Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
MA in Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship at explores how arts and creative enterprises work in theory and practice, as well as the impact they can have on individuals and communities.


You’ll gain an understanding of the policy contexts of creative work, analyse and apply theories of art and culture and examine the cultural industries that comprise the arts, including theatre, performance, dance, opera, crafts, and museums.

Then you’ll choose from optional modules to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans, such as arts management or culture and place, and investigate topics like audience engagement and cultural policy. You may even have the chance to undertake a placement or a consultancy project for an external cultural organisation.

You’ll be taught by leading researchers in a city with a diverse cultural landscape. Whether you’ve already started your career or see yourself moving into the sector, this programme will give you the knowledge and skills to support your ambitions.

On and off-campus, you’ll benefit from opportunities to get involved in various cultural activities. The School of Performance and Cultural Industries organises the annual Little Leeds Fringe Festival, a series of cultural events on campus giving you the chance to volunteer in the management and programming team. What’s more, you can join any of the student societies that run events, campaigns and productions throughout the year.

You’ll study in a city with a rich cultural life that’s also a hub for business and entrepreneurship – home to the Leeds International Film Festival and Leeds International Piano Competition, as well as a variety of galleries, museums, theatres and other cultural facilities. Our School also has good relations with cultural organisations in the region such as the BBC, Phoenix Dance Theatre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds City Council, the National Media Museum and Opera North among many others.

Programme Structure

Core modules in Semester One will lay the foundations of the programme. You’ll explore different theoretical approaches to understand the relationships between culture, creativity, and entrepreneurship, learning about cultural industries and how public policy impacts on cultural development.To help you focus your studies in the areas that suit your interests and career plans, you’ll choose one of two optional modules which allow you to specialise in either the relationship between culture and place or management and leadership in the arts and cultural industries.You’ll then choose another optional module to complement or broaden your studies. You could focus on topics such as audience engagement or cultural policy, or you may be able to gain experience of consultancy working in teams to complete a brief for an external organisation. If you select the Creative Work module, you could spend two weeks on a placement in a cultural organisation as the basis of a small-scale research project.Another core module that runs throughout the year will develop your understanding of research methods in the arts and cultural industries. By the end of the programme you’ll demonstrate your skills and knowledge by completing an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

There are three compulsory modules including your research project. Then you’ll choose from either Critical Debates in Culture and Place or Arts Management and Cultural Leadership, two different ‘strands’ of study to allow you to focus on modules that meet your academic and professional interests.

Compulsory modules
  • Theoretical Perspectives: Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
  • Research Perspectives
  • Research Project
Optional modules
  • Arts Management and Cultural Leadership
  • Critical Debates in Culture and Place
  • Cultural Policy: Models and Debates
  • Enterprise and Consultancy Practice
  • Creative Work
  • Audience Experience and Engagement

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons).
If you don’t have this qualification, we may consider your application if you can demonstrate significant relevant industry experience.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Performance and Cultural Industries admissions team.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Alumni Tuition Fee BursaryIf you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary. Find out more at here

ScholarshipsAll MA applicants (Home/EU and International students) can apply to a number of scholarship and bursary schemes. For more information please visit University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships page.

School BursaryFor the forthcoming academic year, the School is offering four (4) bursaries – each equivalent to 100% of student fees at Home/EU rate. These awards are available for the academic year 2015/16 full-time, or spread across 2015/16 and 2016/17 part-time.

Anyone wishing to study with us next year is eligible to apply for a bursary. This includes students who have already been offered a place, as well as those with applications pending or yet to apply. The bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic, creative and/or relevant professional merit. The awards will be made on the strength of the MA application form plus a 300 word personal statement.
The personal statement should address
Your reasons for wanting to study at the School of Performance & Cultural Industries and for the specific degree programme concerned

Your assessment of the specific skills you bring to the School. This could address your academic, creative and/or relevant professional accomplishments

Any aspirations you have for your proposed period of study with us.

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