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MA Innovation Management

College
CSM
Start date
September 2019
Course length
Two years (60 weeks)
Extended full-time

MA Innovation Management is a practice-based course in which you will learn how to enable innovation within a variety of different contexts, such as creative, business or cultural organisations.

Through learning which blends theory and practice, you will develop the skills to operate in complex working environments. This course is part of the Culture and Enterprise programme.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

  • Creative environment – MA Innovation Management at Central Saint Martins is exceptional in its approach, expressed through its location within an arts and design college.
  • Productive uncertainty – The course uses uncertainty as a creative tool. It encourages learning from failure to embed transformational change in individuals as well as organisations.
  • Flexible problem solving – Moving beyond simplistic notions of problem solving, MA Innovation Management graduates are equipped with the intellectual and practical abilities to work co-operatively in complex environments. They are able to critically and creatively re-frame problems and their solutions.
  • Interdisciplinary approach – Our graduates work creatively at the boundaries of a range of disciplines, such as management, philosophy, design, sociology and anthropology.

Open days

The next round of open days will take place from February to April 2020, please check back here by December 2019 to book.

Scholarships, awards and funding

All postgraduate funding options for Central Saint Martins.

Jane Rapley Scholarships
MA Innovation Management Bursaries

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships:
Home/EU | International

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

UAL International Postgraduate £25,000 plus International Student House (ISH) Scholarships

Meet Course Leader, Jamie Brassett and students
MA Innovation Management: The Uncertainty Project

Course catalogues

Gallery

Culture and Enterprise stories

Take Five: Patrick Bek

With Degree Show Two: Design now open, we take a closer look at their final projects and the inspirations behind them. MA Innovation Management student Patrick Bek’s research is concerned […]

Facilities

Course overview

This course at Central Saint Martins is one of the first to locate innovation management in an arts and design college. Innovation management is a well-known field in business and management studies. Traditionally, it addresses how processes – especially those dealing with the production of new goods or services – can be measured, promoted and used to an organisation’s advantage. This course considers innovation management more broadly, across a wider range of concerns including the social, the sustainable, the cultural and the creative.  

MA Innovation Management will develop your understanding of the discourses and practices which influence innovation management, while also providing you with the necessary skills for critical engagement. You will work collaboratively as well as independently. You will be required to explore and experiment and to map and plan. Working theoretically and practically, you will identify and mediate across the many and diverse boundaries that intersect on the course. 

The course highlights complexity, criticality and creativity. It engages with a range of other disciplines – notably, philosophy, sociology and anthropology – to enhance its examination of innovation and management, design and business. The course team is made up of experienced creative practitioners, business consultants, researchers, writers and educators. They will support your learning as an individual and as part of a team, so you can convey your own critical position.  

Students on MA Innovation Management come from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. Previous students have worked in the creative industries while others have come from business and finance, psychology and marketing. physics and dance. Our graduates work in a wide range of organisations such as design consultancies, companies like Accenture and Adidas and in government innovation departments. Some graduates set up their own businesses while others continue in education as research students.

Course units

On this course, you will experiment both theoretically and practically. Students produce essays and articles and undertake self-directed research. You will manage risk, encounter uncertainty and deal with failure without inhibiting creativity. In group-based projects, you will develop an understanding of what is needed to foster innovation in organisations. These skills will be valuable for working in public and third sector organisations, as well as in commercial organisations of all sizes including consulting firms. Studying MA Innovation Management, you need to be open to the thoughts and experiences of others and ready to manage difference and diversity respectfully and honestly. 

Unit 1: Exploration and Experimentation

Through a series of group projects, Unit 1 will introduce you to a variety of research methodologies. You will explore the different practices and discourses of innovation management. This unit will allow you to experiment, take informed risks and learn from failure. You will also be introduced to group working as a first step to productive collaboration.  

Unit 2: Mapping and Positioning

Unit 2 is a natural extension to Unit 1 and is devised to bring out your individual interests and concerns. You will orientate yourself in the field of innovation management. The projects in this unit contain a range of teaching and learning activities, with submissions that include individual written work and team presentations. You will also embark on a self-initiated piece of work to support your own field of enquiry.

Unit 3: Independence and Cooperation

Unit 3 allows you to continue your own research before returning to the College. Students will also work together as a year group to organise, manage and deliver a series of end-of-year events. These will include the Degree Show and a symposium or conference. You will also be expected to produce any supporting material necessary in communicating these. 

All course units integrate personal and professional development, enabling you to explore the professional world and manage your career development. 

Mode of study

MA Innovation Management is offered in extended full-time mode which runs for 60 weeks over two academic years. You will be expected to commit 30 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.  

The course has been designed in this way to enable you to pursue studies, while also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. 

Credit and award requirements 

The course is credit-rated at 180 credits. 

On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree). 

Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed in order to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the mark for the final unit only. 

If you are unable to continue on the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits. 

Learning and teaching methods

  • Briefing and feedback sessions
  • Studio discussions
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group and individual tutorials and supervision
  • Individual field work and independent study
  • Industry and alumni mentor sessions
  • Independent study
  • Peer-group reviews and self-reflection

Assessment methods

  • Individual, group and collective assessments
  • Individual presentations
  • Individual essays and case studies
  • Individual journal articles
  • Group project presentations
  • Collective event creation and delivery

Staff

Lorna Jean  Dallas-Conte

Lorna Jean Dallas-Conte

Co-Course Leader; Course Tutor, MA Innovation Management

John  O’Reilly

John O’Reilly

Co-Course Leader; Course Tutor, MA Innovation Management

Jamie  Brassett

Jamie Brassett

Reader in Philosophy, Design and Innovation; Subject Leader, MA Innovation Management

Monika  Hestad

Monika Hestad

MA Innovation Management, Associate Lecturer

Associate Lecturer: Dr Lucy Kimbell
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

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree at upper second-class (2:1) or above in a relevant field: business studies; management; social sciences; humanities; physical sciences; marketing; arts and design
  • Or an equivalent EU/international qualification

And normally at least one year of relevant professional experience.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference

Or a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

IELTS level 7.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

Selection criteria

We select applicants according to potential and current ability in the following areas:

  • 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 course.

What we are looking 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.

Making your application

You should apply by clicking on the link to the direct form below. 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.

Deferred entry

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Start your application now

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information 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?

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all of the information above.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 1 May 2020 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

There are two ways international students can apply:

  • One of our official representatives in your country
  • A direct application.

If you are applying directly you click on the link to the direct form below. 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.

Deferred entry

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Start your application now

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information 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?

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  If you do not complete the check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all of the information above.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 1 May 2020 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents or book an audition, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

What happens next

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.  If you do, you will be invited to submit a portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Portfolio Review

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through the UAL Portal.

Your portfolio should be no more than 20 images and demonstrate your practical and conceptual skills, and 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 Portal.

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

Tuition fees for 2020/21: £6,455 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 2020/21: £16,450 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.

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.

Alumni

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