IT & Strategic Innovation MSc

Why choose this course?

The success of an organisation can rest on both an understanding of IT and how to use innovation strategically to enable new growth and competitive advantage.

This course aims to provide an understanding of the characteristics of high-tech innovation combined with the leadership and management values necessary for entrepreneurship (new venture creation) or for successfully creating and managing strategic innovation both from within an organisation as well as from outside, eg as an IT consultant.

Key features

  • This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
  • You can tailor the course to suit your own career development needs, industry background or organisation's requirements.
  • The project/dissertation gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills. It often takes the form of a business plan relevant to your career, and provides an excellent selling point when looking for a job or promotion. If you are an overseas student, we will help you to carry out a project either based in your home country or that will be of specific relevance when you return home.

 

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Delivered in 2 separate specific week blocks (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm) January, March and September
Full time 2 years including professional placement Delivered in 2 separate specific week blocks (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm) January, March and September
Part time 2–3 years Delivered in 2 separate specific week blocks (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm) January, March and September
Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • You will examine the role of IT and information systems in encouraging, capturing and managing innovation. This includes the value and use of knowledge management, data mining, data governance, decision making and business intelligence.
  • You will study the types and characteristics of innovation, as well as the challenges it faces. This will help you recognise and welcome change in the business and technology fields.
  • Input from industry professionals, especially the "Big Data" research group, will help place your studies in a business context. You will be encouraged to acquire Agile qualifications as you develop your abilities to organise, manage and risk-manage large and small IT projects.

Accreditation

British Computer Society

British Computer Society

British Computer Society

The British Computer Society (BCS) accredits this course. This means that you can gain some exemption against BCS professional examinations, leading to Chartered membership and CEng, IEng or CSci status. For full details of exemption and accreditation levels, please check the BCS course search.

Please note: the programme delivered at our partner institution overseas is not currently accredited by the BCS.

The Faculty is a long-time member of BCS. For many years we have hosted meetings of the local BCS Kingston and Croydon Branch, contributing to members' continuing professional development programmes.

What you will study

The full MSc course consists of an induction programme, four taught modules, and project dissertation. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Teaching on this course usually takes place in two separate specific week blocks (Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm). For further details please contact secpgstudentoffice@kingston.ac.uk.

Modules

Core modules

Modelling Enterprise Architectures

30 credits

The module focuses on various components of modelling an Enterprise Architecture. It deals with modelling the business and the underlying information and software system to support the business. It follows the object-oriented paradigm for the development lifecycle, and utilises UML as the modelling language. Indicative contents include aspects of enterprise architectures, business analysis, business modelling, business process reengineering, requirements engineering, object oriented concepts and principles and UML.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and utilise a specific enterprise architecture framework.
  • Apply the principles of requirements engineering to capture, priorities, model and document functional and non-functional requirements, whilst appropriately collaborating with relevant stakeholders.
  • Perform business analysis and business process reengineering to develop business models.
  • Critically evaluate and utilise a software development lifecycle.
  • Apply object oriented development concepts, tools and techniques utilising the UML modelling language.
  • Critically evaluate and utilise research methods, tools and techniques, taking into account legal, professional and ethical issues in the development of information and software systems.
IT and Entrepreneurship

30 credits

Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of a nation's wealth, building new and better value chains by using innovation. Using IT can provide such innovation in the push for more efficient business models and this module illustrates the various factors needed to provide a platform for the entrepreneur or expert advisor.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate strategies for enhancing the learning organization, including the concept of "negative innovation"
  • Apply the principles central to econometric models as typified by Nobel laureate Stiglitz, to capture, cost and model appropriate developmental strategies
  • Critically evaluate the issues involved in Tech Entrepreneurship and the artifacts central to this landscape, like crowdfunding, Venture Capital and Science and Technology Parks
  • Perform analyses on potential innovative business models including restructuring value chains for a start-up, or in a capacity as a Consultant
  • Critically evaluate and utilise research methods, tools and techniques, taking into account legal, professional and ethical issues in the development of strategic innovation.
eBusiness Strategy and Implementation

30 credits

This core module introduces IS strategies and their importance to business organisations in the current competitive global economic environment. As IS affect the structure and operations of markets and organisations an introduction to integrated enterprise systems and their role in shaping the structure of current competitive organisations focusing on standards, technical delivery architectures, implementation and related issues.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Analyse the current competitive environment using appropriate techniques and identify opportunities to provide competitive advantage by implementing information systems.
  • Propose and evaluate IS solutions that could add value to organisations.
  • Identify change management issues and plan appropriate steps in order to implement strategic IS solutions.
  • Evaluate the opportunities that technology provides for the creation and delivery of integrated IS.
  • Critically analyse the technical features of integrated IS along with their associated professionalism issues.
Data Management and Governance

