Year of entry2018
Start dateOctober 2018
One year part-time
One evening per week
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 two 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.
- Birkbeck is a centre of excellence in research and provides inspirational teaching in business innovation.
- The programme is supported and informed by the cutting-edge research and professional expertise of our Centre for Innovation Management Research.
- Many Birkbeck students work in, or have professional experience, in the industries under consideration. This provides strong networking opportunities with fellow students and Birkbeck alumni, with potentially beneficial impacts on your career development.
- This Postgraduate Certificate provides guaranteed progression routes on to relevant Master's degree at Birkbeck, should you decide to continue you studies.
- We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
- Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, Birkbeck's Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers, as well as enthusiastic teachers, and they regularly publish cutting-edge research. We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.
You take three compulsory modules and choose one option module, which can be chosen from three option modules.
All four modules are worth 15 credits each.
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Innovation Systems: Networks and Social Capital
- Innovation: Management and Policy
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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.
International entry requirements
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.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)
If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
Fees (2017/8)Part-time home/EU students: £ 3650 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 5650 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.
Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.
Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.
In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.
Methods of teaching on this course
The principal methods of teaching and learning include lectures, directed reading, class discussions of research articles, small group and class discussion of case studies linking theory and practice, student-led seminars and presentations, supervised individual assignments and supervised group exercise, as well as online learning.
Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).
Indicative class size
Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.
Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:
- academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
- written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
- numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.
Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.
Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.
Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.
Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.
Methods of assessment on this course
A combination of coursework and examinations.
As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.
Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.
Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.
Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates go in to careers in the creative industries, media businesses, and other, non-media-related, industries. Possible professions include arts administrator, multimedia specialist, or advertising account executive. This degree may also be useful in non-media-related industries such as banking and finance, as well as in becoming a community arts worker.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application.
Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.
Application deadlines and interviews
As early as possible but no later than September.
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