Global Cultures (MA) Cardiff University




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Our MA in Global Cultures explores 21st century cultural industries and the creative economy. This innovative and interdisciplinary programme will help develop your research analysis skills and aimed at those who have an interest in developing a career in the cultural sector. You’ll develop an understanding of the evolution of cultural industries in a global context by focusing on the global dissemination of cultural products, transnational cultural interactions in the creative sector, and cultural diversity and individual creativity in the globalised world. You’ll gain insights into global cultural industries and into cultural policy, while also allowing you to analyse case studies that span the UK, China, Japan, Latin America, North America and Europe. We’ll equip you with the theoretical tools to help you analyse the cultural products that you are learning about. Taught in the supportive and friendly environment of the School of Modern Languages. you’ll benefit from regular guest lectures with representatives of the creative and cultural industries.

Course structure

This is a two-stage postgraduate taught programme, in which you will take a total of 180 credits. During the Postgraduate Diploma Stage of the programme (September – June) you will take taught modules and must achieve 120 credits, consisting of four core modules. On successful completion of this stage, you will progress to the master’s degree stage, when you will write a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words, worth 60 credits.

Learning and assessment

Forms of teaching and assessment, formative and summative, are varied and stimulating, incorporating a wide range of methods and approaches. These approaches include lectures, seminars and tutorials, in which you will have the opportunity to benefit from discussions, group work and writing tasks. The skills subsequently developed during the taught (Postgraduate Diploma) stage of the degree will prepare you for the process of researching and writing your dissertation in the second stage of the programme: the master’s degree (dissertation) Stage. Assessment will be made up of formative and summative assessment.

Career prospects

This MA allows you to focus on cultural production in a global context and to understand the significant role of cultural production, cultural institutions and cultural policymaking in the broader contexts of social and economic development. Given the continuing importance of the cultural and related sectors for contemporary societies and their economies, the insights gained and the research training provided in the programme will equip you for employment in a range of roles

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Global Cultures (MA).

Full Time (1 year)

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27-Sep-21, 26-Sep-22


Cardiff University

PO Box 921,



CF10 3XQ, Wales

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants with a higher education degree of at least upper second class honours (2:1) in a relevant Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences discipline are encouraged to apply. For non-UK applications we expect a qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. This requirement may be waived for candidates with relevant professional qualifications or experience.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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