Course Overview

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.

Applications and Selections

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

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). IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.

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.

1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting



PAC code


Course Outline

The programme includes the following modules:

Semester One

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

Semester Two

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

Year Long

  • Research Project

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

A range of career opportunities are open to graduates in areas such as graduate management trainee programmes, financial services and business analysis, management consultancy, retail management, hotel management, human resource management, policy development and research and academia. Employers of graduates of the programme include Accenture, AIB Capital Markets, Aldi, Amazon, Bank of Ireland, Diageo, Dell, Deloitte, Enterprise Ireland (New York), Google, IDA Ireland, Jumeirah Hotels (Dubai), Mercer Consulting, Cambridge University (PhD), NUI Galway and the University of Limerick.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,755 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€6,531 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€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.

Find out More

Mike Moroney
T +353 91 493 044

What Our Students Say


Michelle McEneaney |   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.


National Postgraduate Course of the Year (Business) Award 2010 & 2012

CIPD Accredited

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.