Innovation Management - MA

Full Time
September 2018
£7,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2018 entry (view all fees)

This course is now full. You will be able to apply to start in September 2019 from Autumn 2018.

On this Masters in Innovation Management, you’ll learn how to develop management strategies to facilitate the innovation process from concept to execution in an increasingly competitive business environment.

This course helps you to develop the skills and competencies of a manager, incorporating frameworks for reviewing, reflecting, analysing and critiquing existing individual and organisational practices.

What's covered in the course?

You will learn the principles of strategic thinking in the context of innovation and it will also equip you with the ability to manage the process financially.  These will all be achieved through the continuous use of a cross cultural management lens, enabling you to work with innovative people, processes and products across cultural boundaries.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our graduates move on to successful careers where they apply their knowledge to full effect.
  • If your first language is not English, our course offers you the opportunity to develop a high level understanding of the international business language of English.
  • The University is an active research centre, and the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014 report found we have doubled the amount of staff producing internationally recognised research.
  • With our accreditations, excellent industry links and practice-based approach, Birmingham City Business School is one of the UK’s most respected schools.
  • Our engaged, informative study sessions ensure you learn a range of vital skills needed for managerial and directorial positions.

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This course is open to International students

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Entry Requirements

You are required to meet one of the following options:

UK students

An minimum 2:2 honours degree from a UK University

OR A first degree from an overseas university.

OR Successful passing a Pre-Master's course approved by Birmingham City University

OR Successful passing a Pre-Master's course at another UK university/institution with a minimum of 55 per cent average

Other qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.


Please note that even if your application fully meets the entry criteria, you may be required to further demonstrate your suitability via an interview or submission of a course proposal before being offered a place.

Interviews may be conducted in your country of residence, over the telephone or by Skype.

EU / International students
English language requirements 2017/18
IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands
Other accepted qualifications Visit our English language page
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Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2018 FT 1 Year £7,900 per year Applications Closed

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MA Sep 2018 FT 1 year £12,000 Applications Closed

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

This course is now full. You will be able to apply to start in September 2019 from Autumn 2018.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

While there are no additional costs associated with purchasing text books, there may be other costs to you. If you are joining the course which has a professional body accreditation you may be required to pay membership or examination costs. For details of these costs, please click on the link below.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

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PG Cert

The Context of 21st Century Innovation Management
20 credits

The phrase ‘innovate or die’ is attributed to a number of people, but the commonly agreed principle is that innovation is the cornerstone of any business and indeed innovation is just as relevant in the voluntary and public sectors too. Innovation however, can be approached proactively and should not be confused with the spark of creative intuition.

Valuable as this is, innovation is as much if not more to do with perspiration as inspiration. This means that organisations need people who understand the process of innovation and are able to manage it to produce useful and profitable goods and services. Innovation should be seen, however, as germinating in an economic, technological and political environment that is rapidly changing.

This module therefore explores the process of innovation and its management through a number of lenses and recognises the need for managers of innovation to be not only aware of the context within which they work, but also have the ability to see the relevance of wider macro developments to their organisational goals.

Managing Finance
20 credits

This module develops an understanding of the main financial objectives of the firm and the constraints from other parts of an organisation that impact on that objective.

It enables demonstrable understanding of accounting techniques used by enterprise managers to facilitate decision-making and control within the organisation as well as performance monitoring externally.

Cross-Cultural Management
20 credits

Management is no longer seen as emerging from, or directed to a single culture. While much management theorising has for the last century or more emerged from ‘the west’, increasingly theorists and practitioners recognise that what management is, is highly conditioned by the culture within which it is carried out. Equally, management theory is itself recognised as being culturally conditioned. This gives rise to the interesting issue of how to manage in an increasingly globalising world.

This module takes as its starting point the assumption that management of organisations, large and small, is now usually done across national boundaries, this is due to competitive forces as well as technological and political changes. These dynamic shifts have led to the need for managers to have more than a passing appreciation of the cultures that various stakeholders come from. The stakeholders include customers, employees and suppliers as well as governments and competitors and it is the relationship between these and the manager which this module seeks to explore.

This module examines the task of management in today's international and global business environment. It critically examines the key tasks of management and the theories that underpin them, considering the appropriateness of theory, models and concepts to differing cultural environments, developing an approach which places theory in the cultural context within which it operates.

PG Dip

Global Business Strategy
20 credits

Strategic Management is often seen as a discipline that draws together various other business and management disciplines and present them as a coherent plan for the future of the company. Such an enterprise might be seen as a logical and step by step process yet the literature on this subject is divided on exactly what the process is and on what it should be. Some see the process as conscious and planned others as emergent, cultural, symbolic and political.

Twenty-first century organisational activity requires managers to demonstrate a sound understanding of the dynamics of strategic analysis and implementation. Accordingly, this module explores the strategic process in companies in a global context through an examination of traditional understandings of strategy and also alternative and critical approaches. Case material is used extensively to identify the key facets of the strategic process through these different and sometime opposing understandings.

Developing the Innovation Strategy
20 credits

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity have become the hallmarks to contemporary business organisations both small and large in the globalised business environment. Successful business ventures are born out creativity and innovation and the continued survival of corporate organisations is dependent on their ability to be creative and innovative while promoting a culture of corporate entrepreneurism referred to as Intrapreneurship.

This module has been designed to allow you to explore entrepreneurship and its role in the innovation process. The module challenges you to think creatively and entrepreneurially in applying theories, concepts and models to the real world by developing your own business ideas and presenting them in the form of a business plan. Throughout the module, emphasis is made on the global nature of today’s businesses driven by technology and tests the student’s ability to develop analytical skills, application of knowledge, develop transferable skills and employability skills.

Managing the Innovation Process
20 credits

This module draws together and builds upon earlier modules and is designed to equip students with a substantial knowledge of the theoretical and practical issues associated with implementing the innovation strategy.


60 credits

The Dissertation provides the practical and theoretical focus for the MA Innovation Management and is the culmination of the programme of study that requires you to undertake a piece of independent research that links theory to practice. This module enables students to build on and develop their professional innovation management skills such as project management, problem solving, critical analysis and synthesis of data to produce appropriate research outcomes.

You will receive significant support through access to an individual supervisor providing opportunities for feedback through close one-to-one interaction.

Course in Depth

You’ll be trained to make important and crucial decisions, how to devise winning strategies and methods and how to use these skills across a range of disciplines.

You’ll learn how to evaluate and apply relevant theories, concepts and techniques to the solution of business and management problems and will graduate with a solid understanding of innovation management and the ability to apply your knowledge to succeed in a competitive industry.

Further Study

Following completion of your Masters, you could progress onto a PhD within the Birmingham City Business School.

The rapid growth of emerging economies and the need for design and innovation leadership means graduates from the course will find opportunities to work in a wide range of manufacturing and the service sector roles.

The course generates careers opportunities for brand and design managers, business development managers, project management and creative directors.


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OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.

The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.

The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.

The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point