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Global Culture and Creativity (MA)

Please note that this course is currently under review. Therefore the details shown are subject to change and indicative only. The review is expected to be completed by July 2019. This page will be updated after that date and will then represent the basis on which the University intends to deliver the course.

Our MA in Global Culture and Creativity will enable you to develop research analysis on the 21st century cultural industries and creative economy, based on cultural diversity and individual creativity.

Our MA in Global Culture and Creativity will enable you to develop research analysis on the 21st century cultural industries and creative economy, based on cultural diversity and individual creativity.

It is suitable for applicants who would like to develop research understanding through building practical work experience with wide private and public art institutions. These include museums, theatres, digital media and publishing industries across the globe, including the UK, China, Japan, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe. This is the first such MA and sits within the School of Modern Languages and provides graduates with forefront research narrative and distinctive career prospects globally.

We offer multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to deciphering the 21st century evolution of culture and creativity in a global context. Such new knowledge is built across three main disciplines:

  • Cultural and media studies
  • Geography
  • Area studies

Whilst culture industry, cultural production and consumption, creative economy and creative class are used as core theories, the programme incorporates wider literature and cultural models to contextualise theories.  In addition, practical learning experiences are designed to enhance your learning experience. The optional modules available will further enhance your research skills and employability in global arts, cultural sectors and beyond.

The MA in Global Culture and Creativity sits within the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University, which offers a wealth of global research and teaching resource, and provides forefront 21st century research discourse of cultural industries and the creative economy.

Distinctive features

There are four distinctive features of this programme:

  • Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teaching and learning: This programme bridges research and teaching fields between arts humanities and social sciences, as well as building the link between global literature texts and global cultural products.
  • Area studies set in a global context: This programme introduces wide area studies into individual subject learning, such as publishing houses, museums, theatres, digital media and others. You will have the rare opportunity to compare the making of texts and cultural products in different cultural settings, through individual and collaborative creativity across the globe.
  • Global arts institutions: This programme provides the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, as well as benefiting from guest speakers from private and public cultural industries. This will help you conceptualise research theories and develop research questions, as well as to establish valuable networks at the earliest opportunity.
  • Linguistic skills: You will have the opportunity to study optional modules from across our Undergraduate translation and languages portfolios. (Please note, these modules will not be credit bearing)

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2019
Duration1 year

Admissions criteria

This programme is suited for applicants who are keen to develop research analysis on the 21st century cultural industries and creative economy, which is based on cultural diversity and individual creativity; it is for applicants who would like to develop such research understanding through building practical work with wide private and public art institutions such as museums, theatres, digital media and publishing industries across the globe, including the UK, China, Japan, Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe.

Applicants with a higher education degree of at least upper second class honours (2:1), or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this in any discipline, are encouraged to apply. This requirement may be waived for candidates with relevant professional qualifications or experience. 

Early application is strongly advised, normally well before the end of July. Later applications may be considered, but international students must bear in mind the time needed to obtain a visa.

Applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5, or an equivalent English language qualification.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

This programme consists of two stages:

Stage one: Taught Stage

You will take 80 credits of core modules and 40 credits of optional modules. The latter includes options from our translation programme, as well as a wide selection of language modules. You are also able to take a wide range of undergraduate level language modules, but these are not credit bearing.

Stage two: Dissertation module

You will progress to the dissertation stage on successful completion of stage one.

The 60-credit dissertation allows you to develop independent research skills and to investigate in some depth a topic which you regard as central to the debates and challenges of culture and creativity in a global context.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Stage One

This stage is designed to progressively develop your skills for independent research and to increase your capacity for academic study through a series of taught modules.

You will take two core modules, totalling 80 credits. These modules provide you with necessary baseline skills and knowledge,  providing essential background and conceptual understanding of the key issues, debates, challenges and opportunities of creativity in wide culture sectors in a global context as well as developing your academic skills, such as academic writing, research planning and research essays.

In addition, you must pursue 40 credits of optional modules.

You will also have the opportunity to select from a wide choice of modules from our Undergraduate languages and translation portfolio. However, these will not be credit-bearing and will not count towards the 120-credits required in year 1.  

