MA Innovation Management recognises the need to identify and verify opportunity. Where MBA and design management programmes analyse problems, this postgraduate course deploys connective and creative approaches to managing innovation in order to synthesise opportunities.

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Reasons to Apply

  • MA Innovation Management enables you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time. 
  • You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a sustained research project including a 15-week work placement, with an external host partner.
  • You’ll have the chance to plan, promote and participate in an innovation management conference.
  • Our staff members have active and ongoing links with a wide range of institutions, organisations and companies including The Design Council, Procter and Gamble, the Royal Society of Arts and Transport for London.
  • Our graduates are highly attractive to potential employers in business, the creative industries or policy makers who wish to embrace 360- degree innovation.
  • In 2011, first year students participated in a project with UK Sport and the Beckwith International Leadership Development (BILD) and collaborated with students from the University of Ghana and the University of Development Studies in Tamale.

Facts

Course Leader

Dr Jamie Brassett MA (Warwick) FRSA

Course Location

King's Cross, London. Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 7023

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course LengthExtended full time: 60 weeks
Home/EU Fee

Tuition fees for 2015/16: £4,750 per year. Please note that fees for second year of study will be subject to inflationary increase.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

International Fee

Tuition fees for 2015/16: £11,450 per year.

£500 per annum discount for all students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course. 

Start DateSeptember 2015
Autumn Term DatesMonday 29 September 2014 – Friday 12 December 2014
Spring Term DatesMonday 12 January 2015 – Friday 27 March 2015
Summer Term DatesTuesday 27 April 2015 – Friday 26 June 2015
Application Route

Direct application

Content and Structure

MA Innovation Management is part of the Culture and Enterprise programme. 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.

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.

Staff

Course Leader: Dr Jamie Brassett

Creativity Management and Innovation Tutor:Mark Irving
Public Policy Innovation Tutor: Professor Kate Oakley
Industrial Design Innovation Tutor:Carlos Peralta
Student thesis supervisor: Monika Hestad

Dominic Stone
Rakhi Rajani

Visiting Professor: Professor Dale Russell
Visiting Professor: Professor Roy Sandbach

Associate Lecturer: Dr Lawrence Green

Careers

Innovation has been identified as crucial to business success, Cox Report. MA Innovation Management will generate career opportunities within:

Creative Industries

  • Innovation research
  • Strategy development
  • Business development
  • Brand management

Public Sector

  • Innovation research
  • Policy and strategy development

Corporate Sector

  • Innovation research
  • Strategy development
  • Business development
  • Brand management

Staff

  • Our staff members have active and ongoing links with a wide range of institutions, organisations and companies including The Design Council, Procter and Gamble, the Royal Society of Arts and Transport for London.

For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit the Student Jobs And Careers section.

Entry Requirements

MA Innovation Management applicants must have an Honours Degree, and normally at least one year of relevant professional experience, but we will look at exceptional candidates with less. The relevant disciplines and professional fields are:

  • business studies
  • management
  • the Social Sciences
  • humanities
  • physical sciences
  • marketing
  • design

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you send us an English language test score together with your application to prove your level of proficiency. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please clearly indicate this on your application form. When you have received your test score, please send it to us immediately. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the Language Centre website.
 
Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the External English Tests page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements.

What we look for

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.

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

  • a BA qualification or equivalent level 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
  • evidence and experience  of research and analysis
  • self motivation, ambition and a commitment to the

Application advice

Selection for interview will be through a Personal Statement (500 words) and submission of examples of work developed though your prior educational and employment experiences.

Your Personal Statement should outline the following:

  • how you have become interested in Innovation Management and the postgraduate course at Central Saint Martins
  • what aspects of your current experience relate to innovation and its management
  • how you see MA Innovation Management impacting upon your future career

Your ‘portfolio’ should demonstrate your practical and conceptual skills and your working processes and provide evidence of your experience of innovation and its management. Portfolios are restricted to A4 size. Your examples of your work will depend on your field of expertise, as follows:

Applicants with a background in design should include:

  • 20 examples of visual work in PDF format
  • cross platform CDRoms or DVDs of moving image work if appropriate
  • developmental research material
  • samples of written work

Applicants from all other backgrounds should include:

  • a detailed professional CV with project descriptions
  • documentation of work where possible including report, presentations or research projects for which you have been responsible

Selection for interview will be through a Personal Statement (500 words) and submission of examples of work developed though your prior educational and employment experiences. Your Personal Statement should outline the following:

  • how you have become interested in Innovation Management and the postgraduate course at Central Saint Martins
  • what aspects of your current experience relate to innovation and its management
  • how you see MA Innovation Management impacting upon your future career.

