Bayes Centre

Leading Technology and Innovation in Organisations

This online credit-bearing course is aimed at aspiring leaders and managers, who have technical backgrounds and roles in organisations. The course helps them lead and manage organisational changes by providing knowledge of the key concepts, frameworks, tools and techniques to implement changes and innovation in the work place.

Course Summary

This course offered by the Business School will help you build on your technical knowledge to include more general management and leadership concepts. It will provide you with a foundational knowledge of key concepts and frameworks to manage change and transformation, as well as an awareness of the practical applications of data science within organisations. A strong component of the course is a focus on professional development, including influencing, communicating with and leading others.  

During the course you will have the option to complete an online psychometric assessment (Emotional Intelligence 2.0) which is followed by a 1-2-1 online feedback session with a trained EQi coach. This will help contextualise learning and provide an opportunity for additional reflection and accountability. This course will combine case study discussions, personal reflections and peer-to-peer learning to encourage interaction and debate.

The course will cover the following five topics related to leadership, data science and new ways of organising business activities: 

  • Understanding the links between strategy and operations, decision making  

  • Understanding self and others (e.g. leadership skills and styles, emotional intelligence)  

  • Innovation management (development process)  

  • Communication around technology (influencing others, communications) 

  • Managing and leading change  

Further information can be found in the University's course catalogue: 

Leading Technology and Innovation in Organisations

Course Delivery Information

Start Date: 20th September 2021
Course Duration: 10 weeks
Total Hours: 100 (Lecture Hours 5; Tutorial Hours 5; Project Support Hours 5; Independent Study and Assessment Hours 85)
Method of Assessment: Coursework 100%
Level:  This is an introductory/intermediate Masters course (SCQF Level 11). It develops your skills and/or provides a detailed overview of the subject - some foundational knowledge or experience is required. Please see the entry requirements for further details. Masters-level courses are relatively intensive and require independent learning, critical thinking, analysis and reflection.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent.  

Entry requirements by country

If you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, you may still be considered if:

  • you have professional qualifications with substantial work experience, or
  • you do not hold a degree or professional qualification, but you have a very strong employment record demonstrating a high degree of responsibility

Experience can be from any industry including the public sector, charitable organisations, or the arts.

  • Managerial experience, such as exposure to developing strategy around managed teams, projects, and tasks
  • Individuals from all levels of an organisation
  • Professionals from a variety of sectors

English Language Requirements

You must be comfortable studying and learning in English if it is not your first language.

Course Fees and Funding

Course fees for 21/22 are £960, but funded places are available for people employed, unemployed or furloughed in Scotland who meet Scottish Funding Council elgibility criteria.

Determining eligibility for a funded place for upskilling takes a number of things into account, including fee status, but also location of employer. SFC provide guidance specifically for upskilling courses:

“Courses/provision is open to all Scottish-domiciled/’home fee’ students, which is consistent with SFC’s policy for core funded student places. Students from the rest of the UK (rUK) are not normally considered eligible for SFC funding. If however a university is working with a Scottish/UK employer which has a physical presence or operating in Scotland, rUK employees of that employer would be eligible.”

Organisations like UKCISA, and the University, provide guidance on how to determine your fee status:

If your fee status is Scotland Fee Rate, RUK Fee Rate, or EU-EEA Pre/Settled Scotland Fee rate, you may be eligible for a funded upskilling place. To determine this we will look at your fee status, residency information and, where relevant, details of your employer, to confirm whether the employer is based in, or has a significant presence, in Scotland.

Funding eligibility will be assessed at the point of each application for each course; you may be asked to provide further information if you do not meet the general residence conditions. Please email us at if you would like to discuss your funding eligibility before applying.

Please note that full-time students (including full-time PhD students) are not eligible for funding.


Applications for September 2021 have now closed. 

In order to verify that you meet the entry requirements for this course, you will be required to provide either:

  • a degree certificate/transcript for your highest/most relevant academic qualification, or
  • a CV and reference from an employer (if employed) or professional associate (if unemployed) outlining your suitability for the course

Your degree certificate/transcript or CV should be emailed to within 24 hours of submitting your application. References should be emailed to the same address (from an institutional/company account if from your employer) within 1 week of submitting your application.