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Who is the MSc in Digital Innovation for?
1. Graduates seeking a career managing the delivery of ICT-enabled innovation to business and other organisations.

2. ICT professionals seeking to move their competence area and skill-set along the ICT value chain, from production of software to delivery of business innovation through ICT.

3. General business professionals who seek 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.

This full time Masters has been designed to enable technologists and future business leaders to manage IT in business and to drive technology-based innovation in a digital society. It is suitable for graduates of any discipline, but particularly those from business and/or IT backgrounds, and for current professionals looking to enhance their prior qualifications with a business / IT specialisation.

A part-time format has been especially designed in order to help professionals pursue studies without having to interrupt their career. Click here for further information.

Note: The MSc in Digital Innovation was formerly known as the MSc in iBusiness - Innovation through ICT.

Who is the MSc in Digital Innovation for?
1. Graduates seeking a career managing the delivery of ICT-enabled innovation to business and other organisations.

2. ICT professionals seeking to move their competence area and skill-set along the ICT value chain, from production of software to delivery of business innovation through ICT.

3. General business professionals who seek 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?
We are living in a golden age of digital innovation. During our lifetimes, an entirely new digital infrastructure has been created. At the same time, new technologies like social media, cloud computing, analytics and big data, wearable devices, 3D printing are transforming every aspect of our personal and professional lives. The MSc in Digital Innovation addresses technology-centric transformation in business and society. It is designed to equip future business and technology leaders with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the digital era. The careful balance of theory and practice within the course prepares graduates to enter the world of digital innovation or, in the case of professionals, progress further in their career.

The programme offers:
• Leadership skills regarding the strategic application of IT for digital innovation
• The capacity to create and critically assess the business case for ICT deployment

•In-depth knowledge and managerial insights into systems development methodologies and processes
•Skills in business process redesign, change management, global sourcing and process modelling

• Skills in designing and undertaking industry-relevant research projects
• Ability to be a team player in distributed, cross-cultural, multiple time-zone projects

How will I benefit?
Graduates emerge from the course as insightful, reflective and critically minded individuals with a unique blend of IT and management skills.

1. Direct engagement with the companies that have make Dublin the Digital Hub of Europe

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

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

Course features
The digital capital of Europe – the close association between UCD Smurfit School, Dublin and the world’s leading digital innovation companies offers students and professionals on the course a great opportunity to gain experience from the best in the industry.

Input from leading experts – course content is delivered by a team comprising leading academics from the field and top professionals from global digital innovation companies.

Flexibility for professionals – the two year part-time option is structured so as to facilitate the combination of study and professional life.

MSc Digital Innovation Presentation
The MSc in Digital Innovation was designed to equip future business and technology leaders with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the digital era.

Entry requirements

A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
A primary degree with a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience

English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our courses. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.

Transcripts
An academic transcript is a document(s) provided by the academic institution where you undertake your studies. This is an official document which states all of the subjects you have undertaken during your studies and what grade you have achieved in each of those subjects, including your overall final grade if you have completed your qualification. Official or original academic transcripts are documents printed on the official headed paper of the institution where you studied and should be stamped by that institution. If this document is not in English you should arrange to have it translated.

Visa Requirements
Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Regardless, all non EU/EEA and non Swiss citizens have to register on arrival with the GNIB.

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
Semester 1 & 2 modules are usually scheduled for evening or early morning sessions, from 2 to 3 hours duration over 12 weeks. Semester 3 modules (MSc Summer School) are mainly taught over 6 half-day intensive sessions spanning one or more weeks per module.

Careers or further progression

What can I do?
The MSc in Digital Innovation was designed to equip future business and technology leaders with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the digital era. 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.

Between 2012 and 2014, graduates of the MSc in Digital Innovation found exciting career opportunities in the following roles:
• Analyst
• Consultant
• Software Development / IT Support
• Project Management
• Management
• Marketing
• Graduate Associate

Where can I go?
The ICT sector is very strong in Ireland with significant presences of a ‘who’s who’ of major companies including Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Symantec, McAfee, HP, Fujitsu, Accenture, Electronic Arts, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn.

Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

The one-year full-time and two-year part-time formats of this course comprise core modules and option modules. Students complete 9 modules, or 6 modules plus an applied, industry-relevant research project on condition that their project proposal is accepted with the agreement of a research supervisor.

Semester 1
3 Core Modules

Semester 2
3 Core Modules

Semester 3
Choose 1
3 Core Modules OR
Industry / Research Project

Core Modules:
• Skills for Business Enquiry
• Managing Strategy and Innovation in a Digital Era
• Managing Design and Development
• Cultural and Political Perspectives on Managing Technology and Change
• Implementing Digital Projects
• Outsourcing and Offshoring

Summer Term
Option 1
• Industry/Research Project

Option 2 (Choose 3)
• Economics of Information Technology & Digital Markets
• Changing Business Processes with ICT
• Global Information Systems
• Knowledge, ICT & Organisation
• Critical Issues for Innovation, Techology & Organisation

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: September 2017

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