Course Overview

The long-established MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management is an innovative programme designed and developed to meet graduate and employer needs in the globalised Smart Economy. The programme aims to expose students to leading and innovative research and expertise within the J. E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics in the critical fields of strategy, innovation, people management and their interfaces. Graduates of this programme have found employment in a large range of professional and management positions, in a wide variety of industry settings and in leading, blue-chip, global organisations.

The programme aims to:

  • Provide rigorous exposure to the critical determinants of enterprise success.
  • Foster a critical mindset and approach to theory and practice.
  • Develop appreciation of critical success factors in a globalised, knowledge-based world.
  • Give exposure to a range of people-based organisational contexts, both local and global.
  • Equip graduates to work in a variety of industry settings.

The MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) at the advanced standards level. On successful completion of the programme, students are eligible for Associate Membership of CIPD. After graduation, as they build professional experience, they can progress through the professional stages of CIPD membership from Chartered Member to Chartered Fellow. Successful students can anticipate, after completing the necessary experience requirement, supplementing their MSc degree with the recognised professional qualification in the field of HRM.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December. Semester Two exams: April/May.
A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations, case studies, computer games and ‘away day’ activities. A research project is also required.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Normally a Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, usually a Grade 1, or a H2.1 in the Higher Diploma in Business Studies, is required (or equivalent international qualification). IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable.

Additional Requirements

Personal statement explaining reasons for choosing the programme, anticipated contributions to the programme and how the programme will benefit career aspirations.
An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent, if applicable, for international students.
An interview, if requested.
Duration

1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYC01

Course Outline

The programme includes the following modules:

Semester One

  • Strategic Management
  • Leading, Managing and Developing People
  • Global Business and HR in Context
  • Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Research Methods.

Semester Two

  • Innovation Management
  • Learning and Development
  • Organisation Design and Development

Year Long

  • Research Project

Modules for 2017-18

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required MG602: Strategic Management


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG602: "Strategic Management" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG6105: Research Methods


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG6105: "Research Methods" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG6102: Leading, Managing and Developing People


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG6102: "Leading, Managing and Developing People" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG6101: Global Business and HR in Context


Semester 1 | Credits: 10


(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Contemporary organisations and their principal environments
  2. The managerial and business environment within which HR professionals work
  3. How organisational and HR strategies are shaped by and developed in response to internal and external environmental factors
  4. The market and competitive environments of organisations and how organisational leaders and the HR function respond to them
  5. Globalisation and international forces and how they shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices
  6. Demographic, social and technological trends and how they shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices
  7. Government policy and legal regulation and how these shape and impact on organisational and HR strategies and HR practices
  8. The business, cultural and managerial environment within which HR professionals and MNC subsidiary managers work and the implications for the delivery of effective management practices
  9. The nature and scope of the (networked) MNE, structures and processes in a global world & the importance that managerial engagement, and potential
  10. The role of the manager in international business in shaping and developing strategy in a differentiated MNE, and his/her role in combining and leveraging resources on a global scale.
  11. The effective management of interpersonal relationships.
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (60%)
  • Continuous Assessment (40%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG6101: "Global Business and HR in Context" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG5100: International Human Resource Management


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

The purpose of the International HRM module is to encourage students to critically develop their knowledge and expertise in some depth in a range of specialist themes in International HRM - a field which has grown rapidly in importance in recent years as HRM is increasingly recognised as a key source of competitive advantage in international business. This module will draw on recent world class research in the field to develop understanding of the role of human resources and employment practices in both the formation and implementation of international strategy and will help students to better understand the connections between international business and HRM. The latest concepts and models will be examined and new developments in the global business environment will be considered in relation to the implications for International HRM policy and practice. Issues and problems from current research will be brought directly into the classroom for students to discuss and debate and case studies will highlight the role of culture in implementing international business strategies in different regional contexts.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the links between international strategy and human resource management and employment practices in multinational corporations (MNC)
  2. Critically evaluate the International HRM and employment strategies, policies and practices which international firms use to respond effectively to internationalisation
  3. Understand the role of global staffing and talent management in the MNC
  4. Understand some key issues in global performance management
  5. Understand the role of women in international business
  6. Understand the key human resource issues arising from the development of the emerging markets
  7. Understand how MNC organizational and HR strategies are influenced by both internal and external environmental factors
Assessments
  • Written Assessment (60%)
  • Continuous Assessment (40%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG5100: "International Human Resource Management" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG6111: Innovation Management


