Taught course

Innovation Management

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins · Communication, Spatial and Product Design

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree at upper second-class (2:1) or above in a relevant field: business studies; management; social sciences; humanities; physical sciences; marketing; arts and design

Or an equivalent EU/international qualification

And normally at least one year of relevant professional experience.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning:

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference

Or a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Months of entry


Course content

This course at Central Saint Martins is one of the first to locate innovation management in an arts and design college. Innovation management is a well-known field in business and management studies. Traditionally, it addresses how processes – especially those dealing with the production of new goods or services – can be measured, promoted and used to an organisation’s advantage. This course considers innovation management more broadly, across a wider range of concerns including the social, the sustainable, the cultural and the creative.

MA Innovation Management will develop your understanding of the discourses and practices which influence innovation management, while also providing you with the necessary skills for critical engagement. You will work collaboratively as well as independently. You will be required to explore and experiment and to map and plan. Working theoretically and practically, you will identify and mediate across the many and diverse boundaries that intersect on the course.

The course highlights complexity, criticality and creativity. It engages with a range of other disciplines – notably, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and various design fields – to enhance its examination of innovation and management, design and business. The course team is made up of experienced creative practitioners, business consultants, entrepreneurs, researchers, writers and educators. They will support your learning as an individual and as part of a team, so you can convey your own critical position.

Students on MA Innovation Management come from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds. Many previous students have worked in design and the creative industries while others have come from business and finance, psychology and marketing, physics and dance. Our graduates work in a wide range of organisations such as design consultancies, companies like Accenture, Facebook, The Guardian and Adidas and in government innovation departments. Some graduates set up their own businesses while others continue in education as research students.

Information for international students

IELTS level 7.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,650 per year
International students
£16,945 per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7514 7023