The MPhil in Inclusive Innovation curriculum comprises four compulsory modules spread across the first year of registration. These modules include:

  • Interactive lectures, discussions, practical projects, and field visits focused on diverse themes related to inclusive and social innovation, including design thinking, systems thinking, social entrepreneurship, and values-based leadership;
  • A step-by-step process supporting the development of a defensible research proposal, including discussions on research design, literature reviews, and diverse methodologies;
  • Diverse opportunities and processes for students to learn from each other and to develop collaborative relationships in support of their research and their social change ambitions;
  • Discussion and interaction in a collaborative environment that is both supportive and challenging, providing significant opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth.

The modules play an important role in supporting the planning and implementation of the MPhil research project, culminating in the submission of a dissertation. This process is also supported by a faculty supervisor.

The dissertation should demonstrate an ability to apply and adapt relevant scholarly knowledge in analysing a social or environmental challenge, and in evaluating or recommending social innovation interventions to address this challenge. MPhil dissertations may include a strong practical component as an annexure, such as for example a business plan or a design prototype.