• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length2 years full time (60 weeks)

MA Innovation Management

MA Innovation Management focuses on the need to equip graduates with the intellectual and practical abilities to operate creatively and strategically as an innovation manager within complex environments and contexts, and to continue their development academically and professionally. In order to do this, students need to be able to work cooperatively as well as independently, to explore and experiment, map and plan.

This course is part of the Culture and Enterprise Programme.

Great reasons to apply

  • A course with the name Innovation Management remains a unique offer in an art and design education context
  • The course’s situation within an art and design educational context allows it to use ‘learning through doing’ as an important driver of its pedagogy
  • The course highlights complexity, criticality and creativity as key elements of its practice. In doing this it engages fully and deeply with a range of other disciplines – notably, philosophy, sociology and anthropology – to augment its examination of innovation and management, design and business
  • The course uses uncertainty as a creative tool, and in doing so engages positively with failure as driver of educational transformation as well as organisational change
  • As such, MA Innovation Management graduates are comfortable operating in complex, liminal spaces, where simplistic notions of 'problem solving' are inadequate.

 

Meet Course Leader, Jamie Brassett and students

MA Innovation Management uncertainty project.

Course publications

Course detail

MA Innovation Management is part of the Culture and Enterprise Programme. It focuses on the need to equip graduates with the intellectual and practical abilities to operate creatively and strategically as an innovation manager within complex environments and contexts, and to continue their development academically and professionally. In order to do this, students need to be able to work cooperatively as well as independently, to explore and experiment, and to map and plan.

MA Innovation Management helps students develop their knowledge and understanding of the complex interrelating discourses and practices influencing innovation management, whilst also equipping students with the necessary cognitive and practical skills with which to provide critical responses to them. 

We support students to think and learn both independently and as an important member of teams, establishing and conveying, with conviction, their own critical position so that they emerge with a clear set of principles and practices to underpin their future career.

Our goal is to develop graduates with an ability to cross discursive, practice, subject and organisational boundaries. Our graduates should have the ability to work – managing themselves and others – in multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team on projects that are often global in nature, in open and responsible ways. This is in line with changes to the design industry over recent years, as well as the transformations in the demands of business and society that recognise the importance of creativity, critical thinking and familiarity with uncertainty.

Course structure

This course is made up of three units, each of 60 credits.

Unit one: Exploration and experimentation

Encourages students to experience and experiment with some of the key theories and practices of innovation management as we construct it. Key here will be to explore the different practices and discourses of innovation management and to experiment in the production of strategic outcomes, and to consider the roles that uncertainty, failure and success, play in developing and managing innovation strategies. This unit is broken down into component projects, each of which contains different types of teaching and learning activities, with submissions that include individual written work and team presentations. 

Unit two: Mapping and positioning

Also contains a number of component projects, this time to help students orientate themselves in theoretical and practical landscapes relevant to the disciplines of innovation management, as well as to embark upon a self-initiated piece of field work that supports their own field of enquiry. The projects in this contain a range of teaching and learning activities, with submissions that include individual written work, team presentations and field work.

Unit three: Independence and cooperation

Allows students to further their own field of enquiry, and to articulate critically their findings. Students will also work together to deliver a series of end-of-year events that showcase their work as individuals and a collective. This unit is also composed of different projects, each of which contains different teaching and learning activities, with submissions that include individual written work, team presentations, and the organisation, management and delivery of end-of-year events and supporting material.

MA Innovation Management Programme Specification 2018/19 (PDF, 701KB)

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.

