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Innovation Management in the Public Service

Is this the course for you?
The highly successful Master of Science in Innovation Management in the Public Sector develops the leadership talent of public sector managers in order to deliver significant organisational improvement in participating organisations. It draws on the real life experience of its participants and is the only North-South programme of its kind.

This programme has been developed by LYIT and Ulster University in collaboration with the Office of An Taoiseach and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister who were integral to deciding on the content, structure and philosophy of the programme.

Key Features
• Focused towards developing responses to key public reform agenda issues
• Leading national and international best practice speakers
• Discussion-based mode of delivery
• 8 x 2 day block delivery over 2 years
• Action learning communities of practice – reflective learning approach
• Assessment is assignment based and centred on work issues
• Dissertation held on major in-house and organisational project
• Residential modules based in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements
A second-class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; and be in relevant employment within the Public Services.


2 years part-time

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
This programme aims to substantially develop the capability of executive managers as innovating leaders and to develop significant business improvement in participating organisations.

Follow-on courses
• Level 10 studies (Doctoral) at other Institutions and universities at home and abroad.

Further enquiries

Head of Department
Patricia Doherty
074 918 6202

Subjects taught

Mandatory Modules
Semester 1
• Context of Innovation and Transformation in Government
• Change Management in Public Service
• Citizen-Centric Public Service Delivery Culture in Innovating Organisations
• Information Sharing, Integration and Inter-Operability

Semester 2
• Transformational Leadership & Strategic Management
• Driving Innovation in Public Services
• Performance Evaluation & Control
• Research Project


Awarding Body: LYIT & Ulster University (Joint Award)

Enrolment and start dates

This course begins in January each year.

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