Our MA focuses on equipping you with the managerial and leadership skills needed by the creative and cultural industries.

Dr Agnes Gulyas, Professor in Media and Communications

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    1 year




    The UK’s creative and cultural industries are world renowned and have been a driving force in economic and employed growth in the country in the last decade.

    But these are also fast changing sectors that have seen significant changes due to digital transformations, social changes and more recently to the pandemic. Our programme will equip you with skills and knowledge base to critically understand, navigate and lead organisations to adapt to this environment. You will learn strategic management of creativity and innovation and boost your leadership skills.

    Why study MA Creative and Cultural Industries?

    Our course in Creative and Cultural Industries offers a stimulating programme with a unique blend of academic study, professional knowledge and skills development as well as opportunities for you to become a researcher in your own right. We know that lives are busy, so we designed the course to be taught through a combination of intensive weekends, distance learning and tutorials.

    The course is taught by a team of experienced educators who have had professional careers in a related sector and/or are internationally recognised researchers in the field. A group of non-academic partners and advisors also contribute to the delivery of the programme, in the forms of visiting talks, debates and discussions, contributing to assignment briefs, and offering networking opportunities. These professionals have significant experience in the wider creative and cultural industries.

      All about the course

      Who is the course for?

      The course is for everyone who wishes to study creative and cultural industries at postgraduate level. It is designed for graduates who have completed a degree in a related field and wish to develop their career prospects; or graduates who have completed a degree in a different discipline but now wish to pursue a career in the wider creative and cultural industries.

      It is also designed for those who already work in the creative and cultural industries and who wish to enhance their effectiveness and confidence in the workplace or to develop their career prospects.

      We are proud to work with students with varied protected characteristics, including age, disability, race, sex and sexual orientation, and aim to provide appropriate support for individual needs.

      What will I study?

      To gain the MA award you will study:

      • Creativity, Culture, and Community (20 credits)
      • Approaches to Creative and Cultural Industries (20 credits)
      • Collaborative Practice (40 credits)
      • Management and Innovation in the Creative Economy (20 credits)
      • Professional Development (20 credits)
      • Final Project (60 credits)


      Before starting the course you'll be invited to attend an induction session which will give you details about academic, research and writing skills needed to study at postgraduate level. The induction will include such elements as library skills, IT applications, relevant software skills, research skills and writing at Master’s level. It is also an opportunity to meet with other students on the course.

      How to apply

      For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online. Please note that candidates will be interviewed by a member of the teaching team prior to being accepted onto the course. For more information about the course, please contact:

      Entry requirements

      Undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or alternative qualifications and substantial relevant experience may be considered.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Module information

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      The course is taught through a combination of intensive in person sessions, online interactive and self-directed teaching, as well as group and individual tutorials. Face to face sessions will take place in Canterbury on our main campus next to the city centre. Students will receive over 260 hours scheduled contact over their course, and are expected to supplement this with independent study. Our online Virtual Learning Environment allows students to interact with each other outside of the physical class time, allowing a lively culture to develop, even at a distance.

      The course is taught through a combination of face-to-face and online teaching, which will involve intensive delivery on some weekday afternoons and/or weekends, thus weekly contact hours will vary. Students will receive over 260 hours scheduled contact hours during the course.

      How you’ll be assessed

      Throughout the course your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed through a variety of learning activities. You will be encouraged to engage in self-assessment and may be actively involved in peer assessment. Formally, the course is assessed solely through coursework, including portfolio work, reports, essays and presentations.

      Your future career

      Graduates of this course will be able to pursue careers in a variety of roles in the creative and cultural industries, including management roles within the public, private or third-sector, creative business development, project management in related fields, fundraising management, creative entrepreneurship, and further or freelance research.

      Candidates who are already in the workplace will benefit from using their new-found qualification and confidence to progress their careers with their current employer, or to use it to secure promotions or new employment elsewhere. They can also use the qualification as a way to improve what they are undertaking within their current role.

      Students completing this MA could also go on to a PhD in a relevant subject area, or could undertake a teaching qualification to take their practice into a school, FE or HE setting.


      Government loans of up to £11,570 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

      The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £8,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,125 N/A

      20% Alumni Discount

      We offer alumni discounts on CCCU Postgraduate Taught, PGCE Primary and Secondary, and Masters by Research courses for eligible students.

      Find out if you're eligible for the discount.


      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2022/23 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

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