Do you want to change the world? Our innovation courses will set you on your way. The innovators of the 21st century will bring together arts, science, engineering, humanities and enterprise to deliver innovative products, services and ways of living. They will be team players, with a breadth of skills and qualities that enable them to work across specialisms and cultures. They will be designers and entrepreneurs, and have a passion for style, efficiency and sustainability.

Bristol’s Innovation courses are for people who want to pursue their subject specialism in a way that will enable them to apply it; to become innovators who can change the world.

Why study Innovation at Bristol?

You will learn how to work with others who bring their own specialist knowledge, background experience and ways of thinking. You will find out how to design products and services, and you will work with external clients on projects they value. You will learn how to develop your own ideas, evaluate innovative solutions, put together plans to pursue them, present them to others and gain support.

By the time you graduate, you will have been involved in planning a venture. You will have learnt how to evaluate the venture's potential and how to finance it. You will be supported by groups within the University and external partners who are at the forefront of innovation in areas such as digital media, environment, sustainability, healthcare and education.

All the way through your course you will be able to draw on a network of advisers who are involved in starting up or investing in new ventures. If you are ready to start your own venture by the time you graduate they will be ready to support you.

What kind of student would this course suit?

We are looking for bright, creative people from a wide range of backgrounds. We will provide an innovative curriculum and an environment that values rigour, creativity, risk-taking, communications and teamwork.

You will have a serious interest in your chosen specialism and want to pursue it to a high level. You will also need to understand it well enough to explain it to people with different specialisms and you will want to apply it to real challenges and opportunities.

You will be motivated by your potential to create and to innovate. You may already have done things that demonstrate this, or you may only just be realising that this is what you want to do.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

Innovation and entrepreneurship skills are taught and learnt through repeated practice throughout the four years of these integrated master's degrees. All the innovation units are assessed solely by coursework; other methods of assessment will vary depending on which subject specialism you have chosen.

You will be required to undertake various innovation or entrepreneurial challenges and you will reflect on these via an individual critique, which allows you to take risks and learn from both failures and successes. This powerful and critical way of learning will equip you with the skills to realise which innovations and entrepreneurial opportunities to take forward. 

You will be supported by academic staff, external mentors and entrepreneurial advisers throughout your time at Bristol.

What are my career prospects?

After graduating, you will be able to progress to careers that require an honours degree in your chosen subject specialism. However, you will also be equipped to do much more: to innovate; to work in teams with people from different specialisms, backgrounds and cultures; and to create and implement entrepreneurial plans to take ideas forward. These skills are highly valued by all organisations, large or small, local or global.

You may graduate as a member of a new venture that you and your fellow students have created, or you may decide to join an existing one. Whatever you decide, you will be able to hit the ground running, building on your entrepreneurial and innovation experience.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

Subject leaflet

Download the Innovation leaflet 2017 (PDF, 285kB)


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