• » Master of Science in innovation management in the public service

    Programme Title  Master of Science in Innovation Management in the Public Service
    CAO Code  Add-on programme. Not available via CAO
    LYIT internal code  LY_BIMPS
    Duration  2 Years Part-time
    Standard Code Places:  15
    National Framework Level  9
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC & University of Ulster
    Is this Programme for Me?
    The MSc in Innovation Management in the Public Service aims to develop the leadership capabilities of public servants who have key leadership responsibilities.  The programme offers participants the opportunity to progress towards innovative, strategic and transformational management initiatives within their sponsoring organisation through critical analysis and reflection.
    This is a unique programme which has been developed by Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Ulster University in collaboration with the Office of An Taoiseach and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister. Specifically this programme aims to develop participants’ critical judgment, intellectual integrity and practical skills at postgraduate level with specific reference to the rapidly evolving disciplines of transformational management in the public sector.
    Participants should be in a position to implement strategic change in their organisations. The programme is open both to newly appointed and to experienced staff and is directed at personnel at Principal Officer/ Assistant Principal Officer/ Head of Function level or equivalent.
    MSc in Innovation Management Public Service Course Brochure
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    A second-class honours degree or better from a university of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), or from an institution of another country which has been recognised as being of an equivalent standard; and be in relevant employment within the Public Services.
    What will I study?
    The programme is 2 years long and is designed to facilitate executives in the workplace. It comprises 8 taught modules (each module is block delivered over 2 days) and a dissertation.
    YearProposed Modules
     1  Context of Innovation and Transformation in Government
     Change Management in Public Service
     Citizen Centric Public Service Delivery
     Culture in Innovating Organisations
     Information Sharing, Integration and Inter-Operability
     2  Transformational Leadership and Strategic Management
     Driving Innovation in Public Services
     Performance Evaluation & Control
     Research Project
    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of the Master of Science in Innovation Management in the Public Service the learner will be able to:
    • Demonstrate critical awareness of current trends in research activity and be capable of evaluating the likely impact of these on new, emerging and converging applications and techniques.
    • Critically evaluate challenging current processes, using benchmarking techniques to identify best in class ICT-enabled service delivery standards internally, nationally and internationally.
    • Demonstrate strategic planning and management skills for sustained transformational change in public service organisations in a citizen centred cultural ethos.
    • Act in a wide and often unpredictable variety of ill-defined contexts.
    • Use advanced investigative skills to conduct empirical research and to transfer and apply diagnostic and entrepreneurial skills to improve service delivery systems in a complex, multi-stakeholder and increasingly integrated environment.
    • Evaluate and demonstrate performance improvement across a range of rigorous business, fiscal and non-fiscal criteria.
    Student Testimonials
    “I was determined to do a course which would help me professionally and which would also contribute to my personal development.  The Masters programme in Innovation Management in the Public Service is constructed in a way that facilitates the seamless application of everything I learned to my workplace. As this course is run as a joint programme with Ulster University it provided wider opportunities for networking and sharing ideas with contemporaries. Being part of a group of like-minded people has given me a peer group of colleagues that I respect and value and has given me access to their varied knowledge and extensive range of experience from across the public sector.” Mary Smyth, HR/Finance Manger, Valuation Office
    "This MSc experience, which is what it is, has been a real growth opportunity.  The action learning structure of the programme enables participants to focus, reflect and grow to an extent that I have not experienced in previous academic undertakings.  The opportunities to collaborate with Public Servants from North and South are fantastic, with knowledge and experiences freely shared.  The programme would be of benefit to public sector managers who are leading teams, particularly through any change initiatives and for those who wish to consider taking on a more senior leadership role in the future." Lynda Hendley, Senior Manager, Customs Enforcement, Revenue Commissioners
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    Progression is possible to Research Masters and Doctoral Programmes in Institutes of Technology and Universities within Ireland and abroad.
    Career Opportunities
    Strengthened strategic planning and management skills will enable graduates to accelerate their career in their organisation.
    To date over 180 public service managers including Principal Officers, Assistant Principal Officers, Heads of Function and Heads of Technology from departments and agencies including those listed below have benefitted from our programme:  LY_BIMPS_table
    Fees for this programme are €9,960 payable in 3 instalments over three calendar years.
    This course begins in January each year. The next intake will be in January 2018.  The closing date for applications is December 2017.
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