UCC Postgraduate courses

Innovation in European Business

About This Course

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Course Outline

The MSc in Innovation in European Business (MSc IEB) is delivered by three international partners: UCC, Ireland; Institut Supérieur du Commerce de Paris, Paris, France; and HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands. The MSc IEB is designed to meet the needs of industry by training you to understand innovation and change within an international perspective. Businesses often find that young professionals have management skills and knowledge but lack creativity and an awareness of the specific challenges required to implement and manage innovation. In this course you will be trained to understand how to manage dynamic environments.

The MSc in Innovation in European Business is a 15-month (90 ECTS) taught course taking place across three locations in Ireland, France and the Netherlands. The course will provide you with valuable skills in business, management and analysis. You will gain state-of-the-art knowledge on how to implement and manage sustainable innovation. This will be achieved through a series of modules organised around the innovation cycle in organisations, vision–development–implementation–management and seminars on innovation in Europe. You will learn to focus on business deliverables and business interactions through a company placement and also by presenting a research project as a dissertation.

Key elements of the course:

  • international orientation on full cycle of innovation
  • study in three countries (classes in culture and  language)
  • focus on professional practice
  • work  placement in Europe-based companies
  • research project and presentation
  • training in management skills and intercultural skills
  • guest lecturers and company visits
  • study trips to EU offices in Brussels, and to innovation centres, innovating companies and business incubators in Ireland, France and the Netherlands
  • optional French Stream (intensive French course and some subjects taught in French) for non-French native speakers and matching Dutch stream for non-Dutch speakers in Utrecht
  • small group of 20-30 students from several countries
  • Erasmus support grant available

The programme takes place at the three partner institutions and in a placement organisation over 15 months. Students take 90 credits as follows:

PART I: September to December - Cork session (20 credits)

  • IS6030 Innovation Opportunity Recognition and Assessment 
  • IS6031 Open Innovation and the Enabling Role of IT 
  • IS6032 Venture Capital and Private Equity – Evaluating Early Stage Investments 
  • IS6033 Leading Edge Seminar on Innovating in Europe - Focus on Ireland 

PART II: January to March - Paris session (20 credits) 

  • IS6034 Innovation and Strategy 
  • IS6035 Managing Innovation 
  • IS6036 The Product Life Cycle 
  • IS6037 Leading Edge Seminar on Innovating in Europe - Focus on France and Southern Europe 

PART III: April to September - Placement Period (10 credits)

  • IS6038 Placement Report

PART IV: October to December - Utrecht session (20 credits + Dissertation (20 credits))

  • IS6039 Innovation in Services 
  • IS6040 Social Innovation  
  • IS6041 Implementing Innovation and Managing Change 
  • IS6042 Leading Edge Seminar on Innovating in Europe - Focus on the Netherlands and Northern Europe 
  • IS6043 Dissertation in Innovation in European Business

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Taught modules run from September to December in Cork, January to March in Paris, followed by a 6 month internship and a final session of taught modules running from September to December. This programme is not available as a part time option.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our Book of Modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

You can expect to have lectures or tutorials every day. A number of field trips are also planned, such as site visits to firms known for their innovation capabilities, visits to relevant government agencies and a trip to Brussels during the term in Paris.

You will get support in seeking accommodation in Paris and in Utrecht. You will also be assisted in your search for an industrial placement.


Assessment is mainly continuous and will be based on assignments specific to each module and learning journals pertaining to the site visits and guest lectures. There will also be examinations in relation to some of the Paris and Utrecht modules.

Who teaches this course

Frédéric Adam, PhD, Associate Professor in Business Information Systems and Head of the Graduate School of the College of Business and Law, UCC. He also holds doctorates from the National University of Ireland and Université Paris VI (France).

Dr Joseph Feller, Senior Lecturer (Business Information Systems) with the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems, UCC. Dr Feller's research is focused on distributed problem solving, production and innovation, including commons-based peer production (e.g. open source software and Wikipedia) and distributed open innovation (e.g. collective intelligence and crowdsourcing).

Why Choose This Course

“Citibank are very encouraged by the development of the MSc in Innovation in European Business. Innovation is key to the smarter economies of the future and this course will prepare you to fill a wide variety of positions related to the management of the innovation cycle in modern organisations. The skills you will acquire in this ground-breaking course are critical skills for many industries and businesses.”

Gavin Callan, Head of Research and Academic Collaboration for Citi's Research, Development, innovation and Learning (RDiL) Centre, Dublin.

The MSc IEB also enjoys participation from staff from:

  • EMC2
  • Pepsico
  • SolarWinds
  • Red Hat
  • and many other firms

Placement or Study Abroad Information

The MSc IEB offers study periods at three different campuses in three different countries in Europe, as well as a six-month industrial placement which typically takes place in a European country, although students can decide to look further afield.

Further contact information

Linh-Chi Vo
Institut Supérieur du Commerce de Paris, Paris, France
E: linh-chi.vo@iscparis.com
T: +33 (0)1 40 53 99 99

Jelly Offereins
HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands
E: jelly.offereins@hu.nl
T: +31 (0)88 481 6400

Skills and Careers Information

On completion of the course, you will possess a range of professional skills that will enable you to contribute to multinational organisations, manufacturers, service providers and innovation intensive organisations, either in a management position or in a consultancy role. The high-level theoretical, practical and international skills that you learn will be highly attractive to potential employers, as will the intercultural knowledge you gain.

Many graduates take up positions with their placement organisations after graduation. Others work in a variety of international firms and in areas such as services, information technology, healthcare management, manufacturing, consulting and academia.


Minimum 2.2 primary degree (or equivalent) in either:
(1) a Business-related discipline,
(2) a relevant area of the Social Sciences and Humanities or
(3) in Science/Technology, with a business awareness component as part of the primary degree. 

Students undertaking a 5 year degree programme must have completed at least 4 years (repeat years excluded) with a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent.
Candidates who do not meet the 2.2 honours degree requirement may be admitted to the programme on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Board of Studies of the MSc in Innovation in European Business, under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

  • You will need to have successfully completed a four-year curriculum at third level in your country of origin.
  • If you are a mature student with appropriate experience you may also be eligible for acceptance onto the course.
  • The course complements the skills and knowledge that you have already acquired in your primary/undergraduate degree course in business studies, engineering or technology.
  • Students are encouraged to think of the MSc IEB as a prolongation of their primary degrees even if it may constitute a change of direction, e.g. for engineers who would like to add managerial capabilities to their technical skills.


English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is 10,630.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €18,490.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment

International Students can pay in two equal instalments once they have paid the appropriate deposit. The initial payment is due on registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Professional Master of Education (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:  CKL25 Supplementary Questions.

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