MSc Digital Innovation Management degree

Entry requirements
2:2+
Full-time
1 year
Part-time
2-4 years
Start date
September 2020
UK / EU fee
£10,900
International fee
£25,500
Application status
Open

Overview

You will gain advanced knowledge and develop entrepreneurial skills with a focus on the latest advances in Internet technologies. Our MSc in Digital Innovation Management will also give you the unique opportunity to combine knowledge of Internet technologies with business insights and strategies, which will enable you to remain ahead of one the fastest evolving trends in the world.

Our MSc Digital Innovation Management programme is not only aimed at individuals looking to enter or manage the Internet services sector, but also for those wishing to generate new digital enterprise opportunities. The programme is designed in such a way that the technological expertise is provided with the latest advancement in Internet technologies through research-informed teaching, whilst teaching of entrepreneurship and business is provided through advanced business analysis and topical, related case studies.
 
This programme is designed for students who wish to gain knowledge and expertise in the latest advances in digital media systems, mobile Internet, advanced 5G networks with cloud systems, cyber security, big data, internet of things, digital engineering and digital technologies combined with business and entrepreneurship.

Who should study this programme?

Studying our master's in innovation management with a digtial focus, will equip you with the necessary requirements to further your careers in either technology development fields or technology management, with the skills and knowledge to begin new business management opportunities if desired.

Our MSc Digital Innovation Management is most desirable for technologists with business aspirations and people with business or entrepreneurship backgrounds who want to aquire key skills in enabling digital technologies and practices.

Why you should choose us

Why you should study this degree

Institute For Digital Technologies

Hear from Sanjeev about studying within the Institute for Digital Technologies and what postgraduate life is like at Loughborough University London.

What makes this programme different?

  • Learn how to generate new digital enterprise opportunities.
  • Discover the latest advances in digital innovation and management.
  • Prepare for a career in technology development or technology management.

What you'll study

You will learn from the most influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators, exposing you to the latest theories and developments from across your discipline.

Modules

Our MSc Digital Innovation Management programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

The following information is intended as an example only and is based on module information for the 2019/20 year of entry. Modules are reviewed on an annual basis and may be subject to future changes. Updated Programme and Module Specifications are made available ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information.

Collaborative Project

With a multi-talented group of students you will work on a brief from a real company looking to solve a real social or business problem.

Together with your student team, you will research and build solutions to a business problem, supported by our project tutors, clients and staff. Previous clients include Foster + Partners, Speedo, The London Legacy Development Corporation as well as many other companies, start-ups and charities.

The Collaborative Project provides a means for you to engage in critical enquiry and to be exposed to project-based teamwork in multicultural and interdisciplinary settings. By undertaking this module, you will strengthen your cooperative and collaborative working skills and competencies, whilst raising your awareness and appreciation of cultural and disciplinary diversity and differences.

The Collaborative Project aims to provide you with a hands-on experience of identifying, framing and resolving practice-oriented and real-world based challenges and problems, using creativity and appropriate tools to achieve valuable and relevant solutions. Alongside the collaborative elements of the module, you will be provided with opportunities to network with stakeholders, organisations and corporations, which will give you the experience and skills needed to connect to relevant parties and potentially develop future employment opportunities.

Innovation Management

This module will include: the innovation process and models for innovation; the importance of innovation to the economy; government support for innovation; and the importance of innovation in the contemporary business environment.

The module aims to equip you with an in depth knowledge of the innovation process, its importance to the economy and an understanding of the factors affecting its success.

Topics studied as part of this module may include:

  • The complexity of the innovation process
  • Different types and patterns of innovation
  • Understanding the interrelationship between an organisation's environment and its innovative capability
  • Relating innovation theory to the performance of an organisation
  • Interpreting company performance in relation to the dynamic environment in which it operates
  • Synthesising information from appropriate sources
  • Demonstrating rational use of business and risk analysis tools to analyse company performance
  • Utilising appropriate investigative and research skills
  • Demonstrating effective report writing skills
  • How to demonstrate commercial awareness
  • Recognising ethical dilemmas and corporate social responsibility issues

 

Dissertation

The Dissertation module will equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to embark on your own research project.

Dissertation pathways may include:

  1. A desk-based research project that could be set by an organisation or a subject of your choice
  2. A project that involves collection of primary data from within an organisation or based on lab and/or field experiments
  3. A professional placement within an organisation during which time you will complete a project as part of your role, in agreement with the organisation (subject to a suitable placement position being obtained)

By undertaking a dissertation at master's level, you should achieve a high level of understanding in your chosen subject area and produce a written thesis or project report which will discuss your research in depth and with rigour.