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG6111: "Innovation Management" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG6110: Organisational Design and Development


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG6110: "Organisational Design and Development" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG6109: Research Project


Semester 2 | Credits: 20

Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG6109: "Research Project" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required MG6107: Learning and Development


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (50%)
  • Continuous Assessment (50%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG6107: "Learning and Development" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG617: Research Methods


Semester 1 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG617: "Research Methods" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG603: People Management & Development


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG603: "People Management & Development" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG626: Research Project


Trimester 3 | Credits: 30

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG626: "Research Project" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MS524: Research Methods II


Semester 2 | Credits: 5

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MS524: "Research Methods II" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG624: Organisation Studies and Strategic Leadership


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG624: "Organisation Studies and Strategic Leadership" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG581: Global Business


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG581: "Global Business" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional MG604: Innovation & the Learning Organisation


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Written Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module MG604: "Innovation & the Learning Organisation" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

A range of career opportunities are open to graduates in areas such as graduate management trainee programmes, financial services and business analysis, management consultancy, retail management, hotel management, human resource management, policy development and research and academia. Employers of graduates of the programme include Accenture, AIB Capital Markets, Aldi, Amazon, Bank of Ireland, Diageo, Dell, Deloitte, Enterprise Ireland (New York), Google, IDA Ireland, Jumeirah Hotels (Dubai), Mercer Consulting, Cambridge University (PhD), NUI Galway and the University of Limerick.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,000 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,776 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,250 p.a. 2018/19
Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Find out More

Mike Moroney
T +353 91 493 044
E mike.moroney@nuigalway.ie
www.cairnes.nuigalway.ie/postgrad/


What Our Graduates Say

Tara

Tara O'Carroll |   Employee Insights Specialist, Qualitrics

This masters allowed me to hone in on my people management skills and learn how leading businesses triumph in the ever competitive and constantly changing market. I am now working in Qualtrics - which is a leading data insights platform for market research, customer experience and employee insights. On reflection of the last year, it was really a fantastic experience and I would encourage anyone to apply as you get a grounding in human resources aspect which has the CIPD accreditation and also all facets of strategy & innovation management.
Michelle

Michelle McEneaney |   MSc (Strategy, Innovation and People Management)

I was attracted to the course due to the small class size and the mix of strategy, innovation and HR. Also, the course was nominated twice by GradIreland for Best Postgraduate Course of the year in Business! The assignments in most of the modules were real-world assignments and we even got to present our findings in one of our modules to the management at Medtronic who where very impressed with our work. Also, we were the first Irish students to participate on a global cross culture project with students from many universities on 5 continents and this opened my eyes to the experience of working with people in many different countries at the same time. As well as gaining loads of practical experience, the staff and students on the course where wonderful and really friendly. I have really enjoyed the course and I have gained loads of confidence. The knowledge and experience I have gained on this course has helped me come on leaps and bounds in my interview skills and thanks to this, I have secured a job in Accenture starting in September.

SHORTLISTED

National Postgraduate Course of the Year (Business) Award 2010 & 2012

CIPD Accredited

The MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management is one of only a small number of programmes in Ireland accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). It is one of very few programmes accredited by CIPD which focuses on other critical areas of management in organisations in addition to HRM.

Nelipak Award

Nelipak Healthcare Packaging: Thermoformed Medical Packaging

Award of €1,000 annually for the top student in the class.