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Global Cultures (MA)

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

This innovative and interdisciplinary programme is aimed at students who have an interest in developing a career in the cultural sector.

The programme allows you to develop an understanding of the evolution of cultural industries in a global context by focusing on the global dissemination of cultural products, transnational cultural interactions in the creative sector, and cultural diversity and individual creativity in the globalised world.

This programme will provide you with insights into global cultural industries and into cultural policy, while also allowing you to analyse case studies which span the UK, China, Japan, Latin America, North America and Europe and equips you with the theoretical tools to analyse the cultural products that you are learning about.

This MA is delivered by the School of Modern Languages, which is home to researchers with a wide range of interests in contemporary culture, including film, literature, theatre, music, graphic novels, photography, cultural festivals, and museums. Their combined global expertise will help you develop your own interests in a supportive and friendly environment. The programme also benefits from regular guest lectures from representative of the creative and cultural industries.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of this programme are as follows:

Interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary

This programme bridges research and teaching fields in arts, humanities and social sciences, drawing on cultural studies in the context of comparative area studies. While addressing core  issues relating to the study of cultural production, this programme also incorporates theories of the globalization of culture. By adopting an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to these issues, this programme maximises your theoretical understanding of the field. 

Comparative area studies in a global context

You will have the opportunity to compare the making of texts and cultural products in different cultural settings, focusing on individual and collaborative creativity across the globe. Close attention will be paid to the institutional, economic and policy factors that shape cultural production as it appears in a wide variety of contexts, including public cultural institutions, global media, the heritage sector, and leisure and tourism.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration1 year
QualificationMA
ModeFull-time
Contact

Admissions criteria

Applicants with a higher education degree of at least upper second class honours (2:1) in a relevant Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences discipline are encouraged to apply. For non-UK applications we expect a qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. This requirement may be waived for candidates with relevant professional qualifications or experience.  In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (to include 5.5 in each sub-score), 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 is a two-stage postgraduate taught programme, in which you will take a total of 180 credits. During the Postgraduate Diploma Stage of the programme (September – June) you will take taught modules and must achieve 120 credits, consisting of four core modules. On successful completion of this stage, you will progress to the master’s degree stage, when you will write a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words, worth 60 credits.

You can take a wide range of language modules from the Languages for All programme or from the School's undergraduate degrees as appropriate, but these are not credit bearing. 

The Postgraduate Diploma stage

This stage is designed to progressively develop your skills for independent research, in addition to increasing your capacity for academic study through a series of core taught modules delivered by the School of Modern Languages.  Combined, the four core modules equip you to develop a research project for your final dissertation and to successfully achieve the learning outcomes of the programme. The four core modules specifically develop your conceptual, practical, writing and communication skills.

The programme team, led by the programme coordinator, conducts an annual review of modules to ensure that the programme remains contemporary and relevant to the learning outcomes.

The master’s degree (dissertation) Stage

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Stage of this programme you will progress to the master’s degree (dissertation) stage.

The 60 credit dissertation is no less than 15,000 words in length and no more than 20,000 words in length. It allows you to develop important independent research skills and to investigate a topic that you regard as central to the debates and challenges of culture in the global context. The dissertation:

  • is an extended piece of independent research;
  • is supervised by appropriate School of Modern Languages staff;
  • conforms to the expectations of an MA dissertation in School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University.

You will identify the theme of your dissertation research project by week five in the Spring semester and are encouraged to take on case studies from one of the cultural sectors covered in the programme. Comparative projects that address developments in more than one country or in a transnational context are particularly encouraged.

The deadline for submission of the dissertation is stipulated in the programme information issued to you. Indicatively, this is usually the second or third week in September. In the case of full-time students, this date may be no later than 50 weeks from the date of initial registration. This date may be extended by three months for any student who is permitted at the end of the Diploma stage to resit modules in the next Re-sit Examination Period. If you fail to submit your Dissertation by the due date, you will be awarded a mark of zero for the dissertation.

Students who do not proceed to the master’s degree stage, subject to successful completion of the requisite number of taught modules, may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). Students who fail the dissertation, but who successfully complete the taught modules, may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Study is split into two stages:

  • The Postgraduate Diploma stage; and
  • The master’s degree (dissertation) stage.

During the Postgraduate Diploma stage you will study 120 credits of core modules.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma stage you will progress to the master’s degree (dissertation) stage.  During this stage you are required to pursue a 60 credit, level 7 dissertation module. 

Module titleModule codeCredits
Culture, Creativity & GlobalizationMLT83130 credits
Research Methods and PracticeMLT83230 credits
Theorizing Global CulturesMLT83330 credits
International Cultural Policy: Theory and PracticeMLT83430 credits
DissertationMLT88060 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?

