Overview

Who is it for?

You want to develop the skills to turn your ideas into action.

Whether you work for a big company or for yourself. Whether you're an engineer, artist, IT specialist or a designer. Whether you’re already working in middle or senior management, it really doesn't matter.

What really matters is that you’re interested in the possibilities that enabling a creative climate can create for you or your company. And that you're interested in learning how to manage innovation.

Objectives

On this unique and highly interdisciplinary master’s in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership you’ll explore and integrate perspectives on creative leadership and innovation from business and the arts, law, psychology, design and digital technology.

You’ll study under a cross-functional team of educators and professionals.

They bring techniques and theories to life, offering you a wide range of practical creativity and innovation experiences to help you grow as a leader and thinker.

You’ll acquire practical skills in a wide range of creativity and innovation processes and techniques.

You will also gain knowledge and skills you can use to harness the creativity of your colleagues, stakeholders and clients within and outside your organisation.

The outcomes? An ability to deliver breakthrough solutions in your professional and personal life. The ability to successfully manage innovation projects and programmes. And a place on the career fast-track in a world where innovation has never been more highly prized.

Alongside your study you’ll also be able to participate in a range of different creativity and innovation projects running within the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice.

Cass Innovate

At Cass Innovate , our in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership postgraduate programme students had the chance to learn from entrepreneurs and innovators at every stage of their journeys – from fledgling start-ups to global giants.

Structure

The master's in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership degree offers a rare opportunity to study Innovation, Creativity and Leadership from a fully rounded, interdisciplinary perspective, learning from leaders in each of the disciplines.

Leadership is crucial in promoting innovative working. Innovation leaders need to be flexible, knowledgeable and be able to inspire people to follow them into the unknown. In this course you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the roles and advantages of different creative problem solving strategies, techniques and tools in a range of different contexts
  • Learn when to use different innovation tools, and in which situations
  • Gain practical skills to facilitate creativity and enhance innovation
  • Learn how to tackle complex and wicked problems
  • Learn how to work effectively within teams to solve problems, produce creative outcomes and design solutions in business and other contexts
  • Learn how to overcome barriers to creativity and innovation so you can deliver change
  • Understand what elements foster a creative culture and what distinguishes creative organisations.

Assessment methods

Assessment

The master's consists of eight core modules, each worth 15 credits, plus either:

  • A dissertation project worth 60 credits

Or

  • Three electives worth 10 credits each and a small project worth 30 credits

We review all our masters courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice. Therefore, there may be some change to the detailed content of the modules and occasionally to module titles.

Term dates

Term dates 2019/20

In-Person ID Checks (all students must attend): Commences 16 September 2019

Compulsory Induction: 16 - 27 September 2019

Term I
30 September 2019 - 13 December 2019
Term I exams
6 January 2020 - 17 January 2020

Term II
20 January 2020 - 3 April 2020
Term II exams
20 April 2020 - 1 May 2020

Term III
4 May 2020 - 3 July 2020
Term III exams
6 July 2020 - 17 July 2020

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test will do so in the period:
10 - 28 August 2020

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2020

Official Course End Date
30 September 2020

Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Teaching staff

Course Director

Portrait of Sara Jones

Dr Sara Jones

Academic expert working at Cass Business School.

Module Leaders include:

Application

How to apply

Documents required for decision-making

  • Undergraduate degree transcript (if applicable)
  • CV (Evidence of minimum of three years employment, at an appropriate level)
  • Personal statement - this should be around 500 words in length and answer the following:
    • Why have you selected this course? What are your motivating factors?
    • What are your areas of interest within the course?
    • What contributions do you feel you can make to the course?
    • How do you see the course affecting your career plans?

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • IELTS result
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two professional references
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be sent by post to Master's Programme Office, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, UK

Individual Appointments

If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.

Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Cass Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Applicants who do not hold a degree may be considered on the basis of work experience alone.

Work Experience
Applicants should also have a minimum of three years' work experience in a relevant professional domain.

English language requirements

If you have been working in the UK for at least three years the English requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Admissions Panel. Please contact your Admissions Officer for details.

IELTS

The required IELTS level is an average of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components.

Fees

UK/EU/International £20,500 Tuition fees are subject to annual change
UK/EU/International (part-time) £10,250 per annum Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Application fee: Nil

Deposit: £2,000 (paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the in-person ID–checks)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

Information about Scholarships

Career pathways

The Innovation, Creativity and Leadership master’s course equips students for creative leadership roles in a broad range of contexts.

Those completing the course go on to become innovation leaders and consultants in large and small organisations, and in private, public and voluntary sectors, as well as developing their own businesses providing products and services across a range of different industries.

Maybe you’ll take your new skills back to your current employer. Or maybe you’ll be moving on to new opportunities.

Maybe you’ll become an entrepreneur, setting up your own business from an idea developed through the course. The MICL has been designed to unlock career possibilities.

Innovation is key to companies competing in today's economic climate - which is perhaps why 79% of UK managers see innovation as very important.

Do you have the skills needed to lead innovation in your organisation? Read about three of our MICL students Frank, Helen and Mila who have launched enterprising innovative new businesses.

Course information and statistics

Man
31
average age of student body
Search
12
applications received per place available
Globe
14
nationalities in 18/19 cohort
Woman
53%
female students