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Creative Industries (Management) (MSc)

Course Description

The cultural industries are a range of activities that focus on the social and economic potential of creativity. This programme will give you an advanced, in-depth understanding of how creativity functions in organisations and the best management practices for creating, circulating and commercialising ideas, knowledge and information, at local, national and global levels. The UK has the largest creative sector in Europe and government and business increasingly recognise its critical importance in generating jobs, wealth and public engagement. This increasing prevalence makes it critical to understand the particularities and principles that are key to managing the skill and talent that power sectors such as advertising, architecture, art and crafts, design, film and video, music, theatre and the performing arts, publishing, TV and radio, and computing and digital design.

This programme is ideal if you want to develop a focused, practical understanding of the creative industries and the management principles, challenges and practices that you will encounter in this sector. We will consider the theoretical foundations of management within the creative industries, but we will also look at real-life applications of this theory, the realities of contemporary professional practice, and how you can create business value through strategic management, innovation and design. This combination of practical insight and analysis of real-world issues will enhance your career development and equip you for a range of management roles.

This programme is uniquely shared across our School of Business, Economics and Informatics and our School of Arts, sharing expertise, knowledge, ideas and research across 2 renowned centres of academic excellence. You can choose option modules in business, management, marketing and the knowledge economy, as well as option modules in arts management, policy and planning and digital cultures.

London is the heartland of the UK’s cultural sector, so our central London location in Bloomsbury means that one of the world’s most vibrant cultural and creative scenes is there on our doorstep for you to explore.

Graduates of this programme who wish to continue their studies will be automatically accepted on to Birkbeck’s MSc Creative Industries (Management), which involves undertaking 4 more modules and researching and writing a dissertation on an area of management within the creative and cultural industries that interests you most.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

This course will enhance your career development with its combination of practical management modules and its rigorous analysis of the contemporary media and creative industries.
The programme gives you the opportunity to cross disciplines and explore topics in arts management, computing and the digital, film and media, and management.
The programme offers you the opportunity to create business value through strategic management, innovation and design.
London, with its vibrant cultural scene, provides an ideal setting in which to examine how the creative industries are structured, the roles available within the sector, and the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation to creativity.
Birkbeck has a strong research record in the field of the cultural industries and is a centre for excellence in the related field of innovation research.
Many Birkbeck students work in, or have professional experience in, the industries under consideration. This provides strong networking opportunities with fellow students and Birkbeck alumni, with potentially beneficial impacts on your career development.
We engage in significant collaborative research and have excellent contacts with many public and private sector organisations, professional bodies and researchers at other academic institutions.
Based in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, Birkbeck's Department of Management is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in the broad field of management. Our academic staff are active researchers, as well as enthusiastic teachers, and they regularly publish cutting-edge research. We offer students of all ages and backgrounds a chance to study either part-time or full-time and to gain an internationally recognised University of London qualification.

Visit the Creative Industries (Management) (MSc) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time) - 20+ Awards

We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16
Domiciled in the UK/EU
Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13)
Studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time

Application Procedure

If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:Submit an application for your intended course
Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Usually, we require a second-class honours degree in any subject area from a UK university, or a non-UK equivalent. We will also consider a professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations, which must be approved by the College. Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non-standard applications. Our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 10450 pa

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