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Innovation in European Business (MSc)

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Programme Description

The MSc in Innovation in European Business (MSc IEB) is delivered by three international partners: UCC, Ireland; Institut Supérieur du Commerce de Paris, Paris, France; and HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands. The MSc IEB is designed to meet the needs of industry by training you to understand innovation and change within an international perspective. Businesses often find that young professionals have management skills and knowledge but lack creativity and an awareness of the specific challenges required to implement and manage innovation. In this course you will be trained to understand how to manage dynamic environments.

The MSc in Innovation in European Business is a 15-month (90 ECTS) taught course taking place across three locations in Ireland, France and the Netherlands. The course will provide you with valuable skills in business, management and analysis. You will gain state-of-the-art knowledge on how to implement and manage sustainable innovation. This will be achieved through a series of modules organised around the innovation cycle in organisations, vision–development–implementation–management and seminars on innovation in Europe. You will learn to focus on business deliverables and business interactions through a company placement and also by presenting a research project as a dissertation.

Key elements of the course:

  • international orientation on full cycle of innovation
  • study in three countries (classes in culture and  language)
  • focus on professional practice
  • work  placement in Europe-based companies
  • research project and presentation
  • training in management skills and intercultural skills
  • guest lecturers and company visits
  • study trips to EU offices in Brussels, and to innovation centres, innovating companies and business incubators in Ireland, France and the Netherlands
  • optional French Stream (intensive French course and some subjects taught in French) for non-French native speakers and matching Dutch stream for non-Dutch speakers in Utrecht
  • small group of 20-30 students from several countries
  • Erasmus support grant available

The programme takes place at the three partner institutions and in a placement organisation over 15 months. Students take 90 credits as follows:

PART I: September to December - Cork session (20 credits)

  • IS6030 Innovation Opportunity Recognition and Assessment 
  • IS6031 Open Innovation and the Enabling Role of IT 
  • IS6032 Venture Capital and Private Equity – Evaluating Early Stage Investments 
  • IS6033 Leading Edge Seminar on Innovating in Europe - Focus on Ireland 

PART II: January to March - Paris session (20 credits) 

  • IS6034 Innovation and Strategy 
  • IS6035 Managing Innovation 
  • IS6036 The Product Life Cycle 
  • IS6037 Leading Edge Seminar on Innovating in Europe - Focus on France and Southern Europe 

PART III: April to September - Placement Period (10 credits)

  • IS6038 Placement Report

PART IV: October to December - Utrecht session (20 credits + Dissertation (20 credits))

  • IS6039 Innovation in Services 
  • IS6040 Social Innovation  
  • IS6041 Implementing Innovation and Managing Change 
  • IS6042 Leading Edge Seminar on Innovating in Europe - Focus on the Netherlands and Northern Europe 
  • IS6043 Dissertation in Innovation in European Business

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Why Choose This Course

“Citibank are very encouraged by the development of the MSc in Innovation in European Business. Innovation is key to the smarter economies of the future and this course will prepare you to fill a wide variety of positions related to the management of the innovation cycle in modern organisations. The skills you will acquire in this ground-breaking course are critical skills for many industries and businesses.”

Gavin Callan, Head of Research and Academic Collaboration for Citi's Research, Development, innovation and Learning (RDiL) Centre, Dublin.

The MSc IEB also enjoys participation from staff from:

  • EMC2
  • Pepsico
  • SolarWinds
  • Red Hat
  • and many other firms

Skills and Careers Information

On completion of the course, you will possess a range of professional skills that will enable you to contribute to multinational organisations, manufacturers, service providers and innovation intensive organisations, either in a management position or in a consultancy role. The high-level theoretical, practical and international skills that you learn will be highly attractive to potential employers, as will the intercultural knowledge you gain.

Many graduates take up positions with their placement organisations after graduation. Others work in a variety of international firms and in areas such as services, information technology, healthcare management, manufacturing, consulting and academia.

Study Abroad

The MSc IEB offers study periods at three different campuses in three different countries in Europe, as well as a six-month industrial placement which typically takes place in a European country, although students can decide to look further afield.

Further contact information

Linh-Chi Vo
Institut Supérieur du Commerce de Paris, Paris, France
E: linh-chi.vo@iscparis.com
T: +33 (0)1 40 53 99 99

Jelly Offereins
HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands
E: jelly.offereins@hu.nl
T: +31 (0)88 481 6400

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Learning Outcomes

For MSc in Innovation in European Business (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings;
  • Explore the fine grain of the life cycle of innovation;
  • Discuss the drivers of innovation;
  • Conduct rigorous research in the domain of innovation.

For Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation in European Business (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings;
  • Explore the fine grain of the life cycle of innovation;
  • Discuss the drivers of innovation;
  • Conduct rigorous research in the domain of innovation.

For Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation in European Business (NFQ Level 9, Minor Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organizational settings;
  • Explore the fine grain of the life cycle of innovation;
  • Discuss the drivers of innovation
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Additional Information

 

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Practicalities & Assessment

You can expect to have lectures or tutorials every day. A number of field trips are also planned, such as site visits to firms known for their innovation capabilities, visits to relevant government agencies and a trip to Brussels during the term in Paris.

