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What will I learn?

The MSc in Digital Innovation addresses technology-centric transformation in business and society. The careful balance of theory and practice within the course prepares graduates to enter the world of digital innovation and for current professionals to progress further in their career. The programme offers:

Leadership skills regarding strategic IT application for digital innovation and business skills such as process redesign, change management, global sourcing and process modelling.

The capacity to create and critically assess the business case for ICT deployment.

In-depth knowledge and managerial insight into systems development methodologies and processes.

How will I benefit?

Our students are taught by internationally-recognised researchers and engage directly with the technology companies that have made Dublin the “Digital Hub of Europe”. Our graduates emerge as insightful, reflective and critically-minded individuals with a unique understanding of the discovery, development, diffusion, and impact of digital product, process, and business model innovations.

  1. Direct contact with the companies that have made Dublin the “Digital Hub of Europe”
  2. A head-start in the marketplace due to the unique combination of strategic, practical and analytical course elements
  3. Essential interpersonal, communication and leadership skills via group and case study-based learning, presentations and simulation exercises


The one-year full-time and two-year part-time formats comprise core modules and option modules. Students complete 9 modules, or 6 modules plus a 30-credit minor thesis prepared over two semesters, subject to approval by a research supervisor. Modules listed below are indicative and are offered subject to faculty availability.

Autumn TrimesterSpring TrimesterSummer Trimester

Summer module options: 

Please note that option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.

Note that on-campus teaching is delivered under prevailing public health guidelines. In the event of a required change to planned delivery, further information about alternative delivery methods (including online delivery) will be confirmed with prospective and incoming students.

Digital innovation is the key to understanding how IT transforms business and society and the MSc in Digital Innovation was designed to equip future business and technology leaders with the knowledge and skills to drive technology-based innovation in a digital society. Our aim is that graduates emerge from the programme as insightful, reflective and critically minded individuals with a unique understanding of the discovery, development, diffusion, and impact of digital product, process, and business model innovations (Purpose).

Our ultimate ambition is that our graduates will help create a better world with ICT, that they will be ambitious and courageous in contributing to business and society, and that they will act with integrity at all times. In order to achieve this, we equip students with conceptual and practical skills around ICT and its relationship with organizational innovation. In particular, our curriculum offers a critical slant on mainstream conceptions of ICT, organisation, and innovation (education and subject/discipline/professional values).

The programme is built on a strong research foundation in the thematic area of digital business. Our students are taught by internationally recognised researchers and also engage directly with the technology companies that have made Dublin the Digital Hub of Europe. We provide transformational and varied learning opportunities for our students. The learning environment is designed to be both nurturing and challenging and to provide students with richly varied learning experiences. In this way, we seek to cultivate informed, insightful, agile and critical thinkers and doers. The programme is unique in the sense that it is targeted at both young graduates and experienced managers or professionals. This means that students experience a diverse environment (age, gender, nationality, background) both within their class and between the full-time and part-time classes (the nature of the learning environment for students).

The programme combines lecture, seminar, group and individual work. Case-based teaching and problem-based learning are used extensively across modules. Students may also apply to complete an optional minor thesis should they so wish. Continuous assessment includes both individual and group work, and both formative and summative assessment. Learning outcomes are assessed in a variety of ways across modules (examination, term papers, reports, group work, presentation) and assessment strategies are weighted accordingly. Learning outcomes are broadly classified as being knowledge-oriented, skill-oriented and/or attitudinal in nature (key approaches to teaching, learning and assessment).

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

Programme Goals:

Programme Learning Outcomes:

Programme Goal 1: Core Business Knowledge: our graduates will be informed thinker knowledgeable in terms of digital business and innovation in a global context, supported by a strong research foundation, thought leadership, and richly varied learning experiences.

Critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate theory and practice concerning digital business, organisational change, and innovation in a global context.

Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and an ability to apply key concepts concerning the discovery, development, diffusion, and impact of digital product, process and business model innovations.

Programme Goal 2: Communication Skills: our graduates will be able to talk about, apply and act upon what they know in various organisational settings and have the ambition and courage to collaborate, solve problems and contribute to business and society.

Demonstrate an ability to engage in active, problem-based, research-led and collaborative learning by completing business projects and assignments individually and in teams and by presenting the outcomes of analysis and recommended actions / decisions to key stakeholders.

Select and utilise appropriate strategies (oral, written, visual and interactive) to communicate about, collaborate on, and advance objectives to meet various organisational challenges associated with digital innovation in a socially and ethically responsible fashion.

Programme Goal 3: Critical and Analytical Judgement: our graduates will have developed their analytical competence, reflective capacity and critical thinking, which will enable them to apply judgement, to act with integrity and to work with others to make sound, socially responsible decisions.

Inform business decision-making processes in a socially and ethically responsible fashion by synthesizing and evaluating diverse perspectives on digital innovation from existing research.

Inform business decision-making processes in a socially and ethically responsible fashion by undertaking detailed analyses of digital innovation across a range of industries, markets and competitors using qualitative or quantitative tools and techniques.

Programme Goal 4: Global Perspective, Ambition for Action, Lifelong Learning.  

Foster digital innovation and transformation by devising, developing and delivering digital strategies and projects in globally distributed organisations operating within and across diverse cultures and societies in a socially and ethically responsible fashion.

Demonstrate an ability to continually and reflectively develop the communication, collaboration, creative and critical thinking skills to promote effective and ethical business practice in the digital economy.


Intercultural Development Programme (ICD)

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Global Leadership Programme (GLP)

Our Global Leadership Programme (GLP) offers you a unique opportunity to engage in a diverse range of cocurricular activities i.e. development activities outside the modules you take on the Master's programme.

It's all about helping you become an impactful leader with a global mindset. This optional programme is designed to build your capacity for effective personal and organisational leadership. When it comes to seeking employment and attending job interviews, the GLP will help give you an edge over other similarly qualified candidates and will considerably strengthen your CV.

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