Award Type and NFQ level : TAUGHT MASTERS (9)

CAO/PAC code : MH54D

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Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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The MSc in Strategy & Innovation is designed for applicants holding honours undergraduate degrees in business and/or management disciplines. Applications from managers with significant work experience holding degrees in non-business disciplines are also encouraged.

The programme can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two-years.

The programme is not suitable for recent graduates from non-business disciplines and candidates in this category should consider the Masters in Business Management, Human Resources Management or IT Management.

The MSc in Strategy & Innovation is focussed on advanced high level exploration of key areas in Strategy Management and Innovation Management and is supported by leading edge content in Leadership, Technology, and Finance.

The programme will build your capacity to analyse and make decisions on complex issues facing senior leaders in organisations. It will also build your capacity to work in teams and lead important strategic projects.

The programme is delivered through lectures, presentations and intensive workshops in 5  blocks of four full days (5 blocks of two days over two years part-time). The learning process has been designed to provide students with three broad workload categories:

  • a) Taught sessions with lectures on advanced content;
  • b) Individual written assignments to develop and assess students’ knowledge and critical thinking skills;
  • c) Group projects to develop and assess team work skills, skills of application, and problem solving abilities.

The course assessment is 100% continuous assessment.


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Candidates should have a minimum 2.2 grade honours (level 8) degree in a business discipline or equivalent. Applications from candidates who hold a non-business degree and have at least five years relevant work experience that includes a management role will be considered. In exceptional circumstances consideration will be given to candidates who do not hold a primary degree, but who do have at least 10 years relevant work experience at least 3 of which must be in a management position. International applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score:- applicants for Business Masters programmes must also have a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing 
  • TOEFL (Paper based test): 560
  • TOEFL (Internet based test): 92
  • PTE (Pearson): 59

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

This Masters degree, which specialises in the key areas of strategy and innovation, combined with your existing proficiency from your bachelor’s degree or experience, will signal to employers that you are a competent professional ready to engage in positions of responsibility focussing on advanced general management issues.

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The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport. Applicants may be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.


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