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MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

Gain the skills to understand and manage innovation in both entrepreneurial and established businesses.

You learn how new, innovative products get to market, how companies introduce innovation and how enterprises set up new ventures. There is a focus on the analysis of key issues surrounding innovation management and entrepreneurship from the perspective of firms, governments and the global economy.

Take advantage of the workshops, guest speaker events and competitions run by Manchester Enterprise Centre.

MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

The MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship is an exciting masters 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 to successfully manage both technology and organisational innovation
  • Gain understanding of how the innovation process works, how companies organise to take advantage of internal and external sources of innovation, how to carry out technology investment appraisal and forecast future innovation trends
  • 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) and presentation, group project assessment, individual essay and 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 MIoIR's expertise.

Course unit details

During the course you will be taking 180 credits in all. The eight taught modules during semester one and two total 120 credits and consists of both compulsory and optional taught units which can be viewed in the list below.  

Over the summer period, you will carry out your Research Dissertation, worth 60 credits. A list of dissertation topic areas will be presented to you toward the end of the first term: dissertation topics reflect the diverse interests and expertise of research-active academics who teach on the IME MSc Programme and other research and teaching staff in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR) and Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC). Sometimes there are opportunities to undertake dissertations related to on-going research projects or in collaboration with industry.

Examples of recent accounting and finance 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
Innovation and the Knowledge Economy BMAN61001 15 Mandatory
Innovation Management BMAN71471 15 Mandatory
High Technology Entrepreneurship BMAN71721 15 Mandatory
Financial Appraisal and Investment Economics BMAN71751 15 Mandatory
Research Methods BMAN72352 15 Mandatory
Case Studies in Technology Strategy & Innovation Management BMAN62042 15 Optional
Service Innovation BMAN62052 15 Optional
Regional, National and Global Dimensions of Science, Technology and Innovation BMAN62062 15 Optional
Eco-Innovation Management BMAN70372 15 Optional
Innovation & Market Strategy BMAN71662 15 Optional
Water and Sanitation Planning and Policy in developing countries BMAN72192 15 Optional
Business Creation and Development BMAN72662 15 Optional
Developing Enterprising Individuals BMAN72672 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 13 course units

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Testimonial Christian Daniel Dominguez-Agiss

"Manchester is very entrepreneurial and Alliance MBS has a huge concentration of innovation management researchers."

Christian Daniel Dominguez Agiss, Mexico


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