UCL Graduate degrees


Creative and Collaborative Enterprise MA

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

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£16,000 (FT)
£8,000 (PT)
£28,500 (FT)
£14,250 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Fee deposit: 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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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. International Preparation Courses

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

International students

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.

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About this degree

Students learn innovative tools and practises from the creative performing arts together with insights from anthropological theory and some of the necessary skills of Lean Start-up in order to implement their enterprise ideas and embark on their entrepreneurial journey in today’s complex socio-cultural frameworks.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Creative and Collaborative Enterprise.

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 is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

All students must take the following modules:

  • An Introduction to Social Theory – a foundation course
  • Applied Ethnography
  • Creating Customers: Understand, Validate, Build
  • Collaborative Enterprise
  • Creative Enterprise
  • Creative Product Development
  • Everyday Ethics of Enterprise
  • Social Creativity and Marketing

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake an independent research project working with a real-world mentor from the creative community in London or the UK and/or a supervisor from the Creative and Collaborative Enterprise MA teaching team. The project culminates in a 10,000 word dissertation.

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 lectures from leading entrepreneurs and creative practitioners. Assessment is through presentations, coursework, long essay, class participation, project portfolio, open-book and unseen examination, and the dissertation.

Additional costs

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


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


The MA is aimed at students who want to start up innovative, ethos-driven 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 course 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 delivering value. For conventional enterprise opportunities, UCL School of Management offers a comprehensive MSc in Entrepreneurship.


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 with socio-cultural phenomena.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students will learn to initiate a creative enterprise project; to apply creative arts practice approaches to enterprise and business activities; to think critically about the relationship between ethos and delivery when starting a business; to master the lean start-up skills 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 the Lean Start-up model, 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 find ways to put you in touch with relevant individuals in the creative and start-up networks and communities thriving in London.

Department: Anthropology

Application and 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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study the Creative and Collaborative Enterprise MA
  • why you want to study at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the Creative and Collaborative Enterprise MA
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Applicants who have a portfolio are strongly recommended to submit it when they apply.

A clear enterprise idea to implement and pursue during the programme. Experience of making or doing things that people want or need. A commitment to process-based innovation.

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