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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Northampton Square

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The unique MA develops an understanding of the growth of the creative industries and its consequences for social and economic development across the world.

Who is it for?

This course will enable you to both explore the development of the global creative industries at global level, their trajectory, the tensions and challenges arising from these; and examine the organisation, characteristics and issues emerging in the creative and cultural industries in specific areas of the world, and will help you to develop an understanding of how local, regional and world processes interact.

This course would suit anyone looking to broaden their impact in the cultural and creative industries sector: Whether your aim is to work in government or international organisations concerned with creative industries or the creative economy regionally or transnationally, or whether you are looking to broaden your horizons and build a career in any aspect of film, music, art or related creative industry at a global level.

You will be taught by world leading researchers in the international creative economy, culture, media and communication, and global political economy based in the Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries, the Departments of Sociology, and International Politics. This research expertise consistently informs our outstanding teaching in this area of studies.


Cultural goods and ideas are increasingly produced and consumed transnationally; however, global cultural trade flows are uneven and this has consequences for local and national development. Moreover, cultural assets are carriers of meaning and their global circulation impacts those who consume them, affecting identities and reproducing social and economic inequalities. How is culture produced and re-produced? What are the mechanisms of the global cultural ecosystems and markets? What are their consequences?

Taught by world experts in the field, the programme offers a unique opportunity for students to analyse the economic, social and cultural aspects of the contemporary transformation of culture and how they relate to the global and the local.

The course prepares students to work professionally or to engage in further academic study in the expanding cultural sphere worldwide.

Career prospects:

The MA prepares graduates wishing to pursue a career in transnational and regional institutions of governance such as international organisations, government administration, professional and global trade bodies as well as development agencies, NGOs and private sector firms interacting with these institutions. The Corporate Social Responsibility or development programmes of business corporations are also relevant.

As an MA GCI graduate you will be able to work in fields ranging from the music industry to Intellectual Property to heritage or television, and from development to investment relevant to any aspect of the global creative industries. The programme also prepares you for further doctoral study.

Potential career paths within the field include: Middle and senior management positions and programme managers in Government administration, culture ministries or relevant agencies; Policy analysts, researchers; Programme evaluators; Community relations; Managing CSR programmes in international corporations; Advocacy; Management and related roles in culture for development projects and in mega events such as the Olympics’ cultural programmes; As researchers and doctoral students, taking the academic career path.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,830per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

City, University of London

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  • Campus address

    City, University of London, Northampton Square, City of London, EC1V 0HB, England

City is one of the most international UK universities. Students are from over 160 countries, creating a diverse, cosmopolitan university community.
City's supportive alumni network stretches across the globe. They help those thinking of moving to London and organise in-country events after graduation.
City's international student advice team give guidance on the application process, answers questions on visa and immigration issues and check visa documents.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 97 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    149 74%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%



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