MSc Global Innovation Management 2017

Gain the skills to lead strategic innovation for new ventures, products and systems

Two students in discussion looking at an iPad

Key facts

Start date:
September 2017
12 months full time
Entry requirements:
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject. Full entry requirements.
Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component Full language requirements.
UK/EU fees:
£10,500 (total)
International fees:
£20,000 (total)
View previous year of entry

Innovation can enable firms to achieve superior performance and competitive advantage in the global marketplace. In today’s dynamic business environment, managers are challenged to provide innovative ideas for new products, services, markets and business models.

This masters degree provides you with the skills and knowledge to successfully manage innovation within the global economy. It will help you appreciate the dynamics and complexity of innovation, understand how to explore and identify opportunities, and give you the skills to be able to respond.

Through a combination of theoretical and practical teaching, you will be equipped to design, lead and implement all types of innovation within an organisation. You’ll learn a range of management strategies and practices, which will help you to identify opportunities and coordinate knowledge.

The course is ideal if you wish to gain expertise in leading strategic innovation initiatives, developing new ventures, products and services.

Academic excellence

Our research makes an important contribution to your learning on this course, as academics bring their expertise to you in the classroom.

The Centre for Technology, Innovation and Engagement (C-TIE) is based at the Business School, and brings together researchers and practitioners interested in addressing a broad range of innovation and entrepreneurship topics.

Some of our leading academics are key players in the research network ManETEI (Management of Emerging Technology for Economic Impact), which brings together leading European Business Schools, research institutes and partners from different sectors, technologies and countries. The network focuses on managing emergent technologies for maximum economic and social impact.

Watch the video below for an introduction to innovation from Prof Krsto Pandza, Professor in Strategy and Innovation at Leeds University Business School.

Course content

The course introduces you to the fundamental concepts and techniques of innovation management. Core modules will explore the importance of different types of innovation and how they interact with each other, as well as the challenges of commercialising ideas and practical aspects of leading innovation teams. A grounding in international business theory and the globalisation of innovation will put this into context, and you’ll develop your knowledge of research design in the subject.

You’ll expand your knowledge during modules that focus on managing and using intellectual capital and strategic management techniques. An additional module will cultivate your professional skills, allowing you to undertake fieldwork and develop research of your own.

There are opportunities to gain specialist knowledge in areas that suit your own interests – you’ll choose from a range of optional modules in management and business topics such as enterprise creation, decision making and supply chain management.

You’ll also focus on a specific topic of your choice during your dissertation project in the third semester. This is an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired and can be either a research dissertation or a practical consultancy project.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

  • Compulsory modules

  • You'll take nine compulsory modules, including your dissertation.
  • Globalization of Innovation15 credits
  • Strategic Management15 credits
  • Managing for Innovation15 credits
  • Managing and Exploiting Intellectual Capital15 credits
  • International Business Theory15 credits
  • Commercial and Professional Skills15 credits
  • Innovation Management in Practice15 credits
  • Innovation Management Dissertation45 credits
  • Research Design and Analysis15 credits
  • Optional modules

  • You'll choose one optional module.
  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation15 credits
  • Effective Decision Making15 credits
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management15 credits
  • Creative Industries Management15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Global Innovation Management MSc in programme catalogue

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include lectures, seminars, workshops, online learning and tutorials.

Independent study is also vital for this course allowing you to prepare for taught classes and sharpen your own research and critical skills.


Assessment methods emphasise not just knowledge, but essential skills development too. You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including exams, group projects, written assignments and essays, in-course assessment, group and individual presentations and reports.

Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Business Management and Enterprise (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Business Management and Enterprise (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

International: 31 March 2017

UK/EU: 31 August 2017


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you’ll need

  • A copy of your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
  • A letter of sponsorship, if you need one.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Leeds University Business School Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: £10,500 (total)

International: £20,000 (total)

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

We award a range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. Scholarships are available to candidates who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and show excellent professional and personal skills.

There are several scholarships available for this course that you may be eligible to apply for, including:

  • Masters in Global Innovation Management International Excellence Scholarship – apply by 30 April 2017
  • Masters in Global Innovation Management UK/EU Excellence Scholarship – apply by 31 July 2017

Read more about scholarships and how to apply.

Career opportunities

This masters degree prepares you to lead strategic innovation initiatives in a range of organisations. It is ideal for those seeking a managerial career in industries that have a fast pace of change and a high degree of creativity.

As a graduate of this course, you will be well-equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge, and have the necessary skills to lead innovation.

Thanks to our strong corporate links, we will help you to connect with leading global organisations involved in innovation management, to understand the variety of exciting roles and careers that are available to you as an innovation professional.

Links with industry

Senior figures in innovation are often invited to deliver guest lectures at the Business School, providing a practitioner's view of the latest industry developments. We also host regular speakers as part of our Corporate Wisdom Event Series, bringing together innovation experts in industry with our academic and student community. Watch a previous guest lecture with Rashik Parmar, IBM Academy of Technology.

Students also have the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of our Leaders in Residence initiative, which gives management students the opportunity to engage with senior figures from the world of business. This is a rare opportunity where successful and established business people will help you connect the theory of your course to real world practice, and offer their advice for career success.

You will be able to connect with leaders from a range of firms including major manufacturers and retailers, charity chief executives, entrepreneurs and directors of companies large and small, through structured meetings and events. This typically includes workshops, social events, guest lectures and professional skills development.

Careers support

We help you to achieve your career ambitions by providing professional development support as part of the course. You benefit from our professional development tutor, who will help you to develop the academic skills to successfully progress through the course, and also the professional skills you will need to start a successful career.

Read more about our careers and professional development support.

The Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

More and more we hear about the importance of innovative organisations, managing innovation... the MSc directly addresses these topics while providing a solid background in general management.

Indra Batbayar, Mongolia
MSc Global Innovation Management
View full profile

Related courses


MSc Enterprise

Develop your understanding of entrepreneurship on a global scale, gaining the skills to run your own business.

Read more

MSc Strategic Management in the Global Environment

Master analytical tools and techniques to formulate and implement strategy in the global arena.

Read more

MSc Global Supply Chain Management

The very latest knowledge and skills in designing and managing global operations, logistics, supply chain and value chains.

Read more