Stage two: Dissertation

You will progress to the Dissertation stage on successful completion of the 120 credits taught modules at stage one.

The 60 credit dissertation will allow you to develop important independent research skills and to investigate in some depth a topic which you regard as central to the debates and challenges of culture and creativity in a global context. The dissertation will:

  • be research led, practice based, where appropriate;
  • be supervised by appropriate School of Modern Languages staff;
  • conform to the expectations of an MA Dissertation in School of Modern Language.

You will design your dissertation research project by the end of semester one and are encouraged to take on case studies from one of the cultural sectors covered in this programme or/and one that you have strong links with.

If you do not successfully complete the dissertation stage, subject to successful completion of the requisite number of taught modules, you may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

Module titleModule codeCredits
Research Methods and PracticeMLT81040 credits
Culture, Creativity and GlobalizationMLT82040 credits
DissertationMLT88060 credits
DissertationMLT88060 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Theory of TranslationMLT80120 credits
Translation & Minority LanguagesMLT81120 credits
Translation & Adaptation in the ArtsMLT81220 credits
Translation and CulturesMLT82720 credits
Translation and Creative PracticeMLT83020 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, presentations, blogs, portfolios, tutorials and seminars. Lectures take a range of forms but generally provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts and convey relevant up-to-date information. You will also have access to recorded versions of some lectures.

In tutorials and seminars you will have the opportunity to discuss particular themes or topics, to consolidate and get feedback on individual learning and to develop skills in oral presentation. Communication skills are developed in tutorials, where you will make individual contributions to group study, for example by summarising a particular reading or debate for the group.

You will also participate in a range of small group work, including table top exercises. Participation in diverse learning activities, such as small-group discussions, debates, oral presentations, independent research tasks and written assignments will develop intellectual and presentation skills. This interaction is intended to build personal and professional networks in preparation for future careers.

Where possible, field trips from one of the three themed lectures/seminars will take place at appropriate cultural industrial venues and relevant industry staff will be invited to give talks.

How will I be supported?

Throughout the programme, subject tutors will provide a first point of contact if you have any academic queries. You will also be allocated a personal tutor who will help you to reflect on your performance and offer advice.

A range of other staff are available to provide further support, including the admin support team, specialist librarians and a Disability and Diversity Officer who ensures that reasonable adjustments are made for students with disabilities.

Study skills sessions will be made available, including an essay writing workshop and support for planning and executing a dissertation where, working closely with a supervisor, you will be guided through research design, fieldwork practices, ethical clearance considerations and the writing stage.

All modules within the Programme make extensive use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, where you can access discussion forums and find course materials including recordings of lectures, links to related materials and multiple-choice tests.

The programme convenor will also provide help with career planning (in conjunction with the University’s Careers Service).

For the internship, two members of the School’s professional services staff are delegated to provide the support.  

Academic Progress and Feedback Meetings

To enhance student experience and provide our students with holistic feedback, the School has introduced annual Academic Progress and Feedback Meetings with Personal Tutors. You will be asked to look over your work, summarise the comments you received from your module tutors, and identify the particular strengths of your academic performance as well as the key areas for further improvement. Please bear in mind: the better you prepare the meeting, the more meaningful the advice of your Personal Tutor will be.

The annual Academic Progress and Feedback Meeting with your Personal Tutor does not replace the specific feedback you will receive regularly from your module tutors throughout the academic year. The purpose of the meeting is to offer complementary support in the form of a holistic review of your academic progress and general advice for improvement.

Feedback on Assessment

Academic feedback plays a crucial role in supporting learning at University and is a key element of your learning experience.  You will receive feedback in a variety of different ways and learning situations.  You should be aware of the range of feedback you could receive, including the oral feedback that you will receive from staff on an ongoing basis.

The feedback you receive will be most useful when you use it to identify what you did well, why you got a particular mark, and what you need to do to improve.  When you have done this, you need to ensure that you use this information to improve your future work.

Feedback on assessed work will be made available to you no later than four working weeks after the assessment deadline.  In exceptional cases, where this is not possible, staff will notify students when they will receive it and give clear reasons for the delay. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be made up of formative and summative assessment.

