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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.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Northumbria School of Design, Newcastle Business School, Computer and Information Sciences

Location
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2018

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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. 

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

Projects / Creative Projects with Industry

Multidisciplinary Innovation students work on a suite of diverse projects with globally leading brands such as Unilever, BA and Mars, as well as charities and regional businesses such as Percy Hedley Foundation, Whitefield Academy Trust and Northumbrian Water.

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The course draws on the expertise of the Northumbria School of Design, which was named as one of Europe’s top design schools by US Business Week magazine, and which has an international reputation for innovation and creativity.

The course also leverages the resources of Newcastle Business School, with double accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in business and accounting. The quality of our research, teaching and engagement with business were among the factors that led to Newcastle Business School being named ‘Business School of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015.

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The course is located at the Northern Design Centre, which brings together students and design professionals in a single complex. Our INNOVATE centre was specifically designed as a place for collaborative exploration of big challenges and co-creation of better solutions.

INNOVATE works with a wide range of partners including regional businesses, national and multinational companies, government agencies and charities. Our partners include teams at Unilever who recognise the strength of Northumbria’s design, technology and business capabilities.

When you join this course you’ll become part of a community of knowledge experts, practice experts and external collaborators. Your learning and collaborative practice will be supported by the use of relevant technologies at or beyond industry standard.

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Our enquiry-based approach embeds research-rich learning within the course.

Each module will develop your understanding of research methodologies, encourage personal reflective enquiry, and engage you as a co-researcher in academic-led research programmes. These ongoing programmes are based around two interconnected communities: ‘design-led Responsible Innovation Practice’ and ‘Strategic Entrepreneurial Leadership’.

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This course stands out from others because it enables you to engage directly with potential employers whilst honing (and showcasing) your creative, collaborative and communication skills.

You’ll build a CV that lists actual strategic innovation and research projects that you will have undertaken, and which will have allowed you to build your own professional network.

During the course you’ll work with personal development experts from Newcastle Business School to develop a deep understanding of your personal and professional traits. You’ll learn how to use these traits whilst collaborating with others in innovative practices. This will develop a level of self-awareness and confidence that employers and recruitment agencies have said they find particularly impressive.

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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.

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Course in brief

Your course in brief

Year 1

Year one You'll work collaboratively on projects with a range of local to multinational businesses in a dynamic & creative environment. This course delivers knowledge about science & technology, business & leadership principles, personal development & team dynamics & innovation methods.

Who would this Course suit?

If you are keen to achieve positive change in the world, and want to learn innovation methodologies and design-led approaches that will make it happen, this course is for you.

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:


A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline, or relevant work experience.

International qualifications
 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications</p

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £5,995

Full EU Fee: £5,995

Full International Fee: £14,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

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

DE7024 -

Design-Led Innovation Practice (Core, 60 Credits)

During this module, you will be introduced to and undertake design-led innovation practice. You will develop a detailed understanding of the principles and a range of approaches to innovation practice, through the phases of: Set-up, Problem & Solution Exploration, Strategy Development, Pitch, and Unpack. You will learn about the range of methods and resources that support design-led innovation practice and be encouraged to challenge and adapt them.

You will be introduced to key knowledge and concepts about the practicing professional, his/her self-development and the broader contexts of the team, the organisation, and the commercial environment. You will enter into the process of personal and professional development within the context of multidisciplinary innovation teams, and in the aspects of project planning, coordination and management.

You will tackle, as part of a multidisciplinary team, a range of innovation projects, working with external organisations and communities. During these projects, you will be coached, supervised and challenged as you learn how best to contribute your knowledge and expertise within a multidisciplinary team. You’ll learn about different forms of innovation and design-led co-creation, by practicing:
• Project scoping and planning
• Creative research and insight development
• Reflective practice and collaborative workshops
• Ideation, concept refinement and evaluation
• Strategy development and communication
• Value definition and impact assessment
• Client pitches and reporting.

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DE7025 -

Responsible Innovation Practice (Core, 60 Credits)

During this module, you will refine your understanding of, and undertake, design-led innovation practice with a particular focus on responsibility in innovation. You will learn, through practice, how to lead organisations and communities; responding to their local issues in the context of mega trends; developing a detailed proposal informed by an understanding of the impacts and consequences of innovation.

Within a multidisciplinary team you will undertake design-led responsible innovation framing and addressing a complex innovation project within your client’s context. Individually you will produce a change plan for enabling your team’s proposal.

You will identify key knowledge and concepts related to ‘responsible business practice’, ‘resilient communities’, and ‘mega trends’. You will continue the process of personal and professional development within the context of multidisciplinary innovation teams, and in the aspects of ‘innovation horizons’, ‘local, national and global policies’, and ‘knowledge and transformation economies’.

Within a multidisciplinary team you will undertake an in-depth innovation project working with an external organisation(s) or community(s). During this project, you will be coached, supervised and challenged as you learn how best to contribute your knowledge and expertise within a multidisciplinary team. You will refine your understanding about the value of design-led co-creation, by producing a business proposal, defended as responsible, that justifies a vision and resourcing based upon:
• Understanding of a complex issue
• A critical appraisal of current action and initiatives
• An innovation tapestry and strategy
• Personal reflexive positioning of drivers, competencies and future action.

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Strategic Innovation Practice (Core, 60 Credits)

During this module, you will develop your understanding of, and undertake, design-led innovation projects demonstrating your developing strategic innovation practice. You will learn how design-led innovation enables ‘co-created strategy’, develops new organisational ‘creative functionality’ and establishes ‘strategic insights and assets’.

Within a team, you will develop pathways to realise strategic value by designing innovative policies, systems, services, products, communications, strategies and ways of working.

You will be introduced to key knowledge and concepts related to ‘understanding and leading teams’, ‘communities of practice’, and ‘competitiveness and strategy’. You will continue the process of personal and professional development within the context of multidisciplinary innovation teams, and in the aspects of brand development, strategic goal setting, and business modelling.

You will tackle, as part of a multidisciplinary team, a range of innovation projects, working with external organisations and communities. During these projects, you will be coached, supervised and challenged as you learn how best to contribute your knowledge and expertise within a multidisciplinary team. You will continue to develop your understanding about different forms of innovation and design-led co-creation, by:
• Practicing in depth and meaningful value creation
• Understanding interconnected perspectives through stakeholder mapping
• Creating cohesive arguments using the outputs of design-led innovation methods
• Building compelling narratives to shape and support project outcomes
• Practicing integrated strategy mapping to influence positive change
• Creating and presenting innovation pathways that highlight the link between local issues and mega trends.

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