Management and Organisational Innovation (MSc)

Overview

In a highly competitive global environment, innovation is one of the key areas in which businesses can ensure their success and establish a competitive advantage. On this programme you will develop an advanced understanding of organisations, their management, the changing external context in which they operate and the importance of innovation.

This programme is specifically designed for students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge to pursue a management career in a globalised environment.

You will cover topics such as: the development and operation of markets in relation to resources, goods and services; the economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological external context, together with its effect at local, national and international levels upon organisations; the role of marketing in relation to customers, their expectations and their location;  the management and development of people within organisations; the nature of organisations – their internal functions and processes; their diverse purposes, structures and governance, and the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between organisations and their influence on the external context; and the role of business innovation, creativity, and knowledge management within organisations.

This programme will:

  • Develop your understanding of markets, the external context, customers, organisations and their people
  • Teach you how to think critically about business and the innovation process, which are necessary to continue developing each company
  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills to assist with managing the innovation process in companies
  • Develop your problem solving ability in the business environment

Why study your MSc in Management and Organisational Innovation at Queen Mary?

We concentrate on developing your communication and presentation skills, as well as your ability to offer insightful analysis and creative thinking. We draw on a long history of human thought, working on the principle that a truly practical business education teaches you to think beyond textbooks, management fads, and memorised formulas for success.

Innovation is going to be vital to companies as they look to survive a global downturn, particularly in the UK. As a graduate of this course you will be equipped to assist with managing the innovation process and will be highly sought after.

Facilities

Our PGT students will have swipe card access to the Innovation Pod, Think Pod, and the QUBE Mac Suite; all located on the Third floor of the Bancroft Building.  The Think Pod is an interactive collaboration space with presentation, recording and video conferencing facilities. The Innovation Pod provides workspaces for individual learning. The QUBE Mac Suite is a workspace for student entrepreneurs providing 27-inch iMac computers with state-of- the art media creation and editing software.

You will have full access to the Management School’s resources including datasets and accounting resources relevant to this programme. You will use QMplus (our online learning environment) to access their reading lists, lecture slides, discussion forums and assessment.  On arrival you will have a bespoke induction programme of activities and dedicated administrative support.

You will have access to The Learning Resource centre which has 200 networked PCs and is open round the clock with dedicated workstations for postgraduate students.

You will also have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

Structure

This programme is available for one year full-time study. There are eight taught modules spread over two semesters. In order to reflect the practical and applied side of this programme the School organises a number of extra optional modules that aim to provide further practical training to students, whose subject matter changes from year to year.

Please note that your pattern of study will vary depending on your module choices.

Compulsory modules:

Semester 1

  • Organisational Behaviour (BUSM069)
  • Knowledge and Innovation Management (BUSM042)
  • Strategic Management (BUSM086)
  • Leading Organisational Change (BUSM108)

Semester 2

  • Research Methods for Business and Management (BUSM027)
  • New Product Development and Business Ecosystems (BUSM084)

Core module:

  • Dissertation for Management and Organisational Innovation (BUSM104)

(A core module must be taken and passed. A compulsory module must be taken.)

Two elective modules:

Semester 2

  • Management Consulting (BUSM111)
  • International Business Strategy (BUSM089)
  • Global Supply Chain Management (BUSM091)
  • Human Resource Management in the Public Services (BUSM077)
  • Leadership and Strategy in the Public Sector (BUSM097)
  • Risk and Crisis Management (BUSM117)
  • Organisational Development and Transformation (BUSM109)

* The range of optional modules may vary from year to year. The School reserves the right to withdraw one or more of the optional modules if there is insufficient student interest.

Entry requirements

A good upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject.  Some basic quantitative skills and some elementary prior knowledge of accounting would be an advantage. IELTS 7.0 (with 6.0 in writing) or equivalent is required.

International applicants:

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

Contact hours

Undertaking a Masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Learning and teaching

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. You can expect two to three hours of contact time per module, per week.

Independent study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.

Assessment

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and interaction with the Virtual Learning Environment. A wide range of assessment techniques are used, including coursework examinations and a dissertation. Coursework may take the form of an individual and/or group assignment, individual and/or group presentations or invigilated tests. Examinations take place in May or early June. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.

Dissertation

Over the summer term, you will write a 10,000-word dissertation.

This can be a practice orientated project of your choice, on a company or an industry you choose.

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2017 entry
Full time £11,450

Tuition fees for International students

2017 entry
Full time £17,800

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

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