University of Technology Sydney

C04403v1 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 is also available to international students by distance mode only. International students are not eligible for a student visa to study this course in Australia.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent (essential) 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 product specifically positioned to transform organisational capacity 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 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 organisation’s 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 line 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 (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at

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

STM91379 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation PG) 18cp
STM91380 Key Enabling Methodologies Subjects MCISI 18cp
CBK91825 Studio choice (Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation PG) 6cp
CBK91826 Electives (Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation PG) 30cp
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 the MCISI Program and Communities Manager.

Year 1
July session
94700 Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation - Masterclass   3cp
August session
94701 Practices and Transdisciplinary Action   3cp
October session
94711 Fields of Thought   3cp
94712 Studio Project 1   3cp
94720 Fieldwork: Digging for Paradigms   6cp
December session
94702 Thinking Complexly: Beyond Problem Solving   3cp
94706 Frame Creation and Co-Evolution   3cp
94710 Creative Practices and Methods   3cp
Year 2
March session
94713 Studio Project 2   3cp
April Session
94721 The Innovation Lab   6cp
May session
94704 Futures   3cp
June Session
94703 Networks and Ecosystems   3cp
July session
94707 Theory of Change   3cp
August session
94708 Changing Minds   3cp
October session
94709 Future Value and Impact   3cp
November Session
94716 Leading Innovation in a Networked World   3cp
December session
94705 Summing Up: Your Contribution   3cp
Year 3
February session
94725 Creating Innovation Ecosystems   3cp
March session
94722 Future-proof Your Organisation   6cp
April Session
94724 Critical Thinking   3cp
May session
94723 Paths to Change   3cp

Other information

Further information is available from:

Dr Barbara Doran

Course Director, Creative Intelligence and Strategic Innovation