Business Development and Innovation PgDip


Key information

Qualification type


Subject areas

Business Development Management Of Change & Innovation

Course type


Course summary

The development of organisations through innovation is a primary driver in today's complex environment; the logic is simple if we don't change what we offer and how it is created and delivered we risk being overtaken by those who do; this innovation imperative is widely acknowledged by governments globally and high performance organizations in all sectors of the economy; although innovation is increasingly seen as a powerful way to gain or sustain advantage it is often viewed as highly challenging for both the organisation and individuals; this course will address this challenge with a focus on business development through innovation; the course gives business managers, and those who aspire to these roles, the tool and techniques to innovate, develop and succeed with an emphasis on; planning new strategies, exploiting opportunities, leading change and successfully managing business growth or organisational development.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


18 months

Start date



Creativity and Innovation (15 Credits)

The module introduces students to an exploration of creativity and innovation within the discipline of business and management. The changing understanding of creativity is explored as well as personal approaches to creative problem solving. The broad nature of Innovation is examined – especially in terms of organisational culture / climate and new business models. The role of innovation in gaining strategic advantage is introduced. Finally, students are introduced to the principles of neurolinguistic programming as an approach to enhancing creativity and innovation within organisations.

Innovation in Practice (15 Credits)

Innovation is important for managing and exploiting change. This module draws together latest thinking concerning the nature of innovation and how organisations exploit innovation through technology, market and organisational change. Innovation is also the specific function of entrepreneurship. The module allows managers to assess the nature of innovation within their sector and relate this to creating value through entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship (15 Credits)

The aim of this module is to examine marketing and management principles from the perspective of the practicing entrepreneur/manager. The module will re-examine key aspects of marketing theory and will critique these theories from the perspective of the practicing entrepreneurial manager. Building on extant knowledge of the entrepreneurial process this module examines key aspects of entrepreneurial business development in theory and practice. The module builds on, and compliments, the knowledge gained in the earlier modules.

Tuition fees

UK fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Managers should normally have a degree in any discipline or an equivalent accounting/professional qualification, and have at least 3 years work experience; they should also be in a position to influence business development through organisational change, market opportunities or technological exploitation; managers who do not meet these requirements but have exceptional determination, experience and/or alternative qualifications are welcome to discuss their needs with the programme director.


Jordanstown Campus

Shore Road



BT37 0QB

Nearest train station:

Jordanstown 0.2 Miles away