MSc (Strategy, Innovation and People Management)

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

Course overview

SIPM 2012 Small Shortlisted for national Postgraduate Course of the Year (Business) Award 2010 & 2012
LOGO The MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management is one of only a small number of programmes in Ireland accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). It is one of very few programmes accredited by CIPD which focuses on other critical areas of management in organisations in addition to HRM.

The long-established MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management is an innovative programme designed and developed to meet graduate and employer needs in the globalised Smart Economy. The programme aims to expose students to leading and innovative research and expertise within the J. E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics in the critical fields of strategy, innovation, people management and their interfaces. Graduates of this programme have found employment in a large range of professional and management positions, in a wide variety of industry settings and in leading, blue-chip, global organisations.

The programme aims to:

  • Provide rigorous exposure to the critical determinants of enterprise success.
  • Foster a critical mindset and approach to theory and practice.
  • Develop appreciation of critical success factors in a globalised, knowledge-based world.
  • Give exposure to a range of people-based organisational contexts, both local and global.
  • Equip graduates to work in a variety of industry settings.

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. Successful students can anticipate, after completing the necessary experience requirement, supplementing their MSc degree with the recognised professional qualification in the field of HRM.

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 (or equivalent international qualification). Practical experience would be an advantage.

Additional requirements

Personal statement explaining reasons for choosing the programme, anticipated contributions to the programme and how the programme will benefit career aspirations.

An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable, for international students.

An interview, if requested.

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 the following modules:

Semester One

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Strategic Management
  • Global Business and HR in Context
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Research Methods

Semester Two

  • Innovation Management
  • Learning and Development
  • Organisation Design and Development
  • Research Project

Applications and selections

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

Requirements and assessment

Overall, around 45% of assessment is by examinations, with around 55% by continuous assessment. Not all modules are assessed by examinations. A range of assessment methods are employed, including: essays, projects, reports, presentations, case studies and company-based ‘away day’ activities. A research project investigating a business issue from an HR perspective is required. 

Find out more

Mike Moroney
T +353 91 493 044

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,755 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

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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