MA/MSc Multidisciplinary Innovation

Northumbria University

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Program Overview

Join our exciting, creative and highly practical Multidisciplinary Innovation Masters. Get to work on live briefs from real organisations, in a simulated agency environment, and learn to think in new ways to engineer change.


We welcome students onto this course from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Working collaboratively with people with a range of skill sets, you’ll devise creative solutions using strategic innovation to solve real-world, complex challenges to social, organisational and commercial issues. Previous organisations we have worked with include multinationals like Mars and Unilever, local start-ups and charities.


Our MDI philosophy is to create a cross-disciplinary learning environment that nurtures innovation and originality with a specific user and issues-based approach. 


As part of this course, you will:


  • Work on real-life projects that will allow you to build up an invaluable portfolio of experience
  • Blend design, technology, and business and develop your entrepreneurial mind-set 
  • Learn to manage change and innovation in a strategic way
  • Build up an invaluable portfolio of experience and network of contacts that will span multiple industries
  • Create strategic value through adopting a range of innovative approaches and resources - highly valued by future employers

We aim to encourage and develop your skills both practically and intellectually and to help you grow as individuals. You will be challenged through live projects and gain valuable experience as a reflective practitioner and strategic thinker. You will also have the chance to grow and become a confident, professional and highly employable graduate. Previous graduates from this course have secured senior roles with large organisations, and some have started their own businesses or gone on to PhD study.


NewcastleUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 16,500


IELTS: 6.5


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The course is project-focused and our teaching is designed to support project practice. Tutors will use a variety of methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials. As with other Masters degrees there is a major element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You can expect practical involvement in multiple aspects of innovation and design-led co-creation. These include project scoping and planning, creative research and insight development, ideation and concept refinement, strategy development and communication, value definition, and pitching and reporting to clients. 



Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.


Year one


  • DE7024 -Design-Led Innovation Practice (Core,60 Credits)
  • DE7025 -Responsible Innovation Practice (Core,60 Credits)
  • HR9716 -Strategic Innovation Practice (Core,60 Credits)

Entry Requirements 2022/23

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:


A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in any discipline. Applicants with appropriate work experience and/or a relevant professional qualification will be considered.


International qualifications:


If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. 


English language requirements:


International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

Fees and Funding 2022/23 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,950


Full EU Fee: £16,500


Full International Fee: £16,500

On completion of the course you’ll be ready to take up strategic roles in many different contexts, where innovation is key. You’ll be highly employable, or if you prefer, equipped with the skills to launch your own business or continue in academia.

Innovation is increasingly a strategic priority, and by applying the skills you’ll learn on this exciting course, you’ll be able to lead and deliver positive change.


The portfolio you’ll build through the practical experience gained will give you a distinct advantage, especially when combined with the valuable network of contacts you’ll make in the business community.


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