Key Features

  • Focused on developing responses to key strategic issues
  • Leading national and international best practice speakers
  • Discussion based mode of delivery
  • Two x 3-day and seven x 2-day block delivery over 2 years
  • Action learning communities of practice using reflective learning approach
  • Assessment is assignment based and centred on work issues
  • Dissertation based on major in-house organisational project

We all know the expression “born leader” but how many great leaders were brilliant from the start? The highly successful Masters of Business in Innovation and Leadership is a proven Master’s degree programme that develops the leadership talent of managers to deliver significant business improvement in their participating firms.

This programme has been developed by Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) in consultation with IBEC, business support agencies and major employers.

Deeper Action Learning

An integral part of the programme is action learning within the candidate’s own workplace.
This approach enhances the use of specialist knowledge in practice and recognises the shared relationship between management theory and professional practice. The programme creates an environment in which participants can engage in knowledge development based on their work context. Relevant project work in participating organisations and the sharing of business experiences will form a richness of learning through the process referred to as ‘Build and Learn’. It is essentially a practical programme with rigorous theoretical underpinnings.

Application Process

We recognise that life and work experience counts. Applicants can hold a recognised honours degree however managers without an honours degree but with senior management experience are also eligible to apply.

“I wanted to do a course which would help me professionally but also contribute to my personal development. I can honestly say that 2 years on, my requirements are being met by the LYIT Masters in Innovation and Leadership, and I can translate what I am learning to my every day role with Connacht Gold. This course is tailored for people in business like me, and would be particularly of interest to people who are heading into leadership roles or managing teams.”

Seamus Hannon, Sales Manager, Connacht Gold

Programme Structure

The duration of the programme is two years part time and involves learners undertaking nine taught modules (via two and three day block releases) and a major business development project.

The Masters of Business in Innovation & Leadership has 9 interlocking knowledge disciplines central to underpinning the programme vision of developing innovating leaders.

The programme includes the following modules:
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Innovation & New Product Development
  • Leadership
  • Managing Change
  • Driving Innovation
  • Knowledge Management & Learning
  • Corporate Governance & Ethics
  • Research Methods & Major Business Development Project
  • Professional Development

For More Information

or application form please contact:
Michael Margey
Head of Department of Business Studies
Email: or
Rory McMorrow
School Administrator Executive Education
School of Business
Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Phone: 00353 (0)74 9186211

For Funding Information

regarding this programme please contact:
Theresa Gallagher
Retail Ireland Skillnet
Phone: 074 9176 853

Application forms available here

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All the training is 50% funded

from the National Training Fund, through the Department of Education and Skills.

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