Taught course

Social Innovation

Ravensbourne · Ravensbourne

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from prospective students with either: - A degree in a related discipline at 2:1 or above; - An equivalent recognised international qualification in a related discipline. Candidates without standard qualifications may also be considered on the basis of their experience, provided they can demonstrate the ability to benefit from and succeed on the course. All applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited for interview. Skype interviews are held for postgraduate applicants unable to attend an interview in person. We give equal consideration to all applications.

Months of entry


Course content

Social Innovation equips you with the ability to embed innovation in the area of sustainability, community resilience, corporate social responsibility, venture and philanthropy. This course develops your collaborative and entrepreneurial approaches, supported by design skills that are needed for leadership roles in brands, business, social enterprise, NGOs or government.

You will develop solutions that address pressing social and environmental demands. These are often in the fields of health, social cohesion, demographic shifts, climate change and economic development. These issues are not necessarily addressed by one sector alone or by conventional market-led forces. Instead they involve cross-sectorial experimentation, co-creation, prototyping and dissemination. Globally focused case studies will broaden students’ perspectives and increase their understanding of social innovation as a driver for systemic social change.

The course will guide students through the underlying patterns, causes and capabilities needed for social change looking at alternative economic spaces by drawing on notions of the social economy, social value, inclusion and sustainability. It will demonstrate how design is being used increasingly as a strategic tool by organisations, social movements and government bodies to create innovative new social services, improve systems and processes and develop better, more inclusive and participatory business models.

Information for international students

Non-EU/EEA students must meet the UKVI and Ravensbourne's English language requirements relevant to their course. All non-EU/EEA students must also provide: - Educational qualifications equivalent to the required UK qualification; - Educational reference(s) - Personal statement - Passport photo page - Portfolio files - Completed application form

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Details on available financial support can be found by visiting our website and searching for 'Financial Support'.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MDes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 3040 3673