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Business Innovation

Technological change and the digital economy raise new economic and managerial challenges for businesses and public and private sector organisations. Birkbeck's Postgraduate Certificate in Business Innovation is designed for graduates who wish to acquire advanced, practical knowledge of these challenges and the best ways of approaching and tackling them.

We will consider the theoretical foundations of managing business innovation, but we will also look at real-life applications of this theory, the realities of contemporary professional practice, and how you can encourage, nurture and manage innovation. This combination of practical insight and analysis of real-world issues will enhance your career development and equip you for a range of management roles.

This programme will give you a deep understanding of the importance of innovation for rethinking a range of ideas, issues and structures within management, including business strategy, corporate assets, intellectual property rights, institutions, organisations and firms, entrepreneurship, and globalisation in a changing world. This course is ideal if you want to develop topical, focused and practical insights into the fundamentals of business innovation, including not only the technological aspects of innovation, but also the associated business models and working patterns. Modules focus on innovation management, entrepreneurship, networks and institutions influencing innovation, and digital business models.

If you wish to continue with your studies, you will be automatically accepted on to 2 Birkbeck Master's degrees: MSc Business Innovation with Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management; and MSc Business Innovation with E-business.

Birkbeck is a centre for excellence in research and inspirational teaching in business innovation. Our Centre for Innovation Management Research draws on a variety of academic disciplines across the fields of management, law, geography, economics and science policy to consider innovation systems, intellectual property rights, social capital, entrepreneurship, globalisation and more. The Centre's academic team delivers high-quality teaching and training in innovation and entrepreneurship to students and industry professionals.

Entry requirements

Usually, we require a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university, or a non-UK equivalent. We will also consider a professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations, which must be approved by the College.

Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications.If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You take 3 compulsory modules and choose 1 option module, which can be chosen from 3 option modules.

All 4 modules are worth 15 credit each.
Compulsory modules:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation;
Innovation Systems: Networks and Social Capital;
Innovation: Management and Policy .

Option modules:

Digital Business;
Digital Creativity and New Media Management;
Intellectual Capital and Competitiveness .

Assessment methods

A combination of coursework and examinations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2018 1 1 Years

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