Course Overview

Founded in 2002, the MSc Strategy, Innovation and People Management (SIPM) is a broad-based programme integrated around the three meta-factors critical for success in the digital, knowledge-based, global economy. The programme provides a thorough conceptual grounding in theory (both seminal and current) combined with applied understanding and analysis of practice. The MSc SIPM fosters critical thinking, develops long-term career capabilities and equips graduates to work in a wide variety of roles in a broad range of industry settings. The MSc SIPM is accredited at the Advanced Standards Level (the highest achievable) by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), the largest professional HR body globally. 


The MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) at the advanced standards level. On successful completion of the programme, students are eligible for Associate Membership of CIPD. After graduation, as they build professional experience, they can progress through the professional stages of CIPD membership from Chartered Member to Chartered Fellow

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System. 

Who Teaches this Course

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 research project is also required.

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). Practical experience providing exposure to the strategic, innovation and human resource issues confronting organisations would be an advantage.

  • A one-minute video outlining why you wish to study for an MSc SIPM, what your career plans are and why we should select you for the programme (See instructions below).
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • A written personal statement must be included with all applications.
  • In addition, an interview may form part of the selection process for the programme.
  • IELTS score of 6.5 if relevant.
CV, Personal Statement & Interview Guidelines are available at
As part of your application to this Programme please create a one minute video of yourself answering the following three questions (This can be filmed using your mobile phone camera):
1.       Why do I want to pursue the MSc SIPM  at NUI Galway?
2.       Why should I be selected for the MSc SIPM Programme?
3.       What are my career aspirations?
Instructions for submitting the video as part of your application:
1.       Create a URL for your video: by uploading your video to Youtube as an unlisted video—this means that only those with access to the URL generated will be able to view the video.
2.       Share the URL of your video: by copying and pasting the link into a word document. Submit this document to the NUI Galway Application system as part of your application (note: please ensure the URL link is valid and the video plays when clicked/pasted into a browser).

Additional Requirements


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting



Course code


Course Outline

Semester 1
  • Business & Society
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Global Business & HR in Context
  • Leading, Managing & Developing People
  • Organisation Design & Development
Semester 2
  • Research Methods
  • Learning & Development
  • Innovation Management
  • Business & People Analytics

Option of Internship Opportunity

This programme offers the option of an internship opportunity. Internships are competitive and cannot be guaranteed. 

We will source as many internship opportunities as possible but internships are usually not available for all students, and are competitive. Further, it is at the discretion of employers whether they shortlist and offer a position to applicants. In case a student cannot secure an internship, they will complete a Research Dissertation under academic supervision.

In cases where a student prefers to pursue individual research and not choose the internship option, they will choose the Research Dissertation option.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

A large range of professional and management positions, in a wide variety of industry settings and in leading, blue-chip, global organisations. Positions include graduate management trainee programmes, financial services and business analysis, management consultancy, retail management, human resource management, policy development and research, and academia.

Employers of previous graduates of the programme include; Accenture, AIB Capital Markets, Aldi, Amazon, Bank of Ireland, Dalata, Diageo, Dell, Deloitte, Enterprise Ireland (New York), Google, IDA Ireland, Jumeirah Hotels (Dubai), Mazars, Mercer Consulting, Cambridge University (PhD), NUI Galway (PhD), Oracle, and Qaultrics.

New - Option of Internship Opportunity

Students have the option to pursue an internship opportunity (up to six months) incorporating an Applied Management Project. Internships are competitive and subject to the availability of suitable positions.

  • The internship for students completing an MSc SIPM can be in any area of business with the proviso that the internship contains an element of exposure to human resources. It is envisaged that the broad nature of the MSc SIPM will equip students to apply for a variety of positions.
  • The internships are typically suited to students with limited professional experience.
  • Whilst students will be supported by a Placement Officer, students may also self-source their own internship subject to the approval of the Placement Office.
  • We will source as many internship opportunities as possible but internships are usually not available for all students and are competitive. Further, it is at the discretion of employers whether they shortlist and offer a position to applicants.
  • In cases where a student prefers to pursue individual research or cannot secure an internship, they will complete the Research Dissertation.