Forms of teaching and assessment, formative and summative, are varied and stimulating, incorporating a wide range of methods and approaches. These approaches include lectures, seminars and tutorials, in which you will have the opportunity to benefit from discussions, group work and writing tasks. The skills subsequently developed during the taught (Postgraduate Diploma) stage of the degree will prepare you for the process of researching and writing your dissertation in the second stage of the programme: the master’s degree (dissertation) Stage.

During the Postgraduate Diploma stage you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops 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. In tutorials and seminars, you will have the opportunity to discuss specific 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 be required to make individual contributions to group study, for example by summarising a particular reading or debate for the group.

Participation in diverse learning activities, such as small-group discussions, debates, oral presentations, independent research tasks and written assignments will develop your intellectual and presentation skills.

The School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University benefits from a regular programme of  talks by visiting scholars whose specialisms are relevant to the programme. You will be able to attend these talks in order to broaden your understanding of issues that are key to this programme of study. This master’s programme also incorporates regular contributions from professionals in the cultural and heritage sectors.

The teaching approach set out above aims to enrich your learning experience and deepen your theoretical understanding of the subject of global culture, strengthening your graduate prospects in a global career market.

How will I be supported?

On this MA programme, the programme convenor has the overview of programme delivery while core modules and options are managed by module tutors. In the first instance, you will work with the programme convenor to identify your key research interests and to create a programme of study with an appropriate module selection. You are assigned to a personal tutor, who is responsible for your pastoral care and academic development. You will also benefit from the individual supervision of your written assessments by individual members of staff with appropriate research interests. You will be assigned to a dissertation supervisor based on their interests and relevant staff expertise.

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

Study skills are incorporated into the core Research Methods and Practice module, but you also have access to the University’s Academic Study Skills programme, delivered by the Academic Study Skills and Mentoring Team.

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, etc.

The programme convenor also supports you in your career planning, in conjunction with the University’s Careers Service.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be made up of formative and summative assessment.

Formative Tasks

Formative tasks do not contribute towards your 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 your skills and progress in each module. Formative tasks will normally involve written coursework or a class assessment or may comprise individual student presentations.

Summative Assessments

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

  • Determine formal progression from the Postgraduate Diploma stage to the master’s Degree (Dissertation) stage; and
  • Determine the final award.

The nature of the summative assessments in the Postgraduate Diploma stage will vary by module, but will typically involve final written coursework (essays), practical assignments, such as oral presentations or poster presentations, or workshops. Summative assessment in the master’s Degree (dissertation) stage comprises the dissertation (15,000 words).

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

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

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

  • The ability to critically evaluate and apply theoretical frameworks relating to the globalisation of culture and transnational cultural interactions;
  • The ability to critically assess the role of a range of cultural organisations and individuals in the global context, including creative practitioners, cultural institutions, international organisations, heritage professionals and consumers;
  • The ability to undertake comparative analysis of cultural production and consumption in a global context.

Intellectual Skills:

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

  • The ability to design and execute independent research projects focusing on global culture in the context of comparative area studies;
  • The ability to assess the benefits and challenges of inter- and multidisciplinary research in the study of global culture;
  • The ability to analyse the potential utility of such research to those working in the cultural sector or to cultural policymakers;
  • The ability to reflect on your own learning by making use of constructive feedback.

Professional Practical Skills:

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

  • The ability to evaluate and synthesise arguments and data from multiple disciplines in the context of comparative areas studies;
  • The ability to offer an analysis of key global challenges facing the cultural sector, for example in relation to cultural diversity, the dynamics of transnational interactions, and individual creativity;
  • The ability to write to a high standard for a broad range of audiences including academia, funding bodies, policymakers, arts institutions and the media.

Transferable/Key Skills:

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

  • The ability to work independently, demonstrating organisational and time-management skills;
  • The ability to communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing;
  • The ability to apply logical and reasoning skills through discussion and debate.

This MA allows you to focus on cultural production in a global context and to understand the significant role of cultural production, cultural institutions and cultural policymaking in the broader contexts of social and economic development. Given the continuing importance of the cultural and related sectors for contemporary societies and their economies, the insights gained and the research training provided in the programme will equip you for employment in a range of roles, including but not limited to the following:

  • PhD research
  • Employment in arts and cultural organisations
  • Cultural policymaking
  • Employment in media organizations
  • Working as an independent producer

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.

Additional costs

No

There is no specific placement provision in this programme however, you are encouraged to  seek relevant work experience opportunities during your studies, for which the programme teaching team can provide advice and support.