If you need further advice on entry requirements please contact the Course Leader, Jamie Brassett on +44(0) 20 7514 7907, email: j.brassett@csm.arts.ac.uk

Apply

Home/EU and International applicants

Download your MA Innovation Management application pack:

Each form contains detailed information about the application process.

Your application must include:

  • A completed application form
  • A personal statement (500 words)
  • Copies of your latest qualifications certificates
  • Two references at least one should be an academic or professional reference
  • Documentation of your work, (as above) where applicable

Please ensure your application is complete. If you’re sending references separately, please state this clearly. We recommend you send your application by recorded mail. Due to the large number of applications we get, we cannot send confirmation that your application has been received.

Further information for Home / EU applicants

Our website includes all the information you need to successfully apply. However, if you still have unanswered questions about the admissions process, please use our course enquiry form.

Further information for International applicants

There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Central Saint Martins:

To apply through the College, our website includes all the information you need to successfully apply. However, if you still have unanswered questions about the admissions process, please use our course enquiry form.

The University has a dedicated team to help prepare you for your studies. For help on visa requirements, housing, tuition fees and language requirements visit the University's International section.

The Language Centre offers international students quality language training from qualified and experienced teachers. The Pre-sessional Academic English Programme is available to all international (non-EU) students who have been offered a place on a full time course at the University of the Arts. For further information visit the Language Centre website.

We also offer a number of short courses that enable students to improve their portfolios and English skills before applying to their chosen course. For further information visit our Short Course section.

Home/EU applicants please send your completed application to:
Student Administration
MA Innovation Management
Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
University of the Arts London
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA.

International applicants please send your completed application to:
International Office
MA Innovation Management
Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design
University of the Arts London
Granary Building
1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA.

When to apply

Applications can be submitted throughout the year. Places are limited, however, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible (March / April) to avoid disappointment. We start interviews in January.

Deferred entry

Entry can only be deferred in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before submitting your application if you’re considering applying for deferred entry.

What happens next?

All applicants will normally be interviewed so as to confirm the appropriateness of the course to their needs and to establish that the applicant has the necessary motivation, background and capacity to contribute, and the potential to succeed on the course.

We read and consider all application forms and personal references. Please note we give particular attention to your personal statement and references.

Subject to your meeting the entry requirements and consideration of your application form, preliminary selection is based on your personal statement, and documentation of work and supporting information. You may then be invited to attend an interview. For candidates applying for external funding, interviews will be scheduled prior to funding body deadlines.

Can’t attend the interview?

If you’re a home/EU or international applicant unable to attend for interview, the MA Innovation Management Course Leader would hope to discuss your application by telephone or email.

In the case of applicants unable to attend for interview and unable to discuss their application by telephone or email, a decision regarding the offer of a place on the course will be made on the basis of a review of the application materials. We keep notes about decisions made following the initial application review and the interview process.

Selection is by the Course Leader and offers of places are made on the basis of our selection criteria. Notes are kept in relation to decisions made following the interview process. Applicants are informed of the decision via either the Student Administration or the International Office.

Open days

Open days are a great opportunity to meet staff and students and to find out at first hand about courses, teaching and student life. Visit the open day section for dates to book your session. Bookings can only be made online, not by phone or email.

Client Testimonials

The [Uncertainty Project] outcomes exceeded our expectations.
(UK Sport, 2011)

[Regarding new developments in oral healthcare] it made sense to connect with our friends at Central Saint Martins to identify the cultural drivers that could underpin new product innovation. We were not disappointed. [. . .] The team at Central Saint Martins came up with over 50 concept ideas and philosophies that made us P&Gers think very differently. [. . .] The results are wonderful and another example of why insights can come from anywhere especially at Central Saint Martins
(Procter & Gamble, Oral Care R&D, Sponsored Student Project, 2011).

Each time [Ive had a student on placement] they have shown a confidence, willingness and sophistication to take important roles in complex and creative projects.
(Placement Host Feedback, 2012) 

Very impressed by the [Discourse Analysis project], and in the quality of some of the students work; made me see how invaluable [Discourse Analysis] is for trendwatching.
(Visiting Practitioner Feedback, 2012)

I would continue to work with you all in a heartbeat!
(Innovation Consultancy, Sponsored Student Project, 2013)

This [cultural & experiential] mix [of students] is essential to understanding innovation because they bring to the academic space their lived experiences from work and from life. Furthermore, it is also rare to find a group of students that have an almost natural intellectual collective, yet have the ability to move this into real and practical case scenarios relating to their course and work. The MA is designed in such a way that promotes this and enables the students to explore and push the boundaries.
(Placement Host/Guest Speaker Feedback, 2013)

Industry Collaborations

Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value. 

Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

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