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Digital Innovation

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?
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:

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

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

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.

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

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.

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
•Creative Problem Solving
•Management Support Systems
•Game Thinking
•Economics of IT & Digital Markets
•Reconfiguring Organisations
•Leadership Phenomenology

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

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: September 2018

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