Duration: 1-year full time, 2 years part-time
Start date: September 2021
Apply by: 1 August 2021 (international), 1 September 2021 (UK)
Top 15 in the UK (QS World University Rankings: Masters in Management Rankings 2021)
Top 10 in the UK for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021)
3rd in the UK for annual research income in 2015-2019 (Chartered Association of Business Schools)
Firms that innovate will outperform those that don’t – and this MSc equips you with the knowledge and skills to lead and manage innovation at operational and strategic levels.
Focusing on new product and service development in larger organisations, in both the private and public sectors, you develop an integrative approach that combines management of the market, technological and organisational changes while learning how to create value from innovation.
You’ll benefit from our collaboration with the OECD, Sussex Innovation Centre, Wired Sussex and other innovative organisations. You’ll also learn from visiting speakers about their innovation management practices.
The University of Sussex Business School is accredited by EQUIS, the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools. Accreditation ensures rigorous quality control, benchmarking against international standards and is acknowledged worldwide.
We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
"The degree was an eye opener for me which has helped to re-channel my focus to innovation."
Strategic Innovation Management MSc
You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above (including an average mark of at least 57%).
Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.
English language requirements
IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component).
English language support
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.
Admissions information for applicants
How to apply
You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.
Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.
Full-time and part-time study
Choose to study this course full time or part-time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.
We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.
Design, Creativity and Innovation
Digital Transformations and Innovation
Management Research and Practice Skills
Science, Technology and Innovations: Markets, Firms and Policies
Managing Intellectual Property
New Product Development Strategy
Innovation Management Project
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.
While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.
Industrial and Innovation Policy
Infrastructure, Innovation and Sustainability
Innovation for Sustainability
Innovation in the Creative Economy
Introduction to Quantitative Research
Management of Risk
Network Analysis and Infographics
New Venture Creation and Simulation
Quantitative Methods for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
Strategic Management (Business & Management)
Science, Technology and Innovation Challenge
You’ll have the opportunity to compete for a prize for developing novel science, technology and innovation ideas. Our Science, Technology and Innovation Challenge helps you develop skills in:
You can work on your own or in a small team. At the end of the year, you’ll pitch your idea to a panel of industry experts and a live audience.
The Challenge is optional. It’s designed to enrich your academic studies and give you the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the course. It’ll also allow you to explore essay and dissertation topics.
Fees and scholarships
Home students: £12,450 per year for full-time students
The Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £12,450 per year for full-time students
International students: £22,500 per year for full-time students.
If you’re a self-funded international student, you’re required to pay a tuition fee deposit.
How can I fund my course?
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
Working while you study
Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study.
You’ll graduate with a set of transferable skills directly relevant to a range of occupations. In particular, our MSc creates opportunities for you to work in:
Product and service development
Business and technology analysis
Entrepreneurial and new venture creation and growth
Project or technology management
R&D and innovation management
General management in large, multinational organisations
Project-based organisations in the private and public sector.
"My MSc allowed me to make contact with cutting-edge researchers and practitioners in a vibrant community focused around the issues of innovation.”
Felipe Jara, Director of Innovation Management Projects and Consulting, Fundación Chile