Choose one

Entrepreneurship

This module will include: entrepreneurship and the economy; the theories of entrepreneurship; recognising and measuring entrepreneurial tendencies; and entrepreneurship in different organisational contexts.

The aims of this module are to introduce you to the field of entrepreneurship; to examine the role entrepreneurship plays in modern economies; to analyse the different types of activity contained within the definition, and the main theoretical and analytical approaches used to understand the concept; to consider entrepreneurial innovation at different stages of a business, from start-up to more mature firms; to enable you to assess their own entrepreneurial tendencies; and to enable you to test their theories in a mini research project.

Topics studied as part of this module include:

  • The varying and pervasive role of entrepreneurship within the economy
  • The different contexts in which entrepreneurs operate
  • The approaches developed by researchers in attempting to understand the entrepreneurial process
  • Entrepreneurial tendencies
  • The dimensions and role of entrepreneurship in a modern economy
  • The ability to interpret and contextualise commentary relating to the field

 

Intellectual Property

This module will include aspects of intellectual property law, the types of intellectual property, using intellectual property for commercial advantage, how to apply for intellectual property, and intellectual property database searching.

The aim of this module is to equip you with a knowledge of the various types of intellectual property, searching intellectual property databases, the legal basis of intellectual property rights, the application process for obtaining intellectual property and its importance to the innovation process and the entrepreneur.

Topics studied as part of this module may include:

  • The importance of intellectual property as an asset
  • Understanding the complexity of IP law and the protection process
  • The commercial value of the various types of intellectual property
  • Interpreting data and information in order to make effective decisions
  • Performing intellectual property searches
  • How to give advice on company strategy
  • Selecting and using appropriate investigative and research skills
  • Effective report writing skills
  • How to work effectively in a team
  • Demonstrating good oral communication and presentation skills
  • How to recognise and use resources effectively
  • How to demonstrate problem solving capability
  • How to demonstrate a creative approach to communication

Understanding Organisational Failure

You will look at the innovation process and risk assessment methods for avoiding failure. We will also look at the risk taking traits of entrepreneurs and the attitude towards failure in society.
 
The aim of this module is to equip you with a knowledge of the various factors that cause failure of organisations and will cover: conceptions of organisational success and failure; interconnected causes of organisational failure; roles and responsibilities of organisational stakeholders; governance, power and communication with organisations; and Public Relations.
 
Topics studied as part of this module may include:
  • Multiple causes of failure and the relationship between each case
  • Identifying the ways in which organisations and individuals can learn from failure
  • Recognising the value of failure as a positive step
  • Understanding the need for resilience in the case of failure
  • Using business and risk analysis tools to analyse company performance
  • Selecting and using appropriate investigative and research skills
  • Effective report writing skills
  • Commercial awareness;
  • How to demonstrate effective problem-solving skills

Choose five

Information Management

This module provides an introduction to information management concepts and frameworks.

Topics covered may include:

  • Ethics data management, governance to establish a system of decision rights over data
  • Architecture, modelling, and design to discover, analyse, represent and communicate data requirements
  • Data storage and operation
  • Information security management
  • Data integration and interoperability between data stores, applications and organisations
  • Document and content management
  • Business intelligence to enable workers to get value from information
  • Information quality management
  • Introduction to big data systems and related technologies

Students will be provided with the fundamentals of Internet and communication systems to understand data management systems architecture and be introduce them to the important topics related to information management such as ethics, governance, storage, architecture, interoperability, quality, security and big data.

This module aims to study the information management principles, practices and technologies in different organisations to manage rapidly expanding data assets for business intelligence while complying with data regulations.

Principles of Data Science

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the concepts of data science and their use in Data Analytics Systems. Students will also be able to gain theoretical and practical experience in simulating complex data systems involved in a variety of industries including, smart digital systems, Internet of Things, financial industries, and entertainment industries. You'll gain a critical awareness of the challenges caused by the proliferation of data generation processes. You'll also learn the theoretical background of descriptive and inferential statistics for big data, as well as machine learning algorithms for classification and pattern analysis in large data sets.

