Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Technological change and the digital economy raise new economic and managerial challenges for businesses and public and private sector organisations. Birkbeck's Postgraduate Certificate in Business Innovation is designed for graduates who wish to acquire advanced, practical knowledge of these challenges and the best ways of approaching and tackling them.

We will consider the theoretical foundations of managing business innovation, but we will also look at real'life applications of this theory, the realities of contemporary professional practice, and how you can encourage, nurture and manage innovation. This combination of practical insight and analysis of real'world issues will enhance your career development and equip you for a range of management roles.

This programme will give you a deep understanding of the importance of innovation for rethinking a range of ideas, issues and structures within management, including business strategy, corporate assets, intellectual property rights, institutions, organisations and firms, entrepreneurship, and globalisation in a changing world. This course is ideal if you want to develop topical, focused and practical insights into the fundamentals of business innovation, including not only the technological aspects of innovation, but also the associated business models and working patterns. Modules focus on innovation management, entrepreneurship, networks and institutions influencing innovation, and digital business models.

If you wish to continue with your studies, you will be automatically accepted on to 2 Birkbeck Master's degrees: MSc Business Innovation with Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management; and MSc Business Innovation with E'business.

Birkbeck is a centre for excellence in research and inspirational teaching in business innovation. Our Centre for Innovation Management Research draws on a variety of academic disciplines across the fields of management, law, geography, economics and science policy to consider innovation systems, intellectual property rights, social capital, entrepreneurship, globalisation and more. The Centre's academic team delivers high'quality teaching and training in innovation and entrepreneurship to students and industry professionals.

Course Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Start Date:

10/2019

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £3,750 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £5,800 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Usually, we require a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university, or a non-UK equivalent. We will also consider a professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations, which must be approved by the College.
  • Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications.If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.