Our Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship MSc meets the needs of knowledge-based, entrepreneurial and innovation-driven economies worldwide.
The course explores the strategies and business processes that promote innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in organisations.
Employers are increasingly looking to recruit enterprising and creative individuals. Our course looks to produce graduates who aspire to strategic roles within the private and public sectors. You will learn how to lead these organisations through innovative change.
If you intend to seek innovative, creative and entrepreneurial roles, then this course is for you. These include:
- innovation consultancy
- product development
- business support
It is also aimed at those who want a postgraduate management education that will prepare them to start their own business.
The course benefits from strong links with university organisations that support entrepreneurial activity:
- the Open Lab researches human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing and digital creative practice
- the Careers Service supports entrepreneurial activity among the student body
The course also has good connections with industry and experienced entrepreneurs. This provides you with a setting to start a business and engage on real projects with regional stakeholders.
What you'll learn
Throughout the course you will:
- identify the fundamental features of enterprise development and entrepreneurship
- identify the leadership requirements for developing new enterprises and leading organisational transformations
- understand and analyse strategies and business processes that promote innovation and creativity in organisations
- develop the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to adopt strategic responsibilities in private and public sector organisations
- acquire the knowledge and skills required for leading organisational transformation through innovation
- develop an appreciation of developments in intellectual property rights and their management within a strategic framework
On completion of this course, you will be able to:
- obtain strategic roles within the public and private sectors
- lead organisations through innovative change
- demonstrate skills in strategy, creative, and critical-thinking
- plan and implement research projects to a professional standard
- deploy professional communication skills - including written, oral and presentation skills
Graduates from this course have undertaken various roles, within established firms and start-up enterprises, including:
- Innovation Manager
- Managing Director
- Marketing Manager
- Business Consultant
- Project Manager
Practitioner and research led teaching
The quality of the teaching staff on this course guarantees that theoretical trends and debates will be current. It also ensures that each subject has practical value.
Several of our academic staff have experience as successful entrepreneurs, consultants or top level managers, and are top researchers:
- Dr Paul Richter (Degree Programme Director)
- Dr Susan Addison
- Dr Neil Alderman
- Dr Hanna Bahemia
- Dr Karen Elliott
- Dr Ana Javornik
- Professor Jonathan Sapsed
- Mr Leigh Sear
- Dr Fiona Whitehurst
A number of the course team members are involved in a major UK Research Council-funded research project - Creative Fuse North East - involving five of the region's universities. The project is focused on understanding and supporting the region's creative, digital and IT companies.
Modules for 2017 entry
- NBS8007 Understanding Organisations
- NBS8033 Business Enterprise for Postgraduate Students
- NBS8035 Understanding and Managing Creativity
- NBS8039 The ICE Dissertation
- NBS8062 Research Methods (ICE/ABC/E-Business)
- NBS8134 Business Enterprise Policy
- NBS8139 Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management: A Critical Exploration
- NBS8213 Managing Design and Product Development
- NBS8214 Technology Change and Innovation Management
- NBS8320 Open Innovation and Business Clusters
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £7,200
Full time: £16,800
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject.
To study this course you need to meet our Band 6 English Language requirements:
Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-skills)
If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.
Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at a minimum of 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at a minimum of 5.5, including writing)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
How to Apply
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
I’ve benefited immensely by being able to set up a year-long business connected to one of our enterprise modules. The experience of running our company and having complete control of the decision-making process was extremely rewarding. Understanding the process of starting a business and learning how to trade is one of the unique advantages of the ICE programme.
Networking and accessing the vast resources available to me was the key to getting the most out of my master’s. My contact with agencies helped me to gain extra knowledge during the process of researching and writing my dissertation. Furthermore, while setting-up my business projects, I had the chance to gain resources and advice from these agencies.
The programme has enhanced my entrepreneurial alertness and interest in business creation. It has opened my mind to the possibilities within and around me. All I see now in everything I do and wherever I go are opportunities and possibilities. Change is constant and there will always be opportunities for business development.
A typical study week for me tended to be full of various activities. I typically woke early in time for my morning run before my first class. I usually had up to six hours’ worth of classes in a single day and the rest of my time was occupied by group work, studying and attending Business School events.
I had a real life experience with a start-up as part of the entrepreneurship programme in which I learned the skills of negotiation, where to look for innovative opportunities and how to be more creative in my everyday life. I learned the characteristics of a good design and how to manage it and I’ve had the privilege of meeting great mentors who have helped me set the path to success.
My degree has enabled me to develop as an entrepreneur and network with people who have really helped me in the process. Today I am on the way to fulfilling my dream, building up my own consultancy firm in innovation and communication in Colombia. I am seen as an expert in the field and because of this a lot of doors have been opened. I help young people with their ideas to develop the future of my country.