Building a sustainable tomorrow, today.

This Social Innovation master of design course is built for diverse creatives, social entrepreneurs and changemakers with a burning desire to tackle complex global issues. You will create new services, organisational models and communications platforms that better serve society. 

In a recent survey, our postgraduate courses scored 91% student satisfaction for creativity and design, and 93% satisfaction overall.*

*Source: Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2020. Course subject to validation.

Study for a Social Innovation Master's degree

In our powerful new Master of Design Social Innovation course, you will gain the skills and insights needed to make a true impact to bring about social and environmental change through partnership development with business, community groups and public bodies.  

Do you wish to develop important solutions to address pressing social and environmental demands? Once you’ve studied our Social Innovation Master's degree course you’ll understand your own unique value and apply your skills to transform the way in which services, organisations and businesses are configured to meet local and global challenges.   

MDes Social Innovation: learning outcomes

In completing the MDes Social Innovation course, you will have:  

  •  A range of fundamental, transferable skills, such as the ability to work in and lead diverse teams, prototyping and piloting theories of change 
  • The ability to co-create and facilitate social action programmes and co-design new organisational models with powerful social missions 
  • The know-how to design and implement inclusive and highly participatory services using new technology and organisational models 
  • The capacity to think more laterally and to spot new patterns of social change in order to engage with the most serious social and environmental issues of our time  problems which need lateral ‘joined up’ solutions  

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Mdes Social Innovation: career options

This Master's course is ideal for those interested in learning how to succeed in: 

  • Campaigning 
  • Social action 
  • Community organising 
  • Charities and NGOs 
  • Corporate social responsibility 
  • Innovation and transformation leads 
  • Digital innovation 
  • Organisational change and development 
  • Social entrepreneurship 
  • Diversity and inclusion 

Common job titles  include:

  • Head of Innovation 
  • Head of Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Head of Campaigns 
  • Head of Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Head of Community Engagement 

Student work

Student work example on MDes course

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

BRING PLAY INTO PLAY
A Play Learning Mindset for Design Management

By Frances Catherine C. Poblete

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MDes student brief - Best Bank

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

An example of the live briefs students on the course work with

Student work on the MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership course

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

STRATEGIC DESIGN & INNOVATION

OPERATIONALISING DESIGN - THE CYPHERCODERS MODEL

This report explores the lives and experiences that surround the context of Cypher, a summer coding camp for kids that aims to encourage creativity through the lenses of technology.

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Student work on the  MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership course

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

DESIGNING LEADERSHIP: Thoughts, Questions, ideas

Learning Log by Emnet Woubishet Teklu, March 2019

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Student work on the MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership course

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

Disrupting the Disrupters: Algorithmic Inequality in Music Streaming

By Tania Carregha

This essay will analyse the case of a particular industry- music, analysing the music streaming giant Spotify and its role in transforming the music industry. It will describe some of the negative externalities of the platform, identified through primary and secondary research. It will then present a proposal for a plugin, “Remora”, that has the potential to transform Spotify, generating a more transparent browsing experience.

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Student work on the MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership course

MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership

Remora - democratising the music industry

A plugin for Spotify that lets users see and control the data and algorithms that are shaping their music browsing experience

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GradSchool: In Conversation series

The Institute's GradSchool academics discuss creativity and innovation with leading edge thinkers and practitioners. 

Girl sat in the crowd at an In Conversation event

GradSchool In Conversation Series

In this series of events, the Institute's GradSchool academics discuss creativity and innovation with leading edge thinkers and practitioners. 

Paul Sternberg and Joanna Choukeir

During the first event Paul Sternberg, Director of Design Innovation for our Institute of Creativity and Technology, talked to Joanna Choukeir, Director of Design and Innovation at the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce).

Paul and Joanna discussed how design for social innovation has the potential to create a better future for us all within the framework of the Institute’s new MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership.

Paul Sternberg and Akil Benjamin

In the next event in the series Paul Sternberg talks with Akil Benjamin, Design Strategy Director at COMUZI, a design studio. They will talk in depth about how social innovation, service design and entrepreneurship have the potential to create a better future for us all.

GradSchool In Conversation Series

GradSchool In Conversation Series

Paul Sternberg, Director of Design Innovation for our Institute of Creativity and Technology, talked to Joanna Choukeir, Director of Design and Innovation at the RSA (Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce).

Paul and Joanna talked in depth about how design for social innovation has the potential to create a better future for us all within the framework of the Institute’s new MDes Service Design, Social Innovation and Design Leadership.

Joanna is a leading social designer with four main roles: practitioner, researcher, thought leader and educator.

With 15 years of experience in the UK and Lebanon, prior to joining the RSA, Joanna was Health Director at FutureGov, as well as spending 10 years leading the pioneering health and wellbeing design agency Uscreates, alongside her two co-founders.

In 2015, Joanna completed a PhD on design for social integration at the University of the Arts London.

Alongside research and practice, she leads our Social Innovation Masters course, as well as teaching at the Royal College of Art, the University of the Arts London and Kingston University.

She is a Mega Mentor and founder of micro-social enterprise Design My Family Tree.

A senior member of the Institute’s GradSchool team, Paul oversees a number of our social innovation and civic engagement projects, as well as being responsible for designing and leading on postgraduate courses in design innovation and business.

Unfold: Postgraduate Degree Show

A multidisciplinary exhibition showcasing the work of our postgraduate students

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition that showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Unfold: Ravensbourne Postgraduate Degree Show

Ravensbourne in collaboration with CreativeLab, launched Unfold in September 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition which showcased the work of our postgraduate students.

Disciplines collaborated closely throughout the year to develop projects that interrogate, explore and critique a broad range of contemporary design issues.

Students brought diverse prior experiences to their practice, and while applying this to their projects, they considered how they could move their disciplines forward.

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