Who is it for?

You want become a more extraordinary and creative leader.

You want to amplify your creative capabilities, so that you can address the increasingly unpredictable business, technological and social challenges that today’s world faces.

And you want to be able to inspire and empower your teams and organisations to take managed 'leaps of faith' that will solve these complex challenges.


You will become one of a new generation of more creative and interdisciplinary leaders, able to provide new forms of structure that make sense of apparent chaos, to drive the future, and to bring about positive change.

You will learn about creativity, leadership and innovation from different disciplinary perspectives – drawing on business, the arts, law, psychology, design and digital.

You will be taught by a cross-functional team of academics and practitioners dedicated to the use of the creativity to improve society.

These academics and practitioners will use novel teaching techniques to bring theories and practices to life, and offer you a wide range of experiences through which to help you to amplify your capabilities.

You will also gain new knowledge and skills for harnessing the creativity of others – colleagues, stakeholders and clients – both within and beyond your organisation.

The outcomes? An ability to deliver breakthrough solutions. A place on the career fast-track in a world where innovation has never been more highly prized. And expertise in the new interdisciplinary frameworks, knowledge, techniques and skills needed to investigate, generate, envision, prototype, critique and reflect on creative solutions to complex, ill-structured and chaotic problems, and provide new forms of intellectual resilience.

Student Consulting Opportunities

Alongside your study you’ll also be able to participate in a range of different creativity and innovation projects running within the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice and the Centre for Creativity Enabled by AI.

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For the last few years at Bayes Innovate our Master's in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership postgraduate programme students have had the chance to learn from entrepreneurs and innovators at every stage of their journeys – from fledgling start-ups to global giants.

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The Master's in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership offers a rare opportunity to study innovation,creativity and leadership from a fully rounded, interdisciplinary perspective, learning from leaders in each of the disciplines.

Creative leadership is crucial in promoting and delivering innovative outcomes. Creative leaders need to be flexible, knowledgeable and be able to inspire others to follow them into the unknown. In this course you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the roles and advantages of different creative problem solving strategies, techniques and tools in a range of different contexts
  • Learn when to use different innovation tools, and in which situations
  • Gain practical skills to facilitate creativity and enhance innovation
  • Learn how to tackle complex and wicked problems
  • Learn how to work effectively within teams to solve problems, produce creative outcomes and design solutions in business and other contexts
  • Learn how to overcome barriers to creativity and innovation so you can deliver change
  • Understand what elements foster a creative climate and what distinguishes creative organisations.

We review all our masters courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice. Therefore, there may be some change to the detailed content of the modules and occasionally to module titles.

Induction weeks

All of our MSc courses start with two compulsory induction weeks which include relevant refresher courses, an introduction to the careers services and the annual careers fair.

Assessment methods


Assessment of all core modules on the Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership is by means of coursework only. Coursework may consist of standard essays, or individual and group project work, as appropriate to the module.

The master's consists of eight core modules, each worth 15 credits, plus either:

  • A dissertation project worth 60 credits


  • Three electives worth 10 credits each and a small project worth 30 credits

Term dates

Term dates 2022/23

  • Induction: 12th September 2022 - 23rd September 2022
  • Term one: 26th September 2022 - 9th December 2022
  • Term one exams: 9th January 2023 - 20th January 2023
  • Term two: 23rd January 2023 - 7th April 2023
  • Term two exams: 24th April 2023 - 5th May 2023
  • Term three - international electives: 8th May 2023 - 19th May 2023
  • Term three: 22nd May 2023 - 7th July 2023
  • Term three exams: 10th July 2023 - 21 July 2023
  • Resits: 14th August 2023 - 25th August 2023
  • Additional resit week - tests only: 28th August 2023 - 1st September 2023.


Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Teaching staff

Course Director

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Dr Sara Jones

Academic expert working at Bayes Business School

On the MICL you will learn from a team of academic experts and highly experienced practitioners who have been working together for over a decade to develop an integrated and highly practical interdisciplinary approach to the core topics of creativity, leadership and innovation.

