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The Master of Philosophy specialising in Inclusive Innovation (MPhil) is an interdisciplinary, research-based degree that leads to the development of novel and sustainable solutions for social challenges. Join like-minded visionaries on a rich learning journey, and spend a year working both individually and with others where expertise, life experience, passion and innovation converge to support new possibilities and ideas.

Overview

The MPhil Inclusive Innovation is a one-year modular programme designed to be a collaboration between GSB faculty and pass innovators. The MPhil curriculum is structured around three main components: learning, engaging, and reflecting and creating - this can be referred to as praxeology (the study of purposeful human action).  

1. Learning

The programme provides a grounding in the fundamentals of inclusive innovation, as well as the challenges facing those working on social and environmental issues in Africa today. A typical class flows from student presentations and group feedback to focusing on topics such as values-based leadership and business model innovation, integrative thinking and design thinking.

2. Engaging

From the start of the programme, innovators identify a problem of interest and start developing a deep understanding of the context behind the issue they'd like to address. They conduct independent research, including a literature review, field studies, interviews, observations and assessment of market needs. This scholarly approach leads to a fuller understanding of the practical possibilities for contributing to the issue concerned.

3. Reflecting and creating

Personal reflections and peer-to-peer feedback all help to spur on the intellectual development of inclusive innovators and their ideas.

The MPhil's desired outcomes are:

  • A practical outcome or artefact - prototype, framework, business model, etc.
  • A research thesis that has a strong narrative around the artefact development and clearly illustrates a contribution to knowledge.
  • An embodied experience of business model innovation (entrepreneuring)

Inclusive innovators who complete the MPhil will be skilled at:

  • Undertaking and managing complex innovation-focused projects.
  • Identifying and coping with the internal experience of entrepreneuring.
  • Using systems thinking, design thinking and integrative thinking to take on business-model innovation.
  • Planning a new venture or process, including a detailed strategy and feasibility.

Curriculum

Three themes permeate the MPhil Inclusive Innovation curriculum: open imagination, collaborative engagement and new frontiers.

Within these themes, four core challenges (or cross-cutting issues) have emerged, although research is not limited to these alone:

  • Inclusive Education
  • Inclusive Finance
  • Inclusive Healthcare
  • Inclusive Technology

How to Apply

Now that you have decided to take the next step, let us guide you on your application journey for the MPHIL programme.

The following section contains everything you need to know about applying for an MPHIL at the UCT Graduate School of Business. We recommend that you take the time required to familiarise yourself with the application requirements. It is vital that you understand what is required in terms of the documents you need to fill out, what supporting documents are required and how they need to be submitted.

IMPORTANT: Please complete all 4 steps and most importantly, the UCT Online Application (the last step).

Application Closing Date: 31 October 2018


Visit the Inclusive Innovation - MPhil page on the University of Cape Town website for more details!

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