retail, project management is increasingly being adopted to improve business and enable change.
A project management graduate will find a variety of opportunities with many large companies hiring through graduate apprenticeship schemes. Once employed, a trainee project manager will begin by managing small-scale projects. However, due to the fast-moving nature of this work, and the exposure to the wider business and to senior management that this role affords, a competent practitioner will quickly progress to larger and more complex roles. These roles often encompass external facing responsibilities such as client liaison and supply chain control.