Taught course

Creative Industries and Cultural Policy

University of Glasgow · College of Arts

Entry requirements

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. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

  • 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.
  • For students studying the Creative and Cultural Industries, Glasgow offers an ideal environment. It is a culturally vibrant city, with thriving music, theatre, and visual art scenes, and the greatest concentration of creative industries in Scotland.

Programme Structure

Semesters one and two (September to April) comprise a taught course delivered primarily within the Centre for Culture Policy Research, a dedicated and well-resourced postgraduate teaching and research centre. Core courses focused on key sector management skills are provided by the Adam Smith Business School, and in semester two you can select options from the Business School, the School of Law or the School of Culture and Creative Arts, according to your own interests.

Assessment is based primarily on individual written essays and assignments but also involves presentation and an examined element. 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, you will complete a research dissertation 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.

Core courses

  • Creative Industries and Cultural Policy
  • Contemporary Cultural Production
  • Managing Innovation and Creativity
  • Project Management
  • Research Methods 1 and 2

Optional courses may include

  • Business Finance
  • Digital Transformation
  • Processes of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Internationalization of SMEs
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Festivals
  • Issues in Audience Management

Some optional courses might not be available every year.

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. IBTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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