M.A. Innovation Studies

University of East London

Tuition fee:
  • € 6,580 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,960 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MA in Innovation Studies at UEL explores the complex, dynamic relations between social and technological forces shaping innovation processes in an international context. There is an emphasis on inequalities due to gender, socioeconomic status and/or race; social distribution of responsibility, wealth and risk; and ethical considerations related to the governance of innovation in both business and the public sphere.

The core curriculum draws upon the sociology of scientific knowledge, information society theory, the economics of technical change, geography, regulatory and political theory and policy evaluation, and other perspectives associated with innovation systems and processes:

* Society, Science and Technology and Innovation Processes
* Historical Perspectives on Scientific and Technological Change
* Global, National, Regional and Sectoral Systems of Innovation
* Science and Technology in the Making: The World of the Laboratory
* Ethical Issues and the Regulation of Science and Technology
* The Politics of Knowledge
* Research Methods
* Innovation Dynamics and Regulation of the Information Society
* Science, Technology and Sociotechnical Systems

The MA includes a module in social sciences research methods and students can select from a range of optional modules which allows for greater specialisation in areas such as cultural contexts of software, policy and management or global media. Students define and conduct an original research project and write a research dissertation under supervision, and have opportunities to attend research seminars, workshops and events on campus and in and around London related to both scholarly and public S&T-related issues.

Whats Special about the MA in Innovation Studies at UEL?
The MA in Innovation Studies offers a flexible programme for students interested in engaging with advanced study at different points in their professional careers, at a modern London university which is an internationally recognised centre of research excellence. UEL is the UKs most inclusive university, and has a commitment to innovative programmes that combine critical social theory with the conceptual and practical skills required for our students to make the fullest contribution to the world of work and our wider society. The MA programme is designed to be compatible with the European Society, Science and Technology Masters programme, which, in the future may lead to opportunities for international mobility.


The programme offers a Master of Arts (MA) to students who complete four taught modules, including two core modules in Innovation Studies, one required module in Research Methods, and one optional module, plus a research dissertation. It may be taken part-time or full-time. In addition to the MA in Innovation Studies, the Programme offers a PG Certificate to students completing both core Innovation Studies modules, and a PG Diploma awarded to students who complete all four taught modules. The PG Certificate is offered part-time, whilst both the PG Diploma and the full MA are offered in both part-time and full-time modes.

The MA is awarded to students who have accumulated 180 credits; the PGDip is awarded to students who have accumulated 120 credits from taught modules; and the PG Cert is awarded to students who complete both core Innovation Studies modules. All taught modules = 30 credits; Dissertation = 60 credits.

Specialist Innovation Studies Core Modules:

* Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
* Socio-Technical Dynamics of the Information Society

Core Module:

* Quantitative Research Methods (Social Sciences)

Optional Modules:

Students are invited to select, by negotiation, one option from the following:

* Software as Culture
* Globalisation, Media and Policy in a Digital Age
* Managing Policy
* Global Media: An Introduction
* a University-wide option

Research Dissertation:

The research dissertation is a key element of this programme and as such counts as a double module (60 credits). The objective of the dissertation is to develop the student's ability to study independently, making their own critical appraisal of their chosen subject and drawing conclusions from it.

Students will be required to demonstrate that the research undertaken has been completed to an appropriate level for a Masters award. The dissertation must therefore, in general terms, include elements of research, independent work, and the collation and analysis of data. The research will be required to make a contribution to the understanding of the field studied and will be supervised by a member of staff with an interest in the field.


Applicants are normally required to have a good honours degree in a cognate area of study. Mature applicants with a degree or with substantial professional experience may be considered for admission, usually on the basis of an interview. If English is not your first language we require that you demonstrate your English language skills by achieving an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

The University of East London applies the principle of equality of opportunity to its admission process and will encourage the recruitment of local, national and international students and those with special needs. Students are recruited from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and increasingly come from all over the world.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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