About this course
Learn the knowledge and skills to develop and manage new products, services and business models on this Business Strategy and Innovation Management master’s course. You’ll develop in-depth understanding of the latest concepts in strategy and innovation, with a focus on business growth and sustainability issues. With this master’s in strategic management you can go into any organisation that is interested in developing new products or business models.
On this UK master’s course at the University of Southampton, you’ll explore how different aspects of strategy and innovation can be used to:
- help companies become more competitive
- drive change in industries
- create new business opportunities
You'll also learn about the strategic and management challenges of developing, implementing and marketing new products and services.
Among the latest topics that you’ll cover are:
- the sharing economy
- disruptive technologies
- service innovation concepts
- social, environmental and economic sustainability
- growth, innovation and technology transfer
You can fit this master’s in strategy and innovation to your own interests or career plans by choosing optional modules on subjects such as marketing, retailing in the digital age, or entrepreneurship and new business venturing.
You’ll also benefit from:
- strong links with businesses such as Sainsbury’s and Rolls-Royce
- visits to businesses to find out how they innovate
- guest lectures by industry partners
The course content is directly informed by the work of academics who are carrying out research into digital innovation, new business models and sustainability through our Centre for Inclusive and Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Your course leader is Dr Shahnaz Ibrahim, Senior Teaching Fellow in Strategy and Innovation. Her research interests the dynamics of corporate social responsibility, strategic philanthropy in developing countries, and social entrepreneurship in higher education. Read Dr Ibrahim’s staf profile to find out more about her work.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in one of these areas:
- management and marketing
- political science
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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This is a full-time master’s course. Your studies will last a full 12 months, from September to the following September.
For the first 8 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll focus on the taught part of the course. Some of your modules will be compulsory, others we will ask you to choose from a list of options.
You’ll have exams at the end of each semester.
For the rest of the course, you’ll work independently on your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include:
- practical exercises
- guest speakers
- group work
- case studies
- problem-solving tasks
We’ll assess you through:
Over the summer you’ll research and write a 15,000-word dissertation on an industry-relevant topic of your choice, to be agreed with your project coordinator.
The dissertation is a chance for you to develop your research skills and show your expertise in a particular area of business strategy and innovation management. You could also use the dissertation to develop your own business idea.
You’ll have regular support meetings with your supervisor throughout the process.
You’ll be assigned a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor.
With this degree you’ll be well placed to go into any organisation interested in developing new products or business models. These could be small start-ups or large companies.
You’ll also be great position to continue your studies at PhD level.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £11,950.
- International students pay £20,728.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000