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. 

CIPD-accredited

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 http://www.nuigalway.ie/career-development-centre/servicesforstudents/job/cv/
 
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

Duration

1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2021

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

Course code

1MIP1

Course Outline

Semester 1
  • Leading, Managing & Developing People
  • Strategic Management
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Business & Professional Development Skills
  • Business Research Skills
Semester 2
  • Global Business & HR
  • Learning & Development
  • Organisatiion Design & Development
  • Business & People Analytics (optional)
  • Business & Society (optional)
March-August

Internship Opportunity

Students have the option to pursue an internship opportunity (four months) incorporating an Applied Management Report.

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.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required MG5124: Business Research Skills


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

This module provides students with an understanding of the research and academic writing skills that are necessary in business research. The objective of the module is to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the tools and techniques used for collecting and analysing data in business research and with the necessary skills to critically evaluate research.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Compare and contrast the relative merits of research methods and their relevance to different situations.
  2. Undertake a systematic analysis of quantitative and qualitative information and present the results in a clear and consistent format.
  3. For a chosen research topic, identify and formulate a research question, and develop an appropriate research design to answer the question.
  4. Demonstrate enhanced IT proficiency in tools to collect and analyse data.
  5. Demonstrate understanding and application of critical, argument based, analytical and evaluative thinking and discussion.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG5124: "Business Research Skills" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG5121: Business & Professional Development Skills


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

A key purpose of this module is thus to encourage learners to develop a strong sense of self-awareness and of their own strengths and weaknesses as managers and colleagues. The module is primarily concerned with the development of skills, and specifically seeks to develop and improve a range of definable skills that are pivotal to successful management practice and to effective leadership. These include thinking and decision-making skills, the management of financial information, managing budgets, a range of team working and interpersonal skills and others associated with developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work. Finally, the module seeks to help learners make the most of their formal programmes of study with the inclusion of key postgraduate study skills and requires critical reflection on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Manage themselves more effectively at work or in another professional context
  2. Lead, manage and influence others in interpersonal relationships at work more effectively
  3. Make sound, justifiable decisions and solve problems more effectively
  4. Demonstrate enhanced IT proficiency and competency in postgraduate study skills
  5. Demonstrate an essential people management skill-set
  6. Interpret financial information and manage financial resources
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG5121: "Business & Professional Development Skills" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG5117: Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module provides students with an understanding of the management and strategy of innovation and innovation driven entrepreneurship.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain the central importance of effective innovation and technology management for success and growth.
  2. Identify the role of innovation capabilities in the development and implementation of innovation strategy.
  3. Critically assess the key processes for the effective organisation of innovation and technology within firms.
  4. Evaluate and validate unmet needs.
  5. Develop and validate a business model to deliver and capture value from identified opportunities.
  6. Appraise and select winning approaches in the domains of Strategy, Innovation and People Management and/or their integration.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Written Assessment (70%)
  • Continuous Assessment (30%)
Module Director
The above information outlines module MG5117: "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG6102: Leading, Managing and Developing People


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The Leading, Managing and Developing People (LMDP) module focuses on how people are managed in the workplace, the manner in which organisations seek to manage and deploy their people in order to realise organisational strategies, and the day-to-day interactions between the organisation and its human resources. The module examines contemporary developments in the talent and people management field. The aim of this module is to: a) familiarise students with major contemporary research evidence on employment and effective approaches to talent/human resource management and development practice b) provide an in-depth coverage of the functional areas of talent and HRM including: employment relations; reward management; performance management; recruitment, planning and talent management; and learning and development c) introduce students to major debates about talent and HR theory and practice in the fields of leadership and change management to enable them to become effective HR managers and specialists in an ethical and professional manner. d) enable students to critically analyse HR policy and practice and work on applied HR projects and real-world HR cases.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Review and critically evaluate major contemporary research and debates in the fields of human resource management (HRM) / human resource development (HRD).
  2. Evaluate major theories relating to managing people and talent, motivation, flexibility and engagement at work and how these are put into practice by organisations.
  3. Debate and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and change management in organisations.
  4. Critically discuss aims and objectives of the HRM/D function in organisations and assess the contribution made by HRM/D specialists in different types of organisation.
  5. Promote professionalism and an ethical approach to HRM and HRD practice in organisations.
  6. Interpret financial information and manage financial resources within a HR context.
  7. The roles and functions of the different parties to control and manage the employment relationship.
  8. The importance of integrated employment relations processes that support organisational performance, including the design and implementation of policies and practices in the areas of employee engagement, employee voice; negotiation and bargaining; conflict resolution; change management and management control.
  9. Identify, analyse and solve applied problems in individual – and team-based settings.
  10. Appraise and select winning approaches in the domains of Strategy, Innovation or People Management and/or their integration.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG6102: "Leading, Managing and Developing People" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG602: Strategic Management


