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MSc in Innovation and Technology Management

Date: 26th January 2018
Duration: 2 year part time
Grant Aided Cost: Email susan.kelly@ictirelandskillnet.org
Location: DIT Aungier Street
Course Code: ICT302
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Retaining highly skilled technologists is a growing challenge and one of the best ways is to offer them management opportunities. The problem is that typically they are short on management skills.

To meet this need we have been running a Masters in Innovation and Technology Management for the past 10 years with Dublin Institute of Technology. This is part-time outside working hours and gives participants a practical grounding in Management and Innovation and allows them to get a Masters degree.

This 2 year part-time programme is truly unique – designed and developed by ICT industry representative – and works from an applied rather than solely academic perspective.

  • It leads to an internationally recognised academic award but also focuses on competence and skill development.
  • The content is specifically technology focused – this is not a generic programme
  • Project work is linked to real-time activity within the company of the participant – so its immediately applicable
  • Lectures are on Friday evening & Saturday (16 modules in year 1) causing no business disruption.

This Diploma programme provides opportunities for technical and engineering graduates to develop a broad set of business, management and interpersonal tools. The intention is that over the life of the programme participants will emerge as engineering leaders with a strategic perspective on organisational issues and challenges.

While ICT graduates have a solid foundation in technical skills they also need to develop interpersonal skills, business and management skills. Consequently not enough technologists are reaching the higher management ranks in ICT companies.

This programme runs over 2 years and is part-time.  It is delivered by DIT at Aungier Street Business Campus. The programme is designed in two distinct stages.  Completion of the first stage results in the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in the Management of Technology. The second stage advances the learning from Stage 1 by adopting strategic and corporate level analysis and learning.

Completion of both stages results in the award of a Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in Technology and Innovation Management.

Year 1 consists of 16 workshops spread across the academic year and running approximately twice a month.  Classes take place on Friday evenings 6.30pm to 9.30pm and on Saturdays from 9.30am to 5.00pm.

Year 2 consists of 8 workshops spread across the academic year and running approximately once a month.  Classes take place on Friday evenings 6.30pm to 9.30pm and on Saturdays from 9.30am to 5.00pm.

The accredited qualifications will be awarded by the Dublin Institute of Technology under the degree awarding powers made available to the Institute under the provisions of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Act 1996.

Methods of assessment will be by in-class formative assessment, examinations, and project submission. In most modules the breakdown between continuous assessment and examinations will be approximately 50-50, allowing participants to achieve significant assessment scores prior to taking their examination. Projects will normally be applied in nature where the programme participant undertakes an assignment relevant to their organisation. To date many assignments have provided valuable findings for the participant organisation, often resulting in changes in existing practices. This applied nature of assignments is a critical feature of the programme.

The programme has also been approved as a Graduate member programme of IMCA (Irish Management Consultants Association).

Participants will come from companies in telecommunications, software, manufacturing of computer products and digital media and from a diverse range of industrial and professional backgrounds but all from within the broad ICT sector. They will mostly be technical graduates with significant experience in their companies. Participants will span all age groups and disciplines and apart from having a primary degree, or recognised technical qualification, will not be subject to further entry requirements.

The programme is designed to meet the demands of potential future managers by:

  • Enhancing their ability in management, innovation and operational areas.
  • Improving their prospects of promotion.
  • Improving their team work skills.
  • Giving them a broad business perspective and critical thinking skills.
  • Receive a recognised accreditation, without interrupting their career.

Potential candidates seeking admission to the programme will hold a minimum 2.2 award in a primary degree. A suitable candidate, who is not a graduate, but is a corporate member of the Institute of Engineers of Ireland, or of equivalent status in a similar professional engineering or scientific institution, may be eligible for consideration for admission.

Potential candidates who do not have the above qualifications or accreditation but have achieved some third level qualifications and have extensive practical experience may be considered a non-standard entrant to the programme. The programme management team at DIT will advise on the procedures for applicants who are seeking entry to the programme via this route. This may include working with the non-standard applicant to develop a portfolio of their experience which may be used to support their entry to the programme.

Below are details of some of the companies who have sent employees on this programme during the past 11 years that it has been running.

The best way to judge a programme is not from the brochure or the website, it is from the people who have been there, done that.  So we asked a number of our past participants to comment on their experience.

The programme gave me great breath of knowledge in different business and management topics. The program structure and the lecturers’ knowledge helped me a lot in understanding the theories and linking them to practical scenarios within the ICT business. I strongly recommend this program for ICT professionals who seek to gain exposure to business and management insights.

Mohammed El-Kadi, LM ERICSSON


The discipline of studying Innovation in a structured way was valuable with strong lecturers encouraging the critical thinking but one of the more surprising sides was the amount I learnt from the range of experience of the colleagues in my class – looking back I enjoyed the journey (except for the exams!).  

Conor Davis, INTEL IRELAND


I found the course to be transformational –

  • Broad range of subjects with knowledgeable and helpful lecturers
  • The workshop format of lectures and extensive group work with fellow students encouraged a shared learning experience
  • Group and individual projects facilitated extensive exploration of topics – knowledge developed during these in-depth studies I found to be directly applicable to the work place

I would have no hesitation in recommending this course of study.

Peter Carragher, EIRCOM


A very well designed and delivered programme, lectures cover lots of good real-world examples and gives opportunity to understand all aspects of business. This course also helped me to progress in my career – I got opportunity to move into Management role.

Lalit Kaushal, CITRIX SYSTEMS IRELAND


Taking this course allowed me to see a “bigger picture” within my organisation. It helped me to understand the strategic direction and decisions that an organisation takes and the reasons for doing so. It has helped me to gain promotion, opened new opportunities and allowed me to build a new network of people.

Ronan Muldoon, IBM NOW FACTORY


I found the course very complimentary to my technical experience. I learned aspects of business operations, business development, finance and human resource management that broadened my knowledge of technical management. The learning I took from the innovation modules is what differentiates me from most other MSc or MBA graduates. I’ve progressed since from a very technical role to a programme management and business development role largely based on the experience of the MSc.

James Brennan, KILLARNEY TELECOMMUNICATIONS LTD


The programme is good because of –

  • The Modular nature of the lectures enables an intensive and detailed focus on each subject area.
  • Good mixture of academic and practical content.
  • Calendar is well balanced – weekends that are worked are intensive, but then alternative weekends are free.

Aidan McDermott, HEWLETT PACKARD

The programme is only open to employees of member companies that have joined ICT Ireland Skillnet.

The fee for each of the two years is heavily subsidised and available by emailing susan.kelly@ictirelandskillnet.org

Should you be interested in applying for a place on our September 2017 intake, simply email susan.kelly@ictirelandskillnet.org for an application form.

 

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