Other topics may include:

  • Advanced analytical techniques, such as model building, network graph analysis, outlier detection
  • Methods for maximising predictive performance of algorithms and validation techniques
  • Common summary statistics and the use of statistical tests to determine confidence for a hypothesis
  • How to fit a distribution to a dataset and use that distribution to predict event likelihoods
  • How to evaluate the capabilities of available classification algorithms and select and use suitable algorithms for a particular data set
  • How to critically evaluate different scenarios/problems and design practical solutions to data related problems
  • Applying knowledge to build predictive and descriptive models for a given dataset, utilising available labelled data sets
  • Applying creativity and problem-solving skills in the industry and to research
  • Communicating complex problems and associated solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Evaluating problems and design solutions through scholarship gained through self-directed study

 

Digital Application Development

In this module, Python programming tools and environments will be covered in combination with the understanding of programming in C which is a fundamental tool for developing digital systems and applications.

Specific topics covered include omputer programming, and advanced programming techniques such as data, structure, pointer, and simulation.

Other topics may include:

  • Programming skills in C and Python
  • How to demonstrate necessary programming techniques to develop digital applications and simulations
  • Programming structure and skills in general
  • How to use digital data processing tools and functions
  • Techniques used in developing applications and related computer simulations
  • Understanding the use and concept of advanced techniques of structure, and pointer
  • How to identify, utilise and optimise tools, algorithms and functions for the simulation of digital applications
  • Implementing functions and algorithms in the programming languages
  • Developing digital media applications and simulations
  • Solving other complex problems involving data processing algorithms
  • How to find solutions to practical problems by reasoning, deduction and implemention, from idea to final application
  • How to extract features from complex objects and problems, and develop ideas into algorithms
  • How to fulfil the research and development requirements in a range of data processing and digital technologies sectors

 

Media Design and Production

The aims of this module are to introduce students to the building blocks of modern multimedia applications, including content production workflows, transportation and service models, perceptual quality measures, human application interaction and user experience.

First, the production side is covered, including video and audio capturing, synchronisation, recording and interchange formats, and compression workflows. Fundamental knowledge on sound engineering and audio technology, including the design, manipulation and production of audio, will be given to you.

In the second part, different classes of media applications are presented, such as conversational (e.g., Skype, audio-visual conferencing), streaming applications (e.g., Video on Demand), and broadcast applications (e.g., mobile TV, satellite TV), and how those applications are classified according to their bandwidth requirements, packet loss, latency, jitter, and synchronisation requirements. This is then followed Internet-based transmission methods, protocols, and techniques for robust media application delivery.

In the third part, audio-visual media quality assessment techniques and Quality of Experience (QoE) models are presented, where media quality is studied using the principles of human perception of audio/video. Examples from modern media transport methods (e.g., HTTP adaptive streaming) with a view to maximising the end-users’ QoE. User interfaces for interactivity (e.g., motion and video sensors, touch and gesture interfaces) and emerging interaction technologies and associated examples will also be presented.

Internet of Things and Applications

The next stage in the Future Internet is to progressively evolve to a network interconnected with environments including objects. The Internet of Things (IoT) is involved in interaction and communication between objects and furthermore, with the environment to support decision making, improve situational awareness, increase operational efficiency and enable to explore new business models.

This module explores the emerging computing concepts and deployment of emerging IoT platforms and devices. The module will present the usage scenarios of communication and highly scalable consumption of data from geographically dispersed physical objects and sensors and the processing and delivery of such data to end-users. Sensing, tracking, monitoring, actuator, data & control service, data processing, information management, integration methodology, and M2M are among the other topics covered. Students will also be introduced to recent examples of smart cities & smart homes.

The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of computing concepts related to the emerging IoT platforms and devices and their deployment.

Topics may include:

  • Usage scenarios of IoT communication and highly scalable consumption of data from geographically dispersed physical objects and sensors, as well as the processing and delivery of such data to end-users
  • Interaction and communication between objects and with the environment to support decision-making, improve situational awareness, and increase operational efficiency
  • Modern applications of smart cities and smart homes
  • Understanding the concepts pertaining to the IoT systems
  • The limitations and problems faced in those systems and relate some possible solutions
  • Emerging IoT platforms and devices, and the associated technologies considered in their design
  • The requirements pertaining to different contextual information collected and exploited within different IoT scenarios
  • Applying acquired IoT knowledge in designing future intelligent systems, particularly in sectors that are closely related to smart cities, homes and eHealth
  • How to demonstrate the technologies and research capabilities in the smart systems & Internet technologies areas

Advanced Big Data Analytics

This module aims to introduce the concept of Big Data systems and the challenges posed by such systems, as welll as introduce the requirement of advanced analytics, processing techniques and architectural solutions to tackle the problems encountered.

