Digital transformation

Managing Digital Disruption and Transformation

MSc

Programme details

  • Next start date: Sep 2024
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Fee: £26,000

Overview

Digital technologies are disrupting existing business models across every industry. They are redefining the way consumers engage and companies compete, and opening up new opportunities for enterprise and innovation.  

This applied course is designed for future entrepreneurs who want to understand the potential of this transformation to plan their next venture. It is for those moving into careers where they need to harness technology to become agile, resilient, competitive and sustainable.  

This course equips you with the knowledge required to strategically transform business and reap the benefits of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and Virtual Reality.   

In this MSc, you will explore and better understand the technologies poised to disrupt our world. By adopting a business-first mentality, you will also learn how to develop strategies to manage the needs and expectations of businesses and stakeholders.  

Through applied and experiential learning, you will develop essential skills to successfully lead initiatives from execution to delivery. You will also learn how to identify opportunities for continued growth and organisational development. 

This course helps you to become:  

  • Technology aware and engaged  
  • Prepared to strategically move the business forward with technology 
  • Adaptable and aware of change, ready to implement and deliver value in a fast-changing environment due to technological disruption 
  • Able to identify the possibilities and opportunities that emerging technologies present 
  • A leader prepared to navigate technology, while considering business needs  
  • Globally, culturally, and ethically responsible 

This course is subject to validation.

How to apply

Applying to Regent's is quick and easy. We accept direct applications year-round and there's no application fee. If you haven't received your exam results, you can still apply and we'll issue you with a conditional offer. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you're currently studying for.

Step 1: Apply

During the application process, you'll have the chance to upload supporting documents, including:

  • A copy of your passport (photograph ID page)
  • Academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies
  • A 500-700 word personal statement (view guidance)
  • If you're not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency (take our test)

Credit transfer

If you’ve already studied part of your degree elsewhere, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join your new course at an advanced entry point. To apply for RPL, you'll need to state this clearly in your application and provide us with the certificates, transcripts and module descriptions for your previous course.

Step 2: Receive a response

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days. We'll assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of our decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our courses, the selection process may include an interview or audition. They can take the form of a one-to-one interview, a group interview or a portfolio review, which may be conducted by telephone or online. Arrangements of these are made between you and the Admissions department.

Step 3: Accept your offer

If you wish to accept your offer, you must pay your (non-refundable) advance tuition fee deposit. Here's how to pay. This will confirm your place. 

Step 4: Register 

Closer to the start of term, our Admissions team will send instructions regarding your registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment before you arrive, as well as a checklist of documents you'll need to bring with you to campus.

Information for international students

If you're an overseas student, you'll likely require a visa to study in the UK. Here's how to apply.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies. For more information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

Fees

Tuition fee: 

  • £26,000 for the academic year starting in September 2024.

Non-refundable advance deposit:

UK students: £1,000
International students: £4,000

Read more about tuition fees.

If you receive an offer for a course, you’ll receive a pro forma invoice. To accept your offer and secure your place, pay your deposit payment as soon as possible.

The remaining portion of your first year’s tuition fees will be due when you enrol. At this time, you’ll receive your invoice for the full year. You can choose to pay for the year in full before the start of your first academic year or in two instalments, spread out across the academic year. The dates of these instalments will be determined by when your course starts.

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.  

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of your course.

The library holds a limited number of copies of core textbooks and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own textbooks and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your course.

Study Period Abroad (SPA)

Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory study period abroad, for one or two terms. No study period abroad can be undertaken in the United States.
 
A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please email Regent’s International Partnerships Office office on [email protected] or [email protected] before you apply for a course with a study period abroad module.

How you'll learn

At Regent's you’ll have the freedom to explore your interests in a supportive and nurturing environment with interactive classes, regular one-to-one contact with tutors, specialist facilities, industry opportunities and tailored careers advice – ensuring you develop the skills, experience and confidence you need to succeed.

We centre our teaching around your individual goals, identifying support you need to thrive. You'll be part of a collaborative environment, that brings all the nuances of the international business world to life in the classroom: facilitating entrepreneurship and teamwork as you explore current issues and propose solutions to real problems.

You’ll pair deep industry knowledge with hands-on experiences, taking part in a blend of learning formats to give your studies context:

  • Seminars and lectures
  • Immersive challenges 
  • Creative workshops 
  • Industry speaker events 
  • Business simulations 
  • Creative masterclasses 
  • Seminars & tutorials 
  • Group research tasks 
  • Case preparation 
  • Technology supported work (chat/e-portfolio) 
  • Student driven/negotiated sessions 
  • Field trips and experiences 

We use active and collaborative learning, meaning you’ll always learn by doing – from taking part in tech labs and creative workshops to engaging with industry experts. It’s an experiential and experimental approach that presents you with real-life and real-world challenges, facilitating teamwork, entrepreneurship and use of technology to learn about compelling issues, propose solutions to real problems and take actions.

