Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
You are required to submit a personal statement of around 500 words explaining why you want to undertake the MSc in Creative Industries and Cultural Policy at Glasgow, in addition to an academic transcript, references, and linguistic proficiency documentation.
If you do not meet the standard academic criteria but have substantial relevant professional experience, you will also be considered for entry to the programme.
Months of entry
This programme provides an interdisciplinary grounding in the key economic, cultural and policy forces shaping the development of the creative industries at global, national and local levels. Theoretical and analytical depth is coupled with an emphasis on the realities of contemporary cultural production, in order to deliver both a rigorous academic experience and a foundation for a career in the sector.
Why this programme
- You will be taught by the world leading teams in the Centre for Cultural Policy Research and the Adam Smith Business School. Frequent invited speakers will provide current industry insights from across the sector.
- Glasgow offers an ideal environment for students studying the Creative and Cultural Industries. It is a culturally vibrant city, with thriving music, theatre, and visual art scenes, and the greatest concentration of creative industries in Scotland.
- This programme is suitable for those working in or seeking to enter the cultural and creative industries. It is designed to develop your critical and analytical skills and your understanding of the ways in which policy trends, emerging business models and new working practices are combining to reshape the sector.
The taught element of this programme consists of six core courses, totalling 100 credits, and a slot in semester 2 in which you can take 1 or 2 course/s of your choice (totalling 20 credits). This structure allows you to develop key sector management skills and knowledge, while also providing space to tailor the programme to suit your interests and ambitions. You can choose two 10 credit options from a range offered by the Adam Smith Business School, strengthening the management component of your degree. Alternatively you can select an approved 20 credit option from another subject area.
The teaching on the two largest core courses, Creative Industries and Cultural Policy (semester 1) and Contemporary Cultural Production (semester 2) is supported by a series of regular guest lectures, in which we invite practitioners, policy makers and key influencers from across the creative sector to share their perspectives.
Assessment is based primarily on individual written essays and assignments but also involves presentation. You will undertake academic research essays and report writing tailored to an industry brief, ensuring you develop a range of writing skills relevant to both academic and professional contexts.
In the summer period (April to August), you will complete a research dissertation (worth 60 credits) that will enable you to develop, investigate and present a substantial and original project of personal interest. The academic team within the Centre for Cultural Policy Research have extensive experience of conducting empirical studies within the creative sector, and are thus able to support a wide range of industry and policy related topics and research approaches.
Semester 1 core courses (totalling 60 credits)
- Creative Industries and Cultural Policy (30 credits)
- Managing Innovation and Creativity (10 credits)
- Project Management (10 credits)
- Research Methods 1 (10 credits)
Semester 2 courses (totalling 60 credits)
- Creative Lives and Cultural Industries (30 credits)
- Research Methods 2 (10 credits)
- Optional course/s (worth 20 credits in total)
Semester 2 optional courses may include (subject to availability):
- Business Finance (10 credits)
- Digital Transformation (10 credits)
- Processes of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (10 credits)
- Internationalisation of SMEs (10 credits)
- Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)
- Festivals (20 credits)
Summer (April - August)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
Some optional courses might not be available every year.
Whether you are seeking a management role in an established organisation or plan to pursue a more entrepreneurial path, this course will equip you with a critical understanding of the landscape within which cultural and creative industries operate, and enable you to develop the analytical skills necessary for a career in this growing sector.
At the same time, the programme offers an academically engaging and rewarding experience allowing you to embark on policy advisory and consultancy roles or to pursue further postgraduate studies.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Melanie Selfe