Topics studied may include:

  • The theoretical background of big data, and the need for big data analytics
  • Machine learning algorithms for data analytics in big data systems
  • How to describe distributed architectures of big data systems including database technologies used in industrial big data systems
  • Understanding signal processing techniques for big data systems with advanced matrix manipulation
  • Visualisation tools and techniques
  • How to select and apply various machine learning algorithms to a given data set on order to interpret the data and make necessary predictions
  • How to evaluate and select an appropriate database technology for big data storage and retrieval
  • The need for visualisation and appropriate visualisation tools
  • The building blocks of a practical big data system for performance improvement
  • How to demonstrate programming skills related to data analytics and usage of associated tools
  • How to formulate creative data solutions that start with cleaning up raw data sets, to discover new patterns that are underlying and to make necessary predictions
  • Utilising established state-of-the-art tools and techniques
  • How to develop experimental, analytical and problem solving skills in data driven applications
  • Using professional report writing, presentation and communication skills to communicate complex ideas to expert and non-expert audiences
  • Using creative thinking skills to solve problems using existing tools

 

Cloud Technologies and Systems

This module introduces you to cloud computing paradigm: motivation, key features, and overview of cloud system models. Cloud computing fundamentals are presented, such as scalable computing over the Internet, virtual machines and virtualization of clusters, performance metrics for cloud computing. The module also looks at cloud architecture design (cloud service models, service-oriented architecture, management, data­centre design and interconnection networks, architecture design of computation and storage cloud, representative algorithms for virtual machine deployment). Basic cloud programming principles are described.

Topics studied may include:

  • Cloud computing fundamentals, architectural design specifics of the cloud based computing and communication systems, as well as network virtualisation technologies
  • Cloud computing fundamentals
  • Virtualisation of operations
  • Cloud architecture design
  • The cloud computing paradigm
  • How to formulate scalable computing architectures
  • The performance requirements of various cloud architectures
  • How to apply basic cloud programming principles
  • Applying gained knowledge in practical cloud solution design and implementation
  • Demonstrating competitiveness in cloud systems

Cloud Applications and Services

This modules aims to provide the students with an overview of the cloud technology with a special emphasis on media cloud applications and the associated challenges.

The module will give a brief overview of the cloud technology and covers media cloud applications and challenges, such as energy efficiency in cloud systems, mobile cloud computing, cloud multimedia rendering, streaming, coding, transcoding, caching, adaptation, etc. In addition, cloud networking, privacy and security issues in cloud services will also be covered.

Topics covered may include:

  • An overview of cloud technology and cloud applications
  • The challenges that are associated with making such applications available to the end-users via cloud technology
  • The principles of cloud computing technology, media cloud applications, and the associated challenges
  • Cloud networking and related topics
  • Privacy and security issues in cloud services
  • Cloud case studies and business models
  • The requirements pertaining to the applications used in cloud services
  • Design cloud computing service solutions
  • Applying critical analysis and problem solving skills in the industry for tackling problems
  • Providing solutions for cloud applications and services
  • How to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills required by research and design, and providers in the cloud computing and applications/services domain

Strategy and Planning

This module will explore the fundamentals of business planning and scenario planning for strategy development. Students will use and understand frameworks for running business ventures, including: operations management and financial statements. Students will develop an understanding of business simulation software and how they can be used to run a business. Investigation techniques for trend forecasting will also be part of the module teaching.

The aims of this module are to equip the students with knowledge, skills and competence to create a strategic vision and predict emerging trends to inform the business strategy; an equip students with background knowledge of business planning and skills associated with running a business.

Topics studied may include:

  • Forecasting and scenario creation for strategy development
  • Appropriate techniques for future forecasting
  • How to demonstrate scenario development as a technique for strategic planning
  • The complexities involved with starting up and running a business venture
  • Critical assessment of a potential product or service
  • How to compare and contrast a range of design techniques to inform future strategy
  • Rational use of business tools/frameworks to analyse company performance
  • Using effective communication skills to persuade and influence stakeholders
  • Assessing different business tools and frameworks used to analyse company performance
  • Storyboarding, video, UX simulation, rendering and animation, as appropriate to the design concept
  • Making use of business simulation software
  • How to dvelop and communicate insights gained from research in a credible and convincing manner 
  • Working effectively in a team and demonstrating recognition of an individual’s contributions to a group
  • Successfully managing a project from idea through to completion

Digital Technologies for Market Analysis

The aims of this module are to familiarise students to the importance and practices of market research and analysis and equip them with skills to design, perform and present effective and creative market research projects powered by modern digital technologies.

