Object – Purpose
Skills directly related to innovation include specialized knowledge and cognitive skills, the so-called ‘soft skills’, such as social, emotional and behavioral skills, as well as special skills associated with entrepreneurship and leadership. Although some of these skills are cultivated from an early age through the formal curriculum in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), others must be acquired through other forms of formal education. The growing recognition of the importance of these broader skills has led many OECD countries to adjust their education systems in order to equip young people with the skills required to meet the challenges of innovation in the workplace and in society at large.
In this context, the MSc “Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship” aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of participants to take advantage of unexplored opportunities and innovate in an existing organization, in a family business or in their own business venture as aspiring entrepreneurs. This is an innovative programme by Greek and international standards, designed according to best practices of similar programmes offered abroad, and including attracting topics for the contemporary labour market, such as Innovation Management, New Venture Creation, Digital Transformation, Design Thinking, etc.
ECTS credit points
The total number of ECTS credits required for obtaining the Master’s Degree Programme in “Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship” is 90.
Characterization of the Postgraduate Program
Master of Science (MSc)
UNESCO ISCED-2011 classification
Based on the Level of Studies: 7
Classification according to the UNESCO Code ISCED-2013
Based on the fields of Education and Training: 0413 Management and administration
Language of instruction
The language of instruction of the programme, as well as of the Master’s Thesis, is English.
Duration of the programme
The minimum period of study for the completion of the programme is one and a half (1 ½) academic years, i.e. three (3) academic semesters.
Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:
The Post-graduate programme accepts graduates or higher institution diplomas of related disciplines holding a B2 certification in the English language. The programme is offered in English.
The knowledge of an extra foreign language except the language of the programme and good computer-Internet skills would be useful for the successful participation in the programme.
Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)
For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.
The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.
Certification of English language competency at level B2
English competency (level B2) is proven according to article 10, Presidential Decree 85/2022 “Determination of qualifications for appointment in the public sector (Qualification-Department)” (Α΄ 232), in combination with Part C΄ and namely “LANGUAGE CERTIFICATES ” of no. 20/01.02.2023 “Amendment of no. 94/20.6.2022 of the decision of the SUPREME COUNCIL FOR CIVIL PERSONNEL SELECTION (ASEP)”Procedure for determining the fixed parts of the content of staff selection announcements based on predetermined and objective criteria (Articles 28 – 30 of Law 4765/2021 ) (B’ 3614)” (B’ 594) with language proficiency certificates.
The table below shows the language certificates -level (B2) of English Competency that are accepted as well as the issuing body.
Certification of English competency at level B2 can be proved as follows:
English competency (level B2) is also proven with certificates of other institutions (not limited to universities) of an equivalent level, irrespective of their legal form, provided they are certified or recognized by the competent authority of the country concerned for conducting examinations and issuing certificates of proficiency in English at the appropriate level. These certificates must be accompanied by a proof document from the issuing body that both the issuing body and the language certificate competency are certified by the competent national authority and also and that the certification also concerns the evaluation of basic communication skills (written language production, oral language production, written language comprehension and oral language comprehension).
If there is no certification or recognition body in the country concerned, a certificate from the relevant Ministry or Embassy of Greece is required, confirming that the certificates issued by the above bodies to third parties for whom English is not a native language are accepted in public services of that country as valid evidence of English at the appropriate level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The competent regulatory authority for Great Britain is the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
The Postgraduate Programme “MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship” is structured in three (3) academic semesters and includes six (6) compulsory Thematic Modules (TM), four (4) elective Thematic Modules (TM) and a Postgraduate Dissertation (MSc Dissertation). The minimum period of study is one and a half (1 ½) academic year. The award of the Postgraduate Degree requires either the successful completion of six (6) Thematic Modules and the elaboration of an MSc Dissertation, or the successful completion of nine (9) Thematic Modules.
|IME50||Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice||(Υ¹, 10 ECTS)|
|IME51||Strategic Innovation Management||(Υ, 10 ECTS)|
|IME52||New Venture Creation and Business Planning||(Υ, 10 ECTS)|
|IME53||New Product Development||(Υ, 10 ECTS)|
|IME54||Managing Innovative Projects||(Υ, 10 ECTS)|
|IME55||Technology Commercialization||(Υ, 10 ECTS)|
|IME60||Design Thinking||(Ε², 10 ECTS)|
|IME61||Digital Transformation||(Ε, 10 ECTS)|
|IME62||Sustainable Innovation & Entrepreneurship||(Ε, 10 ECTS)|
|IME63||The Human Factor in Innovation||(Ε, 10 ECTS)|
|IMEDE||MSc Dissertation||(Ε, 30 ECTS)|
Guidelines for the selection of Thematic Modules
You may choose from one (1) up to three (3) Thematic Modules (TMs) per semester (30 ECTS).
The choice of TMs follows the structure of the programme.
Registration in TMs should first exhaust the TMs of the previous semester before registering in the TMs of the next semester.
For example, in the first semester, if you wish to select one (1) TM, you must register in IME50. If you wish to select two (2) TMs you must register in IME50 and in IME51. If you wish to select three (3) TMs you must register in IME50, IME51 and IME52.
In the third semester, you can select either three (3) of the offered TMs or complete an MSc Dissertation (30 ECTS).
The successful completion of six (6) TMs is a necessary precondition for the elaboration of the MSc Dissertation (IMEDE).
The oral defense of the MSc Dissertation can only take place after the successful completion of all Thematic Modules of the Programme.
The award of the Postgraduate Degree requires either the successful completion of six (6) Thematic Modules and the elaboration of an MSc Dissertation, or the successful completion of nine (9) Thematic Modules.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMME OF STUDIES
KONSTANTELOU ANASTASIΑ, Associate Professor
Specialization: Innovation Management
Student tuition fees for the Postgraduate Programme: 300 € per Module and 1,200€ the cost of the dissertation. For students who choose six (6) modules and a dissertation the total cost of the programme is 3,000 €, whereas for those who choose nine (9) modules the total cost of is 2,700 €.