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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.
On this unique and highly interdisciplinary masters 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.
At Cass Innovate 2017, our MICL students had the chance to hear from, learn from and interact with entrepreneurs and innovators at every stage of their journeys – from fledgling start-ups to fully fledged global giants. The conference showcased the work of staff, students and alumni from the MICL, as well as friends and colleagues from a broad range of innovative organisations.
The Masters 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.
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:
You will learn to develop and communicate ideas through writing and discover how storytelling supports leadership. You will also develop your own writing skills through critiquing others' writing and responding to critiques of your own work and learn how to use tools to develop a play or screenplay.
This module is delivered by the Centre for Creative Writing, Translation and Publishing in the School of Arts & Social Sciences. The module leader is Phil O'Shea
Creative Problem Solving and Leadership
Learn formal problem-solving processes and cultivate intuitive decision-making and communication skills. Enhance your understanding of your own skills and the business and professional worlds and gain experience of practical approaches to professional understanding, innovation and problem-solving.
This module is owned by Professor Clive Holtham and delivered by Andy Wilkins.
The Law, Creativity and Innovation
You will gain an overview of all legal concerns around design and innovation and learn to develop persuasive arguments to support a case. You will also learn about copyright, ownership, intellectual property, territorial agreements and contract law.
This module is delivered by the City Law School, one of London's major law schools.
Technologies, Creativity and Innovation
This module uses research and practice from the underlying discipline of human-computer interaction design (HCI) to provide you with advanced knowledge about creative approaches to the design of digital technologies in ways that can lead to digital innovation, and about ways of using digital technologies for yourself and your teams, in creative problem-solving and design, that help, rather than hinder, your creative processes.
The module leader is Dr Sara Jones.
Leading Creative Design
In this module you will learn about innovation and design by studying the theories, models and practices from design science, product design, interaction design and software engineering. You will also learn how to apply creativity techniques such as challenging constraint and run creativity workshop, comparing the outcomes from other design approaches such as user centered design.
The module leader is Professor Neil Maiden
Learn how innovation is transformed into valuable products and services in business and discover how to deliver the results of creative work in business an professional processes. You will use case studies of commercial and public organisations to understand creative and innovative commercial practices and look at how the cultural sector operates in a complex and rapidly changing environment and its relationship to the wider economy.
This module is owned by Professor Clive Holtham and delivered by Andy Wilkins.
The Psychology of Creativity and Innovation
You will explore ways to develop creative talent in individuals, teams and at an organisational level and develop skills in building work environments that support innovation. You will also understand how creativity and innovation can drive economic performance, employee involvement and organisational change.
This module is delivered by organisational psychologists from the School of Arts & Social Sciences. The module leader is Dr Maire Kerrin with additional delivery from Professor James Hampton.
Creativity and the Creative Industries
You will explore creativity and innovation in different performance arts including music, dance and acting. You will compare creativity and innovation in performing arts with creativity and innovation in the other disciplines you have studied and learn how to transfer different types of knowledge across disciplines to improve creativity and innovation.
The module is delivered by the School of Arts & Social Sciences. The module leader is Mary Ann Kernan.
Research Methods and Individual Project
The aim of the individual project is to apply the insights you've gained throughout the Masters programme to your working environment. You will deliver your final project as a dissertation. A member of academic staff with expertise in the particular area you wish to research will be allocated to supervise the project. This is an excellent opportunity for your employer to gain immediate benefit from your studies
Research Methods and Small Project
You will undertake a substantive individual pieces of work under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The aim is to provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that you have acquired in the taught part of the Masters degree in relevant creative, innovation delivery and leadership contexts.The aim of the individual project is to apply the insights you've gained throughout the Masters programme to your working environment. You will deliver your final project as a dissertation. A member of academic staff with expertise in the particular area the student wishes to research will be allocated to supervise the project. This is an excellent opportunity for students' employers to gain immediate benefit from their employee's studies.
Examples of recent projects include:
Assessment methodsTerm datesAssessment methods
The masters consists of 8 core modules, each worth 15 credits, plus either:
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 2018/19
In-Person ID-Checks (all students must attend): Commences 17 September 2018
Compulsory Induction: 18 - 29 September 2018
1 October 2018 - 7 December 2018
Term I exams
7 January 2019 - 18 January 2019
21 January 2019 - 29 March 2019
Term II exams
22 April 2019 - 3 May 2019
6 May 2019 - 28 June 2019
Term III exams
1 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
Students who are required to resit an examination or invigilated test will do so in the period:
12 - 30 August 2019
Submission deadline for Business Research Project or Applied Research Project
1 September 2019
Official Course End Date
30 September 2019
How to apply
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If you would like to visit us to discuss your application please do arrange an individual appointment.
Entry requirementsEnglish language requirementsEntry 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.
Applicants should also have a minimum of three years' work experience in a relevant professional domain.
English language requirements
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.
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.
The 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.
Notes about fees for this course
£20,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change UK/EU/International (part-time) £10,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change
Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. 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)
Contact City, University of London to find course entry requirements.
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