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Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (MPhil)

Course Description

The Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship has a strong research base in all areas of cultural policy; creative, cultural and social entrepreneurship; cultural diplomacy; and arts management- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/mphil-phd-creative-cultural-entrepreneurship/

The Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) provides a unique environment to study and research, with world leading academic thinkers within a university globally recognised for its research excellence.

ICCE welcomes proposals from highly qualified individuals. These research projects should be of the highest quality, in keeping with Goldsmiths' reputation as a leading producer of exceptional research.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people interested in carrying out research into:

cultural and creative entrepreneurship
creative industries
business models for the creative economy
social entrepreneurship
cultural tourism
culture and regeneration
cultural relations and diplomacy
audience development
cultural policy

Current research studies being undertaken in ICCE include:

21st century competencies
leadership of arts and cultural organisations
personalisation of the arts offer
value and how to assess this in the creative industries
audience development
the business of comedy
applied conceptual art
cultural diplomacy
Find out more about research degrees at Goldsmiths.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact ICCE.


You'll be supervised by a full-time member of staff, generally agreed during the preliminary discussions regarding your research with the ICCE Director.

The MPhil programme offers the opportunity for the student to continue their research to a PhD. PhD theses are up to a maximum of 100,000 words.

You should aim to complete and submit your thesis within the time-frame specified by Goldsmiths. This is normally three to four years for full-time students and four to six years for part-time.

A thesis for the award of MPhil may be submitted after two years of full-time or three years of part-time study. Registration can be changed from full-time to part-time status, and vice-versa, with the agreement of your supervisor. You'll be required to complete the appropriate form for change of status available from the Admissions Office or from the ICCE Administrator.

Research training programme

All students enrolled in the MPhil programme are initially required to attend a weekly seminar in research methodology conducted by the Goldsmiths Graduate School. These seminars are designed to bring together research students with diverse interests in a cooperative and stimulating environment.

Its objectives include training students for the Spring Review Week, written and oral presentations, preparation for upgrading procedures and publication of articles.


Examination is by thesis and a viva.


We engage directly with external partners from the creative industries, and make use of our home in the heart of this thriving global city

The creative industries and cultural sector are continuing to grow at a rapid rate. In the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) we specialise in preparing our students to understand, manage and innovate in these fascinating areas.

Many of our programmes are taught in partnership with international, regional and local cultural organisations, giving you the opportunity to gain direct experience of professional practice.

Skills & Careers

Possible careers include:

Practice-orientated work
Development work
Work in social innovation and social economy
Work in the arts and cultural sector and cultural and creative industries

How to apply

Before you start at Goldsmiths, the actual topic of your research has to be agreed with your proposed supervisor, who will be a member of staff active in your general field of research. The choice of topic may be influenced by the current research in the department or the requirements of an external funding body.

If you wish to study on a part-time basis, you should also indicate how many hours a week you intend to devote to research, whether this will be at evenings or weekends, and for how many hours each day.

Your research proposal

Along with your application details, personal statement and academic reference, you should also upload a research proposal at the point of application.

This should be in the form of a clear, concise and coherent statement of the proposed area of research of at least five pages and no more than seven pages of A4 and should include:

1) A working title for your research project.

2) A clear statement about what you want to work on and why it is important, interesting, relevant and realistic. Detail your main research objectives; these could be articulated as hypotheses, propositions, research questions, or problems to solve. What difference do you think your research will make? Is your research achievable in the time allocated? (e.g. 3 years full‐time)

3) Some background knowledge and context of the area in which you wish to work, including key literature, key people, key research findings. Think about how your work links to the work of others in the same or related fields?

4) Some consideration of the methods/approach you might use. Describe how will you conduct your research? Will you use existing theories, new methods/approaches or develop new methods/approaches?

5) Some indication of the strategy and timetable for your research project and any research challenges you may face. What would be the main stages of your project and what would you be expecting to do in each year of your PhD?

6) A short list of the key references which support your research proposal. References should be listed in an appropriate convention (e.g. Harvard). Such references should be used throughout your research proposal to demonstrate that you have read and understood the work of others. Other relevant material that you are aware of, but not actually used in writing your proposal, can also be added as a bibliography.

When preparing a research proposal it is useful to have a good awareness of the whole of the MPhil process. Goldsmiths' Professor Les Back has a series of podcasts on the topic that can be very helpful. These are all available on our podcasts page.


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (MPhil) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

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Application Procedure

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Entry Requirements

You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0).

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