Topics covered include:

  • Market research and analysis within the landscape of technological influence
  • Planning and designing market research utilising digital technologies for value-added effects
  • Fundamentals of digital tools for market research: research gamification, online communities, eye tracking, visual attention detection, crowdsourcing, mobile surveys, IoT/Sensor networks, and mobile ethnography
  • Advanced data analytics for market research: Media analytics, text analytics, facial expression analysis big data analytics
  • Data visualisation techniques for effective market research delivery
  • Ethical issues surrounding market analysis techniques and digital mechanisms to overcome those issues such as privacy preserving analytics

If students choose to take the Advanced Big Data Analytics module in Semester Two, they must complete Principles of Data Science in Semester One.

How you'll be assessed

You will complete a combination of written and practical assessments, which may vary depending on the module choices you make. You can expect to complete essays and reports of varying lengths, as well as presentations, proposals and pitches in some cases. For information about the assessments you will be expected to complete for each module, please see the module lists for this programme.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Workshops

Your personal and professional development

Loughborough University London prides itself on the high calibre of graduates it produces, and provides great opportunities for you to develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Graduates of our MSc Digital Innovation Management programme will possess the technical ability and management skills to develop your own start-ups by applying your strong technological background and entrepreneurial knowledge. Others may join new SMEs or work at established Internet technology and telecommunication companies with accelerated career development prospects.
 
Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking an MPhil or PhD programme.

Your personal development

Each module includes inspiring guest lectures from successful entrepreneurs and business leaders across a range of industries.
 
The careers and employability support on offer at Loughborough University London and has been carefully designed to give you the best possible chance of securing your dream role.
 
Loughborough University London is the first of its kind to develop a suite of careers-focused activities and support that is positioned as the underpinning of every student’s programme. Opportunities include employability assessments, group projects set by a real businesses and organisations, company site visits and organisation-based dissertation opportunities.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification.

Afghanistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Masters 95% 85% 70%

Albania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomë e Nivelit të Pare (First Level (University) Diploma (from 2010) 9.5 8.5 8

Algeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (4 year) / Diplome d'Inginieur d'Etat / Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures 16 14 12

Argentina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Argentina 8.5 7.5 6.0

Armenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavri Kochum 90% 80% 70%
Magistrosi Kochum 3.9 3.5 3.0

Australia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Honours degree (AQF level 8) First Class, 80% Upper Second, 70%, H2A Lower Second, 60%, 2B
Ordinary degree - AQF Level 7 pass (mark 46 or 50) High Distinction (80% or 85%) Distinction (75% or 80%) Distinction (70% or 75%)

Austria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree/ Diplomstudium / Magister degree A (or 1.5) mit Auszeichnungbestanden 60% or B or 3.0 (or 2) 50% or C or 2.7 (or 3)

Azerbaijan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomu 4.5 4 3.5
Diplomu (Specialist Diploma) 90% 80% 70%

Bahamas

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bahrain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Bangladesh

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BUET or 'Good Private' University - 4 year degree BUET - 1st (70%) / 3.5 BUET - 2nd (60%) / 3.0 BUET - 2nd (55%) / 2.75
Other universities - Masters (1-2 years) following a 3 or 4 year degree 80% / 4.0 65% / 3.25 50% / 2.5

Barbados

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Barbados - Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Belarus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Specialist Diploma (5Yr) 9 7 5

Belgium

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude 60%/12
Licenciaat 80% 70% 60%
Licencie 17 14 12

Belize

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Benin

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise 18 15 or Bien 12 or Assez Bien

Bermuda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of the West Indies only 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) 2:2 (GPA 2.5)

Bolivia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
A Licenciado, 4 years Private (public/private) 85/78 75/66 67/55

Bosnia and Herzegovina

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma Visokog Obrazovanja / Diplomirani 10 9 8

Botswana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's degree A or 80% B or 70% C or 60%

Brazil

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brazil - 4 yr Bacharel or Licenciado/Licenciatura or Título Profissional 8.5 (A) 7.5 6.0

Brunei

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Brunei First Upper Second (60%/B/3.1) Lower Second (50%/C/2.7)

Bulgaria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 yr Diploma za Zavarsheno Visshe Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Higher Education) 6 5 4

Cambodia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 years 90% or 9 or 4.0 80% or 8 or 3.5 70% or 7 or 3.0

