Innovation Management

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.


2 years part-time.

Number of credits

NFQ Level 9

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,
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Design Thinking for Innovation
Applied Research Methods
Entrepreneurship and Business
Model Bootcamp
Research, develop and produce three industry-based research papers


This programme is subject to validation.

Application date

Closing Date for Applications
All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon Friday 24th August 2018.
All other applications – 12 noon Friday 24th August 2018.

Course fee

€2,750 per year.

Enrolment and start dates


Start Date
September 2018.

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