IT Enabled Innovation

The MSc in IT-Enabled Innovation is aimed at both Business and non-Business graduates and developed by the Innovation Value Institute (IVI); a consortium containing Intel, Boston Consulting Group, and Maynooth University; the MSc in IT-Enabled Innovation provides managers with a toolkit to create business value from IT.

This programme differs from many other IT programmes because of its leading industry inputs and also because it sets IT management in the context of the business environment. This is not a programme to develop stand-alone technical specialists. Instead, this course develops the capacity for participants to understand how IT operates both as a function and as a key interrelated resource within an organisational context. This involves understanding people, work processes, relationships, organisation structures, and organisation strategies, and how all of these impact on and are impacted by Information Technology.

This course focuses on IT-enabled innovation as a foundational concept central to the success of organisations today. We adopt a broad appreciation of IT-enabled innovation which allows for a variety of teaching styles and a topical emphasis for the learning outcomes. This approach accommodates a range of different types of innovation (i.e. process, product, and business model innovation, as well as service innovation), and multiple stages for the innovation process (i.e. ideation, development, diffusion, adoption, and impact). Because of the rapid pace of IT innovation, this highly regarded programme is revised annually and its value is reflected in it being shortlisted for the 2018 and 2019 Irish Postgraduate Course of the Year Awards in two categories.

Subjects taught

The programme is intensive and fast-paced, bringing students on a high growth learning experience across the 12 months of the programme. Modules are delivered over two semesters (September-May) with the Business Research Project / Placement Project conducted between May and August. The programme will generally be delivered through lectures, presentations, and intensive workshops, typically in blocks of two full days every two weeks, followed by less structured supervision contact over the third (summer) semester.

Themes may include:

Career Planning and Development
Digital Business
IT Governance
Strategic Management
Contemporary Issues in IT
Financial Management
Skills, Capability and Digital Enablement
Actionable Insights through Research
Business Research Project / Dissertation / Placement

Entry requirements

This programme assumes no prior knowledge of IT, Business or Management topics, but does assume the capacity for study and rapid development associated with an honours degree graduate. Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade, honours (level 8) degree. In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to candidates who do not hold a primary degree but who do have significant relevant work experience, at least three years of which must be in a management position.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

Maynooth University TOEFL code is 8850

Application dates

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date: 30th June 2021


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Post Course Info

Students graduating from this programme will have a distinctive and career defining capability. They are afforded a unique opportunity to explore and address current critical IT-Enabled Innovation challenges - learning from the lessons of many leading global organisations. The programme contributes to the career development needs of current and future IT executives in both public and private sector organisations. The teaching material takes a broad, cross-sectoral, and international approach.

This programme also offers students the opportunity to work with leading companies either as a consultant, through a business research project or some students will complete an industry placement. The success of this course is reflected in a recent survey we conducted which showed 100% of respondents in full time employment, with over 80% of these in managerial roles. Some of the roles our graduates fill include Business Analyst, Process and Governance Co-coordinator, Marketing Executive, Director, Senior IT Project Manager, Games Development Advisor and Sales Executive.

This course also provides graduates with the tools to continue their professional development long after they graduate through a specially designed Career Planning and Development module.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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