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Programme Overview
We are living in a golden age of digital innovation. During our lifetime, an entirely new digital infrastructure has been created. At the same time, new technologies such as social media, cloud computing, analytics, big data, wearable devices, and 3D printing are transforming every aspect of our personal and professional lives.

Designed to equip future business and technology leaders with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the digital age, this full-time MSc in Digital Innovation addresses technology-centric transformation in business and society.

This degree is suitable for graduates of any discipline (but especially those from business and/or IT backgrounds), and current professionals looking to enhance their prior qualifications with a business / IT specialisation and seeking to increase their knowledge of how ICT can deliver business value and enable innovation, and acquire the skills to use ICT products and services to innovate in their own functional areas.

What will I learn?
The MSc in Digital Innovation addresses technology-centric transformation in business and society. The careful balance of theory and practice within the course prepares graduates to enter the world of digital innovation and for current professionals to progress further in their career. The programme offers:

1. Leadership skills regarding strategic IT application for digital innovation and business skills such as process redesign, change management, global sourcing and process modelling.

2. The capacity to create and critically assess the business case for ICT deployment.

3. In-depth knowledge and managerial insight into systems development methodologies and processes.

How will I benefit?
Our students are taught by internationally-recognised researchers and engage directly with the technology companies that have made Dublin the "Digital Hub of Europe". Our graduates emerge as insightful, reflective and critically-minded individuals with a unique understanding of the discovery, development, diffusion, and impact of digital product, process, and business model innovations.

1. Direct contact with the companies that have made Dublin the "Digital Hub of Europe"

2. A head-start in the marketplace due to the unique combination of strategic, practical and analytical course elements

3. Essential interpersonal, communication and leadership skills via group and case study-based learning, presentations and simulation exercises.

Curriculum
The one-year full-time and two-year part-time formats comprise core modules and option modules. Students complete 9 modules, or 6 modules plus a 30-credit minor thesis prepared over two semesters, subject to approval by a research supervisor. Modules listed below are indicative and are offered subject to faculty availability.

Vision/Values Statement
Digital innovation is the key to understanding how IT transforms business and society and the MSc in Digital Innovation was designed to equip future business and technology leaders with the knowledge and skills to drive technology-based innovation in a digital society. Our aim is that graduates emerge from the programme as insightful, reflective and critically minded individuals with a unique understanding of the discovery, development, diffusion, and impact of digital product, process, and business model innovations (Purpose).

Our ultimate ambition is that our graduates will help create a better world with ICT, that they will be ambitious and courageous in contributing to business and society, and that they will act with integrity at all times. In order to achieve this, we equip students with conceptual and practical skills around ICT and its relationship with organizational innovation. In particular, our curriculum offers a critical slant on mainstream conceptions of ICT, organisation, and innovation (education and subject/discipline/professional values).

The programme is built on a strong research foundation in the thematic area of digital business. Our students are taught by internationally recognised researchers and also engage directly with the technology companies that have made Dublin the Digital Hub of Europe. We provide transformational and varied learning opportunities for our students. The learning environment is designed to be both nurturing and challenging and to provide students with richly varied learning experiences. In this way, we seek to cultivate informed, insightful, agile and critical thinkers and doers. The programme is unique in the sense that it is targeted at both young graduates and experienced managers or professionals. This means that students experience a diverse environment (age, gender, nationality, background) both within their class and between the full-time and part-time classes (the nature of the learning environment for students).

The programme combines lecture, seminar, group and individual work. Case-based teaching and problem-based learning are used extensively across modules. Students may also apply to complete an optional minor thesis should they so wish. Continuous assessment includes both individual and group work, and both formative and summative assessment. Learning outcomes are assessed in a variety of ways across modules (examination, term papers, reports, group work, presentation) and assessment strategies are weighted accordingly. Learning outcomes are broadly classified as being knowledge-oriented, skill-oriented and/or attitudinal in nature (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

Entry requirements

Please review the entry requirements below. The UCD Smurfit Admissions Office staff have expertise in reviewing international qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application's comparability to the Irish entry requirement.

A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline

or

A primary degree with a minimum of three years' relevant work experience.

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The MSc in Digital Innovation has been designed to equip future business and technology leaders with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the digital age. Our students are taught by internationally-recognised researchers and engage directly with the technology companies that have made Dublin the "Digital Hub of Europe". Our graduates emerge as insightful, reflective and critically-minded individuals with a unique understanding of the discovery, development, diffusion, and impact of digital product, process, and business model innovations.

The ICT sector is very strong in Ireland, with the significant presence of a 'who's who' of major companies including Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Symantec, McAfee, HP, Fujitsu, Accenture, Electronic Arts, Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

In 2016, 94% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: First Destination Report 2016)

Potential careers for our graduates include:
•Analyst (Data/ICT/Business)
•Software Engineer
•Project Manager
•Product Manager
•Software Development
•IT Support
•Webmaster
•IT Internal Auditor
•Corporate Security Analyst

Further enquiries

Admissions Office
Email: smurfit.admissions@ucd.ie or
Phone (01) 716 8885

Subjects taught

Semester 1
•Design, Development, Creativity
•Skills for Business Enquiry
•Managing Strategy and Innovation in a Digital Era

Semester 2
•Cultural and Political Perspectives
•Outsourcing and Offshoring
•Implementing Digital Projects
+ 1 of the following
•Thesis on Industry OR Scholarly Project over 2 semesters

Summer Term
Summer module options
•Game Thinking
•Managing Leading & Coaching Change
•Cross-Cultural Management

Note: option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.

Application date

Step 1: Collating Documentation
The first step is to collate the required documentation needed to assess your application*. These can include but are not limited to:
Transcripts
CV
English Language Test
References
Additional Documentation

Step 2: The Application Process
Once you have collated the required documentation and reviewed the entry requirements for your programme of interest, you can now apply online.

Apply Online
You must apply online using our dedicated student information portal. You will be required to enter contact details, upload your documents and answer two essay questions (each approximately 300 words). We would ask that you seriously consider both essays and answer these in the context of the programme you are applying to. Try to not replicate your CV and demonstrate what makes you different from other applicants. There are no right or wrong ways to complete these essays.

Application Fee
You will then be asked to submit your application and pay the €50 application fee. No application can be assessed until the fee has been paid. You can apply for multiple programmes with the one application fee, but please be sure to mark your preferred course.

Application Review
Once submitted, it usually takes 2-3 weeks before a decision is made on fully completed applications. This time period can sometimes be longer and can vary at different times in the year and in different regions. We may offer you a conditional place based on the completion of a number of criteria, such as degree, English test, or another qualification. This reserves you a place on the course and once you have fulfilled this criteria we will issue you a full offer.

Deposit
Acceptance is completed by paying a non-refundable deposit (varies from either €500 or €1000 depending on the programme. Most of our programmes require a €500 deposit). Your offer email will detail the exact deposit amount required. Once you have accepted you will then be supported by the Programme Office who will contact you with further course and start details.

Course fee

Fees Full-Time EU:
€13,950 (academic year 2019/2020)

Full-Time Non-EU:
€19,200 (academic year 2019/2020)

Fees Part-Time EU:
€7,580 per year (academic year 2019/2020)

Part-Time Non-EU:
€9,600 per year (academic year 2019/2020)

Important Note: Tuition fees and other charges are subject to change each year.

Enrolment and start dates

Start date: September 2019.

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