Creative and Collaborative Enterprise MA

London, Stratford (UCL East)

This unique MA is designed for students who want to start and run original and distinctive customer-funded enterprises, where the way you do things is as important as what you do. The programme is run by anthropologists and leading practitioners from the creative industries, ensuring you receive the highest-quality practice-based learning.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 05 Apr 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant experience will also be considered when assessing candidates.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 4

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The Creative and Collaborative Enterprise MA supports students to develop and implement their enterprise ideas and embark on their entrepreneurial journey by turning to Ethnography, Anthropology, and principles of Ensemble Theatre. Taking this human-centred approach, students will learn to think creatively, collaboratively, and critically about their entrepreneurial ideas and the world into which it will enter.

Who this course is for

The MA Creative and Collaborative Enterprise is designed for those who want to start up innovative, ethos-driven, customer-funded enterprises. Students come from a wide-range of backgrounds and experiences.

What this course will give you

Students will learn to initiate a creative enterprise project; to apply creative arts and ethnographic practices to business activities; to think critically about the relationship between ethos and delivery when starting a business; to utilise the skills of effectual entrepreneurship needed to initiate, grow and establish a new enterprise; and to critically assess and reform enterprise activities and their context.

Students learn creative and collaborative practices, and follow customer-funded business models, to provide them with the understanding, critical abilities and skill sets that will enable them to develop innovative, desirable and distinctive new products or services, and to start-up the value-rich, ethos-driven enterprises that will take those products to market and thrive in the contemporary world.

Students have access to a wide range of innovation-focused initiatives and events at UCL including the programmes offered by UCL Innovation & Enterprise. We endeavour to link enterprise development with the ethnographic expertise of the UCL Anthropology department, and connect students with relevant individuals in the creative and start-up networks and communities thriving in London.

This programme is based at our brand new UCL East campus in East London, forming part of the School for Creative and Cultural Industries. Students will benefit from cultural and educational connections with our East Bank partners such as the V&A and BBC, as well as state-of-the-art facilities including exhibition, performance and curating spaces, conservation studios and a 160-seater surround-sound cinema.

The foundation of your career

The creative sector now accounts for around 10% of the UK's GDP (Creative Industries Council). In recent years employment in the sector has grown four times faster than the workforce as a whole (Creative Industries Council). By graduation students will be well versed in developing and harnessing creative and collaborative techniques; have learnt how to recognise, initiate and develop enterprise opportunities; have acquired a range of essential business skills; and be able to productively contextualise their initiatives within socio-cultural phenomena. However, many CCE alumni go into employment after graduation and apply these creative and collaborative practices in an organisational setting.


The MA is aimed at students who want to start up innovative, ethos-driven customer-funded enterprises either in one of the nine creative sectors recognised by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (including advertising, architecture, IT, and the visual arts); or an enterprise with a non-normal sphere of operation. The programme is designed for students to discover ways in which an unusual enterprise idea can be sustained through the identification of niche opportunities, ethnographic insight, and by delivering value to customers. For conventional enterprise opportunities, UCL School of Management offers an excellent and comprehensive MSc in Entrepreneurship.


As well as taking advantage of the various enterprise activities in East London and networking with guest speakers on the course, CCE students are able to access the resources of UCL Innovation and Enterprise. UCL Innovation and Enterprise offers extracurricular courses in Starting and growing a business; entrepreneurial networking; entrepreneurship advisors; an incubator programme; and support to apply for an Innovator Founder visa.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and class discussion. Students are given the opportunity to attend workshops with creative practitioners, and lectures from leading entrepreneurs.

Assessment is through presentations, coursework, long essay, class participation, project portfolio, and the dissertation. Students are encouraged to implement enterprise projects and to reflect on their execution and impact.

The compulsory modules typically involve around 162 contact hours (a mix of 1h lectures & 1h, 1.5h, 2h seminars/ workshops/ tutorials).


You will undertake eight taught modules and a research dissertation project:

  • You will take four compulsory modules in both Term 1 and Term 2.
  • The Term 1 compulsory modules provide a grounding in creative enterprise, social theory, and applied ethnography. The Term 2 compulsory modules introduce social and collaborative practices to shape the development of your enterprise.
  • Dissertation planning begins in Term 2, with the research and writing conducted in Term 3 and the summer.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Creative and Collaborative Enterprise.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £19,300
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

All full-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000.

Students are expected to complete their coursework on campus, as the computers on site are equipped to support video editing.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

UCL East Scholarship

The scholarship works to support the ambitions of east Londoners by funding the fees and living costs of eligible Master's programmes including this MA at UCL. Further details at:

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Aziz Foundation Scholarships in Social and Historical Sciences

Value: Full tuition fees (equivalent to 1yr full-time) (1yr)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

UCL East London Scholarship

Deadline: 20 June 2024
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,700 stipend ()
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn: - why you want to study the Creative and Collaborative Enterprise MA including a clear enterprise idea to implement and pursue during the programme - what particularly attracts you to the Creative and Collaborative Enterprise MA - how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme – please include some experience of making or doing things that people want or need, and a demonstrable commitment to process-based innovation - where you would like to go professionally with your degree. Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to demonstrate the way your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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