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The primary objectives of this course are as follows: • To provide rigorous exposure to the concepts, theories and techniques on which strategic management in the business sector is based • To explore the application of strategic management concepts, theories and techniques in a wide range of business settings • To examine the design, implementation and maintenance of strategic planning systems and strategic thinking
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate mastery of the concepts, theories and techniques on which strategic management in the business sector is based.
  2. Formulate and design strategies, strategic planning systems and strategic implementation plans.
  3. Develop an understanding of the complex, multi-disciplinary, inter-related and intractable nature of strategic issues confronting the senior management of firms.
  4. Demonstrate a facility for critical, evaluative, strategic thinking at firm and industry levels.
  5. Apply strategic principles, concepts, theories, techniques and systems in a wide range of business and industry settings.
  6. Appraise and select winning approaches in the domains of Strategy, Innovation or People Management and/or their integration.
  7. Understand, analyse and critically evaluate change management strategies and activities through the application of organisation development strategies, which might support organisation design and realignment outcomes.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Written Assessment (70%)
  • Continuous Assessment (30%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG602: "Strategic Management" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG5111: Organisational Design and Development


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop a critical understanding of the theory and conceptual framework of organisation design and of the principles and practices of organisation development. The module focuses on organisational functioning and resides within the context of organisation theory. In terms of organisation design, the focus is on decisions on the most appropriate organisational structures, relationships and allocation of work activities, including duties and role responsibilities. Organisation development focuses on how an organisation’s culture, values and environment support and enhance organisational performance and adaptability.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. The historical and theoretical basis of organisation design and development and their context in terms of value and contribution to organisational life.
  2. Available design options regarding organisational structures and relationships.
  3. Processes and systems that need to be in place to maintain such structures and relationships, and evaluation of same.
  4. Methods and procedures of organisation development and review their strategic impact.
  5. The importance of the HR role in advising on these design and development choices and supporting their implementation.
  6. Demonstrate understanding and application of critical, argument-based, analytical and evaluative thinking and discussion.
  7. Apply effective decision making to global business problems.
  8. Understand, analyse and critically evaluate organisation culture, norms and behaviours.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG5111: "Organisational Design and Development" and is valid from 2019 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG5109: Learning and Development


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The module explores the role of learning and development in facilitating enhanced individual, team and organisational performance. The context, internal and external, within which learning and development takes place will be examined. The module will examine learning and development at all levels ranging from first line to senior managers and draws on the established body of knowledge and theory in leadership, management, human resource development (HRD) and learning and development. The module will include industry guest speaker presentations and will explore contemporary learning and development practice. The module will enable learners to develop a critical understanding of the complexities of learning and development and understand the contribution the learning and development function makes to the achievement of organisational goals. Students will study the learning and development cycle including design, delivery and evaluation.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain, evaluate and critically analyse the internal and external contextual factors impacting on the design, delivery and assessment of learning plans and interventions in organisations.
  2. Evaluate, select and apply a range of approaches and processes for establishing learning and development needs at organisational, group/team, occupational and individual levels in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
  3. Critically evaluate a range of learning and instructional design theories and principles and apply them to select and justify appropriate learning and development methods and delivery channels with the engagement and support of other professionals and managers.
  4. Design learning plans and interventions to meet identified needs in a timely, feasible and cost-effective way.
  5. Demonstrate skills of delivery and facilitation of learning through a range of methods and for employees at a range of organisational levels and a range of occupational groups.
  6. Design and implement appropriate evaluation methods to assess the success and effectiveness of learning plans and interventions.
  7. Act ethically and professionally with a demonstrated commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity in the design and delivery of learning and development and to continuous personal and professional development.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG5109: "Learning and Development" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG5105: Global Business and HR


