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Do you want to make yourself more employable by taking a highly practical Masters programme where you get to work on live projects with real organisations and learn to think in new ways?

The MA/MSc Multidisciplinary Innovation is a totally unique Masters programme. You will work in a simulated agency environment to devise innovative approaches to challenges faced by external organisations, ranging from multinationals like Mars and Unilever, to local start-ups and charities.

Coupled with an academic grounding in design-led innovation practice, working on real projects with external organisations will help you learn how to create strategic value through adapting a range of innovation approaches and resources.

Working on these projects will also allow you to build up an invaluable portfolio of experience and a network of contacts which spans multiple industries. Previous graduates have secured senior roles with large organisations, started their own businesses or gone on to PhD study.

We welcome graduates from all disciplines who are keen to develop the capacity and practical tools to engineer change and develop skills which will be of demonstrable value to future employers.

Modules and Learning

The course is project-focused and our teaching is designed to support project practice. Tutors will use a variety of methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials. As with other Masters degrees there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You can expect practical involvement in multiple aspects of innovation and design-led co-creation. These include project scoping and planning, creative research and insight development, ideation and concept refinement, strategy development and communication, value definition, and pitching and reporting to clients. 


Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

Year one

  • DE7024 - Design-Led Innovation Practice (Core,60 Credits)
  • DE7025 - Responsible Innovation Practice (Core,60 Credits)
  • HR9716 - Strategic Innovation Practice (Core,60 Credits)

Our assessment strategy is designed to consolidate theory-rich project learning. Assessment methods include portfolios and project reports.

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

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Your Future

On completion of this course you’ll be ready to take up strategic roles in many different contexts where innovation is vital.

You’ll be able to help organisations and communities to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to threats and opportunities as they emerge. 

Innovation is increasingly a strategic priority and, by applying your new knowledge and skills, you’ll be able to lead and deliver positive change in the world.

Visit the Multidisciplinary Innovation MA/MSc page on the Northumbria University website for more details!




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