MSc Sustainability, Technology and Innovation Management

Shaping a more sustainable future by managing technology and innovation. This course allows you to develop the knowledge, intellectual and transferable skills to lead change towards more sustainable futures.

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Today, global sustainability challenges demand an urgent response. Our MSc Sustainability, Technology and Innovation Management (STIM) is a pioneering course that brings together multi-disciplinary expertise from Manchester Metropolitan's Faculty of Business and Law and the Faculty of Science and Engineering, focusing on the nature, causes and consequences of innovation that benefits our economy, environment and society.

The challenges associated with sustainable development are complex and interconnected. This course is designed to bridge gaps in disciplines and skills, in response to the need for social sciences, engineers and the physical sciences to work together. Your learning journey on STIM will involve working individually and in interdisciplinary teams on key strategic and policy-related sustainability challenges, developing the skills necessary to help build a more sustainable future.

Advanced learning

This cross-faculty course offers research and practitioner-led teaching, delivered by a team working at the forefront of their respective fields in sustainability, innovation and technology management. 

You will study core units in managing innovation dynamics, advanced entrepreneurship and strategy, sustainable development, and environmental management and policy. From there, you'll have the underpinning knowledge and skills to explore challenges related to energy transitions, the circular economy, conservation or transport systems transitions.  

Features and Benefits

  • Innovative teaching – this course takes an advanced learning approach to sustainability and sustainable development, on the one hand, as well as technology and innovation management, on the other, and how they are interrelated and interdependent.
  • Triple crown - study in a Business School that has prestigious triple accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.
  • Taught by experts – it is delivered by an interdisciplinary teaching team, working at the forefront of their respective research fields, in collaboration with industrial and societal stakeholders.
  • Research insight – the knowledge themes on this course are inspired by our world-leading research centres, labs and networks across the Faculties of Business and Law, and Science and Engineering.
  • A collaborative approach – the course has been developed in collaboration with industrial and societal stakeholders to ensure it meets the needs of global business and society.
  • Live projects – you will get the opportunity to work on real business challenges to develop ‘authentic mastery’.
  • Group work - an important part of the teaching and learning experience on this course is group work, a skill highly sought after by employers.
  • A focus on sustainability – sustainability is one of the key strategic priorities of the University, therefore we invest a lot of time and knowledge in this area.
  • A city of opportunities – Manchester is a global city with a thriving innovation and technology sector, which makes it a great location for your studies.
"Sustainability and sustainable development challenges require urgent action. Responding to these challenges requires social sciences and engineering and physical sciences to work together." Dr Paul Dewick, Programme Leader

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

“You may have a background in the humanities or science and engineering, or you may have equivalent professional experience. By studying STIM, you'll develop the skills in research, critical thinking and problem solving that will allow you to tackle a range of big real-world issues and formulate effective solutions"

Professor Liz Price, Head of Department of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Career Prospects

This course aims to develop knowledge, intellectual and transferable skills to support the transition to a more sustainable future. This includes the ability to work effectively as part of a team exploring innovative interdisciplinary responses to sustainability challenges.

We are looking to produce well-trained analysts of technology and innovation, who are able to engage in intellectual debate on management and policy issues associated with sustainability and sustainable development.

When you graduate, you will be well prepared for entry and mid-level positions at the interface of innovation and sustainability management in private, public and third sector organisations. The research training that you receive will also open up opportunities for further academic study at PhD level.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a high 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in a business and management or a science and engineering related subject. We will also consider your application if you have significant experience working as a business and policy professional at a regional, national or international level.

International students will be required to demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability. In order to enter, for most postgraduate courses the English requirements are IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 575, TOEFL computer-based 230.

Applicants who don’t meet the English language entry requirements may be able to join an English language course at Manchester Met before starting their postgraduate programme. Our Centre for General and Academic English offers a range of courses in General and Academic English and it also offers pre-sessional English courses. Courses vary in length from eight to 30 weeks, depending on the students’ current level of English.

Course details

STIM is an interdisciplinary course, co-developed and co-delivered by academics from the Business School and the Department of Natural Sciences and supported by industrial and societal stakeholders.

The course is suitable for graduates from a business, management, science or engineering background or those with at least two years of experience working as a business or policy professional. The course is a tailored progression route for students on the BA (Hons) Business Management course who have an interest in sustainability and responsible innovation.

Alongside sustainability, technology and innovation management – you will study key knowledge areas such as governance, environmental science, environmental management, sustainability reporting and other integrated reporting frameworks.

The units on this course are designed in consultation with Northern Powerhouse industry, with an emphasis on strategic knowledge themes. These themes include sustainability and technology management dimensions of energy and transport transitions, the circular economy and eco-system conservation.

The knowledge you gain on this course will be delivered using problem-focused tasks and assessed through team-based presentations and individual reports. In the final term, all students will use the knowledge they have gained to complete a masters-level dissertation.

Full-time 12-month course

You will study six core units and three options units.

In the first term, you will study four core units that explore the interdependencies of technology and innovation management and sustainability and sustainable development. For example, you’ll consider:

  • How can the ‘gales of creative destruction’ transform society and the economy whilst protecting the environment? 
  • Who are the agents of change and what strategies do they employ to accelerate a transformation to a more sustainable future?
  • What is the role of technology and innovation in more sustainable growth?
  • How can organisations embrace opportunities and manage the risks associated a shift to more sustainable consumption and production?

You will develop a fundamental knowledge base and gain experience applying what you know. This experience and expertise will stand you in good stead for your choice of optional modules in the second term.

In the second term, you will study one core unit (Research Methods) and three optional units. Your optional units are problem-focussed and themed within emerging areas of science and technology. These units cover society and science challenges associated with energy and transport transitions, the circular economy and eco-system conservation. For example, you may choose to explore:

  • What are the implementation challenges associated with more sustainable future in the contexts of energy and transport and circular economy transitions?
  • How can we move beyond halting ecosystem decline toward regenerating habitats and restoring ecosystem services?

The optional modules will be delivered in collaboration with four internationally recognised research centres, labs and networks based at Manchester Met:

In the final term, you will complete a 15,000-word dissertation linked to a technological or societal challenge of your choice.

Core units

  • Managing Innovation Dynamics
  • Advanced Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability and Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Management
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Option units

Choose three from a list including:

  • Energy Transitions
  • Circular Economy
  • Natural Ecosystem Conservation
  • Transport Systems Transition 

Plus, a selection of approved units from Business School MSc courses.

Part-time course (24 months)

To support professionals from industry, policy and third sector backgrounds, this masters is also be offered as a two-year part-time course. The course will be organised to accommodate a one-day-a-week class time in terms one and two (though considerably more time will need to be devoted to studying outside the classroom).

In year one, part-time students will study two core modules in term one, research methods and an optional module in term two, and begin work on their dissertation in the summer. In year two, part-time students will study the other two core modules in term one, two optional modules in term two, and complete their dissertation in the summer.

Placement options

This MSc course is a short, intensive programme which doesn’t leave much room for a placement. But, there are employers who might offer short-term internship opportunities. With our regular ‘Meet the Employer’ events, together with the support of our careers team, we’ll be there to help you make the most of any available opportunities.

Department of Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability

Our Strategy, Enterprise and Sustainability Department delivers innovative programmes rooted in industry, driven by the global environment and reflective of evolving business trends.

The department develops courses in close collaboration with industry practitioners, focusing on entrepreneurship and employability skills, and using dynamic teaching practices that include live projects run in conjunction with industry and innovative classroom techniques.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £4,625 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £8,250 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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