30 credits

This core module looks at ways organisations manage, store and secure data. Different approaches and methods will be explored to model data requirements into entity-relationship diagrams, logical diagrams and normalisation.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental concepts of data modelling and database design and implementation.
  • Translate process models and systems requirement models into a database design using class diagrams and entity relationship diagrams and write SQL statements for the definition, access and control of data.
  • Evaluate different approaches to the storage and management of unstructured data such as images and multimedia data.
  • Critically asses information governance within the context of different organisations.
  • Describe and deploy data encryption techniques suitable for encrypting, signing and protecting data and highlight their correct usages and understand the principles and techniques of steganography, and how these can be used.
  • Evaluate the security risks presented by computer networks and understand the role of vulnerability assessment tools and other security-related software and be able to put them to use and design and deploy a firewall to secure a network.
Project Dissertation

60 credits

This module constitutes the major individual piece of work of the masters programme where you will carry out a project involving independent critical research, design and implementation (where applicable).

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Select, justify and use effectively the research methods and techniques appropriate for particular cases in order to carry out a literature search and an independent work of research.
  • Critically identify the need to position your research in the wider academic or business context and structure the dissertation format to agreed conventions.
  • Plan, manage and critically evaluate the project using the techniques and tools needed in order to bring it in successfully on time and within resourcing limits.
  • Identify and critically analyse real-world problems or knowledge gaps to which academic concepts and methods can be realistically applied to improve or resolve the problem situation.
  • Apply skills to show an ability to engage in academic and professional communication with others in their field through report and presentation.
  • Present critical awareness in applying appropriate legal, social or ethical obligations and when required, respond to the financial and other constraints of a corresponding business environment.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's Tier 4 visa.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

Good honours degree in computing, computer science, IT, information systems, software engineering, economics, communications, electronic engineering, business and/or management studies or similar.

Candidates with other qualifications may be considered if they possess relevant work experience as well as outstanding students who do not necessarily have the required prerequisites.

International

In order to complete your programme successfully, it is important to have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, if you are a non-UK applicant* you will usually be required to provide certificated proof of English language competence before commencing your studies.

For this course the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

* Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

Year 1

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching: 262 hours
  • Guided independent study: 153 hours

Year 1: 15% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

  • Scheduled teaching and learning: 262 hours
  • Guided independent study: 153 hours

 

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

Year 1
  • Coursework: 99%
  • Practical: 1%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Class sizes

­You will be part of an intimate cohort of students which provides dedicated academic guidance and advice as well as the opportunity to build a life-long network of colleagues. Some modules are common across other postgraduate programmes therefore you may be taught alongside MPharm students..

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by the School of Computing and Information Systems in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

The Faculty's wide selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses covers a diverse range of subject areas, from aerospace to geography; from maths and computing to biotechnology; and many more. Our collaborative set-up provides new opportunities for our students, and we design our courses with industry professionals to ensure you stay up to date with the latest developments.

School of Computing and Information Systems

The School of Computing and Information Systems offers high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses, designed to reflect the developing needs of business and industry. We deliver our teaching in an exciting and challenging learning environment, and make use of modern, well-equipped facilities.

Our courses cover the range of modern technologies in computer science, information systems and software engineering, with specialisations in games technology; network and wireless technologies; information security; electronic business; and embedded systems.

Postgraduate students may run or assist in lab sessions and may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • MSc full time £9,200
  • MSc part time £5,060

Overseas (not EU) 2020/21

  • MSc full time £14,500
  • MSc part time £7,975

Fees for the optional placement year

If you choose to take a placement as part of this course, you will be invoiced for the placement fee in Year 2. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme and the costs for the placement year.


Funding and bursaries

Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:

If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.

We also offer the following discounts for Kingston University alumni:

What this course offers you

  • This course gives you the knowledge and skills needed to strategically manage innovation within an IT context. It includes modelling outcomes so as to be able to specify potential benefits and risks.
  • You can tailor the course to your own career development needs, industry background or organisation's requirements.
  • The project/dissertation gives you the chance to study an area of interest in greater depth and gain valuable research skills. It is relevant to your career so provides an excellent selling point when you are looking for a job or promotion.
  • If you are an overseas student, we will help you to carry out a project either based in your home country or that will be of specific relevance when you return home.
  • Teaching staff are research active, which keeps your learning cutting-edge (read more in our Research areas section).
  • The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain skills in:
    • problem solving and organisation;
    • data collation and modelling, review and synopsis;
    • communication (oral, written and electronic);
    • time management; and
    • co-operation and teamwork.
  • Each module offers a stimulating balance of study, which may include lectures, practical lab work, group working, case studies and presentations. Industry experts often teach on the courses, enhancing your studies and putting them in a business context.
  • You also have the chance to network with other professionals in the same situation as yourself. Our postgraduate students often set up study groups to support and encourage to each other.
  • We have collaborative arrangements with several European partners, which add an extra perspective to the course and give insight into European industry practice.
  • We offer part-time options to help you fit your studies around other commitments. This course is modular, with each module taught in two separate week-long blocks, allowing you to attend as you would for a short course.

