M.A. Innovation Management

University of the Arts London

Tuition fee:
  • € 5,100 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,900 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 18 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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MA Innovation Management is a new postgraduate course. It aims to bring together open-minded individuals from a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds in order to promote new ways of thinking and doing that encourages creative collaborations in the pursuit of innovation. Our focus is on developing strategic collaborative practitioners who can identify, and develop, innovative business and public sector opportunities.

MA Innovation Management will explore innovation in relation to services, products and user experiences. It will be delivered through a range of different learning experiences, from the traditional to the experimental, from student- led to industry-linked, so that students can produce synergistic and co-operative approaches to problem-solving, risk-management and opportunity development.

Graduates of MA Innovation Management will be able to identify and deliver creativity and innovation within both a lifestyle and business context. They will be able to apply innovation tools and practices, research and identify which creative vectors are suitable for a given scenario and communicate such opportunities in a compelling and engaging way.

MA Innovation Management graduates will be highly attractive to potential employers in business, the creative industries or policy makers who wish to embrace 360- degree innovation. This postgraduate course will help graduates develop careers in areas like innovation research, strategy and business development and brand/product management.


Course Units

Unit 1: Exploration and Experimentation
Unit One acts as an induction into the College and an immersion into the area of design-driven innovation and its management.

It introduces you to critical thinking and discourses within the subject debate, utilising an interdisciplinary and collaborative team-based approach to learning as a first step to productive collaboration.

The unit supports you in establishing the necessary contextual knowledge and research skills needed to explore the subject and locate yourselves within it, whilst establishing what is, or might be possible in terms of design-driven innovation. The unit offers the opportunity to experiment, take informed risks, engage with uncertainty and learn from failure.

It opens with an Orientation Project enabling you to understand each other's backgrounds and areas of expertise, as well as to engage with London as a research resource. The Collaborative Projects that follow give you the chance to work in groups to given briefs, testing various methodologies and methods and exploring the possibilities offered by the subject, in the development, management and communication of relevant strategic innovation opportunities.

Unit 2: Collaboration and Independence
This unit acts as a natural extension to Unit 1 and requires you to identify, propose and investigate a personal direction, in which you can demonstrate originality and self-direction in tackling and solving problems that are genuinely at the forefront of the subject.

Unit 2 lasts for 40 weeks, from term 3 in Year One until the end of the course, and builds in additional formative assessment points and opportunities for reflection.

There are three main elements to this unit: scoping and identification of a personal innovation management area to investigate; research, analysis, critique and examination of this area written in a coherent way; organisation of, and communication at, an innovation management conference/forum.

The first element gives you the opportunity to investigate the discourses of design, innovation, innovation management and business in order to locate your position within them. As this finishes you will be able to identify an area for investigation, in an individual project.

This second element gives you an extended opportunity to undertake a sustained research project. As part of the field work for this project there is a 15-week work placement, within an external host partner, or partners, to be identified, organised and managed by you. Critical reflection upon this, and other academic work that you do in parallel with this placement, enables you not only to develop your own strategic innovation opportunity, but also your own ideas about how such an opportunity can be managed; you write a dissertation articulating the findings of this research project as a whole.

Finally, you will contribute to the planning and promotion of, as well as participation in, an innovation management conference/forum. You will need to manage the relationships between the needs of each individual and those of the year group as a whole.

Ultimately, the unit is about identifying opportunities as part of a critically reflective practice, and forging and managing strategic relationships with external partners as the basis of collaborations to implement, test, communicate and manage innovation


Applicants must have an Honours Degree, or evidence of equivalent learning, and ideally at least one year of relevant professional experience. The relevant disciplines and professional fields are:

. business studies
. management
. the social sciences
. physical sciences
. marketing
. design

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

. a BA level or equivalent of skills and knowledge in your own discipline and preferably some examples of post college work in your particular field
. evidence of interest and understanding of innovation and its management
. work demonstrating engagement with innovation and its management
. a reflective and critical approach
. evidence and experience of teamwork
. self motivation, ambition and a commitment to the programme.

Applicants with a background in design:
. 20 examples of visual work in PDF format on CDRom
. Cross platform CDRoms or DVD of moving image work if appropriate
. Developmental research material
. Samples of written work
. Submission of a Personal Development plan of no more that 500 words, in word document format, outlining your:

o innovation management interests
o reasons for undertaking program
o anticipated areas of interests and activities whilst on program (project areas)
o desired career outcome at end of program

Applicants from all other backgrounds should include:

. A detailed professional CV with project descriptions
. PDF format documentation of work where possible including reports, presentations or
research projects for which you have been responsible on CDRom
. Submission of a Personal Development Plan of no more that 500 words, in word document format, outlining your:

o innovation management interests
o reasons for undertaking program
o anticipated areas of interests and activities whilst on program (project areas)
o desired career outcome at end of program

If you need further advice on entry requirements please contact the Course
Director, Simon Bolton on +44(0) 20 7514 7280, email: s.bolton@csm.linst.ac.uk

Suitable candidates

We are actively seeking open-minded graduates from diverse academic and industry backgrounds who want to innovate, ideally with relevant work experience from business, marketing, engineering, sciences, social sciences, humanities and design. A key characteristic of our candidates will be the desire to extend their subject-specialisms by colliding with, negotiating between and connecting with people, concepts, discourses and practices that are outside their normal activities, and who are keen to locate the creative outputs of these engagements in the area of innovation.
English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English, so you will be required to have a fluent understanding of the language. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability. We strongly advise international applicants to take an IELTS test as soon as they consider studying in the UK. Minimum scores for entry on to a postgraduate course are as follows:

* IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5
* TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): hand written test: 548-567, computer based test: 211-225

You can now study English online at the British Council website - please visit
We provide free tuition in English for international students and regular workshops in the language of art and design. We also offer a number of short courses that enable students from overseas to improve their portfolios and English skills before applying to their chosen course.

English Language Requirements

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)

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