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module examines the theories of the multinational firm, rationales for multinational firms, the process of internationalisation, entry modes for international expansion, location decisions, management of international subsidiaries. Providing learners with an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations we recognise and acknowledge that corporate decisions and HR choices are not always shaped by managers and are influenced by internal and external forces beyond their immediate control. Taking a strategic human resource management lens we address the managerial and business context, within which managers, and HR professionals interact in conditions of environmental turbulence, change and uncertainty and how these are addressed within the internal organisation.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Contemporary organisations and their principal environments.
  2. The managerial and business environment within which HR professionals work.
  3. How organisational and HR strategies are shaped by and developed in response to internal and external environmental factors.
  4. The market and competitive environments of organisations and how organisational leaders and the HR function respond to them.
  5. Globalisation and international forces and how they shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices.
  6. Demographic, social and technological trends and how they shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices.
  7. Government policy and legal regulation and how these shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices.
  8. Identify, analyse and solve applied problems in individual - and team - based settings.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Written Assessment (60%)
  • Continuous Assessment (40%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG5105: "Global Business and HR" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG5123: Dissertation


Semester 2 | Credits: 30

The research project provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue, to locate the work within the body of contemporary knowledge, to collect and analyse data, to derive supportable conclusions and to make practical and actionable recommendations for change, improvement or enhancement of current practice. The applied nature of the research project requires a critical evaluative approach, analysis and a combination of academic research and business report writing skills. It requires reflection on the implications for professional practice from an ethical, professional and continuous professional development standpoint.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and justify a HR/business issue that is of strategic relevance to the organisation.
  2. Critically analyse and discuss existing literature, contemporary HR/business policy and practice relevant to the chosen issue.
  3. Discuss the relative merits of research choices and justify their relevance for studying the chosen HR/business issue.
  4. Undertake a systematic analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative information and present the results in a clear and consistent format.
  5. Draw realistic and appropriate conclusions and make recommendations based on costed options.
  6. Develop and present a persuasive business report.
  7. Write a reflective account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied in the future.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG5123: "Dissertation" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG5122: Internship and Applied Management Report


Semester 2 | Credits: 30

The internship and applied project report is an integrative module on the MSc programme. The Internship requires the student to develop a wide range of professional skills through reflection on their real-life work experience. In addition, the Applied Project Report requires students to draw upon their professional experience and their learning on the internship to identify and evaluate an organisational issue. Students are required to critically examine a real-world challenge related to their internship company by applying theory to practice and to recommend actions. Overall, the Internship & Applied Project Report requires students to integrate and apply the functional knowledge and management skills they have learned on their MSc programme.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and justify a business issue that is of strategic relevance to the organisation.
  2. Critically analyse and discuss existing literature, contemporary HR policy and practice relevant to the chosen issue.
  3. Undertake a systematic analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative information and present the results in a clear and consistent format.
  4. Draw realistic and appropriate conclusions and make recommendations based on costed options.
  5. Develop and present a persuasive business report.
  6. Write a reflective account of what has been learned during the project and how this can be applied in the future.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG5122: "Internship and Applied Management Report" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG5108: Business and People Analytics


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module aims to develop the awareness, skills and knowledge required to understand people analytics as a mental framework, linking human resource decisions to business outcomes and organisational performance. The module provides a grounding in the basic principles of people analytics and through critical discussion and practice-based case studies, we investigate how HR data from both internal and external sources can be used to create, capture, leverage and protect value by supporting business and people related decision making. Recognising the value of human capital, the module will critically access key pillars of people analytics including: Workforce planning; Acquisition/hiring; Onboarding, Culture fit, and engagement; Performance assessment and development; Turnover and Retention.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Recognise the value of people analytics in supporting evidence-based decision making and evaluation of human resource related investments and Workforce Planning.
  2. Investigate the cause and effect of asking the right questions of the people related data.
  3. Critically review the seven pillars of people analytics and consider how these might be applied.
  4. Understand the skills, competencies and knowledge required for a career in people analytics.
  5. Value the use and application of visualisation tools and data driven story-telling within people analytics and how it can contribute to maximising the likelihood of taking action at a higher level within the organisation.
  6. Understand the opportunity people analytics presents for HR to enhance their capability to influence business outcomes.
  7. Understand where people analytics fits within the concept of big data.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module MG5108: "Business and People Analytics" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG5113: Business & Society


