Postgraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 Year, Part-time: 2 Years

UK fee

£9,450 for the full course* (2024/25)

Course level




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Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

The highlights

For graduates seeking to enter the exciting and dynamic world of the creative and cultural industries, this postgraduate programme is designed to equip you with the skills required for a successful career in the twenty-first-century industry.

This unique programme brings together cross-disciplinary expertise and knowledge in creative thinking, business, art, heritage, media and journalism.

You will develop your knowledge and skills for leading the cultural and creative institutions of the future. This programme is offered on campus and makes excellent use of the Midlands as a cultural region where you will benefit from established relationships with organisations in cultural heritage, festivals and advertising.

Take advantage of the opportunity to work collaboratively with a creative sector partner on your final project. Working with industry will increase your knowledge of how organisations operate and the challenges they face and enhance your employability skills.

The programme also provides the foundation for you to develop a deeper academic engagement with creative and cultural industries which could lead to further study at MPhil or PhD level.

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How you will be supported 

The Journalism team at the University of Derby has extensive links with media companies, individual journalists, and other industry organisations such as regulators and societies (including; Reach PLC, Derby Book Festival, Derby Museums, the Society of Editors and the British Society of Magazine Editors). In addition to this, the Creative Arts team have a plethora of contacts in terms of galleries and exhibition organisers.

The CivicLab, which is based at the University of Derby, also offers another opportunity to engage with organisations that work with the University. All of these contacts and partnerships provide the opportunity for you to collaborate with an external arts, media or heritage organisation such as the visual arts charity, Artcore, Derby Theatre or Derby Museums.

You'll be supported in the following ways:

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Choose your specialism

This Masters will equip you with the practical and intellectual skills to prosper in a world which requires the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, along with the ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations. 

You can choose which sector to concentrate upon and specialise in one topic. You'll select your specialism during the course induction phase and choose from: 

If you want to work in various roles within the creative and cultural industries, this course provides opportunities to dive deeply into in-demand specialist areas while also exploring the relevant theoretical, legal, and ethical discussions.

This course also provides scope for you to critically engage with significant intellectual developments within the field of creative and cultural industries and reflect on the practical as well as the more theoretical dimensions of the field. 

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Postgraduate Open Event

Join us at an upcoming Postgraduate Open Event, where you will get the opportunity to meet our expert academics and find out more about your course.

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What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • CCI Management 
  • Creative Collaborative Project
  • Project Modelling and Methods
  • Practical Content Production
  • Curation and Conservation in the Digital Age
  • Audiences and Audience Development
  • Freelancing
  • Digital Skills
  • Heritage Management, Funding and Marketing
  • Marketing Sales Modern Publishing
  • Magazine Publishing

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

We employ a range of approaches to enable your learning. These include lectures, seminars, tutorials and debates, alongside workshops and close collaboration with the media industry and professional practitioners. There is also an emphasis on self-directed study which reflects the greater importance accorded to autonomous learning at postgraduate level.

We have a blended learning strategy. This means that, in addition to face-to-face teaching, all modules will have support from the University’s virtual learning environment. This provides facilities for your tutors to upload lecture recordings and presentations, create links to useful electronic resources and to issue class announcements. We also use Course Resources to participate in discussion groups and share files with fellow students on group assignments.

How you are assessed

Depending on optional module choice, you may be expected to undertake a broad range of assessment, such as: essays; reports that may require the critical integration of both qualitative and quantitative data; oral presentations; and critical reflection. In the more practical modules, you will create content using a variety of platforms and technology for your assessments – this practical work is usually combined with academic essays to contextualise and reflect on the work produced.

Who will teach you

Lecturer in Journalism

Beth Wood
Programme leader

Beth is a lecturer in Journalism and Programme Leader for the MA Creative and Cultural Industries

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Entry requirements

You will need a 2:1 undergraduate degree or relevant experience.

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)


£9,450 for the full course*

£1,050 per 20 credits




Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

Apply directly to the University.

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This is a stimulating and varied course that equips graduates for a wide range of post-programme opportunities and careers in the creative and cultural industries sectors.

You will develop management and leadership skills along with other key transferable skills such as digital and communication skills. The self-guided nature of much of your work will make you a valuable asset in the creative and cultural media industries either for an organisation or freelance.

You will be supported to develop your understanding of appropriate research methodologies and the ability to deploy a range of established techniques of research and enquiry in both the academic and media industry arenas. This means you’ll be in an ideal position to use this Masters as a starting point for continued research, either as a stepping-stone to MPhil or Doctoral study or by means of integrating your research skills into a range of professional applications and careers. 

The creative and cultural industries are defined as encompassing the following subsectors:

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

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