Digital Transformations and Innovation (994N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The module will endow you with an in-depth perspective on how digital transformations impact (and disrupt) today’s world. It draws on the innovation management, economics, and science and technology policy literature to provide you with conceptual lenses and critical thinking skills to understand the opportunities and challenges of digital innovation in a rapidly changing environment.

The content of the module is designed to equip you with skills and knowledge to confidently navigate the nature, evolution and effects of digital transformations and innovation. It is structured around theoretical foundations, empirical evidence and practical cases; it features an overview of theoretical building blocks necessary to understand digital transformations (including network effects, information markets, and platforms), an advanced view on actors’ opportunities and strategies across core digital technologies such as AI, Cloud computing, Blockchain, and insights on the implications of digital innovation on firms, industry, and policy behaviours and strategies.


65%: Lecture
35%: Seminar


25%: Coursework (Group presentation)
75%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 34 hours of contact time and about 116 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.