Who is it for?

You want become a more extraordinary and creative leader.

You want to amplify your creative capabilities, so that you can address the increasingly unpredictable business, technological and social challenges that today’s world faces.

And you want to be able to inspire and empower your teams and organisations to take managed 'leaps of faith' that will solve these complex challenges.


You will become one of a new generation of more creative and interdisciplinary leaders, able to provide new forms of structure that make sense of apparent chaos, to drive the future, and to bring about positive change.

You will learn about creativity, leadership and innovation from different disciplinary perspectives – drawing on business, the arts, law, psychology, design and digital.

You will be taught by a cross-functional team of academics and practitioners dedicated to the use of the creativity to improve society.

These academics and practitioners will use novel teaching techniques to bring theories and practices to life, and offer you a wide range of experiences through which to help you to amplify your capabilities.

You will also gain new knowledge and skills for harnessing the creativity of others – colleagues, stakeholders and clients – both within and beyond your organisation.

The outcomes? An ability to deliver breakthrough solutions. A place on the career fast-track in a world where innovation has never been more highly prized. And expertise in the new interdisciplinary frameworks, knowledge, techniques and skills needed to investigate, generate, envision, prototype, critique and reflect on creative solutions to complex, ill-structured and chaotic problems, and provide new forms of intellectual resilience.

Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice

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.

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Cass Innovate

For the last few years at Cass Innovate our Master's in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership postgraduate programme students have had the chance to learn from entrepreneurs and innovators at every stage of their journeys – from fledgling start-ups to global giants.

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

Creative leadership is crucial in promoting and delivering innovative outcomes. Creative leaders need to be flexible, knowledgeable and be able to inspire others 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 climate and what distinguishes creative organisations.

Induction weeks

All of our MSc courses start with two compulsory induction weeks which include relevant refresher courses, an introduction to the careers services and the annual careers fair.

Assessment methods


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

  • A dissertation project worth 60 credits


  • 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 2020/21

In-Person ID Checks (all students must attend): Commences 14 September 2020

Compulsory Induction: 14 - 25 September 2020

Term I
28 September 2020 - 11 December 2020
Term I exams
04 January 2021 - 15 January 2021

Term II
18 January 2021 - 02 April 2021
Term II exams
19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021

Term III
03 May 2021 - 02 July 2021
Term III exams
05 July 2021 - 16 July 2021

Resit period
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test will do so in the period:
09 - 27 August 2021

Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project 
1 September 2021

Official Course End Date
30 September 2021


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.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Teaching staff

Course Director

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Dr Sara Jones

Academic expert working at Cass Business School

On the MICL you will learn from a team of academic experts and highly experienced practitioners who have been working together for nearly a decade to develop an integrated and highly practical interdisciplinary approach to the core topics of creativity, leadership and innovation.

Module Leaders include:


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.

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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


The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing.


UK/EU/International £21,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change
UK/EU/International (part-time) £10,500 per annum Tuition fees are subject to annual change

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

Application fee: Nil

Deposit: £2,000 (usually 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)

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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.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range on industries. After graduating in 2018, MSc Innovation, Creativity and Leadership alumna Callie started working as Community Manager for Artgym. Alumnus Pascal Rota is working as a Consultant for Capgemini Invent.

Class of 2018 profile

Graduates from the MSc Innovation, Creativity and Leadership degree programme have secured positions in companies including::

  • Capgemni Investment - Consultant
  • Unilever - Content Manager
  • Paku Mas Hotel - Managing Director
  • Finance House - Internship Trainee
  • Knowledge Brief - Professional Learning advisor.

Where they are working now

  • UK - 33%
  • EU/EEA - 22%
  • North America - 11%
  • Africa and Middle East - 11%
  • Asia - 11%
  • South America - 11%

Industry post-master's

33% Consulting - Other
22% Education
11% Financial Services - Accounting / Auditing Services

The remaining industries are made up of Financial Services - Insurance (11%), Hospitality (11%) and Retail / Wholesale (11%).

Data provided from alumni who completed the annual destination data survey 2017/18

Course information and statistics

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