You will get support in seeking accommodation in Paris and in Utrecht. You will also be assisted in your search for an industrial placement.

Assessment

Assessment is mainly continuous and will be based on assignments specific to each module and learning journals pertaining to the site visits and guest lectures. There will also be examinations in relation to some of the Paris and Utrecht modules.

Who teaches this course

Frédéric Adam, PhD, Associate Professor in Business Information Systems and Head of the Graduate School of the College of Business and Law, UCC. He also holds doctorates from the National University of Ireland and Université Paris VI (France).

Dr Joseph Feller, Senior Lecturer (Business Information Systems) with the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems, UCC. Dr Feller's research is focused on distributed problem solving, production and innovation, including commons-based peer production (e.g. open source software and Wikipedia) and distributed open innovation (e.g. collective intelligence and crowdsourcing).

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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Modules

Year 1

For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2.2 primary degree (or equivalent) in either:
(1) a Business-related discipline,
(2) a relevant area of the Social Sciences and Humanities or
(3) in Science/Technology, with a business awareness component as part of the primary degree. 

Students undertaking a 5 year degree programme must have completed at least 4 years (repeat years excluded) with a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent.
Candidates who do not meet the 2.2 honours degree requirement may be admitted to the programme on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Board of Studies of the MSc in Innovation in European Business.

  • You will need to have successfully completed a four-year curriculum at third level in your country of origin.
  • If you are a mature student with appropriate experience you may also be eligible for acceptance onto the course.
  • The course complements the skills and knowledge that you have already acquired in your primary/undergraduate degree course in business studies, engineering or technology.
  • Students are encouraged to think of the MSc IEB as a prolongation of their primary degrees even if it may constitute a change of direction, e.g. for engineers who would like to add managerial capabilities to their technical skills.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site. 

 

View the grades comparison table

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

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Application Process

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:  CKL25 Supplementary Questions.

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15th June

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

MSc IEB (CKL 25) Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will this Degree (course) improve my career perspectives? 

Having completed the programme, graduates will have acquired a coherent range of professional skills that will enable them to contribute to multinational organisations, manufacturers, service providers and innovation intensive organisations in a management position or to deliver consultancy services to a variety of types of firms. Graduates will be highly attractive for potential employment, given the combination of high level theoretical, practical and international & intercultural knowledge and skills. 

Many graduates may take up positions with their placement organisations after graduation; others will take positions in a variety of international firms in services, information technology, healthcare (management), manufacturing, consulting and academia.

  • What kind of background should I have? 

The programme complements the skills and knowledge that students have acquired in their primary/undergraduate degree programmes in the field of Business Studies, Engineering or Technology. Students are encouraged to think of the MSc IEB as a prolongation of their primary degrees even if it may constitute a change of direction, for instance for engineers who would like to develop managerial capabilities in addition to their technical skills.

  • Entry Requirements 

The programme is opened on a competitive basis to students having successfully completed a 4 year curriculum at third level whatever their country of origin. 
Mature students with appropriate experience are also eligible. 
Candidates must be able to show proof of documented English Language proficiency based on TOEFL, Toeic or IELTS score as appropriate.

  • Which degree will I acquire? 

The programme is rewarded with the title Masters of Science (MSc) in Innovation in European Business. University College Cork will award the Masters degree at a graduation ceremony in Cork.

  • What are the costs of this programme? 

Fees will be payable to UCC upon registration into the programme. Please refer to the UCC fees office website for the most up to date fees schedule

  • Who are the cooperating universities? 

University College Cork is a large Irish university with close to 20,000 students. The Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems at university College Cork is the largest department in the Business area in Ireland. It is internationally renowned worldwide for research, notably in the information systems area. It is home to the Financial Services innovation Centre (FSIC) which conducts research on innovation in services in collaboration with industry. AFIS also has a complete portfolio of leading edge programmes in Accounting, in Finance and in Business information Systems at both under-graduate and post-graduate levels. 

Institut Supérieur du Commerce -ISC Paris, France is one of the leading French « Grandes Ecoles » management schools and a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles(CGE). Based in Paris, close to La Défense business area in the immediate Paris vicinity, it allows for opportunities to work closely with a variety of national and international companies supplying an additional expertise from executives teaching in the classroom along with the school faculty. Good starting place for internship search with multinational companies. 

HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands is well known and appreciated for its focus on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Intercultural competence. Located at Science Park Utrecht, the knowledge centre of The Netherlands, the Utrecht Business School, accommodating 5000 students, functions as a hub for knowledge circulation and development in the field of business innovation.


Like to find out more about our MSc IEB programme? 
Contact: 
Frederic Adam
fadam@ucc.ie
+353 (0) 21 490 3343 

Monica Rivier
mriviere@iscparis.comDepartment: Management and Information System
+33 (0)1 06 2192 4233

Jelly J. Offerein
jelly.offereins@hu.nl
+31 (0)8 8481 6400