Project Management, Leadership and Skills: Planning and Control
In a nutshell
Managing Innovation and Information Technology (MIIT) has been developed in partnership with industry partners to reflect the needs of business owners who are dependent on information technology and systems to embed innovation in improving productivity or the development of new products or services.
The programme has been designed for students with a background in technology who are looking to develop and apply their skills in a managerial position. You will learn from our expert academics, all of whom are research active members of the award-winning Salford Business School Centre for Digital Business.
There are a number of opportunities for you to develop your technical, analytical and business skills. The Business School has a number of different initiatives to support student’s business aspirations. You will be working closely with Salford’s MakerSpace to understand real life problem solving using technologies and to learn the power of data and how that can drive business decisions.
The programme is highly industry-focussed and culminates in the Industry Collaboration Project. You will choose one of four options to look at a real industry problem and provide researched solutions, helping you put your learning into practice.
International students should apply for the MSc route.
- Develop your managerial and technical skills
- Put learning into practice through the Industry Collaboration Project
- Explore emerging technologies and business models
This is for you if...
You are entrepreneurial
You have a background in technology or IT
You are a problem solver
You are passionate about emerging technologies
You are interested in the way tech impacts how we live and work
You have aspirations of a managerial career
All about the course
The programme is block delivered and there are several entry points throughout the year. Students will take the modules below in a sequence dependent on their start date.
The course is delivered in four blocks of intensive study periods. For each block, you study a single module for a 6-week period. Face-to-face teaching is delivered on campus for 6 hours each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project one afternoon a week during the 6-week blocks.
Part time students study alternate modules (one module on, one module off) to complete their degree in two years.
During this period, you will also undertake independent study in your own time with online support through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.
For the final third of your studies, you will work on your Industry Collaboration Project, working with your own or another organisation on a live brief.
You will learn about the approaches, skills and methods of effective project management, and the tools and techniques required for planning, control, teamwork, leadership and other key processes. All of these qualities will develop your ability to lead complex projects.
Innovative Problem Solving
This work-based module has been developed to ensure that you will gain an awareness and appreciation of the innovative, exploitative nature of emerging and disruptive technologies and open-source possibilities. You will gain the knowledge obtained by problem analysis, to design creative solutions to meet information needs of defined and potential user communities. This might include the elderly, disabled or the third sector groups. You will be tasked with innovatively problem solving real life case studies in purpose built developmental spaces. This exciting module has a continuous digital portfolio assessment to showcase the progress of your DIY innovative designs.
Digital Marketing Analytics and Strategy
The module combines two interesting topics in the field of digital marketing: (i) Digital Marketing strategies and (ii) Marketing/Digital Analytics. The first part of the module looks at digital marketing strategy development, the critical components of a digital marketing strategy and its strategic significance. Interesting topics like buyer persona development, customer journey mapping etc. will form this part of the module. At the end of the first part of the module you will be required to develop a digital marketing strategy for a firm of your choice. This ties into what you have learned and provides a platform to apply the principles and frameworks that you have learned. The second part of the module looks at digital analytics. In this part we work on a google analytics data set and try to conduct advanced data analysis to bring out interesting patterns and messages. Ultimately all marketing is data driven and hence a marketer should have a good grasp for data analysis. The main aim of this part of the module is to develop an ability to spot patterns in data, conduct basic data analysis and to appreciate how data analysis could inform and enrich marketing decision making.
Information Systems and Digital Transformation
Most businesses are undergoing some form of digital transformation, this module has been designed with business leaders to take a critical overview of the processes that are involved. You will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the needs of organisations when strategically planning transformation and integrating business information systems. You will also achieve a holistic knowledge of the critical role of IS/T, both at corporate and business levels, enabling you to be ready to support and deliver professional, ethical and legal services in IS/T transformation.
The paid Work Placement gives you the chance to undertake a six month project with an organisation located regionally, nationally or internationally. By exploring a key issue impacting an organisation, you will apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies and develop and use appropriate problem-solving skills in a real-world environment.
You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal then compile an 8,500 – 10,000 word portfolio of evidence that shows the work undertaken, the deliverables created, the impact achieved, the theories and concepts applied, the data gathering activities undertaken and a critical reflection by the student of their work practices and learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.
10% project proposal
The unpaid Internship option of the Industry Collaboration Project aims to equip you with the relevant practical skills to critically identify and evaluate key issues impacting organisations and their environments either in the UK or overseas.
Over a three month period, you will work alongside an organisation to identify and explore a real organisational issue. You will have specified learning goals and will need to actively reflect on what is being learned throughout the experience.
10% project proposal
An advanced-level applied research pathway based on a real-world business problem and examining an issue important to an organisation. The Dissertation path gives you the opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge gained from the taught elements of the programme to a current organisational issue and deploy and effectively use appropriate problem-solving skills through critical self-reflection and methodical, systematic research. It is an excellent option if you are considering moving into academic research and PhD studies.
