menu icon
Book your open day visit nowClick to book open day

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MDes - Master of Design

Subject areas

Management Of Change & Innovation Communication / Media

Course type


Course Summary

Ideal for: diverse creatives, social entrepreneurs and changemakers with a burning desire to tackle complex global issues.

This Social Innovation master of design (MDes) course will empower you to create new services, organisational models and communications platforms that better serve society. 

Why study an MDes Social Innovation master's degree?

  • Address complex global issues like inequality, social cohesion and climate change
  • Develop a wealth of fundamental and transferable skills
  • Hone leadership skills by prototyping and piloting theories of change
  • Co-create and facilitate social action programmes
  • Co-design new organisational models with powerful social missions
  • Create highly participatory services using new tech and organisational models
  • Think more laterally and spot new patterns of social change
  • Tap into exceptional industry connections
  • Study in a stunning new building in London's Design District
  • Be a legacy-maker for The Institute of Creativity and Technology

In our powerful new Social Innovation course in London, you will gain the skills and insights needed to make a true impact to bring about social and environmental change through partnership development with businesses, community groups and public bodies. 

You will learn to think more laterally and spot new patterns of social change in order to engage with the most serious social and environmental issues of our time – problems which need lateral ‘joined up’ solutions.

Once you’ve studied our Social Innovation master's course, which you can study full time for one year or part time for two, you’ll understand your own unique value and apply your skills to transform the way in which services, organisations and businesses are configured to meet local and global challenges. 

Key study topics

On this MDes Social Innovation course, you will:

  • Learn to effectively design and formulate creative methods to generate new solutions that will bring vision and integrity to organisations, businesses and the wider global society
  • Demonstrate how social innovation operates across boundaries between sectors, organisations and traditional services 
  • Have the opportunity to improve civic and economic development by designing new and sustainable services, technology platforms, organisations and businesses 
  • Test and pilot new ideas to address fundamental problems in areas such as: inequality, health, social cohesion, the aging population, gender, race, climate change and economic development


Design Principles, Application and Impacts (30 Credits)
Research Methods, Ethnography and User Centred Approaches (30 Credits)
Outcomes and Outputs (60 Credits)
Collaboration, Co-Creation and Facilitation (30 Credits)
Speculative Design and Transmedia Storytelling (30 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

First or second-class honours degree 2:1 or 2:2 (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent professional qualification in a related subject. If you are applying directly from an undergraduate degree course without experience or professional practice, you must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of your chosen subject area.

University information

Established in 1962, Ravensbourne University is an innovative, industry-oriented institution located in the heart of London's newest creative community Greenwich Peninsula. The university is known for delivering a fantastic range of specialist courses in the fields of digital media and design, and is a creative and future-focused hub of talent and enterprise. Ravensbourne is dedicated to providing its students with a repertoire of specialist...more