Masters and Doctoral Degrees

Our flexible masters and doctoral level courses are designed to meet the needs of professionals who want to become innovators in their field.

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

Study a Doctorate of Business (DBA) at Atlantic Technological University and obtain the highest-level management qualification available.

Delivered by Atlantic TU’s Faculty of Business, this unique, research-based, practice-driven DBA will empower innovative thinkers, build analytical prowess and equip executives and academics with the knowledge and competencies to confront and conquer substantial organizational challenges.

Tailored to suit professionals in management or leadership roles, the programme’s flexible structure facilitates doctoral-level research while enabling DBA candidates to continue meeting their employment commitments over a four-year, part-time duration.

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MSc in Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation

MSc in Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation

Based on a review of industry needs and the general move to more flexible programme provision in Higher Education, the Master of Science in Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation has been recently launched.

This programme is suitable for a broad range of honours business graduates or equivalent, for example management, marketing, commerce, finance, international business and human resource management.  This programme has been designed to produce a rounded business graduate who will be able to undertake a variety of roles in an organisation, and who will possess the transversal skills and understanding of business that is required in challenging times.

The programme supports learners to develop advanced core competencies and skills in strategy and business innovation and develop into professional practitioners by bridging business theory and professional practice.

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Innovation in FinTech

Innovation in FinTech

The world we live in today and increasingly in the future is facing rapid technology change. This has been characterised as the 4th industrial revolution such is the scale of change. Recently at the World Economic Forum 2020 summit in Davos, this challenge was characterised through the prism of the huge upskilling and reskilling challenge that is facing enterprises and employees. Where a workforce is a key element for performance and innovation creation, the need to develop key experts (talent) for innovation and to keep pace with cutting-edge competitiveness is critical.

The FinTech Learning Labs (FTLL) talent development initiative is a joint approach involving three key industry players in International Financial Services (IFS) sector, TCS (Pramerica), Optum (UnitedHealth Group), and Allstate; working closely with ATU. The development of the Masters in Innovation in FinTech is the first in suite of new programmes emerging from this talent development partnership with the FinTech Industry. FTLL is a learner centred design (Employers & Employees) and is exclusively work based learning for employees. It aims to be an agile upskilling platform addressing complex skill needs. FTLL’s focus is to shape education provision as ‘HE designed by Enterprise for Enterprise’, to future proof for the impacts of emerging technologies in the FinTech sector.

This programme is different to traditional higher education models. The aim of this programme is the development of highly specialised working knowledge, which is contextualised and specific to an industry sector. This is all about learning in context, learning integrated in to your work demands and organisational objectives. This requires a critical reflection of global best practice in context, peer/participant inputs and external expert speakers. Where employees look to uncover a deeper strategic understanding of their context and theory in practice.

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User Experience Design & Applied Innovation

User Experience Design & Applied Innovation

Enhance your capabilities in user experience design (UX) and explore strategic design thinking methods underpinned by an end user centred clarity. Advance your skills in refined innovation processes, improve your visual communication skills, gain an insight into consumer behaviour & digital markets and explore emerging technologies.

During this course, you will enhance your capabilities in user experience design (UX) and explore strategic design thinking methods underpinned by an end user centred clarity. You will advance your skills in refined innovation processes, improve your visual communication skills, gain an insight into consumer behaviour & digital markets and explore emerging technologies. Typical applicants include, graduates from technical development and digital design backgrounds, current employees from the multinational and SME sectors in both technical and digital design capacity and unemployed graduates seeking to upskill.

The digital explosion of the 21st Century has revolutionised design & innovation. Advances in digital technology has given rise to new forms of products and services, which require creative solutions to increasingly complex problems. Expectations are higher than ever, and an educated, skilled workforce is called for. That’s where you come in.

In order to win new markets and thrive, the Irish technology sector has adopted design thinking methods and a user centred approach, encouraging the emergence of a design culture within. This is attracting a skilled workforce. Innovative graduates are in demand as they can think independently and critically, work well as part of a team, multi-task and generate new ideas through debate and discussion.

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Leadership & Innovation in the Public Service

Leadership & Innovation in the Public Service

The demand for strong leadership in transformational change is being stimulated by the impact of challenging public service reform agendas and digital transformation on almost every activity.

The highly successful Master of Science in Leadership and Innovation in the Public Service develops the leadership talent of public sector managers in order to deliver significant organisational improvement in participating organisations. It draws on the real life experience of its participants and is the only North-South programme of its kind. This programme was originally developed by Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Ulster University in collaboration with the Office of An Taoiseach and the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister who were integral to deciding on the content, structure and philosophy of the programme.

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 reciprocal 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 sharing of real life experiences form a richness of learning through the process referred to as ‘Build and Learn’. It is essentially a practical programme with rigorous theoretical underpinnings. Graduates of this programme will not only have developed significant critical thinking abilities but additionally will have developed significant reflective learning, using the ‘experience’ knowledge base of the executive network.

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Innovation & Leadership

Innovation & Leadership

Our Master of Business in Innovation & Leadership is a proven Masters degree programme designed to develop the leadership talents of managers to deliver significant business impact in the professional workplace.

The part-time programme has been developed in consultation with business support agencies, major industry employers and employer groups. It aims to substantially develop the capability of executive managers as innovating leaders within their companies. The course is structured over two years, with two block days combined with online learning. Key features include empowering you to develop responses to key strategic issues. You’ll also hone your presentation skills with guidance from leading national and international speakers.

A key strategic justification is that the programme aims to substantially develop the capability of executive managers as innovating leaders and to develop significant business improvement in participating organisations.

The programme has a duration of 2 years and is designed to facilitate executives in the workplace. It comprises 9 taught modules (each module is block delivered over 2- 3 days) and a major business development project supported by action learning sets.

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