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Applied Research & Innovation

What is the programme about? The capacity of a business to innovate through new or improved products and services is fundamental to its competitive and commercial success. The objective of this unique practise-focused Masters programme is to cultivate an integrated professional skillset in graduates (science, engineering, design, computing and business) for the effective management of the innovation process through the development of strategic, research-led and knowledge transfer capabilities.

You will learn how new products and services are created and how they get to market as well as how innovation is managed in different types of organisations.

The programme is designed to connect, integrate and embed research activity within regional small and medium enterprises and to meet an identified skills gap within that sector.

The programme will facilitate learners to explore their own interests in an active and practical way through undertaking research projects with local companies. You will experience what it means to carry out research and how to develop real life scenarios for organisations by working in a project based way to apply the knowledge acquired through the modules.

Why choose this programme?
The programme is designed for students or professionals who want to gain employment or apply practical research skills in their current work environment in the area of research and innovation. It is equally suited to final year students who wish to extend or develop a current project to a Level 9 degree for application within a real work environment. The course will provide students with a comprehensive skill set in research and innovation and provide a strong foundation for further postgraduate study, particularly for PhD research.

Entry requirements

Applicants require an Honours degree (ideally a 2.1 or above in a cognate, business orientated discipline) or equivalent.

Graduates of other disciplines with significant business/ industry experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applicants will be required to provide a personal statement and may attend an interview as part of the entry requirement for this programme.

Duration

2 Years Part Time

1 Day per month

Careers or further progression

What follow-on study opportunities are available?
Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

What will I be able to do when I finish this programme?
On completion of this programme learners should be able to:
• Analyse the current innovative performance of an organisation;
• Work with a range of innovation management skills;
• Utilise a research and enquiry based approach to business problems;
• Analyse and resolve problems across a range of competing demands and disciplines/industry function perspectives;
• Understand and facilitate project delivery.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Carlow.
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005
Email: lll@itcarlow.ie
Web: www.itcarlow.ie/lll

Subjects taught

Innovation Integration Management
Applied Research Methods
Entrepreneurship and Business Model Bootcamp
Research, develop and produce three industry-based research papers

Comment

Students taking Level 6, 7 or 8 courses of 1 year duration or longer where course fees are €2,290 and who opt to pay full course fees by Saturday 2nd September 2017 will be eligible to benefit from the €300 discounted fee of €1,990.

For programmes where fees exceed €2,290 the appropriate fee payment regulation information is available from the faculty for Lifelong Learning.

(a) Course fees are expected to be paid in full at the commencement of the course. IT Carlow recognises that some students may have difficulties in paying the full amount in one transaction thus the Lifelong Learning Centre has created a number of fee payment by instalment options. All such applications will be treated in confidence. In general, fee payment by instalment applications will only be considered for fees in excess of €1,000.
Students who apply for and are granted a fee payment by installment plan should note that failure to meet the payment dates set down for their payment scheme, in particular key dates, may:
• be denied access to Blackboard
• be prevented from sitting examinations in December, May or August as applicable
• have all other assignment / exam results withheld until payments are made
• assignments will not be accepted nor will a late submission for an assignment be accepted after late payments are made
• pay an additional surcharge.

(b) Students in receipt of employer sponsorship etc. will be required to submit a letter of confirmation of commitment to pay from their employer of funding body. They must also include a Purchase Order Number for invoice purposes. Where fees have not been paid by the ‘sponsor’ within thirty days after issue of the invoice, it is the responsibility of the student to then pay the fee and claim back fees from their sponsor.

(c) Repeat students will be required to pay relevant examination fee when applying to sit the repeat.

(d) The Faculty for Lifelong Learning has a strict policy in relation to Refund of Course Fees and a fees refund or a percentage of same will only be given in the following circumstances:
• A full refund will be given if requested in writing before the commencement of the course.
• Where a student leaves within two weeks of the start of a short course (10-13 weeks), 70% refund of the course fee will apply. Outside this two week period there will be no refund of fees.
• For long courses i.e. those of one-year duration or longer, a percentage of fees refund will be given over the first nine weeks of the course as per table 1. Thereafter there will be no refund of fees.
• The refund calculation is based on the full fee for the course not the amount that a student may have paid under a fees payment installment agreement.
• The fees refund calculation is based on the date that the student formally applies in writing to withdraw from the course.
• All courses will run subject to sufficient numbers. Where a course has to be cancelled those students who have registered and paid will be refunded in full.
• Receipts must be retained and produced when requesting a refund of course fees which must be applied for on the official refund form.

Application date

Closing Date for Applications

All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon 14th August 2017

All other applications – 12 noon Friday 25th August 2017

Course fee

€5,500

Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation Saturday 2nd September 2017

Courses Commence
Monday 11th September 2017

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