MPhil Overview


The MPhil Inclusive Innovation is a one-year modular programme designed to be a collaboration between GSB faculty and student innovators. The MPhil curriculum is structured around three main components:  learning, engaging, and reflecting and creating - this can be referred to as praxeology (the study of purposeful human action).  

1. Learning

The programme provides a foundation in the fundamentals of inclusive innovation, as well as the challenges facing those working on social and environmental issues. A typical class flows from student presentations and group feedback to focusing on topics such as values-based leadership, business model innovation, social entrepreneurship, systems thinking, and design thinking.

2. Engaging

From the start of the programme, innovators identify a problem of interest and start developing a deep understanding of the context behind the issue they'd like to address. They conduct independent research, including a literature review, field studies, interviews, observations and assessment of market needs. This scholarly approach leads to a fuller understanding of the practical possibilities for contributing to the issue concerned.

3. Reflecting and creating

Personal reflections and peer-to-peer feedback all help to spur the intellectual development of inclusive innovators and their ideas.

The MPhil's desired outcomes are:

  • A research dissertation that has a strong narrative around the development of a prototype, framework or business model to address a specific social or environmental challenge. The submission must clearly illustrate a contribution to knowledge and practice.
  • A practical outcome or artefact (a prototype, framework, business model, etc.). This can be in planning stage only.

NOTE: The dissertation is the only examinable outcome of the programme, but attendance at all four modules in compulsory.

Inclusive innovators who complete the MPhil will be skilled at:

  • Undertaking and managing complex innovation-focused projects.
  • Identifying and coping with the internal experience of entrepreneuring.
  • Using systems thinking, design thinking and integrative thinking to take on business-model innovation
  • Planning a new venture or process, including a detailed strategy and feasibility study.



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