Taught course

Creative and Cultural Industries

The University of Manchester · School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second Class Honors degree (or overseas equivalent), normally in a relevant Humanities or Social Science area.

Applicants that do not meet the academic entry qualification criteria but with evidence of extensive professional experience in relevant practice (3+ years) may be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Explore theories and practices of international creative and cultural industries management, policy and development.
  • Undertake a work placement in a creative and cultural organisation in or around Manchester.
  • Develop a career in one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in the UK.

The MA Creative and Cultural Industries course will deliver comprehensive knowledge and understanding of theory and practice relevant to the broad field of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs). Students will encounter key global theoretical perspectives and policy approaches, sector-based practices, issues and debates, tools and insights into evidence and decision-making for strategy and enterprise at individual, organisational and governmental levels. Through taught course units, practice-based learning and research, students will be prepared to undertake qualified management, lead business strategies, design policies and exercise entrepreneurship in CCIs.

Special Features of this course include:

Work Placement

Students will benefit from at least 20 days industry experience on a relevant project or programme within a creative / cultural organisations. There is also the potential for students to develop their own industry placement, subject to the approval of the course unit convenor and programme director. The Institute for Cultural Practices has a wide range of partners offering placements appropriate to those working in creative and cultural industries (such as the Science and Industry Museum, HOME, Contact Theatre, Manchester International Festival). Please note, specific placements are subject to availability.

Student projects

You will also have opportunities to design and participate in live projects with cultural organisations.

Creative and Cultural Manchester

Manchester is one of the UK's most important cultural hotspots. At the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, the city-region benefits from its thriving creative and digital economies and cultural infrastructure such as MediaCityUK, the award-winning Whitworth and HOME.

University Museums

You'll have opportunities to get trained by experienced museum staff at Manchester Museum and The Whitworth in different aspects of cultural professional practice including conservation, collections management and events management.

Information for international students

Candidates for whom English is not their first language must submit the following:

An overall grade of IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in writing and no skill below 6.5 is required or 100+ in the TOEFL iBT with a minimum writing score of 25 and no skill below 22.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PGT Admissions Office
+44 (0)161 804 9199