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Collaborative Projects with Industry

Multidisciplinary Innovation students work on a suite of diverse projects with external organisations.

A unique quality of the Multidiciplinary Innovation MA/MSc is that it provides the opportunity to gain practical experience in innovation practice. Each live project focuses on a topic important to the collaborator and provides the opportunity to work with globally leading firms and brands such as Unilever, BA and Mars as well as charities and regional businesses such as Percy Hedley Foundation, Whitefield Academy Trust, Northumbrian Water and BeModern. Each project aims to deliver innovative and creative solutions arrived at through design-thinking and co-creation.

Students are presented with a brief from the client and tackle a diverse range of problems within projects that are social, commercial and behavioural. Receiving supervision and guidance from tutors of different disciplines from across the university, the project process gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge in practice, on genuine challenges with external organisations. Students, irrespective of their academic background, learn together to nurture a new mindset and attitude where cross-disciplinary stimulation is the foundation of innovation.

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The following case studies provide a snapshot of the kind of work we do, what our partners think about us, and provide you with an overview of the projects and experience you will have whilst studying with us.

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