MSc in iBusiness - Innovation through ICT

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Program Description

MSc in iBusiness - Innovation through ICT

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School

Who is the MSc in iBusiness for?

Business and IT graduates seeking a career managing the delivery of ICT-enabled innovation to business and other organisations
ICT professionals seeking to move their competence area and skill-set along the ICT value chain, from the production of software to delivery of business innovation through ICT.
General business professionals who seek to increase their knowledge of how ICT can deliver business value and enable innovation, and acquire the skills to use ICT products and services to innovate in their own functional areas.

Industry context of the course:

The global information economy is increasingly influenced by the following trends in ICT-enabled business innovation:

  • Outsourcing of business processes
  • Global delivery of solutions
  • Larger and more complex ICT projects
  • Fewer customer built software solutions
  • Shift in the IT industry along the value chain from software development to solution delivery

What will I learn?

These trends demand new knowledge and skills for ICT professionals and ICT-literate general business professionals alike:

  • A managerial perspective on system development processes, emphasising methodologies, testing, and quality assurance
  • Skills in business process redesign, change management and process modelling
  • Ability to make a sound business case for deployment of ICT in business innovation
  • Management of global sourcing of ICT-related resources and business processes
  • Ability to be a team player in distributed, cross-cultural, multiple time-zone projects
  • Knowledge of new developments which are increasing the ubiquity and reach of ICT beyond the traditional firm

The mode of delivery of the MSc in iBusiness is tailored as far as possible to meet the needs of students in current employment. Most subjects are delivered in evenings and some subjects are delivered as part of an accelerated mode structure during the summer term.
The programme also features a systems implementation project in conjunction with participating partner Universities across Europe. This B2B project emphasises on the development of team skills and exposes students to work within a cross-cultural environment.

Programme structure

The MSc in iBusiness is offered as a one-year full-time program or on a two-year part-time basis. Students will be assessed by examination, project work, and continuous assessment.
Students must complete six core modules and three option modules. Alternately students may complete the six core modules plus a substantial supervised business project in which they apply knowledge and skills from the core modules to research and analyse real business innovations with ICT, either through direct engagement with industry or through research drawing on secondary sources.


Concepts – key ideas of ICT driven innovation

  • Achieving Business Value with ICT (Core)
  • ICT and Organisational Change (Core)

Delivery – making the ICT driven innovation a reality

  • ICT Infrastructure for Innovation (Core)
  • Managing Systems Development (Core)
  • ICT Project Management (Core)
  • Managing Global Sourcing (Core)

Innovation – taking business in new directions with ICT

  • Changing Working Practices with ICT (Option)
  • Changing Business Processes with ICT (Option)
  • Changing Business Networks with ICT (Option)

Industry Engagement / Enquiry

  • Business Research Project (Option)

Where can I go?

The MSc in i-Business will prepare graduates for careers such as:

  • ICT Solution Development Manager in technology companies such as IBM, Google, Microsoft, Adobe, Eircom
  • Business Analyst in major consulting companies such as Accenture, KPMG, PWC
  • ICT Project Leader interfacing with solution providers in businesses such as banks, pharmaceuticals, retailing, exporters, and public sector organisations seeking efficiency and competitiveness through ICT.
  • Founding entrepreneurial start-ups which deliver or leverage ICT solutions
  • PhD candidature leading to an academic or industry research position
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 29, 2018
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