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MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

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Student Insights: MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

The MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship is a unique master's course offered by Alliance MBS - home to Europe's largest number of innovation researchers. It can be taken as a one-year full-time course or part-time over two years.

  • Learn how the innovation process works, how companies organise to take advantage of internal and external sources of innovation, how to measure innovation and forecast future innovation trends
  • Gain understanding of new technologies, the new business models they enable, and the challenges and opportunities they create.
  • Learn about the role of innovation for sustainability.
  • Focus on developing analytical and critical skills, research training, personal communication skills and effective team-working
  • Prepare for a variety of careers including a leader of innovative teams, an entrepreneur in a technology-driven organisation, academic researcher or lecturer

Authentic mastery - being able to apply these methods, tools and techniques in a real scenario - is at the heart of much of the teaching and assessment. There is a strong emphasis on research training, development of personal communication skills, team-working and presentation which gives you an excellent basis to pursue a variety of careers across all sectors, academic research or teaching.

Coursework and assessment

Units are typically assessed by a combination of:

  • Written work (essay or report)
  • Presentation
  • Group project assessment
  • Examination

The last third of the programme is spent researching and writing a dissertation of around 15,000 words, the choice of topic reflecting the student's interests and the expertise of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) .

Course unit details

You will study for 180 credits in total.

  • 8 core and optional units = 120 credits
  • Dissertation = 60 credits  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation. A list of dissertation topic areas will be presented to you toward the end of Semester 1. Dissertation topics reflect the diverse interests and expertise of research-active academics who teach on the MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship course and other research and teaching staff in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) and Masood Enterprise Centre (MEC) . There are limited opportunities to undertake a dissertation related to on-going research projects or in collaboration with industry.

Examples of recent dissertation project topics include:

  • Exploring the role of Corporate Social Responsibility driven eco-innovation for firm sustainability
  • Opportunities and challenges from open innovation between UK universities and the pharmaceutical industry
  • Dynamic capabilities and deploying big data for the development of the Chilean retail sector
  • Innovation patterns in after-sales for the commercial vehicles sector in India
  • Online innovative strategies to improve competitiveness and customer relationships in China
  • Studying user involvement in medical device innovation processes in the UK

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Entrepreneurship, Technology and Society BMAN61001 15 Mandatory
Innovation Management BMAN71471 15 Mandatory
High Tech Entrepreneurship BMAN71721 15 Mandatory
Tools and Methods for Innovation Analysis BMAN71751 15 Mandatory
Research methods and skills BMAN72352 15 Mandatory
Case Studies in Technology Strategy & Innovation Management BMAN62042 15 Optional
Place and innovation, from Silicon Valley to Graphene City BMAN62062 15 Optional
Innovation for Sustainability BMAN70372 15 Optional
Innovation & Strategy BMAN71662 15 Optional
Business Creation and Development MCEL60032 15 Optional
Developing Enterprising Individuals MCEL60142 15 Optional
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