Module Leaders include:


How to apply

Documents required for decision-making

  • Undergraduate degree transcript (if applicable)
  • Grading system used by your university (if applicable)
  • CV (Evidence of minimum of three years employment, at an appropriate level)
  • Personal statement - this should be around 500 words in length and answer the following:
    • Why have you selected this course? What are your motivating factors?
    • What are your areas of interest within the course?
    • What contributions do you feel you can make to the course?
    • How do you see the course affecting your career plans?

Documents which may follow at a later date

  • English language test result if applicable
  • Confirmation of professional qualification examinations/exemptions/passes, if applicable
  • Two professional references
  • For a successful application to receive an unconditional status all documents must be verified, so an original or certified copy of the degree transcript must be uploaded to the application form or e-mailed to the relevant Admissions Officer upon request

Individual Appointments

If you would like to arrange an individual appointment to discuss the application process and be given a tour of the facilities, please complete this form.

Please note - these are subject to availability.

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Terms and conditions

Students applying to study at Bayes Business School are subject to City, University of London's terms and conditions.

Entry requirements

A UK upper second class degree or above, or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Applicants who do not hold a degree may be considered on the basis of work experience alone.

Work Experience
Applicants must have a minimum of three years' full-time work experience in a relevant professional domain

English language requirements

If you have been studying in the UK for the last three years it is unlikely that you will have to take the IELTS test

If you have studied a 2+2 degree with just two years in the UK you will be required to provide IELTS results and possibly to resit the tests to meet our requirements.


  • The required IELTS level is an average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the writing section and no less than 6.0 in any other section.

Some other English Language tests might be accepted


UK/EU/International £23,000 Tuition fees are subject to annual change
UK/EU/International (part-time) £11,500 per annum Tuition fees are subject to annual change

Fees in each subsequent year of study for continuing students (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee for continuing students in writing prior to commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Application fee: Nil

Deposit: £2,000 (usually paid within 1 month of receiving offer and non-refundable unless conditions of offer are not met)

First installment: Half fees less deposit (payable during on-line registration which should be completed at least 5 days before the induction period)
Second installment: Half fees (paid in January following start of course)

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Career pathways

Career destinations for Master’s Innovation, Creativity and Leadership

Our Master’s Innovation, Creativity and Leadership equips students for creative leadership roles in a broad range of contexts.

Those completing the course go on to become innovation leaders and consultants in large and small organisations, and in private, public and voluntary sectors, as well as developing their own businesses providing products and services across a range of different industries.

Maybe you’ll take your new skills back to your current employer. Or maybe you’ll be moving on to new opportunities.

Maybe you’ll become an entrepreneur, setting up your own business from an idea developed through the course. The MICL has been designed to unlock career possibilities.

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range on industries. After graduating in 2018, MSc Innovation, Creativity and Leadership alumna Callie started working as Community Manager for Artgym. Alumnus Pascal Rota is working as a Consultant for Capgemini Invent.

Our dedicated Careers Team will help you identify your ideal career path and work with you to maximise the potential of accomplishing your professional goals.

Class of 2019 and 2020 profile

Graduates from the MSc Innovation, Creativity and Leadership degree programme have secured positions in companies including::

  • Policy Specialist, Google
  • Senior Brand Campaign Manager, Amazon
  • Researcher and UX Designer, Creativity enabled AI
  • Corporate Client Advisor, Haspa Hamburger Sparkasse
  • Product Developer, Lloyds
  • Project Manager, Eurotunnel
  • Deployment Strategist, Palantir Technologies
  • Business Channel Experience Design Specialist, Kasikorn Bank
  • Internal Consultant, Leth Agencies

Where they are working now

  • UK - 43%
  • EU/EEA - 43%
  • South America - 15%

Industry post-master's

29% Financial Services - Commercial / Corporate Banking
14% Technology - Start Up
14% IT Services
14% Property / Real Estate
14% Shipping

Data provided from alumni who completed the annual destination data survey for 2019/20, and for 2018/19

Alumni stories

Callie Seymour
Callie Seymour
Innovation, Creativity and Leadership

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