This course is aimed at providing students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a range of business-related disciplines, with a particular focus on business development and innovation. The course covers a wide range of relevant topics and has links with the world-renowned Harvard Business Schoolthrough the Competitiveness module.
For those with considerable existing industrial experience, the course will support career progression - for example, moving from a technical discipline to a wider management role.
For more recent graduates, the course will significantly enhance business knowledge and skills to provide students with an increased knowledge of contemporary and innovative organisational practice, with a solid grounding in a range of relevant business disciplines.
The imperative for business development and innovation in challenging times is the key to business growth and economic recovery. The overall aim of the MSc Business Development and Innovation course, therefore, is to provide an academically challenging, intellectually stimulating programme of study that educates, develops and enhances the professional competence of participants. In short, a course with a strong theoretical underpinning and relevant practical application.
Within this broad aim, the specific objectives of the course are to:
Provide an advanced study of business and management with particular reference to business development and innovation;
Prepare and/or develop students for a career in business development and innovation by facilitating the development of enhanced transferable skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area;
Develop students' ability to apply knowledge and critical understanding of business development and innovation to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve organisations and business practice;
Enhance students' lifelong learning skills and personal development in order to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.
Our experiences with participants studying on this course is that the real value of the course is in its ability to empower students to look in holistic terms at how innovation (in whatever form) can facilitate and support business development and create value in their own particular context.
Teaching and learning assessment
Each of the taught modules is delivered using the block intensive learning approach. Thus, each module is delivered over three full days with an additional follow-up day. Various learning approaches are adopted including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, while guest speakers and visiting professors are used to add their expertise and practical experience to the subject being studied.
Assessment plays a significant role in the totality of a student's educational experience. For this reason, considerable effort has been devoted to ensuring that the assessment requirements built into each module are appropriate to the learning outcomes, qualities and abilities being assessed. The necessary skills and abilities are established and developed through the completion of a wide range of practical and applied exercises, work-based assignments, consultancy-type exercises and case studies that may require peer presentations.