MSc Strategic Innovation Management


Program Description

Key information

  • Duration: 1-year full time, 2 years part-time
  • Start date: September 2021
  • Apply by: 1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Firms that innovate will outperform those that don't – and this MSc equips you with the knowledge and skills to lead and manage innovation at operational and strategic levels.

Focusing on new-product and service development in larger organizations, in both the private and public sectors, you develop an integrative approach that combines management of the market, technological and organizational changes while learning how to create value from innovation.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at

How will I study?

You’ll study core modules and options across the autumn and spring terms. You’ll learn through a range of seminars, lectures, and employer-based projects. In the summer, you carry out a 9,000-word research project.

You’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework, multiple-choice tests, essays, group reports and an individual research dissertation.

Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Challenge

Develop novel science, technology, and innovation policy ideas. Compete for a prize for the idea with the most transformative potential.Our Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Challenge helps you develop skills in:

  • presenting
  • communication
  • critical thinking.

You can work on your own or in a small team. At the end of the year, you'll pitch your idea to a panel of industry experts and a live audience.

The Challenge is optional. It's designed to enrich your academic studies and give you the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the course. It'll also allow you to explore essay and dissertation topics.


These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

How much does it cost?


  • UK/EU students: £11,450 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £11,450 per year
  • International students: £20,750 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,609 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2018. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.


You will graduate with a set of transferable skills directly relevant to a range of occupations. In particular, our MSc creates opportunities for you to work in:

  • management consultancy
  • product and service development
  • business and technology analysis
  • entrepreneurial and new venture creation and growth
  • project or technology management
  • global business
  • R&D and innovation management
  • general management in large, multinational organisations
  • project-based organisations in the private and public sector.

Our graduates have worked with a range of employers including American Express Technologies, Arthur D. Little, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, BP Ventures, BT, Pfizer and Proctor & Gamble.

Our graduates have gone into careers in leading firms, consultancies, government, international organisations and think-tanks, as well as academia. Others have set up their own businesses or joined new ventures as entrepreneurs.

Graduate destinations

92% of students from Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent University of Sussex Business School graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • catalyst team member, Sussex Innovation Centre
  • foresight researcher, Nesta
  • innovation studio officer, The Arts University, Bournemouth.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers of Higher Education 2017 survey)

Last updated Oct 2020

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