Master of Management in the Field of Innovation Studies

Course Description:

Long-term economic growth is being driven by technological innovation. Equip yourself to understand and manage the innovation process in ways that will lead to competitive firms and sustainable, human-centred development.


Course basics:

Duration:
1 Year (Block Release)

Qualification:
Masters

Programme structure:
1 year

Study mode:
Full Time

Academic category:
Specialist degree

Elective course streams:
Innovation in: Policy in Developing Countries, the Bio-based Economy, Energy Systems, Social Purposes, Global Sustainability, Organisational Development Issues, the Media & ICT Sectors, the Built Environment or Managing Innovation at the Firm Level


Core Courses:

Science, Technology, Innovation and Society, Strategic Management of Innovation, Research Methods in Innovation Policy and Management


By linking innovation and its impact on economic development and competitiveness in countries of the Global South, the WBS MM Innovation Studies provides one of the most unique offerings of its kind on the African continent

The WBS Master of Management in Innovation Studies (MM Innovation Studies) is an interdisciplinary, specialist programme that investigates innovation and its impact on firm profitability and economic growth, and how it can be shaped for the achievement of broader societal goals. The programme is designed for individuals with relevant undergraduate degrees such as business, economics, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and law who intend to pursue careers in specific areas of innovation management or innovation policy in business, academia, development institutions or other civil society organisations. It may also be attractive to mid-level career professionals who are working with agencies or firms, and who may be responsible for developing and executing innovation strategies and programmes at the local, regional, national or international levels. The programme draws on disciplinary traditions in management, economics, public policy, humanities, social science and natural sciences, and provides the essential breadth of knowledge which will enable graduates to skilfully engage in shaping innovation both for increased competitiveness and for socio-economic development.


The Master of Management in Innovation Studies is a full-time, one-year programme. It comprises three core courses, three elective courses and a research component. Teaching is provided on a block release basis to accommodate the needs of busy working professionals. The programme welcomes the registration of occasional students who can complete a selection of courses in the programme without fulfilling the requirements for the degree. 


  • First degree and post-graduate studies (preferably an honours degree but a first-class Bachelor’s degree with a recognised and accredited post-graduate degree or diploma is also recognised)
  • Post-university entrepreneurial or corporate or informal business experience an advantage but not a requirement
  • Acceptable WBS psychometric test score and interviews where necessary. For booking the Wits Admission Test, contact Benita Kolloori on 079 601 2271/076 854 4042 or TestBookings.wbs@wits.ac.za
  • Mathematics and English – a level of above-average competence equivalent to the requirements for the SA matriculation certificate
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Copy of matric certificate
  • Copy of all academic transcripts
  • SAQA evaluation certificate (for students whose prior degrees were not awarded by a South African university)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English)
  • All applicants are required to submit the original certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts once accepted.
  • Non-refundable application fee

All applicants are required to submit the original certified copies of degree certificates and transcripts once accepted.

  • Bachelors or higher degree
  • A minimum of five years’ work experience post-bachelor’s degree or three years’ work experience post-master’s degree
  • Letter of motivation
  • Acceptable WBS psychometric test score and interviews where necessary. For booking the Wits Admission Test, contactBenita Kolloori on 079 601 2271/076 854 4042 or wbs@wits.ac.za
  • Copy of matric certificate
  • Copy of all academic transcripts
  • SAQA evaluation certificate (for students whose prior degrees were not awarded by a South African university)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (for students who have not studied at tertiary level in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of R200
  • Complete the on-line application form here

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The MM Innovation Studies is a high intensity academic programme that is intended for a specialist group of students. It is aimed at those with an above average degree of motivation, intellectual curiosity and stamina.




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