Based in London, you'll also have opportunities to meet employers through guest lectures, live briefs, field trips and industry visits – giving you insights into the world of business and enabling you to put theory into practice.

Contact hours: You'll have a minimum of 14 hours of direct contact time for the first two terms. Term 3 is dedicated to your major project. Direct taught hours represent approximately 16% and self-directed learning 84%.

Teaching staff 

You'll be taught by a variety of business leaders and research-active academics, who regularly have work published in journals, speak at conferences and collaborate with institutions, such as BBC News. Their knowledge and experience ensure your classes are shaped by the most current industry practices.

You'll also be allocated a personal tutor, who'll meet you on a one-to-one basis at various stages throughout the year to provide you with guidance and advice to support your personal and professional development.

We're really proud of the global nature of our business courses, and our tutors also reflect this ethos – coming from a wide variety of countries and cultures across the world. In every way, you'll feel part of a global family.

Independent learning

Throughout the course, you'll be expected to undertake extra reading, research, revision and reflection, as well as preparing work for workshops, and working collaboratively with other students in preparation for assessment.

Method of assessment

Your skills and knowledge will be assessed via a wide range of task-based projects, reports, presentations and live and simulated briefs – as well as essays, case study analysis and reflective portfolios. It's important to us that your learning and assessment is:

  • Inclusive – fostering a student-focused approach
  • Engaging – encouraging interaction and participation
  • Authentic – based on real business challenges

Disability support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns, including learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism conditions, mobility difficulties and temporary or chronic health conditions. 

Our Student Support & Welfare team is here to support you. We ask that you speak with us as early as possible to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

We're interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements – and review each application comprehensively on its own merit.

Minimum entry requirements for Level 7 – you'll need one of the following qualifications:

  • Minimum second class UK undergraduate degree
  • Equivalent international qualifications, as deemed acceptable by Regent's

We also welcome applications from students who don't meet our entry requirements. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Have one year of work experience (if you hold a degree lower than a 2:2)
  • Have three years of work experience (if you don't hold a degree)
  • Provide a 500-700 word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel
  • Provide evidence of your English language proficiency

This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by academic referral only.​​​​

English language requirements 

Minimum English proficiency requirement through one of the following qualifications (or equivalent):

Qualification Subject Grade
GCSE* English C (4)
IB SL or HL* English A 4
IB HL* English B 4
US HSD (studied in a majority English-speaking country)* Cumulative GPA 2.5
IELTS* Academic 6.5 overall and 5.5 in each component
UG degree English-speaking country (as defined by UKVI) Second class

Please note, we do not accept home/online editions of English language tests.

*Qualification satisfies the English language requirements of the UKVI for non-UK/Irish nationals.

We also offer conditional students a free, online diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Proficiency Test (REPT). This must be booked in advance. Discover more.

Careers

Successful completion of this degree will equip you with the skills and attributes needed to lead people and projects, globally. Your flexible, informed, proactive approach will enable you to pursue a variety of different career paths, including:  

  • Corporate leadership and management positions across all industries, including technology  
  • Innovation and technology transformation roles 
  • Business, innovation, marketing and technology consulting 
  • Technology business development, sales and marketing 
  • Tech start-up entrepreneur 
  • Managing digital disruption 
  • Managing tech innovation and transformation projects 
  • Managing a SME tech business or social enterprise 
  • Tech researcher and analyst 
  • Advisory and board roles 
  • Smart cities and public sector transformation 

You'll graduate with the transferable skills needed to choose any career that aligns with your interests.

Graduate visa

After you've completed your course, you may be eligible to apply for a Graduate visa. This enables you to work, or look for work, in the UK for up to two years after you leave Regent's, without the pressure of having to secure a job immediately – applying your skills and advancing your career with valuable experiences and industry connections.

Careers support

Don't worry if you feel overwhelmed – our Careers, Enterprise and Industry team are here to provide personalised advice and access to resources for life!

  • 24/7 access to online guidance and resources
  • Exclusive internships, networking opportunities and industry events
  • Personalised consultations – from interview and CV prep to business advice
  • Access to Handshake, connecting you with 650k+ global employers

Structure

This is a full-time course, comprising three terms of study.