Cameroon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor degree or Diplome d'Etudes Superiures de Commerce 1st or 15 2:1 or 14 2:2 or 12.5
Diplome d'Ingenieur or Diplôme d'Ingénieur de Conception or a Maitrise or a 4 year Licence 20 or GPA 3.7 20 or Bien (GPA 3.4) 20 or Assez Bien (GPA 3.1)

Canada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0/percentage scale 3.7/85% 3.3/75% 2.7/68%
Out of 9 8 6 5
Out of 12 10 8 6

Chile

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Grado de Licenciado / Título (Profesional) de [subject area] (4 years) 6 5.5 5

China

Students are required to have a bachelor degree (4 years) for entry to a postgraduate programme. The University uses the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities to identify the required final mark, as outlined on the table below:

First class (70%) Mid 2:1 (65%) 2:1 (60%) Mid 2:2 (55%) 2:2 (50%)
Shanghai Rank Top 250 85% 81% 80% 78% 77%
Shanghai Rank 251-500 89% 84% 83% 81% 80%
Shanghai Rank 501+ 92% 87% 86% 85% 82%

Affiliated colleges

The University will consider students from Affiliated Colleges in the following way:

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities in the top 250 Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 80%-84%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are 251-500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Applicants from colleges affiliated to universities which are above 500 in the Shanghai rankings will considered as follows:

  • School of Business and Economics: not considered
  • All other programmes if they have achieved or are likely to achieve final marks of 82%-87%.

Universities given special consideration

Applicants from a small number of Chinese universities that specialise in business, management, finance or creative arts will be given special consideration by the University. The full list of these universities and the Shanghai band under which they will be considered can be found in the PDF below.

Download the list of Chinese universities given special consideration here

Students who do not meet the above requirements may occasionally be considered if they have a relevant degree, can show good grades in relevant subjects, and/or have substantial relevant work experience.

Colombia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 4.5 3.75 3.2

Costa Rica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado 9 8 or 80 7 or 75

Croatia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaureus / Prvostupnik 4.5 3.8 3.0

Cuba

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year Titulo de Licenciado / Licenciatura 5 4 3

Cyprus

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Cyprus 8.5 7.0 6.5

Czech Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalár (after 2001) 6 yr integrated Magistr 1 1.5 2

Denmark

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Candidatus/Candidata Magisterii or Bachelor degree (7 point scale) 12 10 7

Dominican Republic

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciado 3.8 Magna Cum Laude 3.5 Cum Laude 3.2
Título de [subject area] - 85% 82%

Ecuador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado 8.5 8 7
Título de [subject area] 85% 80% 70%

Egypt

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Egypt 3.5 3.2 2.8
Universities only BA 90%, BSc 85% BA 80%, BSc 75% BA 65%, BSc 65%

El Salvador

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
5 year Licenciado 8.5 7.5 6.5
Título de Ingeniero 85% 75% 65%
Arquitecto - Muy Bueno Bueno

Estonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalaureusekraad or Magister or Magistrikraad 5 or A 4 or B 3 or C

Ethiopia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A/GPA 4.0 A/GPA 3.5 B/GPA 2.8

Finland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kandidaattii/Kandidat (out of 3) 3 2 1
Maisteri/Magister (out of 5) 4.5 3 2.5

France

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence (3 years)/ Maitrise/ Diplôme d'Ingénieur 14 12 11

Georgia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4-year degree (% = new system) 5 (95%) 4.5 (85%) 4 (75%)

Germany

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
German Bachelor/ Diplom, Magister Artium / Zeugnis über den Zweiten Abschnitt der Ärztlichen Prüfung 1.5 2.5 3.0

Ghana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Ghana First Upper second/60% Lower second/50%

Greece

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
AEI 8.5 7.0 6
TEI 8.5 7 6.5

Grenada

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from University of West Indies - classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Degree from University of West Indies - grade / percentage A B / 75% C / 55%
Degree from University of West Indies - GPA 3.6 3.0 2.0

Guatemala

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Liceniado / Titulo de (subject area) - 4years 90% (public university) / 95% (private university) 80% (public university) / 85% (private university) 60% (public university) / 70% (private university)

Guyana

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's GPA 4 GPA 3.5 3.0

Honduras

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Título de Licenciado / Grado Académico de Licenciatura (4 year degree) - GPA out of 5 GPA 5 or 90% GPA 4 or 80% GPA 3.5 or 70%

