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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2020
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MA Global Creative Industries

Entry Year:
The unique MA develops an understanding of the growth of the creative industries and its consequences for social and economic development across the world.

Key information

Start date

September 2020

Academic year dates


Full-time: one year


Full-time: £9,690


Full-time: £16,830


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Who is it for?

This course will enable you to both explore the development of the global creative industries at global level, their trajectory, the tensions and challenges arising from these; and examine the organisation, characteristics and issues emerging in the creative and cultural industries in specific areas of the world, and will help you to develop an understanding of how local, regional and world processes interact.

This course would suit anyone looking to broaden their impact in the cultural and creative industries sector: Whether your aim is to work in government or international organisations concerned with creative industries or the creative economy regionally or transnationally, or whether you are looking to broaden your horizons and build a career in any aspect of film, music, art or related creative industry at a global level.

You will be taught by world leading researchers in the international creative economy, culture, media and communication, and global political economy based in the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, the Departments of Sociology, and International Politics. This research expertise consistently informs our outstanding teaching in this area of studies.


Cultural goods and ideas are increasingly produced and consumed transnationally; however, global cultural trade flows are uneven and this has consequences for local and national development. Moreover, cultural assets are carriers of meaning and their global circulation impacts those who consume them, affecting identities and reproducing social and economic inequalities. How is culture produced and re-produced? What are the mechanisms of the global cultural ecosystems and markets? What are their consequences?

Taught by world experts in the field, the programme offers a unique opportunity for students to analyse the economic, social and cultural aspects of the contemporary transformation of culture and how they relate to the global and the local.

The course prepares students to work professionally or to engage in further academic study in the expanding cultural sphere worldwide.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • A first or upper second class Honours degree from a UK university or a recognised equivalent non-UK qualification in a relevant subject.

Other suitable qualifications

Applications are also welcomed from those who have a good knowledge of or a demonstrable interest or experience in a relevant professional domain.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, and you neither live nor work in an English-speaking environment you will be asked to provide further evidence of competence in the English language through any of the following:

  1. evidence of prior university level study in a country with English as an official language or
  2. IELTS (minimum 6.5 writing and overall well-balanced score of 6.5 across all areas), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (minimum acceptable grade C)

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2020 are now open:

Global Creative Industries full time

You will need to submit:

  • A completed application form (either electronically or by post)
  • A certified copy of your undergraduate academic results and degree certificate
  • Proof of English proficiency (if you are not a native English speaker, or someone who has not been taught in English for their first degree subject)
  • Personal statement of up to 500 words on your academic and/or relevant professional experience to date and how it informs your intentions to undertake this course. In addition, you may wish to outline your vision for how the degree will feed into your research or professional career.

The admissions tutor may request academic references at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

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Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

You will be taught by leading experts in the field who engage in creative industries research at a global level, often working with governments from around the world as advisers and researchers with international structures such as UNESCO, UNCTAD, WIPO or the European Union.

Teaching and learning is delivered through lectures, seminars, group work, visits, tutorials, feedback, blended learning, including personal research from a wide range of resources. You will also have the opportunity to engage with and network with specialist guest speakers.

Learning will be assessed through a number of diverse but complementary methods including essay, report, creative portfolio, research proposal and a dissertation. The rationale for this is to expose you to different approaches, to help you make the most of your abilities and to assess a range of skills and knowledge. You will be able to apply your academic work to the real world. The typical word-length of written assignments for modules with one summative assessment is ca. 3,000 words.


With 50% core and 50% elective modules, you can choose which specialisms you study.  This means you can design your own course and determine your direction right from the start – it gives you the freedom to shape your future.

The core modules offer insight into the global creative industries, their development and mechanics; the elective modules are structured around three broad areas of concern and examine:

  1. Issues of structural inequality across the sector eg gender, work, place
  2. The challenges of technological and social change
  3. Regional, world, economic and political structures.

The MA culminates in a 13,000–15,000-word dissertation.

You are expected to take 2 core modules and choose 2 elective modules each term. Work on the Dissertation progresses through terms 2-3 with the support of your individual supervisor and should be completed by the end of August.

Term 1

  • Global Creative Industries (core): surveys and offers an analytical framework and insight into the development of the cultural and creative industries at a global scale.
  • Creative Cities (core): explores the idea of the creative city and to examine creative cities in a globalised world, their economic, social and cultural transformations and the assumptions and policies supporting their development.
  • Culture: enables you to explore ideas of what culture is and to appraise a range of important strands of the development of contemporary thought in relation to culture, economy and society.
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility in the Creative Industries: allows you to assess the social impact of the production of culture and consider the ethical challenges that characterise the creative industries in the 21st century.
  • International Organisations in Global Politics: provides an introduction to the politics of policy-making in the main international organisations and familiarises you with their work and governance.
  • Global Political Economy – Contemporary Approaches: introduces you to the field of global political economy, and enables you to critically engage with the role, purpose and power of key agents and structures of a given political economy.

Term 2

  • Global Creative Industries – Area Studies (core): enables you to develop area specialisation and to examine local/regional/world processes in the creative industries, how they interrelate and interact.
  • Introduction to Research (core): will equip you with a range of methodologies with which to design robust and effective research strategies and carry out research.
  • Globalisation and Identity: draws on examples from the creative industries to consider how culture has been produced in relation to globalised markets and explore the tensions between globalisation and local and national identities.
  • Digital Cultures: explores the sorts of roles new communication technologies – and in particular digital media, social media and the internet – play in the transformation of cultural economic, political and social structures and practices.
  • Developments in Communications Policy: provides an introduction to the debates surrounding communications policy process and an analysis of current developments in communications policies globally.
  • Development and World Politics: offers a comprehensive review of the connections between the processes and practices of development and the functioning of the international political system (with a particular focus on developing countries).

Term 3

  • Dissertation (core): offers you the opportunity to undertake your own independent investigation into a topic of your choice – starting in Term 2, you will work in consultation with your allocated supervisor to design and conduct your research and complete the dissertation.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

The MA prepares graduates wishing to pursue a career in transnational and regional institutions of governance such as international organisations, government administration, professional and global trade bodies as well as development agencies, NGOs and private sector firms interacting with these institutions.  The Corporate Social Responsibility or development programmes of business corporations are also relevant.

As an MA GCI graduate you will be able to work in fields ranging from the music industry to Intellectual Property to heritage or television, and from development to investment relevant to any aspect of the global creative industries. The programme also prepares you for further doctoral study.

Potential career paths within the field include: Middle and senior management positions and programme managers in Government administration, culture ministries or relevant agencies; Policy analysts, researchers; Programme evaluators; Community relations; Managing CSR programmes in international corporations; Advocacy; Management and related roles in culture for development projects and in mega events such as the Olympics’ cultural programmes; As researchers and doctoral students, taking the academic career path.

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