Facilities

Staff

Course Leader: Dr Jamie Brassett  
Associate Lecturer: Lorna Dallas-Conte
Associate Lecturer: Dr Monika Hestad
Associate Lecturer: Dr Lucy Kimbell
Associate Lecturer: Dr John O’Reilly
Associate Lecturer: Dr Carlos Peralta
Associate Lecturer: Beth Shepherd
Associate Lecturer: Paul Sturrock
Associate Lecturer: Dr Ida Telalbasic
Associate Lecturer: Sophie Trench
Visiting Practitioner: Iñaki Arbelaiz
Visiting Practitioner: Alice Holmberg
Visiting Practitioner: Ben Stevens
Visiting Practitioner: Dominic Stone
Visiting Professor: Professor Roy Sandbach

How to apply

2018/19 entry

You can apply to this course using our online application form – the link to this is below.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the Entry Requirements section further down this page to learn about the application process which includes detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of May at the very latest to avoid disappointment.

Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application and submitted required documents/ a digital portfolio (if applicable).

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be approximately 500 words in length, and outline the following:

  • How you have become interested in Innovation Management and the postgraduate course at Central Saint Martins?
  • What aspects of your experience relate to innovation and its management?
    • How you see MA Innovation Management impacting on your future career?

If you do not complete required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.                                             

Apply to MA Innovation Management

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio (if applicable) or documentation of your work through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Portfolio

Your portfolio should be no more than 20 images and demonstrate your practical and conceptual skills and your working processes, and provide evidence of your experience of innovation and its management. Your examples of your work will depend on your field of expertise, as follows:

Applicants with a background in design should include:

  • Examples of visual work
  • Examples of moving image work (if appropriate)
  • Developmental research material
  • Samples of written work

Applicants from all other backgrounds should include:

Documentation of work where possible including reports, presentations or research projects for which you have been responsible.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

2018/19 entry

You can apply to this course using our online application form – the link to this is below.

Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the Entry Requirements section further down this page to learn about the application process which includes detailed guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide later in the process.

When to apply

We recommend you apply by the end of May at the very latest to avoid disappointment.

Your application will only be considered after you have successfully completed an online application and submitted required documents/ a digital portfolio (if applicable).

We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

Required information for all postgraduate courses

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following items and upload documents when completing the online application form:

General Information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses);
  • Current English language level;
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details;
  • Employment history;

Personal statement

Your personal statement should be approximately 500 words in length, and outline the following:

  • How you have become interested in Innovation Management and the postgraduate course at Central Saint Martins?
  • What aspects of your experience relate to innovation and its management?
  • How you see MA Innovation Management impacting on your future career?

If you do not complete all the required information or upload the necessary documents, we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

Start your application now

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.                                          

Apply to MA Innovation Management

Alternatively, international applicants can apply through an overseas representative in your country.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check. If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio (if applicable) or documentation of your work through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Portfolio

Your portfolio should be no more than 20 images and demonstrate your practical and conceptual skills and your working processes, and provide evidence of your experience of innovation and its management. Your examples of your work will depend on your field of expertise, as follows:

Applicants with a background in design should include:

  • Examples of visual work
  • Examples of moving image work (if appropriate)
  • Developmental research material
  • Samples of written work

Applicants from all other backgrounds should include:

Documentation of work where possible including reports, presentations or research projects for which you have been responsible. 

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

Entry requirements

MA Innovation Management applicants must have an Honours Degree with a grade of at least 2:1 (or equivalent), and normally at least one year of relevant professional experience; although we will look at exceptional candidates with less. The relevant disciplines and professional fields are:

  • business studies
  • management
  • social sciences
  • humanities
  • physical sciences
  • marketing
  • arts and design

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS Academic 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test).

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

What we look for

We actively seek 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, arts and design. A key characteristic of our candidates is 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 management.

Selection criteria

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

  • At least a BA Hons. or BSc Hons. qualification or equivalent level of skills and knowledge in their own discipline and preferably some examples of post college work in their 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 course

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £5,550 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.

ELQ 

Home/EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, would will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 (called the 'ELQ' fee). Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held. If you have a query regarding the ELQ fee, please use our course enquiry form.

International fee

Tuition fees for 2018/19: £13,890 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.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

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 Built Environment Trust, The Design Council, EDF, the Royal Society of Arts, Studio INTO and Transport for London.