MSc Innovation in European Business

University College Cork

Course Overview

The MSc in Innovation in European Business (MSc IEB) is delivered by three international partners: UCC, Ireland; Institut Supérieur du Commerce de Paris, Paris, France; and HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The MSc IEB is designed to meet the needs of industry by training you to understand innovation and change within an international perspective. Businesses often find that young professionals have management skills and knowledge but lack creativity and an awareness of the specific challenges required to implement and manage innovation. In this course you will be trained to understand how to manage dynamic environments.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

15 Months Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

The MSc IEB offers study periods at three different campuses in three different countries in Europe, as well as a six-month industrial placement which typically takes place in a European country, although students can decide to look further afield.

Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 18,000

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • international orientation on full cycle of innovation
  • work placement in Europe-based companies
  • research project and presentation
  • study trips to EU offices in Brussels, and to innovation centres, innovating companies and business incubators in Ireland, France and the Netherlands
  • study in three countries (classes in culture and language)
  • training in management skills and intercultural skills
  • guest lecturers and company visits
  • optional French Stream (intensive French course and some subjects taught in French) for non-French native speakers and matching Dutch stream for non-Dutch speakers in Utrecht

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 primary degree (or equivalent) in either:
(1) a Business-related discipline,
(2) a relevant area of the Social Sciences and Humanities or
(3) in Science/Technology, with a business awareness component as part of the primary degree.

Students undertaking a 5 year degree programme must have completed at least 4 years (repeat years excluded) with a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent.
Candidates who do not meet the 2.2 honours degree requirement may be admitted to the programme on the basis of extensive practical or professional experience as deemed appropriate by the Board of Studies of the MSc in Innovation in European Business.

  • You will need to have successfully completed a four-year curriculum at third level in your country of origin.
  • If you are a mature student with appropriate experience you may also be eligible for acceptance onto the course.
  • The course complements the skills and knowledge that you have already acquired in your primary/undergraduate degree course in business studies, engineering or technology.
  • Students are encouraged to think of the MSc IEB as a prolongation of their primary degrees even if it may constitute a change of direction, e.g. for engineers who would like to add managerial capabilities to their technical skills.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET):
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: DET 100-110 + Skills Check, DET 115 or more eligible for full offer.
IELTS Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5
TOEFL Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: TOEFL 80; Listening – 17; Reading – 18; Speaking – 20; Writing 17
CPE Cambridge Proficiency Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
CAE Cambridge Advanced Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test
Pearson PTE Academic Minimum Requirements:
College of Business and Law: Business Programmes: 59 Minimum individual sections 51
UK Examining Boards/Bodies:
GCE O Level English Language at Grade C or above
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above
GCSE English Literature at Grade C or above
CSE Grade 1 Pass in English
Trinity ISE:
Trinity ISE III with at least merit in each skill category

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects

On completion of the course, you will possess a range of professional skills that will enable you to contribute to multinational organisations, manufacturers, service providers and innovation intensive organisations, either in a management position or in a consultancy role. The high-level theoretical, practical and international skills that you learn will be highly attractive to potential employers, as will the intercultural knowledge you gain.
Many graduates take up positions with their placement organisations after graduation. Others work in a variety of international firms and in areas such as services, information technology, healthcare management, manufacturing, consulting and academia.