Creative Thinking (Distance Learning) MA

Creative Thinking (Distance Learning) MA

School of Art, Design and Fashion


Post- graduate




Online Only

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    Part-time: Two years

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    eLearning, Part-time

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    Online Only

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Why study this programme?

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. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate achievement of any one of the following:

  • Receipt of a 2.2 degree, or higher from a British university
  • A high level of achievement in undergraduate studies at a university elsewhere, eg for North American students a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale
  • Professional experience in the field or a related field in their home country

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.

Programme at a Glance

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.

Year 1

  • Semester 1: CQ4021 Creative Thinking and e-learning (40 Credit)
  • Semester 2: CQ4022 Issues and methodologies for researching into Creative Thinking (40 Credit)

Year 2

  • Semester 1: DD4921 Dissertation Project Research 1 and 2 (40 Credit)
  • Semester 2: DD4922 Dissertation Project Research 3 and Evaluation (40 Credit)


  • Semester 1: DD4991 Dissertation Project (20 Credit)

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 7 March 2018

Further Information

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.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2018/19

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £3,180 per year (UK/EU), first two years

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

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