Creative Industries and Arts Organisation

MA ( 1 year Full-time )


This programme will prepare you for positions of significant responsibility and leadership in creative industries and arts organisation whether provided by government, private or non-profit agencies. The programme aims to provide you with a deep understanding of the dynamics of change in the cultural sector and the creative industries and the analytical tools to organise and sustain creative and cultural collaborations and networks in these fields. Learning outcomes therefore emphasise strong analytical and problem- solving skills but also ethical and 'cultural' skills in collaborative action research, human resource management, partnership development and working, digital communication and project management and fundraising.   The MA in Creative Industries and Arts Organisation will provide you with significant strategic research and consultancy capacity for work on creative industries and cultural sectors. The programme builds on existing successful initiatives at Queen Mary University of London such as Creative Works London, the People's Palace, Project Phakama, the departments of Drama, Film, Geography, and the strengths of the School of Business and Management in the fields of equality and diversity, ethical marketing, critical management and organisational studies, and postcolonial ‘development’ studies.


Why study your Masters in Creative Industries and Arts Organisation at Queen Mary?

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is situated in the east end of London – arguably the most creative place in Europe. The university’s location is in very close proximity to some of the most creative and culturally innovative neighbourhoods in the world. These include: Hackney Wick, Hackney Central, Bethnal Green, Dalston, Clerkenwell, Hoxton, Shoreditch, and more. These neighbourhoods represent important clusters of creative and cultural activity. They are a testament to the vibrancy of the east end and Queen Mary is proud to be part of this mosaic of activity in London by having close links to industry, third sector organisations, arts organisations,  creative SMEs and more. The core placement module entitled Professional Practice in Creative Industries and Arts Organisation will ensure that as a postgraduate student you are exposed to this vibrancy and become linked to the local creative and cultural economy.   

Network: QMUL Centre for Creative and Cultural Economy:

This MA will partly be supported by Network - Specifically it will look to ways of connecting its established links with the creative sector to provide deliverable and effective placement opportunities for postgraduate students throughout this MA and other routes. It will also provide opportunities for delivering an effective seminar series with postgraduate students and will provide an avenue for publishing research at an early stage.



This programme is available for one year full-time study.    The course is comprised of both compulsory and elective modules.  To encourage the interdisciplinary nature of the course you are required to take electives outside of the School of Business and Management.  Therefore, you will have the opportunity to undertake elective modules relating to specialised areas, including Drama, Film/Media and Geography.  In collaboration with partner organisations and with degrees of co-supervision, as and when possible, being handled by both QMUL academics and sector practitioners, you will gain practical experience in business and public engagement strategy, organisational behaviour, and global value chain ecologies in arts and cultural organisations in London.   You will also form groups and co-create a specific research brief for one organisation. This research work will feed your dissertations /project submission (Assessed Essay submitted in semester 3; placement to be conducted over three semesters).

For full details on our modules please go to the online module directory.

School of Business and Management (SBM)

Semester 1

Compulsory modules: 

  • Leadership Seminar (BUSM067) - non credit bearing
  • Organising in the Creative and Cultural Industries (New) (BUSM165)
  • Introduction to Creative Industries and Arts Organisation (New) (BUSM171)

Elective modules: 

  • History of Cultural Industries (New) (BUSM163)
  • Introduction to Marketing Management (BUSM137)
  • Contemporary Theatre and Performance (DRA7001)
  • Performing Mental Health (DRA7010)
  • Cine-Museology: Theorising Cinema and the Museum (FLM610)
  • Contemporary French Cinema (FLM6205)
  • Documentary Film: Theory and Practice (FLM7201)
  • Cultural Geography in Practice (GEG7122)
  • Cities, Space and Power (GEG7123)
  • Advanced Readings in Geography (GEG7101)
  • Geographical Thought and Practice (GEG7120)

Core modules: 

  • Dissertation in Creative Industries and Arts Organisation (BUSM169)
  • Professional Practice in Creative Industries and Arts Organisation (Semester 1, 2 &3) (BUSM172)

Semester 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Leadership (BUSM067) - non credit bearing
  • Applied Methods (Masterclass) (BUSM170)

Elective modules:

Electives modules in SBM

  • Organisational Development and Transformation (BUSM109)
  • Entrepreneurship (BUSM134)
  • Project Management (BUSM141)
  • Leadership in the Social and Public Sector (BUSM149)
  • Funding and Financing in the Creative and Cultural Industries (New) (BUSM161)
  • Innovation and Global Competition (BUSM177)

MA students will be able to take up to four modules outside of SBM.

Elective Modules in Drama:

  • Theatre and Performance Theory (DRA7006)
  • Performing Mental Health (DRA7010)
  • Contemporary Theatre and Performance (DRA7001)

Elective Modules in Geography:

  • Cities, Space and Power (GEG7123)
  • Cultural Geography in Practice (GEG7123)
  • Art, Performance and the City (GEG7102)
  • Geographical Thought and Practice (GEG7120)
  • Research Design and Methods (GEG7102)
  • Advanced Readings in Geography (GEG7101)

Elective Modules in Film:

  • Film Archeology (FLM604)
  • Contemporary French Cinema (FLM6205)
  • Film and Ethics (FLM6207)
  • New Independent Indian Cinema (FLM6208)
  • Ecocinemas: Nature, Animals and the Moving Image (FLM609)
  • Cine-Museology: Theorising Cinema and Museum (FLM610)
  • Documentary Film: Theory and Practice (FLM7201)

NoteThe modules are correct at the time of reading.  Information based upon modules offered during the 2018/19 academic year.  However, we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Entry requirements

A good upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject.  Some basic quantitative skills and some elementary prior knowledge of accounting would be an advantage. IELTS 7.0 (with 6.0 in writing) or equivalent is required.

Candidates are expected to have good English language ability and to meet our minimum English language requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements, it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme at Queen Mary's Mile End Campus in London.


For more information, please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)20 7882 5533 or email


For detailed country-specific entry requirements please visit the international section of our website.

Learning and teaching

Contact hours:

Undertaking a Masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Learning and teaching:

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. You can expect two to three hours of contact time per module, per week.

Independent study:

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and interaction with the Virtual Learning Environment. A wide range of assessment techniques are used, including coursework examinations and a dissertation. Coursework may take the form of an individual and/or group assignment, individual and/or group presentations or invigilated tests. Examinations take place in May or early June. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.


Over the summer term, you will write a 10,000 word dissertation.

This can be a practice orientated project of your choice, on a company or an industry you choose.



Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £10,900
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2020/21 Academic Year

Full time £18,000
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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