MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Technology

  • Application Deadline:
    30th July 2024
  • Start Date:
    6th September 2024
  • Duration:
    2 years part-time
  • Delivery:
    Blended online and in-person
  • Subsidised Fees:
    €3,150 per year*

MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Technology

Push the boundaries of innovation within ICT

Embark on a journey of professional growth and unleash your leadership potential with our MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Technology.

Leaders of technology and innovation functions require a unique combination of technical, leadership, and business abilities in order to effectively design, develop, manufacture and distribute products and processes.

This 2-year part-time MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Technology, delivered in collaboration with the College of Business at Technological University Dublin, offers an integrated view of leadership, innovation and technology strategy and is grounded in the integration of personal, professional and organisational development.


Who is this programme for?

This programme is intended for professionals working in technology roles or technology industries that are seeking to develop as technology and innovation leaders in their organisation. The candidates applying should be experienced and either in leadership roles or planning on moving into such positions.


Why join this programme?

  • Understand how technology and innovation open the way to new business opportunities.
  • Gain an understanding of the essential business and management skills for technology and innovation management.
  • Prepare yourself for career growth within a range of industries, from manufacturing to services, and for new venture creation, whether you are operating within SMEs or MNCs.
  • Become a subject matter expert in your organisation based on completion of a significant and rigorous applied research project.


The programme is highly practical and concentrates on the personal and professional development of learners by honing their analytical, conceptual and critical thinking skills; developing personal, consultancy and research competencies; and building a detailed understanding of the tools, methodologies and frameworks to support advanced management capability.

This programme is delivered via a blended learning approach over two years. Lectures are a mixture of online classes and in-person classes, which take place at the Technology University Dublin Aungier Street campus. In-person classes are not recorded or live streamed and must be attended for peer-to-peer learning. Classes are typically delivered on a Friday from 9am-5pm. A full breakdown of the lecture schedule will be provided following an application.

Two key phases underpin the programme: The first phase includes a suite of six modules that address key development areas for leaders and entrepreneurial professionals in the ICT sector. The second phase involves working on an applied research project. By conducting research in the context of your organisation and specialist area, you build your personal expertise while contributing to important management issues in the organisation.

This programme is delivered via a blended learning approach with 12 full-day workshops.

Click here to view the 2024 – 2025 Schedule


Year 1: Modules 1-6

The six modules delivered in the first phase allows you to immerse yourself in current management thinking. The work-based assignments will further allow you to test potential ideas for the Applied Research Project to be completed in the second phase of the programme.

  • Module 1: Innovation Management and Creativity
  • Module 2: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
  • Module 3: Personality and Leadership
  • Module 4: Strategy Tools for Competitive Positioning
  • Module 5: Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Module 6: Team Leadership and Change Management


Year 2: Applied Research Project

The research project will have a structured design with both workshop/ webinar-based training and sequenced outputs that build towards the delivery of a high-quality research project with the potential to deliver real impact.

The research involved will typically focus on research ‘in’ the organisation rather than ‘on’ the organisation. By conducting research in the context of your organisation and specialist area, you build your personal expertise while contributing to important management issues in the organisation.

Each programme participant will be assigned a mentor to advise them through all stages of the research process.



The assessment for each of the six modules in Phase 1 will be exclusively linked to work-based project assignments and reflective learning submissions. There will be no examinations.

The final award of the Master’s Degree will be linked to the assessment of the research project undertaken by the participant with the support of the College.

For further information on modules and programme information, please click here to download the MSc in Leadership, Innovation and Technology programme brochure. 


Important Notice: In accordance with QQI Awards Standards, this course is presently undergoing a revalidation process. Revalidation is a mandatory requirement for all QQI-accredited courses every five years. As a result, there may be some revisions and enhancements to the modules listed in the brochure. The updated module content will be made available as soon as possible.


Upon completion of this course, you will have gained necessary skills and experience in:

  • Leadership Development: Develop advanced leadership skills necessary to lead teams and organisations effectively.
  • Collaborative Skills: Enhance collaboration and teamwork skills essential for leading diverse teams and fostering cross-functional collaboration.
  • Innovation Management: Gain proficiency in managing innovation processes within technology-driven environments, including idea generation, development, and implementation.
  • Communication Skills: Refine communication skills to effectively communicate vision, strategy, and ideas to stakeholders, including executives, team members, and clients.
  • Strategic Thinking: Acquire strategic thinking capabilities to analyse complex technological landscapes, anticipate trends, and formulate effective strategies for sustainable growth and competitive advantage.
  • Global Perspective: Develop a global perspective on technology leadership, understanding the impact of globalisation, cultural, and international markets.
  • Change Management: Develop expertise in managing organisational change processes, including technology adoption, digital transformation, and organisational restructuring.
  • Continuous Learning: Cultivate a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development, staying abreast of emerging technologies, industry trends, and best practices in technology leadership.
  • Project Management: Master project-management methodologies and tools tailored to technology projects, ensuring successful execution, resource optimisation, and timely delivery.
  • Ethical Leadership: Understand the ethical implications of technological advancements and develop ethical leadership skills to navigate complex ethical dilemmas.


Academic Eligibility

Participants must have a Level 8 Honours Degree in a cognate discipline with a minimum of a 2:2.

For candidates who do not meet this minimum entry requirement, the college operates a  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme whereby applicants may be considered based on relevant work or other experiences.

For applicants whose first language is not English, please note the English language entry requirements.



Full course fee: €5,000 per year
Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet grant: €1,850 per year
Subsidised course fee: €3,150* per year

Subsidised fees are only available to eligible* applicants.


*Funding Eligibility

Applicants must be working in a private or commercial semi-state organisation registered in the Republic of Ireland (Business, Consultant, Freelancer) to avail of the grant-aided fees. As a government-funded training network, we can only support those meeting these criteria.

Applicants who do not meet our funding criteria may be able to apply directly to the college and pay the full course fee of €5,000 (per year) if there are available places.


Once you have received your offer of a place on the course, please be aware that we have a limited number of subsidised places available. Due to high demand, we cannot hold places without payment. To ensure fairness, priority for these places will be granted to those who have both completed full payment of the subsidised fee and are deemed eligible by the college or training provider.


Please click the Apply Now button on this page and submit a copy of your CV for the first stage of screening.

The following documents will be required at the second stage of the application process:

1.  Transcripts of your Primary Degree OR Industry Certifications.

2.  If you’re an international student, i.e. did third-level education in a different country where English is not the first language then we need your English Language certification. Click here for details about the English Language requirement component.

3.  A letter from your company confirming your current role.


Information Webinar

Watch the below information webinar to gain a full overview of what to expect on the programme and hear directly from programme leader, Dr. Hugh O’Donnell of TU Dublin.