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Innovation, Creativity and Leadership MSc

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Full time | Cass Business School | 12 months | 20-SEP-21

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Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Management Of Change & Innovation Leadership

Course type


Course Summary

Who is it for?

You want become a more extraordinary and creative leader.

You want to amplify your creative capabilities, so that you can address the increasingly unpredictable business, technological and social challenges that today’s world faces.

And you want to be able to inspire and empower your teams and organisations to take managed 'leaps of faith' that will solve these complex challenges.


You will become one of a new generation of more creative and interdisciplinary leaders, able to provide new forms of structure that make sense of apparent chaos, to drive the future, and to bring about positive change.

You will learn about creativity, leadership and innovation from different disciplinary perspectives – drawing on business, the arts, law, psychology, design and digital.

You will be taught by a cross-functional team of academics and practitioners dedicated to the use of the creativity to improve society.

These academics and practitioners will use novel teaching techniques to bring theories and practices to life, and offer you a wide range of experiences through which to help you to amplify your capabilities.

You will also gain new knowledge and skills for harnessing the creativity of others – colleagues, stakeholders and clients – both within and beyond your organisation.

The outcomes? An ability to deliver breakthrough solutions. A place on the career fast-track in a world where innovation has never been more highly prized. And expertise in the new interdisciplinary frameworks, knowledge, techniques and skills needed to investigate, generate, envision, prototype, critique and reflect on creative solutions to complex, ill-structured and chaotic problems, and provide new forms of intellectual resilience.

The Master's in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership offers a rare opportunity to study innovation,creativity and leadership from a fully rounded, interdisciplinary perspective, learning from leaders in each of the disciplines.

Creative leadership is crucial in promoting and delivering innovative outcomes. Creative leaders need to be flexible, knowledgeable and be able to inspire others to follow them into the unknown. In this course you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the roles and advantages of different creative problem solving strategies, techniques and tools in a range of different contexts
  • Learn when to use different innovation tools, and in which situations
  • Gain practical skills to facilitate creativity and enhance innovation
  • Learn how to tackle complex and wicked problems
  • Learn how to work effectively within teams to solve problems, produce creative outcomes and design solutions in business and other contexts
  • Learn how to overcome barriers to creativity and innovation so you can deliver change
  • Understand what elements foster a creative climate and what distinguishes creative organisations.


The Innovation, Creativity and Leadership master’s course equips students for creative leadership roles in a broad range of contexts.

Those completing the course go on to become innovation leaders and consultants in large and small organisations, and in private, public and voluntary sectors, as well as developing their own businesses providing products and services across a range of different industries.

Maybe you’ll take your new skills back to your current employer. Or maybe you’ll be moving on to new opportunities.

Maybe you’ll become an entrepreneur, setting up your own business from an idea developed through the course. The MICL has been designed to unlock career possibilities.


In this module you will learn how to intertwine creative and design thinking as part of advanced service design practices. Theories and practices from different design disciplines - e.g. service, product and architecture - will provide you with the interdisciplinary frameworks to create and design more effectively. Throughout the module you will learn about new techniques to investigate, generate, envision, prototype, critique and reflect on designs that are creative solutions to complex and chaotic problems .

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Entry requirements

Applicants need to have a UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Applicants who do not hold a degree may be considered on the basis of work experience alone. Applicants should also have a minimum of three years' work experience in a relevant professional domain.

Department profile

The Business School (formerly Cass) is one of City, University of London’s five Schools. Ranked 3rd in London, 6th in the UK and 25th in Europe (Financial Times European Business School ranking 2020), the Business School is part of an elite group of business schools to have been awarded triple accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement...more

University information

City, University of London is a leading UK university, with a global vision and a commitment to transforming lives through education. It is home to over 20,000 students, 46% of which are studying at postgraduate level and has over 175,000 alumni from over 180 countries. City is divided into five different academic Schools: School of Arts & Social Sciences The Business School (formerly Cass) School of Health Sciences The City Law...more

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