Formative Tasks

Formative tasks do not contribute towards final degree classification but are designed to give you an opportunity to develop skills and practice for summative assessments.  They enable you and your tutors to evaluate the development of skills and progress in each module. Formative tasks will normally involve written coursework or a class test or may comprise an individual presentation.

Summative Assessments

Summative assessments contribute towards final degree classification. Results in these assessments:

  • determine formal progression from stage one to Dissertation; and
  • determine the final award.

The nature of the summative assessments in stage one will vary by module but will typically involve class room presentation, written coursework, unseen examinations or pre-release examinations, practical assignments or workshops. The dissertation stage comprises a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

You will have the opportunity to review and discuss the type(s) of assessment associated with each module with a member of staff when making decisions about their study pathway.

What are the learning outcomes of this course/programme?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you. 

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical engagement with theoretical frameworks and subject-specific literature in global culture and creativity
  • Critical reflection on the ways in which research methodology and professional learning impact practice in cultural and creative industries in global context
  • Evaluation of global cultural and creativity methodologies in the light of professional practice and advanced research and, where appropriate, proposal of new hypotheses
  • Advanced creative practice, enabling the critical evaluation of current research and advanced scholarship in their specialist area of global culture and creativity

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to design and execute independent research projects;
  • Ability to understand the benefits and challenges of inter and multi-disciplinary research;
  • Ability to draw out the connections between academic research and practical fields;
  • Ability to synthesise large quantities of academic, cultural practice and area studies into original arguments;
  • Ability to reflect on their own learning by making use of constructive feedback.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to evaluate and synthesise arguments and data from different disciplines related to global culture and creativity
  • Ability to offer an analysis of the complex problems of the 21st century Knowledge Economy and Information Age in a way that allows for cross disciplinary collaboration;
  • Ability to write for a variety of audiences linked to global culture and creativity including policy makers, the media and funding bodies;
  • Ability to develop collaborative skills through group problem solving

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to write to a high standard for a broad range of audiences including academia, funding bodies, policy makers, arts institutions and the media;
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrating organisational and time-management skills;
  • Ability to communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop logical and reasoning skills through discussion and debate.

This is the first MA with a focus on cultural industries and creative economy to sit within a School of Modern Languages, particularly to include global area studies perspectives. Such distinction provides graduates with forefront research narrative and distinctive career prospects globally.

You will have benefited from excellent research training, enabling you to continue further research programmes should you wish.

Master's Excellence Scholarships

Scholarships available worth £3,000 each for UK/EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2019.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2019/20)

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EU students entering in 2019/20 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

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Additional costs

The School will cover the travel costs of any placements, up to a limit of £100 per student. Any additional travel or subsistence costs will need to be covered by the student.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

What the student should provide:


What the University will provide:

Access to library books, online resources, Learning Central and Turnitin software.

Applicants with a strong industrial background, but do not fully meet the above academic entry points, are encouraged to apply. If the application shows the applicant’s strong commitment and clearly focused research and career direction, an interview will be conducted.

The final selection process will be based on a rounded evaluation of applicants, taking account of all supporting evidence and performance at interview.

We encourage students to take an internship and practice-based research project. However, the internship is not credit bearing and there are no guaranteed internship/placement or study abroad opportunities associated with this Programme. For students who do not wish to pursue or cannot find internship/ placement opportunities, the Dissertation will be fully assessed based on academic quality and standards.

We have excellent links with wide arts institutions, including Wales Arts International, Wales Arts Council, BBC Wales, Wales Philharmonic, Wales National Theatre, Wales Opera House, National Museum and others. Our cultural industrial contacts are not limited to the UK, but expand globally, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, Brazil, Africa and others. Students are facilitated for internship and research contact for maximized learning experience and graduate prospects.

To be considered for an internship you will need to submit an application at the beginning of your second semester. Whilst we strive to provide the best support possible, places for internship and placements are not guaranteed.

International students may be subject to visa restrictions. In which case, your internship/placement may not exceed 20 hours per week. Full details can be provided via student support.