Global Cultures (MA)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Global Cultures (MA)

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.

Admission requirements

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as arts, humanities, or social sciences, or an equivalent international degree
  • a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification
  • or relevant professional experience evidenced by a reference.

English Language requirements

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Dissertation
  • Culture, Creativity & Globalization
  • Research Methods and Practice
  • Theorizing Global Cultures
  • International Cultural Policy: Theory and Practice

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Full time Tuition fees for UK Students:£9,200 per year.
  • Full time Tuition fees for International Students: £19,450 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to critically evaluate and apply theoretical frameworks relating to the globalisation of culture and transnational cultural interactions;
  • The ability to critically assess the role of a range of cultural organisations and individuals in the global context, including creative practitioners, cultural institutions, international organisations, heritage professionals and consumers;
  • The ability to undertake comparative analysis of cultural production and consumption in a global context.

Intellectual Skills

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to design and execute independent research projects focusing on global culture in the context of comparative area studies;
  • The ability to assess the benefits and challenges of inter- and multidisciplinary research in the study of global culture;
  • The ability to analyse the potential utility of such research to those working in the cultural sector or to cultural policymakers;
  • The ability to reflect on your own learning by making use of constructive feedback.

Professional Practical Skills

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to evaluate and synthesise arguments and data from multiple disciplines in the context of comparative areas studies;
  • The ability to offer an analysis of key global challenges facing the cultural sector, for example in relation to cultural diversity, the dynamics of transnational interactions, and individual creativity;
  • The ability to write to a high standard for a broad range of audiences including academia, funding bodies, policymakers, arts institutions and the media.

Transferable/Key Skills

On successful completion of the programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to work independently, demonstrating organisational and time-management skills;
  • The ability to communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing;
  • The ability to apply logical and reasoning skills through discussion and debate.

Career paths

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, including but not limited to the following:

  • PhD research
  • Employment in arts and cultural organisations
  • Cultural policymaking
  • Employment in media organizations
  • Working as an independent producer

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