September and January start dates give you extra flexibility. 

Facilities

About our modern teaching environment at Kingston University 

There is a wide range of facilities at our Penrhyn Road campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest equipment, including:

  • dedicated postgraduate computing laboratories – fully equipped with fold-flat LCD screens, data-projection systems and high-spec processors; 
  • development software and tools – such as Linux, Microsoft.net, Dreamweaver MX, Flash 8, Eclipse, Java 2 Standard and Mobile Editions, tools for Motorola and Nokia phones, UML and CASE tools and NXP Processors Development Kits; 
  • Digital Signal Processors (dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers); 
  • IP Set Top Box development environment (NXP's STB810); 
  • Electronics Laboratory; and 
  • a mix of wireless LAN technologies;
  • the library – offering subject libraries, online database subscriptions and resource materials; 
  • a postgraduate teaching suite; and 
  • the dedicated Graduate Centre on campus, providing seminar rooms and social spaces.
Our dedicated team of IT technicians support the labs and are always on hand to provide assistance.

Resources in London

Kingston is just a 30-minute train journey from central London. Here you can access a wealth of additional libraries and archives, including the British Library and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Typical careers for graduates

  • IT consultant
  • IT entrepreneur
  • information architect
  • eLearning developer 
  • business analyst 
  • digital business/web specialist 
  • requirements engineer 
  • IT manager

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting.

What our students say

The lectures are very intense, but are taught in an interactive mode by the professors. Thus, students feel engaged and are able to attain in-depth knowledge. The lecturer also helps in explaining the coursework in much detail, which makes it beneficial for students to perform well in the coursework. The module on IT & Entrepreneurship has been the most interesting as it taught us how to put innovation into business, backed by theories. The module had interactive group workshops that were very interesting and helped us do insightful research.

Ranjeeta Sodhi, IT and Strategic Innovation with Management Studies MSc

Ranjeeta Sodhi, IT and Strategic Innovation with Management Studies MSc

This type of course would benefit people who are interested in establishing their own companies, because it provides you with the fundamentals of how to compete within an industry sector, or market place. I am currently working as an engineer for Dell. I have a few years' experience at the company and throughout this time, I have been assigned to various companies and organisations. My assignments include the NHS, borough councils and some prestigious companies for several months at a time

Yinka Salami, IT and Strategic Innovation with Management Studies MSc

Yinka Salami, IT and Strategic Innovation with Management Studies MSc

Industrial Advisory Board

To ensure your studies are kept up to date and answer the needs of business, our courses are created and reviewed in consultation with an advisory board of key industry experts and senior academics. The Board also provides input and advice on our research portfolio.

With members from Google, Microsoft, Easyjet, games developer Colossal and Chief Information Officers from local government – our Advisory Board represents the diverse spectrum of industries and public sector organisations that make up the jobs market for our graduates.

Links with the British Computer Society 

The Faculty is also a long-time member of the British Computer Society (BCS). For many years we have hosted meetings of the local BCS Kingston and Croydon Branch, contributing to members' continuing professional development programmes.

Extra activities for this course

The range of events and lectures in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing enhances your studies and adds an extra perspective to your learning.

For example, the Digital Information Research Centre (DIRC) runs seminars which have recently covered:

  • How social media affects police operations
  • Dimensionality issues in weighted differential entropy
  • Link quality based routing framework for wireless sensor networks
  • Data integration for smart urban transport
  • HTTP video streaming adaptation

Current research in this subject

Research relevant to IT & strategic innovation revolves around how innovations occur and spread in organisations as well as what IT structures can promote the spread of this "mutual inspiration". Much of the computer modelling involved is carried out in cooperation with partners in Germany, Turkey and Portugal and participants will meet with PhD students. Recent examples of projects include:

  • an eLoyalty system for Cyprus (feasibility study);
  • mobile banking; an analysis of visitor behaviour on a major UK Bank web site;
  • implementation of a CRM for an international Church;
  • comparison of knowledge work techniques and acceptance in the UK and Middle East; and
  • modelling student achievement, retention and progression in a large UK university.