Taught course

Managing in the Creative Economy

Kingston University · Kingston Business School

Entry requirements

- an upper second class degree or above in a relevant area and/or two years' work experience in the creative industries; - a carefully selected 3,000 word writing sample that demonstrates your suitability for the course; - an understanding of the context of the creative economy; and - the ability to explain why this course will be of value to them personally. We also carefully consider non-standard entrants with relevant personal and work experience who can demonstrate their interest, commitment and ability.

Months of entry


Course content

The creative industries are fast outpacing traditional industries, with an increasing number of countries placing them at the heart of their economic development. The prosperity of people across the globe depends on the creativity of designers, authors, film makers, musicians, architects and other 'content' creators in a way that it has never done before.

The Cox Review of Creativity in Business (2005), commissioned by the UK government, cited design as "what links creativity and innovation, it shapes ideas to become practical and attractive propositions for users or customers". Kingston Business School's Creative Economy MA courses are the result of this review, as centres of excellence were selected to help bridge this gap between the pure artistry of creatives and the business know-how to help their ideas take flight.

What will you study

You will study specialist management modules alongside International Business MSc students, and core creative economy modules alongside a wide range of creative economy students - from journalists to filmmakers and designers. As a management specialist, you will be working alongside creatives from day one, overcoming issues to design and run a business.

This MA is cross-faculty, interdisciplinary, and extremely practical. It is an intensive, collaborative masters course that teaches you the practicalities of managing creativity and entrepreneurism alongside the business know-how to get creative ideas off the ground.

This masters programme will provide you with the opportunity to explore, experience and overcome the challenges to realising value within our creative economy.

Why study a Creative Economy course?

Our Creative Economy masters courses give you the opportunity to gain a range of knowledge and experience, including:

Gain entrepreneurial skills – help create start-ups and pitch ideas to real industry bosses at a "Dragons' Den", and visit a wide variety of entrepreneurial businesses.

Brush up on practical workplace skills such as data collation, review and synopsis.

Our students come from all over the world to study on Kingston's creative economy courses, so you will finish the course with an international network of contacts.

Excellent teaching – this course was ranked as one of the best entrepreneurship masters in the world by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2015/16, and Kingston Business School is one of only a few of the 120 UK business schools to be awarded an 'excellent' rating for its teaching quality by the Higher Education Funding Council.

Regular visits from industry experts and entrepreneurs, field trips to entrepreneurial businesses and events that connect the creative industry to the local community and give you a valuable network.

Students can add study at the prestigious Boston University to their programme and gain a dual masters degree.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding

Please see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate-course/managing-creative-economy-ma/fees-and-bursaries.html for further details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions team
+44 (0)20 8417 5364