MSc SIS Edinburgh Course - Technology and Innovation Management PHYS5083

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

In an increasingly competitive and fast changing economic climate innovation represents a key route for organisations that want to survive and prosper. This course addresses the area of the management of technological innovation with a critical perspective on the key role of technology giving rise to new knowledge, products and processes.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



PHYS5044 Fundamentals of Sensing


100% Report - 10 Summative Assessment hours

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Edinburgh University does not provide resit examinations for MSc students. In cases where an assessment is affect by reasons of good cause a revised mark, based on other completed assessments, may be substituted.

Course Aims

Provides students with a clear understanding and appreciation of innovation dynamics both within and across organisational boundaries. The course draws from state of the art science, technology and innovation literature in which Edinburgh has longstanding strengths. By making extensive use of an in-depth role play case study materials, the course analyses opportunities and challenges related to creating, sustaining and managing innovation with a specific focus on technology-based organisations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

1. Demonstrate knowledge of ideas and approaches to technology and innovation management (TIM); critically understand the nature of the "knowledge landscape" - that is, what is established knowledge; where the open questions are; where the active research front currently is; and what analytical perspectives are available.

2. Demonstrate a critical appreciation about how TIM relates to the students' own disciplines; and be able to show creativity in identifying insights from their past courses or work experience for application in TIM contexts.

3. Apply concepts and approaches from TIM in determinate organisational circumstances, critically reviewing specific topics and making informed judgements about their applicability in uncertain situations.

4. Improve the ability to work effectively in teams, while taking responsibility for own work and showing leadership and initiative in dealing with complex issues in a professional manner.

5. Develop the ability for identifying issues, applying critical analysis and developing creative responses to innovation challenges effectively presented in persuasive reports and presentations.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.