University of Technology Sydney

C04403v2 Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation

Award(s): Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation (MCIStratInn)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 72
Course EFTSL: 1.5
Location: City campus, Distance


This course will not be offered in 2024.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Master of Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation (MCISI) is a new type of postgraduate offering specifically positioned to transform professional capacities to develop new ways to respond to the open, complex, dynamic and networked problems they now face in their work.

This course provides flexible transdisciplinary professional learning pathways that allow participants to creatively traverse the boundaries between disciplines, professional fields and sectors to stimulate innovation. It also enables groups of participants from partner organisations to learn by immersing themselves in authentic transdisciplinary professional learning experiences, working with staff across UTS and international experts on the re-invention of their organisations, professions, and sectors based on emerging transdisciplinary ways of working.

The course has been designed to suit both the needs of partner organisations and individual participants’ aspirations by offering flexible, blended, and bespoke elements.

This course focuses on providing a flexible professional learning pathway for organisations and individuals to support them in developing their innovation profile and strategic leadership capacity. Participants are offered the flexibility to select subjects that are relevant to their practice, and personalise a master's-level program of study that is aligned with their sectors strategic goals and their personal career aspirations. It also enables participants to engage in a lifetime of learning that is relevant to the circumstances and stages in their professional lives.

Career options

Career options include change makers, consultants, entrepreneurs, managers, team leaders, middle and senior professionals.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Critically analyse and creatively reconfigure established patterns, assumptions and understandings of real-world problem situations utilising frameworks of complexity and systems thinking
1.2 Conceptualise approaches for strategic interventions within organisations and professional fields as dynamic and complex systems
1.3 Create productive strategies for contributing to thriving and sustainable innovation networks and ecosystems
2.1 Apply theoretical and philosophical perspectives to critically analyse assumptions and the ways disciplines, paradigms and practices guide thinking in academic, professional and everyday contexts
2.2 Examine different fields of thought, including indigenous worldviews and cultures, to elicit insights for professional practice
2.3 Apply advanced research methods to gather, adopt, adapt, apply and synthesise knowledge, principles, concepts, practices and methods from across various domains to generate new knowledge and practices
2.4 Critically reflect on their own professional practice and develop strategies for integrating different models of transdisciplinarity to catalyse innovation in their own contexts
3.1 Analyse different patterns, frameworks and methods and test their value for investigating and addressing complex challenges in professional fields
3.2 Conduct independent and collaborative inquiry to identify challenges and new developments in professional fields, and conceptualise transformations or new practices required to respond to emerging challenges
3.3 Create and execute experimental projects that integrate approaches from a range of disciplines and fields of practice to evaluate the strategic potential of proposals
3.4 Engage with diverse worldviews and exercise ethical judgement in evaluating the impact of innovation on stakeholders, communities and the environment
4.1 Investigate and analyse the conditions required to develop the collective capacity within or between organisations, across sectors and/or internationally to respond to complex global challenges
4.2 Interpret, integrate and advocate for various perspectives to persuade and influence relevant stakeholders to mobilise organisational or societal transformation
4.3 Generate strategies for nurturing new practices, paradigms and professions and propose pathways to change that sustain innovation potential within organization(s)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

In addition to the required academic qualifications, applicants need to have a minimum of two year's full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience demonstrated through:

  • a CV, and
  • a Statement of Service from the employer confirming the dates of employment and the position held within the organisation.

Applicants who do not satisfy the minimum admission requirements listed above may be deemed eligible for admission if they:

  • have a good understanding of the field and career expectation, and
  • completed prior learnings, and
  • demonstrated capabilities.

To support their applications, those applicants must provide a one-page Personal Statement outlining the above.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the TD School Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a part-time basis and can be completed between 2 to 4 years. It is taught in intensive mode in short sessions.

Course structure

Students must complete 72 credit points made up of 18 credit points of core subjects, 18 credit points of key enabling methodology subjects, 6 credit points of studio choice and 30 credit points of electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91870 Foundation Subjects (Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation PG) 15cp
STM91871 TD Experience and Research Subjects 24cp
CBK92303 Key Enabling Methodologies Options 9cp
CBK92304 Electives (Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation PG) MCISI 24cp
Total 72cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical part-time program.

The course program is dependent on the student's commencement session and year. For a personalised study plan, contact

September intake
Year 1
October session
94700 Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation - Masterclass   3cp
November Session
94710 Creative Practices and Methods   3cp
Year 2
Session 2
94704 Futures   3cp
Session 3
94701 Practices and Transdisciplinary Action   3cp
94760 Studio A   6cp
Session 4
94706 Frame Creation and Co-Evolution   3cp
Spring session
94758 Digging for Paradigms   9cp
Session 5
94708 Changing Minds   3cp
Session 6
94702 Thinking Complexly: Beyond Problem Solving   3cp
94761 Studio B   6cp
Year 3
Session 2
94707 Theory of Change   3cp
Autumn session
94762 The Innovation Lab   9cp
Session 3
94709 Future Value and Impact   3cp
Session 4
94703 Networks and Ecosystems   3cp
Spring session
94759 Future-proof Your Organisation   9cp
Session 5
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
94711 Fields of Thought 3cp  
94729 Transdisciplinary Collaboration A 3cp  

Other information

Further information is available from:

Dr Barbara Doran

Course Director, Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation