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Master in Creativity & Innovation

The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking, University of Malta

The Masters in Creativity and Innovation attracts professionals from a broad base of disciplines from the local and international scene. This unique Master Programme has been designed with the collaboration of Professor Edward de Bono, the inventor of Lateral Thinking and author of over 75 books published in 38 languages. Internationally recognized experts will form part of the faculty for this course.
The course is designed to be interdisciplinary and innovative in order to assist participants to expand their perception, employ creative skills, develop ideas with their team, sustain a creative climate and manage innovation. It offers methods and processes designed to help identify opportunities and cultivate appropriate skills and attitudes.

Learning Objectives
The aim of the programme is to create a process to develop and promote imaginative, flexible and
practical thought and action by:

* Developing a more creative attitude
* Improving their ability to respond practically and creatively to problems and opportunities
* Learning a variety of approaches designed to develop ideas, manage innovation and apply the knowledge and skills gained
* Being better placed to help establish an organisational climate in which creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation can be fostered
* Understanding a variety of approaches to restructuring organisations
* Learning strategies to deal with the constantly changing landscape
* Appreciating the contextual nature of knowledge

Research conducted by faculty and students addresses the following key areas:

1. Creativity

The research conducted offers a variety of perspectives on creativity with particular emphasis on the de Bono thinking methods. Academic research involves the understanding of creativity and its applications. Emphasis is placed on the variety of uses of creative methodologies and on the practical application of the tools. The topics addressed include: the importance of perception, Edward de Bonos tools and methods, lateral thinking, six thinking hats, DATT, CoRT, other generic creativity tools and applications such as TRIZ, SCAMPER, CPS and mind mapping. Creativity involves the shaping of meaning and creation of new meaning arising from anticipated futures.

2. Innovation Research projects at the institute cover the tenants of what makes an organisation creative. Academics and students look at how creativity can thrive within all types of organisations, private and public, and what distinguishes an organisation that fosters innovation from another where the status quo is taken to be acceptable. Past research has addressed the nature of specific barriers to organisational creativity and what that turns creative ideas into innovations. Innovation is essential in grounding creativity in practice and regularising emergent processes from creativity, foresight and entrepreneurship to produce a production logic beside the key model of enterprise.

3. Entrepreneurship
Student research in this field addresses the creation of a new venture as a model of entrepreneurship and how to simulate the development of a new venture through the creative practices of the participants. Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial behaviour in organisational contexts is addressed taking into account the private entrepreneurial individual, the corporate and the social entrepreneur. This field covers the multiple perspectives informed by psychology, sociology, strategy, economics, philosophy, business/management, and the field of entrepreneurship. Student research explores the processes of entrepreneurship in the discovery, evaluation and the exploitation of opportunities. This follows a logical sequence from initial ideas and innovation through the emergence and evaluation of the opportunity into a planned and shaped activity and into the implementation process. The field provides an alternative perspective to traditional theory in business and management in which rationality, analysis and prediction are prominent to one which is predominantly heuristic, iterative, reflexive, reflective and experimental.

4. Foresight
Foresight is a field of knowledge characterized by interdisciplinary knowledge. Foresight may focus on visionary knowledge regarding alternative futures and challenges included in them. Futures research offers futures-oriented information to back up decision-making in the public and private sectors. Research projects address the history of futures studies, theories of value thinking, ethical foundations of futures studies, as well as the historical and philosophical background of this field of knowledge. Research topics addressed include: Values, time and social transition; Systems thinking and complexity; Delphi as a Futures Studies method; Futures Studies concepts, tools and working methods; Foresight methods and scenarios.

The language of instruction at the University of Malta is English. Applicants who have completed their secondary education overseas are obliged to satisfy the Universitys English Language requirement by presenting a Secure English Language Test (SELT) result at the required levels.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
Msida or Imsida is a harbour town in Malta with a population of 7,623. The town is located just west of Valletta on the northeast coast of Malta. The town enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry, sunny summers and short, cool winters.

Overview of Msida

Area: 420 acres (170 ha)
Malta is a southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea 80 km south of Sicily, 284 km east of Tunisia and 333 km north of Libya. Malta covers just over 316 kmĀ², making it one of the world's smallest and most densely populated countries.

Overview of Malta

Capital: Valletta
Currencies: Euro
Population: 418,366 (2012)
Dialing Code: 356
Degree Level: Masters
Tuition Fee: € 400 / Year (EEA) , € 10,200 / Year (Non-EEA)
Duration:1.5 Years
Start Date:October  2019, October  2019
Delivery Mode:On Campus
Study Nature:Part-time, Full-time
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