You will create an initial 1,500 word research proposal consisting of research questions, aims and objectives, and the rationale for undertaking the study. The 12,000 – 15,000 word dissertation will include literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions, recommendations and a critical reflection of your learning. In addition, you will share your findings with key stakeholders. This will generally be a presentation to an audience but might be a poster presentation or a video recording.
10% project proposal
Please note, this option is available from September 2019
Through this option, along with applying your theoretical knowledge from the taught elements of the programme, you will develop the transferable skills and qualities required for entrepreneurial behaviour and work on your own innovative business idea. You will reflect on business opportunities, challenges and strategies with the aim of establishing a new businesses, or incorporating entrepreneurial thinking into the management of an existing organisation. The three month Entrepreneurship path will be assessed through the development of an Initial Business Proposal and an 8,500 word Comprehensive Business Proposal accompanied by a 30 minute presentation.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
The course is block delivered with students studying a single module for a six week period. Face to face teaching is delivered on campus for two half days each week. In addition, you will attend the taught element of the Industry Collaboration Project each Wednesday afternoon during the six week blocks, with independent study completed in your own time through the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. Individual student timetables are provided during induction week.
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, using a wide range of learning activities.
Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work.
Salford Business School aims to be the most business-informed, industry-relevant business school in the UK. Industry shapes everything we do, from informing our students’ learning to providing work placements, driving our research and influencing our academic staff.
We want you to gain the best academic and personal experience possible. As a student here, you’ll have access to a range of experiences and opportunities, including internships and work placements in the UK or internationally so you graduate with much more than a degree.
Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel Park campus and just minutes from Manchester city centre. Teaching facilities include Lady Hale and Chapman buildings, which offer stylish modern spaces with lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays. A dedicated Employability team will help you with work placements and access to work skills. Throughout campus, there is a choice of individual study areas, communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a selection of food outlets.
Dr Marie Griffiths
Marie is the Programme Leader for this course, and teaches across the Business School on a number of digital focused modules at UG, PG, and MBA levels. Marie is also the Director for the award-winning Centre for Digital Business and has worked hard to ensure that the internationally recognised research has informed the teaching on this programme. Digital business is becoming a critical concern for many business leaders and owners and as a consequence, Marie is now also delivering digital transformation courses to senior managers both nationally and international. Marie is the President of the UKAIS (UK Academy of Information Systems) a 25-year established academy that links industry and academia.
Marie’s research passions are technologies and people; looking at how omnipresent and emerging technologies are transforming how we work, communicate, play, learn and the different spaces that we now exist in. More generally for society is the issue of privacy and digital identities and the data that is amassing. Also more concerning for businesses is, are they digitally ready, do they know what technologies are coming to disrupt them and do they know their customers?
Marie has an excellent track record of working closely with SMEs to digitally transform and has been part of the academic team on ten Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
If you’re planning on commuting, both our MediaCityUK and Peel Park campuses are perfectly placed. Whether by bus, rail, bike or car, we’re easily accessed from all over Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.
What about after uni?
Our graduates are highly sought after in many different sectors as the technical expertise developed through the programme cuts across a variety of industries. Other graduates often progress to become business owners and consultants.
This course will provide you with flexible employment opportunities leading to potential roles with a variety of management-level national and international sectors.
The University of Salford grew out of the institutes of the late 19th century that provided a talented, technically proficient and professional workforce to support the UK’s rapidly growing industries. In the 21st century, this still holds strong. Whilst industry has changed significantly, the need for industry-focused education is equally relevant today.
We teach the skills that employers need and as a result, our graduates enjoy excellent international career prospects.
The curriculum across our postgraduate courses balances academic teaching and professional experience. Our industry partners give us their input into the curriculum so that the teaching reflects industry’s current and future needs and you develop the skills that employers want. The Industry Collaboration Project, which forms the final third of your study, is designed to give you real-world experience so you can apply the theory you have learned.
What you need to know
This course is ideal if you are a graduate from a business or management-related subject, or if you have work experience that has incorporated a project management role. It may also appeal if you are a graduate from another discipline wanting to move into project management.
The MSc is the only route available for international students.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Normally IELTS 6.5 with no individual element below 5.5, or equivalent recognised Secure English Language Test, (SELT).
If the English language qualification is slightly below this level candidates may be able to take one of the many English courses available in the University.
Normally a minimum 2:2 honours degree or equivalent or successful completion of the Graduate Certificate International Management.
A wide range of professional qualifications are also accepted either in partial or complete fulfilment of entry requirements.
Where a student has gained a recognised Honours degree but does not meet the normal entry qualification requirement, they may still be considered for entry if they can demonstrate relevant work experience of a minimum two years duration post study and acceptable level of responsibility.
Accreditation Of Prior Learning (APL)
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
2019 fees shown below are for programmes starting in September 2019. The fees for programmes starting in March, June and July 2019 are:
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019/20||£7,776per year|
|Full-time international||2019/20||£14,274per year|
|Part-time||2019/20||£1,296 per 30 credit module|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.