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 an 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.


This prize will be awarded annually. The prize will be awarded to the student who receives the highest overall aggregate mark in the examinations of the MSc in Strategy, Innovation and People Management programme.  In the event of a tie, the prize will be divided equally

Applications and Selections

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.

1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2019

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Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

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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

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the MSc SIPM find employment in a variety of roles, in wide-ranging industry and organisational settings, reflecting the broad nature of the programme and its student body. Positions include graduate management programmes, financial services and business analysis, management consultancy, retail management, human resource management (HRM), policy development and research, and academia. Blue chip employers who have hired graduates include: Accenture (10 over the last decade), Aer Lingus, AIB, Aldi, Amazon, Bank of Ireland, Cambridge University (PhD), Dalata, DFMG, Diageo, Dell, Deloitte, Enterprise Ireland (New York), Google, Hollister, IDA Ireland, Jumeirah Hotels (Dubai), Mazars, Mercer Consulting, Oracle, Price-Waterhouse-Coopers, and Qualtrics. 

CIPD Accredited

The MSc (Strategy, Innovation and People Management) is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) for accreditation at the advanced level. Students on this programme can achieve Associate Membership of CIPD. 

Associate membership of CIPD on graduation provides the platform for many initial positions (from which requisite experience is obtained leading to chartered, professional membership, usually within two years). Thereafter, strategy, innovation and organisational management programme dimensions satisfy the broader, value-contributing requirements of higher-level, business development roles, facilitating career progression and movement (including internationally). Programme graduates in recent years have a near full employment record.

CareerWise Recruitment’s award will be presented annually to the MSc Student on the basis of their Research Project (Dissertation) mark and nominated on the recommendation of the Head of Discipline.


The MSc SIPM is innovative in conception, as reflected in curriculum design. Six of the eight taught modules (two-thirds of the programme) are double-weighted (10 ECTS), each with 48 contact hours. There are 36 classroom hours on a weekly basis, and 12 hours dedicated to bespoke practical learning events such as skills workshops and company visits. This enables the integration of theoretical rigour in the knowledge domain with the application of knowledge through applied, experiential activities. This dual theory-applied dimension is also evident in the Research Project, where the intellectual rigour of a dissertation is combined with primary empirical data to validate and/or extend theoretical foundations.

Innovation characterises both classroom and event-based learning. A wide range of pedagogies is employed in weekly teaching, such as lectures, seminars, case studies and problem cases, and senior industry speakers. Similar variety pertains for bespoke applied events, which include skills workshops (psychometric testing MG6107), company visits (An Post Mails Processing Centre MG6110), “off-site war games” (MG6102) and hosted corporate innovation days (MG6111). Overall programme assessment is 50% examinations/50% continuous assessment. The latter is broad-ranging, including group projects, presentations, poster productions (MG6101), essays and industry panel ratings (MG6102 and MG6111). 

Programme modules make extensive use of formal and recurring top-level Industry links. The MG6110 project on An Post includes presentations by two Executive Directors (Brian McCormick, Adjunct Professor, and Pat Knight, HR Director). In MG6101 Paul Scully, Group VP and Regional HR Director, Intel, delivers a masterclass on Strategic HR. The MG6102 project involves student groups working on a company problem assignment and presenting analyses and solutions to management, including Home Instead CEO Suzanne Ryan. On the Innovation Day in MG6111, students participate in an intensive start-up workshop guided by industry mentors, and pitch ideas developed and tested to an industry panel with the winners awarded prizes. MG6111 participants include John Power, Aerogen founder and CEO.

Who’s Suited to This Course

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Work Placement

Study Abroad

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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.

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What Our Graduates Say


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 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.


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

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