View the 2024-25 academic calendar.

Core modules

MSc Managing Digital Disruption and Transformation

Module title
Leadership and Transformation in the Digital Era   Digital transformation involves more than just technology: it takes leadership, too. In this module, you will explore various theories and models of leadership in the context of a fast-changing digital era, by examining transformational leadership in a variety of sectors. You will learn to adopt a people-first and digital-first approach to managing change and leading technological transformation. Drawing on various case studies and live business situations, you will explore and investigate the process of transformation, change and change management. You will also learn how to develop a compelling case for change that enables employees to feel motivated and engaged. Upon successful completion of this module, you will be ready to become a transformational leader who is capable of influencing others, inspiring positive transformation, and driving organisational change in the digital era.
Managing Through the Technology Lens To thrive in the era of technology, companies must undergo two distinct digital transformations. First, they must become digitised by incorporating digital technology into their core operations. Second, they must also consider opportunities for developing digital offerings to drive value and remain competitively relevant. As a leader, this can pose significant challenges. In this module, you will learn how to transform the company culture into one that is agile and innovative. You will explore the fundamentals of innovative thinking and how to compel collaborators across the organisation to embrace risk-taking and innovation across all operations and business functions. You will dynamically examine the technologies that are the pillars of digital transformation, analysing and understanding their impact, whilst putting theory into practice and learning how to recognise the opportunities that emerging technologies can offer as they continue to evolve.
Strategic Implementation of (Emergent) Technology Driven by constantly changing customer expectations and fuelled by an intense innovation cycle, our world is experiencing a fast-paced transformation fundamentally redefining business models in every sector and in every industry. In this module, you will learn the fundamentals of strategy and strategic decision-making in the current era of technology. You will apply business case techniques and frameworks to strategically reflect on the potential impact of technologies whilst exploring how to manage large scale business transformations enabled by those technologies in a risk-controlled environment. By completing this module, you will gain a solid understanding of a roadmap or a life cycle of digital transformation, ranging from strategy to execution. You will acquire practical knowledge and skills to apply concepts, frameworks and methodologies to effectively plan and execute transformation. You will also be able to identify and mitigate key risks and dependencies in the process of transformation.
The Future of Business Innovation Technologies This module provides an overview of how emerging technologies can enable businesses to evolve and grow through innovation, in order to secure future success. Technological advancements are impacting every aspect of how we live, work, communicate and socialise. You will learn how these technologies work together to envision unique solutions that seamlessly link the real world to digital platforms. From creating digital experiences using virtual and augmented content, securing the supply chain, authenticating, and rewarding, to utilising real time dynamic insights to analyse customer behaviour, you will explore the opportunities emerging technologies provide, and learn how they are poised to disrupt and innovate. In an experiential way, you will review applications such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual and augmented reality and explore how they’re used and the skills needed to extract maximum value. In all, you’ll learn how to successful deliver digital transformation and global creative leadership on a global stage.
Professional Perspectives In this module, you will define and develop your professional identity and build your career objectives. You will explore the skills you need to succeed in contemporary workplaces, including large organisations and start-ups. You will explore professional communications, managing projects, collaboration, entrepreneurial and creative thinking, active personal and professional reflection and development. You’ll also learn strategies for how to plan your career, aware that concepts of work will become increasingly more fluid as time goes on.
Masters’ Perspectives This module will develop your advanced academic skills as you grow as an independent thinker and researcher. Through the distinct lens of your subject field, you will explore advanced critical thinking and analytical skills, and develop your ability to communicate complex ideas, develop research questions and plan to reach ambitious objectives with maximum impact and clarity.   
Final Major Project The Final Major Project is the culmination of your masters course. You will integrate and apply the knowledge, experiences and thinking you have developed in your course to a project that you conceive and design. Your project should ideally be focused on your next professional steps – it can form part of your portfolio as you move towards work, further study or setting up a new business. It may be based on conducting research, solving a practical problem, or creating an artefact – or it may be a combination of all three. Whichever approach you choose, you will critically record and reflect on your intellectual, creative and investigative processes in detail. While you’ll have the support of your course tutors and an academic supervisor, as a Postgraduate student you’ll be expected to develop and prove your ability to operate independently in both academic and professional settings.

Elective modules

Choose two elective modules

Your elective modules will allow you to delve into hot-topic areas or languages that add even more value to your personal brand.
Elective module 1 You'll have a choice of elective modules and languages.
Elective module 2 You'll have a choice of elective modules and languages.

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MSc Managing Digital Disruption and Transformation