Hong Kong

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Hungary

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Alapfokozt or Egyetemi Oklevel / Bachelor 5 4 3

Iceland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Baccalaurreatus degree or Kandidatsprof/Candidatus Mag 8.5 7.5 6.5

India

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Institutions listed on the Indian Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions Framework 65% (First) 60% (First) 55% (Upper second)
All other Indian institutions 70% (First with distinction) 65% (First) 60% (First)

Indonesia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sarjana I (S1) from A (or B) credited Universities 3.7 (4.0) 3.3 (3.7) 3 (3.3)

Iran

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iran 17 15 13

Iraq

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Iraq 80% 75% 70%

Ireland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Republic of Ireland First (70%) Upper second (60%) Lower second (50%)

Israel

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3 yr Bachelor Degree 90% 80% 70%

Italy

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma di Laurea 109/110 104/110 (or 27) 100/110 (or 26)

Ivory Coast

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplome d'Etude Approfondies, Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures 16 14 (Bien) 12 (Assez Bien)

Jamaica

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by UCJ and CCCJ 1st (GPA 3.6) 2:1 (GPA 3.0) or B 2:2 (GPA 2.0) or C

Japan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Japan 85% 80% or B or 3.0 70% or C or 2.0

Jordan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3 or 3.5/5 or 75% 2.8 or 65%

Kazakhstan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 5.0/percentage scale 4.5 or 90% 4 or 85% 3.5 or 80%
GPA 4.33 scale 3.9 3.7 3.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.4 3

Kenya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kenya First / 70% / A Upper second / 60% / B Lower second / 50% / C

Kosovo

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Kosovo 10 9 8

Kuwait

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.6 3.0 2.8

Latvia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Latvia 9 7 6

Lebanon

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
American 90% (3.5) 80% (3.2) 70% (2.8)
French 18 15 12

Liberia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's 4.0 or 90% 3.5 or 85% 3 or 80%

Libya

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
BSc Engineering, Architecture, Medicine 85 (3.6) 75 (3.0) 65 (2.5)
Other bachelor's degree from a university 90 (4.0) 85% (3.6) 75% (3.0)

Lithuania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lithuania 9 8 7

Macau

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macau 1st or GPA 3.7 2:1 or GPA 3.0 2:2 or GPA 2.5

Macedonia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Macedonia 10 9 8

Malawi

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's only MSc 75% MSc 70% MSc 65%

Malaysia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Class 2.1 2.2
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Malta

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Malta 1st (80%) 2:1 (70%) 2:2 (55%)

Mauritius

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mauritius 1st or 70% 2:1 or 60% 2:2 or 50%

Mexico

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Mexico 9 8 7

Moldova

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenţă (Diploma of Licentiate) 10 9 8

Mongolia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Диплом Специалиста (Specialist Diploma) 90% or 3.5 80% or GPA 3.2 70% or GPA 3.0

Morocco

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Morocco 17 15 13

Mozambique

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year Licenciatura 16 14 12

Myanmar (Burma)

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
2 year Master's degree 5 or 85% 5 or 75% 4.5 or 65%

Namibia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Namibia 80% or A 70% or B 60% or C

Nepal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's (after 3 year bachelor degree) 90% or 3.9 GPA 80% or 3.8 GPA 65% or 3.3 GPA

Netherlands

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Netherlands 8 7 6

New Zealand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Honours degree (480 credits) - Level 8 First (7.0) Upper Second (6.0) Lower Second (4.0)

Nicaragua

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciatura (4 year) 90% 80% 70%

Nigeria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
7 point Scale 6 5 4
5 point scale 4.5 3.8 3.5
4 point scale 3.5 3 2.5

Norway

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Norway A B C

Oman

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.5

Pakistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Public Universities 4 Year degree only First with distinction (75%) / 4.0 First (65%) / 3.2 Second (59%) / 2.6
Private Universities 4 Year degree only First with Distinction (85%) First (75%) First (65%)
2 or 3 year bachelor's plus Master's First (60%) Second (55%) Second (50%)

Palestine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree A / 90% / 3.7 B+ / 85% / 3.3 B / 80% / 3.0

Panama

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 91 (A) 81 (B) 71 (C)

Papua New Guinea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Papua New Guinea 1st 2:1 2:2

Paraguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Paraguay - 4 3.5

Peru

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 Year Título de Licenciado / Título de [subject area] 14 13 12

