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Managing Innovation and Information Technology

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

Start Date(s): September; January; March; June; November; July

Duration:

MSc (one year full-time or two years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
PgCert (four months full-time, one year part-time)

Fees:

Part-time - £1,425 per 30 credit module

UK - £8,550

International - £14,400

In Brief:

  • You will be taught by a team of internationally recognised experts
  • We offer you strong digitals sector links
  • You will have access to emerging technologies, tools and development spaces
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Managing Innovation and Information Technology has been developed in partnership with industry partners to reflect the needs of business owners who are dependent on information technology and systems.

The programme has been designed for students with a background in technology who are looking to develop and apply their skills in a managerial position. You will learn from our expert academics, all of whom are research active members of the award-winning Salford Business School Centre for Digital Business.

There are a number of opportunities for you to develop your technical and business skills. Salford Business School organises the annual Creative Entrepreneur conference and hosts the Innovating Future Business competition, both of which offer you the opportunity to present your business idea for potential commercial investment.

The University is more than just teaching or lecturing, but a life changer for those who really want immerse themselves into the system. My knowledge of IT in business was improved through my choice of programme. The modules helped my career a lot, not only did I develop my understanding, but I was able to put it into practice whilst still in school studying.  After graduating, I landed myself my dream job as a Test Analyst with an organisation I have always wanted to be part of!

Emmanuel Ojo, MSc graduated 2014, MSc Information Systems Management (now reviewed and re-launched as Managing Innovation and Information Technology).

Course Details

The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.

The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a 6-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for 6 hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project one afternoon a week during the 6-week blocks.

Part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.

During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Industry Collaboration Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.

SEMESTER 1      

You will learn about the approaches, skills and methods of effective project management, and the tools and techniques required for planning, control, teamwork, leadership and other key processes. All of these qualities will develop your ability to lead complex projects.
This work-based module has been developed to ensure that you will gain an awareness and appreciation of the innovative, exploitative nature of emerging and disruptive technologies and open-source possibilities. You will gain the knowledge obtained by problem analysis, to design creative solutions to        meet        information needs of defined and potential user communities. This might include the elderly, disabled or the third sector groups. You will be tasked with innovatively problem solving real life case studies in purpose built developmental spaces. This exciting module has a continuous digital portfolio        assessment        to showcase the progress of your DIY innovative designs.

SEMESTER 2      

During your time with us, you’ll examine products and services, which are highly desirable to consumers online, while running real-life digital marketing campaigns and applying search and social media marketing techniques to support competitive marketing strategies. This is an internationally-focused,        research-informed        programme with a highly practical slant.
Most business are undergoing some form digital transformation, this module has been designed with business leaders to take a critical overview of the processes that are involved. You will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the needs of organisations when strategically planning transformation        and        integrating business information systems. You will also achieve a holistic knowledge of the critical role of IS/T, both at corporate and business levels, enabling you to be ready to support and deliver professional, ethical and legal services in IS/T transformation.

SEMESTER 3      

Industry Collaboration Project (ICP)

This module accounts for the final 60 credits of your degree and gives you the opportunity to examine an issue that is important to an organisation. The Industry Collaboration Project offers four different options: a Work Placement, a three month Internship, the applied Dissertation and, from September 2019, the Entrepreneurship path. You will be allocated a supervisor to mentor you through your chosen project and receive support wherever necessary from the Salford Business School Employability Team. For all options students are encouraged to address a real organisational issue, and to disseminate their work to a wider audience, meaning that you can create real impact through your Industry Collaboration Project.

The Work Placement gives you the chance to undertake a six month project with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally. By exploring a key issue impacting an organisation, you will apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies and develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment. Your work placement will be assessed primarily through the production of a project proposal and an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio.
The Internship option of the Industry Collaboration Project aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments either in the UK or overseas. Over a three month period, you will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue. Through your project, you will apply your theoretical knowledge in the development of solutions to the identified issue, produce a project proposal and finally an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio.
An advanced-level research pathway based on a real-world business problem. You will create an initial research proposal then produce a 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation for assessment.The Dissertation path gives you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the programme to a current organisational issue and deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research.
Please note, this option is available from September 2019
Through this option, along with applying your theoretical knowledge from the taught elements of the programme, you will develop the transferable skills and qualities required for entrepreneurial behaviour and work on your own innovative business idea. You will reflect on business opportunities, challenges and strategies with the aim of establishing a new businesses, or incorporating entrepreneurial thinking into the management of an existing organisation. The three month Entrepreneurship path will be assessed through the development of an Initial Business Proposal and an 8,500 word Comprehensive Business Proposal accompanied by a 30 minute presentation.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management.

A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.

Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University. For more information search for English on Course Finder.

Suitable For

This course is ideal if you are a graduate from a business or management-related subject, or if you have work experience that has incorporated a project management role. It may also appeal if you are a graduate from another discipline wanting to move into project management.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£8,550
Part-time£1,425 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£14,400

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section

Teaching

The course is block delivered with students studying a single module for a 6 week period.  Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the 6 week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.  Individual student timetables are provided during induction week.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.

Assessment

Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Marie Griffiths, Reader of Digital Technologies

Marie is the Programme Leader for this course, and teaches across the Business School on a number of digital focused modules at UG, PG, and MBA levels. Marie is also the Director for the award-winning Centre for Digital Business and has worked hard to ensure that the internationally recognised research has informed the teaching on this programme. Digital business is becoming a critical concern for many business leaders and owners and as a consequence, Marie is now also delivering digital transformation courses to senior managers both nationally and international.  Marie is the President of the UKAIS (UK Academy of Information Systems) a 25-year established academy that links industry and academia.

Marie’s research passions are technologies and people; looking at how omnipresent and emerging technologies are transforming how we work, communicate, play, learn and the different spaces that we now exist in. More generally for society is the issue of privacy and digital identities and the data that is amassing. Also more concerning for businesses is, are they digitally ready, do they know what technologies are coming to disrupt them and do they know their customers?  

Marie has an excellent track record of working closely with SMEs to digitally transform and has been part of the academic team on 10 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.

Employability

Our Graduates are highly sought after in many different sectors as the technical expertise developed through the programme cuts across a variety of industries. Other graduates often progress to become business owners and consultants.

This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.

Links with Industry

The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focussed education is equally relevant today.

We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.

The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience.  Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want.  The Industry Collaboration Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.

Further Study

Find out more information about research opportunities here.

Facilities

Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

All University of Salford students also have access to the MediaCityUK campus including its study facilities.  MediaCityUK is home to major BBC and ITV departments and over 80 businesses across the creative and digital sectors.  It is recognised as one of the most innovative developments in Britain and is a vibrant place in which to live, work, socialise and study.

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