Taught course

Business Innovation

Birkbeck, University of London · Birkbeck Business School

Entry requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry


Course content

Business innovation has become crucial for corporate success and national competitiveness. On our MSc Business Innovation you will learn how business innovation is a multifaceted process involving not only technological change, but also:
  • business model innovation
  • new forms of organisation
  • new skill sets
  • new working processes.

Our MSc Business Innovation offers you a comprehensive understanding of a range of business innovation issues including: innovation drivers; innnovation systems at national, regional and sectoral levels; strategic management of innovation processes; globalisation of innovation; the role of networks and social capital; big data; data-driven decision-making; issues related to science, technology and innovation policy.

This degree links business with practice to equip you with the theories, principles and tools for analysing and tackling issues relating to business innovation in various types of firms. You will also develop skills in critical thinking and problem-focused decision-making.


  • Birkbeck is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management.
  • Our academic staff are active researchers, as well as enthusiastic teachers, and they regularly publish cutting-edge research. We have particular research strengths in international business and strategy, the management of innovation and entrepreneurship, human resource management, corporate governance, sport management and marketing, as well as financial management and accounting.
  • We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
  • The course is supported and informed by the cutting-edge research and professional expertise of our Centre for Innovation Management Research.
  • Many Birkbeck students work in, or have professional experience in, the industries under consideration. This provides strong networking opportunities with fellow students and Birkbeck alumni, with potentially beneficial impacts on your career development.
  • You will have access to Moodle, our online learning resource where all information and materials relating to your course of study and modules are available, as well as the Birkbeck Library and e-Library.
Careers and employability

Business innovation graduates can pursue career paths in management, business, industry and policymaking. They can be found in all kinds of businesses and organisations and are employable wherever there are management of innovation needs. Possible professions include:

  • human resources officer
  • management consultant
  • operational researcher
  • logistics and distribution manager
  • marketing executive
  • systems analyst

The MSc also provides a strong foundation for PhD research in this area.

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.

Information for international students

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.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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