MSc (Strategy, Innovation and People Management)

College of Business, Public Policy, & Law
J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics

Course overview

Short-listed for Gradireland's "Postgraduate Course of the Year" 2012.

This innovative programme provides students with a deep and analytical understanding of strategic management, innovation, and people development in the knowledge-based economy. It provides an appreciation of the evolving environmental and organisational contexts of these areas of expertise. Students will be exposed to cutting edge research and expertise within the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, which aims to meet employer’s needs in the smart economy.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Normally a Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, usually a Grade 1, or a H2.1 in the Higher Diploma in Business Studies, is required (or equivalent international qualification).

IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

Average intake: 20

Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The programme includes such modules as:

  • Strategic Management.
  • People Management and Development.
  • Innovation and Technology Management.
  • Research Methods.
  • Organisational Studies and Strategic Leadership.
  • Global Business.
  • BioInnovate electives.

The programme is a revision of the highly successful MSc (Corporate Strategy and People Management). This revised course provides students with a deep and analytical understanding of strategic management, innovation and people development in the knowledge-based economy. The programme focuses equally on each field and on their various interfaces

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Requirements and assessment

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two exams: April/May. A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations, case studies, computer games and ‘away day’ activities. A dissertation or coursework and project on BioInnovate modules must be submitted.

Find out more

Mike Moroney
T +353 91 493 044

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,755 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

Current students

Michelle Strategy Innovation
Michelle McEneaney

MSc (Strategy, Innovation and People Management)

"Hi, I'm Michelle McEneaney, from Termonfeckin, Co. Louth, and I have just finished my exams and am working on my dissertation for the MSc Strategy, Innovation and People Management.  I was attracted to the course due to the small class size and the mix of strategy, innovation and HR. Also, the course was nominated twice by GradIreland for Best Postgraduate Course of the year in Business! 

The assignments in most of the modules were real-world assignments and we even got to present our findings in one of our modules to the management at Medtronic who where very impressed with our work. Also, we were the first Irish students to participate on a global cross culture project with students from many universities on 5 continents and this opened my eyes to the experience of working with people in many different countries at the same time. As well as gaining loads of practical experience, the staff and students on the course where wonderful and really friendly. I have really enjoyed the course and I have gained loads of confidence. The knowledge and experience I have gained on this course has helped me come on leaps and bounds in my interview skills and thanks to this, I have secured a job in Accenture starting in September”.


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