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Have you ever wondered: Why are some people more creative than others? What influences encourage creativity? Is it possible to teach creativity? This type of questioning drives the curiosity behind the MA in Creative Thinking. The course is intended for aspiring researchers who want to develop a specialised interest in Creative Thinking without the necessity of on-campus attendance. Ultimately, the MA is about creating postgraduates who can interrogate, and eventually add to, research on Creative Thinking (we’re particularly interested in research related to the Creative Industries). If that’s your aspiration also, then read on.


Year 1
-CQ4021 Creative Thinking and e-learning (40 Credit)
-CQ4022 Issues and methodologies for researching into Creative Thinking (40 Credit)

Year 2
-DD4921 Dissertation Project Research 1 and 2 (40 Credit)
-DD4922 Dissertation Project Research 3 and Evaluation (40 Credit)

-DD4991 Dissertation Project (20 Credit)


The MA Creative Thinking has been specifically designed to accommodate the needs of part-time provision via distance learning. Students tend to be adults in employment who want to take the course on a part-time basis to fit around their other working commitments. We accommodate such needs by offering a clear structure of progression, balanced by flexible personal tutorials: for which you can expect to have weekly one-to-one contact with academic staff via web based visual conferencing. It is this bespoke interaction with academic staff that our students tell us they find both supportive and inspirational. Our postgraduate distance learning students come from a wide diversity of nationalities and locations: America, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Scotland, and South Africa, to name a few.

Assessment is by 100% coursework in the form of concise project reports or academic papers. For each of the 40 credit modules you undertake, you will have both a mid-module assignment and an end of module assignment to complete. Through weekly tutorials you will receive ongoing formative feedback and guidance, but the final module mark and summative feedback is based on the end of module assignment only.


The course structure offers specific career progression through enabling individuals to apply themselves to one of three routes: academic publication, research funding, or research project management; some will take the course as an intermediate step towards securing a higher research degree, such as a PhD, or building their progression toward an academic post; others, due to their interests, may want to build skills on project funding; those who want to gain first-hand experience of research project management will be able to undertake a pilot project within a specialist area of creative thinking.


With any field of study, some ideas/theories/practices achieve notoriety more on being fashionable rather than through academic credibility. Certainly, this is the case with such a wonderful area of enquiry as Creative Thinking. The only way to navigate through such confusing information is to become informed on the topic. This is fundamentally what the MA in Creative Thinking aims to help you achieve: informed understanding on Creative Thinking.

Furthermore, a significant difference between good quality research and poor quality research is in relation to research methodology. For this reason, the course gives you the opportunity to cover a broad range of methodologies and practices which belong within established areas of creativity research, in addition to exploring their theoretical and epistemological groundings.

Visit the Creative Thinking (Distance Learning) - MA page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!




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