MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries


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Programme Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time

Over the past decades, the creative and cultural industries have become the focus of a huge amount of research and critical debate. As digitisation transforms the media industries, from music streaming to on-demand TV, there has been increasing recognition of the economic and cultural value of art, museums, video games and 'heritage'. This programme offers the unique opportunity to critically analyse these developments in a fully global context, across the full range of School of Arts modules in Media, Music and Art and Archaeology.

Students can tailor their studies to focus on particular regions, art forms or themes, choosing from the wide array of modules that reflect the unique regional focus available at SOAS, and gain access to world-leading experts in the music, culture and traditions of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Alongside critical analysis and regional expertise, students can choose from a number of practical hands-on modules, in sound recording, podcasting and broadcasting, that will enable them to enhance their skill-set.

This programme has been designed for those seeking to work in some capacity in the creative and cultural sector - either as an artist or producer or in cultural policy, development or analysis. It also suits anyone looking to establish a research profile in Global Creative and Cultural Industries.

Who is this programme for?

Students will likely fall into two types. The first group will typically be interested in pursuing careers as practitioners, managers, consultants, policy advisers and entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Such students will typically take advantage of the potentials to hone practical/core skills, to develop their knowledge base about creative and cultural industries in a global context, and to maximise the ‘Directed Study in Industry’ opportunity.

The second group will typically be more concerned with developing academic research in the creative and cultural sectors, and the intersections between industry, cultural policy and international development. Such students will most likely concentrate their programme of study on the regional and theoretical courses available.

The MA, then, is suitable for those seeking employment as practitioners, managers, consultants, policy advisers and entrepreneurs in the creative and cultural industries, and for those who aspire to a Research degree.


Occasionally the availability of optional modules changes as a result of staffing and other circumstances. Students who had signed up for such modules will be notified as soon as possible and given the opportunity to choose from available alternatives.

Students must complete 120 credits of MA taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).


The Dissertation will be on a topic relating to the creative and cultural industries. It may either be on a theoretical topic or developed from the (below) "pathway" chosen by the student, and its has the option to incorporate multimedia materials.

  • Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries

Taught Component

Core Module

The following module needs to be completed for successful exit award achievement

  • Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries


  • Choose a module from the Pathway Module List below to the value of 15 credits.


  • Choose modules from the Skills and Internship List below to the value of 45 credits.


  • Choose modules from the list of recommended options below to the value of 45 credits OR Choose a module(s) from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 45 credits.

List of modules (subject to availability)

  • Music Pathway Module
    • The Music Business (Masters)
  • Art Pathway Modules
    • Contemporary Art and the Global
  • Media Pathway Modules
    • Studies in Global Digital Cultures
    • Topics in Global Digital Cultures
  • Skills and Internship Modules
    • Curating Cultures Cohort A
    • Digital traditional broadcasting communication
    • Directed Study in Industry
    • Sound Recording and Production
  • Optional Modules
    • Arab Painting
    • Art and Architecture of the Fatimids
    • Arts of Modern and Contemporary China (since 1800)
    • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa
    • Asia and Africa On Display: Objects, Exhibitions and Transculturism
    • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia
    • Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television
    • Contemporary Art and the Global
    • Culture and Society of West Africa
    • Culture and Society of East Africa
    • Culture and Society of Japan
    • Culture and Society of South Asia
    • Culture and Society of South East Asia
    • Culture and Society of China
    • Curating Cultures Cohort A
    • Curating Cultures Cohort C
    • Culture and Society of Near and Middle East
    • Curating Africa: African Film and Video in the Age of Festivals
    • Film and Screen Studies: Past and Present
    • Gender and Music (MMus)
    • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film
    • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context
    • Indian Cinema: Key Issues
    • Indian vocal music: Styles and histories
    • International Political Communication
    • Islam and the West: Artistic and Cultural Contacts
    • Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art
    • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde
    • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli
    • Klezmer Music: Roots and Revival
    • Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asia
    • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications
    • Modern and Contemporary Korean Art
    • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora (PG)
    • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (PG)
    • Music in Development
    • Music on the Silk Road: travel and circulation (PG)
    • Music, Place and Politics in Cuba
    • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters)
    • Photography and the Image in Africa
    • Perspectives On Development
    • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters)
    • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen
    • Qualitative Research Methods
    • Sacred Sound in South Asia
    • Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Global Media and Post-National Communication
    • Studies in Media, Information Communication Technologies and Development
    • Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms
    • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or good second class honours bachelors degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in a subject appropriate to that of the programme to be followed. As an approximate comparison, an equivalent BA from a US university would have a Grade Point Average of either 3.3 or 3.5 depending on the awarding university. If an applicant does not have a bachelors degree in an appropriate field s/he may be required to complete a qualifying year or a one-year diploma before entering the master's programme. Relevant work experience may also be taken into consideration. Individual courses may have specific entry requirements, so you are advised to consult the postgraduate prospectus for further information.

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Nov 2019

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