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The module provides a comprehensive overview of the intersection between business and society, including the challenges facing organisations as they pursue global business activities. Ethics in business has grown to be of increasing importance in the world of today, as companies have been placed in the moral spotlight by shareholders, consumers, employees and governments. The growing complexities of the global economy demand a broader and a deeper view of the interaction between business and society than that offered by current management approaches that focus on reforming corporate behaviour. This module places business ethics in a richer contextual setting, focusing on the challenges that businesses must now confront, and exploring how these issues can be met by a rethinking of business models, goals and strategies. The course enables students to engage with contemporary social issues related to global business, and gain an appreciation of these issues from the perspective of managers, government, citizens and consumers. The module incorporates academic, professional and industry input.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand corporate responsibility in an international context
  2. Integrate ethical theories into leadership practice
  3. Analyse and contrast the goals of organizational stakeholders and corporate managers in the political, legal and economic spheres
  4. Apply ethical principles to corporate governance practices
  5. Implement sustainability principles in contemporary organizations
  6. Analyse the impact of local, national and global contexts shaping employment relations climates.
Assessments

This module's usual assessment procedures, outlined below, may be affected by COVID-19 countermeasures. Current students should check Blackboard for up-to-date assessment information.

  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
Reading List
  1. "Business Ethics: New Challenges in a Globalised World" by Janet Morrison/Macmillan
The above information outlines module MG5113: "Business & Society" and is valid from 2020 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

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.
CIPD-accredited

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.

Innovation

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.

Award of Nelipak Prize for Top Performing Student in the MSc SIPM in 2019/20

Nelipak award‌‌

At a recent online event, the Nelipak Prize of €1,000 for the Top Performing Student in the MSc in Strategy, Innovation & People Management (SIPM) in 2019/20 was awarded to Callum Farrell. The award was presented by Joe Holland, CEO of Nelipak Healthcare Packaging, the award sponsors.

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

NUI Galway is offering two merit Scholarships for the Masters in Management programmes. The MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management commencing September 2021 is eligible for these scholarships; one scholarship up to the value of 50% of the EU tuition fees and one scholarship up to the value of 50% of the non EU tuition fees.

For more information on the scholarship application process, please contact business@nuigalway.ie. Please note that to be considered for this merit based scholarship, applicants must be accepted to their chosen programme and have achieved a H1 (or international equivalent) in their primary degree and must complete the online scholarship form

Who’s Suited to This Course

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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
E: businesspostgrad@nuigalway.ie

Cathy Melia
Programme Administrator
T: +353 91 493 771
E: Management@nuigalway.ie

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Mairead

Mairead Long |   MSc Strategy, Innovation People Management Scholar 2020-21

During my time working in a technical role, I had the opportunity to get involved in more business-oriented projects and developed an interest in innovation and business strategy. The MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management was a natural choice to allow me to further develop my areas of interest while also gaining proficiencies in human resources. The CIPD accreditation will stand to me in whatever path I choose. Despite the challenges we all faced studying during a pandemic, the lecturers made a marked effort to adapt to online delivery and made the course as accessible as possible for us. I was lucky enough to be with a cohort of supportive students who have provided that much needed interaction and camaraderie. I’ve had a very positive experience on this course, and I’m excited to see how I can apply it in my career going forward.
Ally

Ally Whyte |   MSc Strategy, Innovation People Management Scholar 2020-21

I would highly recommend the Strategy, Innovation and People Management course as the course is very well rounded, offering a wide range of modules in the areas of strategy, innovation, entrepreneurship and HR, as well as an opportunity to go on placement in second semester. Although the course has been taught completely online this year, all of the lecturers have been extremely approachable, helpful and accommodating to the students which has made the year much easier. The assignments are mainly real world, team-based tasks which has helped me to meet lots of new people and develop my communication skills and confidence through taking part in presentations. Coming from a psychology background, I have especially enjoyed the people management modules! The course has equipped me with the skills and knowledge needed for the working world and I look forward to starting my work placement as HR Officer with Ryanair in April.

What Our Graduates Say

Tara

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

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

Lorenz Köppel |   Junior Consultant at DZ BANK AG

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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