Philippines

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Degree from prestigious state universities or Centres of Excellence (COE) Summa Cum Laude 4.0 / 96% / 1.0 Magna cum Laude 3.5 / 92% / 1.5 Cum Laude 3.0 / 87%/ 2.0

Poland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bachelor Degree (post 2003) Magister (pre- 2003) 5 4.5 / 4+ 4

Portugal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Portugal 18 16 14

Qatar

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8

Romania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diploma de Licenta/ Diploma de Inginer 9 8 7

Russia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Russia 4.5 4.0 3.5

Rwanda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
4 year bachelor (Hons) degree (480 credits) 1st, 16/20 (80%) 2:1,14/20 (70%) 2:2, 12/20 (60%)

Saudi Arabia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.8
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.75 3.5

Senegal

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Maitrise, Diplome d'Etude Approfondies,Diplome d'Etude Superieures or Diplome d'Etude Superieures Specialisees 16/20 or Tres Bien 14/20 or Bien 12/20 or Assez Bien

Serbia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Diplomirani/ Bachelor's degree 9 8 7

Sierra Leone

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification - 2:1 2:2
Percentage grading - 60-69% 50-59%
Letter grading - B+ B

Singapore

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification First Upper second Lower second
GPA 4.0 scale 3.7 3.0 2.7
GPA 5.0 scale 4.5 3.5 3.0

Slovakia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovakia 1.5 or B 2.0 or C 2.5 or C/high D

Slovenia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Slovenia 9.5 8.5 7

South Africa

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Classification 1st 2:1 2:2
Percentage scale 75-100% 70-74% 60-69%

South Korea

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA out of 4.5 4.0 / A 3.5 / B 3.0 / C+
GPA out of 4.3 4.0 / A 3.0 / B 2.7 / C+

Spain

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado / Título de Ingeniero / Título de Arquitecto 8.5 7 6.5
UCM grading 3.0 2.0 1.5

Sri Lanka

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sri Lanka 70% 60% 55%

Sudan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sudan (North and South) 1st or 70% or B+ 2:1 or 66% Mid 2:2 or 60% or B

Sweden

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Sweden - Overall grade of VG with a minimum of 90 credits at VG Overall grade of G with a minimum of 90 credits at G

Switzerland

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Switzerland 6 5 4

Syria

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
State universities 4 years of study 80% 70% 60%
Private universities 4 years of study 90% 80% 70%

Taiwan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Category 1 (4 year degree) 80% 75% 70%
Category 2 (4 year degree) 85% 80% 75%

Tajikistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tajikistan - 4.5 4

Tanzania

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Tanzania 1st 2:1 2:2

Thailand

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Trinidad and Tobago

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
For degrees studied at The University of West Indies or degrees accredited by ACTT 1st or B+ or 70% 2:1 or B or 65% 2:2 or B- or 60%

Tunisia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licence, Maîtrise, Diplôme National d'Ingénieu 15 (tres bien) 14 (bien) 11 (assez bien)

Turkey

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Lisans Diplomasi or a Műhendis Diplomasi 3.5 3 2.5

Turkmenistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Turkmenistan - 4.5 4

Uganda

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Uganda 1st or 4.4 2:1 or 3.8 2:2 or 3.0

Ukraine

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Dyplom Magistra or a Bachelors degree (11 / 5) 11 or 5 9 or 4.5 8 or 4

United Arab Emirates

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.0 2.6

United States of America

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
GPA 4.0 scale 3.5 3.2 2.8

Uruguay

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado (4 year) 10 9 8

Uzbekistan

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Bakalavr Diplomi / Diplomi (Specialist Diploma) 90% or GPA 4.5 80% or GPA 4.0 70% or GPA 3.0

Venezuela

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Licenciado/Professional title. (4 year) 18/20 or 8/9 16/20 or 7/9 14/20 or 6/9

Vietnam

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Vietnam 8.0 7.0 6.0

Zambia

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
Master's A or 4.0 or 80% B+, 3.5 or 70% B or 3.0 or 60%

Zimbabwe

First-class honours (70%) Upper second-class honours (60%) Lower second-class honours (50%)
3/4 year degree 1st or 75% 2:1 or 65% 2:2 or 60%

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

The standard University IELTS English language requirement is 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each individual element (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

Fees and funding

UK / EU fee

Full-time degree per annum
£10,900

International fee

Full-time degree per annum
£25,500

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment.

The fee stated is for a full-time student undertaking a master’s programme of 180 credits. Part-time students should divide the published fee by 180 credits and then multiply by the number of credits they are taking to calculate their tuition fees.

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