The MSc (Strategy, Innovation and People Management) is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) for accreditation at the advanced level. Students on this programme can achieve Associate Membership of CIPD. 

Associate membership of CIPD on graduation provides the platform for many initial positions (from which requisite experience is obtained leading to chartered, professional membership, usually within two years). Thereafter, strategy, innovation and organisational management programme dimensions satisfy the broader, value-contributing requirements of higher-level, business development roles, facilitating career progression and movement (including internationally). Programme graduates in recent years have a near full employment record.

CareerWise Recruitment’s award will be presented annually to the MSc Student on the basis of their Research Project (Dissertation) mark and nominated on the recommendation of the Head of Discipline.


The MSc SIPM is innovative in conception, as reflected in curriculum design. Six of the eight taught modules (two-thirds of the programme) are double-weighted (10 ECTS), each with 48 contact hours. There are 36 classroom hours on a weekly basis, and 12 hours dedicated to bespoke practical learning events such as skills workshops and company visits. This enables the integration of theoretical rigour in the knowledge domain with the application of knowledge through applied, experiential activities. This dual theory-applied dimension is also evident in the Research Project, where the intellectual rigour of a dissertation is combined with primary empirical data to validate and/or extend theoretical foundations.

Innovation characterises both classroom and event-based learning. A wide range of pedagogies is employed in weekly teaching, such as lectures, seminars, case studies and problem cases, and senior industry speakers. Similar variety pertains for bespoke applied events, which include skills workshops (psychometric testing MG6107), company visits (An Post Mails Processing Centre MG6110), “off-site war games” (MG6102) and hosted corporate innovation days (MG6111). Overall programme assessment is 50% examinations/50% continuous assessment. The latter is broad-ranging, including group projects, presentations, poster productions (MG6101), essays and industry panel ratings (MG6102 and MG6111). 

Programme modules make extensive use of formal and recurring top-level Industry links. The MG6110 project on An Post includes presentations by two Executive Directors (Brian McCormick, Adjunct Professor, and Pat Knight, HR Director). In MG6101 Paul Scully, Group VP and Regional HR Director, Intel, delivers a masterclass on Strategic HR. The MG6102 project involves student groups working on a company problem assignment and presenting analyses and solutions to management, including Home Instead CEO Suzanne Ryan. On the Innovation Day in MG6111, students participate in an intensive start-up workshop guided by industry mentors, and pitch ideas developed and tested to an industry panel with the winners awarded prizes. MG6111 participants include John Power, Aerogen founder and CEO.

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics MSc Strategy, Innovation and People Management Scholarship

Details of Scholarships for the MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management commencing September 2021 will be published in Spring. For more information on the scholarship application process, please contact

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€10,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€9,776 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€17,400 p.a. 2021/22

Note to non-EU students: learn about the 24-month Stayback Visa here

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Mike Moroney
Programme Director
T: +353 91 493 044

Cathy Melia
Programme Administrator
T: +353 91 493 771

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What Our Graduates Say


Tara O'Carroll |   People Operations at Google

This masters allowed me to hone in on my people management skills and learn how leading businesses triumph in the ever competitive and constantly changing market. On reflection of the last year, it was really a fantastic experience and I would encourage anyone to apply as you get a grounding in human resources aspect which has the CIPD accreditation and also all facets of strategy & innovation management.

Áine McHugh |   Manager, Strategy & Advisory at Azur Digital (UAE)

The knowledge gained through completing the MSc SIPM has allowed me in practice to support our clients with the challenges they are facing today. Graduates from MSc SIPM at NUIG are equipped with the methodologies, tools and problem-solving skills to help solve our clients’ complex problems.

Lorenz Köppel |   Trainee at DZ BANK AG (Germany)

The MSc in Strategy, Innovation & People Management teaches a deep understanding in the areas most relevant for future leaders. Consequently, graduates are not only flexible when looking for jobs, they also start off with great knowledge in these key areas. Moreover, they are enabled to bring in sophisticated insights into daily business life. The profound competencies equal an outstanding competitive advantage. Holding such a degree opens many doors to an interesting career.

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