Part-time: Two years
Have you ever wondered: Why are some people more creative than others? What influences encourage creativity? Is it possible to teach creativity? This type of questioning drives the curiosity behind the MA in Creative Thinking. The course is intended for aspiring researchers who want to develop a specialised interest in Creative Thinking without the necessity of on-campus attendance. Ultimately, the MA is about creating postgraduates who can interrogate, and eventually add to, research on Creative Thinking (we’re particularly interested in research related to the Creative Industries). If that’s your aspiration also, then read on.
Applicants must demonstrate achievement of any one of the following:
Part of the application procedures for entry to the course is to establish - through a written personal statement - why candidates want to do the course, and how this relates to their personal and career development plans.
International Students are required to show competence in written and spoken English in addition to meeting the course entry requirements: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) - minimum 7.5.
The first module introduces you to Creative Thinking literature, seminal works in the area, and the techniques of e-learning used by the course. This module develops the skills of reporting on, and enhancing your understanding of, major developments within creativity research to gives you a broad overview of Creative Thinking.
The next module examines key aspects and issues found in Creative Thinking. Moreover, the impact of research methodology on the validity and reliability of research findings is also explored in this module. This culminates in a critical look at a specialised aspect of Creative Thinking, where you begin to argue for, and comment on, the merits and weakness of different schools of thought on a specialised aspect of Creative Thinking: for example, methods for the assessment creative thinking.
The final group of modules develops your own specialised field and interest. This is the Dissertation Project in Creative Thinking. Here you will have the opportunity to undertake a sustained investigation into a clearly identified area of interest relevant to your own interest in Creative Thinking.
The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.
With any field of study, some ideas/theories/practices achieve notoriety more on being fashionable rather than through academic credibility. Certainly, this is the case with such a wonderful area of enquiry as Creative Thinking. The only way to navigate through such confusing information is to become informed on the topic. This is fundamentally what the MA in Creative Thinking aims to help you achieve: informed understanding on Creative Thinking.
The distance learning MA Creative Thinking has been an invaluable experience. The course fits seamlessly into my workplace, allowing me to develop a greater understanding of skills which are completely relevant to working within the Creative Industries. It's inspired me to look at working practices and live client projects with fresh eyes, which is always beneficial.
Furthermore, a significant difference between good quality research and poor quality research is in relation to research methodology. For this reason, the course gives you the opportunity to cover a broad range of methodologies and practices which belong within established areas of creativity research, in addition to exploring their theoretical and epistemological groundings.
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For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Part-time: £1,025 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.
The MA Creative Thinking has been specifically designed to accommodate the needs of part-time provision via distance learning. Students tend to be adults in employment who want to take the course on a part-time basis to fit around their other working commitments. We accommodate such needs by offering a clear structure of progression, balanced by flexible personal tutorials: for which you can expect to have weekly one-to-one contact with academic staff via web based visual conferencing. It is this bespoke interaction with academic staff that our students tell us they find both supportive and inspirational. Our postgraduate distance learning students come from a wide diversity of nationalities and locations: America, Canada, England, Germany, Greece, Scotland, and South Africa, to name a few.
Assessment is by 100% coursework in the form of concise project reports or academic papers. For each of the 40 credit modules you undertake, you will have both a mid-module assignment and an end of module assignment to complete. Through weekly tutorials you will receive ongoing formative feedback and guidance, but the final module mark and summative feedback is based on the end of module assignment only.
The MA Creative Thinking has given me the opportunity to further develop my research and analysis skills which has been directly beneficial to my working life. Although the first year provided a great foundation, it’s been fantastic to be able to delve deeper into a chosen area for the dissertation.
The course structure offers specific career progression through enabling individuals to apply themselves to one of three routes: academic publication, research funding, or research project management; some will take the course as an intermediate step towards securing a higher research degree, such as a PhD, or building their progression toward an academic post; others, due to their interests, may want to build skills on project funding; those who want to gain first-hand experience of research project management will be able to undertake a pilot project within a specialist area of creative thinking.