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International Creative Enterprise MA

Could you be tomorrow’s creative maker, organiser or entrepreneur? Do you want to take on ambitious cultural and arts projects? In our MA International Creative Enterprise, you’ll uncover critical approaches to culture and get real-world experience of international creative enterprise.


Course length: 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Film, Media and Broadcast Production
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: English and Creative Arts
Four students sit round a table in a classroom in Creative Edge, studying a Macbook screen with textbooks open in front of them.

Develop a mastery of critical approaches to culture and creativity, allied with an international perspective. You’ll explore theatre, film and TV, museums, galleries, publishing, and the music industry, combining critical study with practical experience.

Would you like to work in the creative economy of a major European city? This course gives you the chance to do just that, and get lots more hands-on experience too. You’ll also get the opportunity to go on an international field trip.

Your tutors are experts in the cultural and creative industries. They’ll help you to shape your study around your own areas of interest. Your work experience, cultural criticism, creative fieldwork and production can all be tailored to your path of study.

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

The compulsory modules explore critical approaches to culture, and provide practical knowledge of the creative industries, while you’ll get further insight with a 20-day placement in a partner cultural organisation in the North West.

Optional modules allow you to tailor the programme to your own interests, and you’ll gain expertise in areas including marketing, entrepreneurship, publishing and media.

You might choose to look at cultural representations of Liverpool in popular culture, from film, TV and music to novels and art. Or maybe you’d like to gain advanced skills in immersive, online filmmaking using the Screenlife technology and principles.

During our MA International Creative Enterprise, you’ll also have the chance to participate in an international field trip, learn a modern language and produce an extended piece of individual research.

Compulsory modules:

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Creative Industry Placement
The Culture Industry
Working in the International Creative Economy

One of:

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Dissertation Project

One of:

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Cultural Industries
Deconstructing Liverpool
Marketing: A Critical Introduction
Media and Creative Industries
Transnational Media

You will also study a modern language via the University’s Evening Language Courses at a level appropriate to your prior experience. This will form an integrated 20-credits on the course.

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

The programme will primarily be delivered through a series of three-hour campus-based group sessions, incorporating a combination of lectures and seminars. These group sessions will be complemented by tutorials and independent study, as well as a work placement and international field trip.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, reports, a dissertation and other forms of critical reflection. The work placement is assessed via a reflective journal and in-situ discussion.

Who will be teaching you

The programme is taught by experts from the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) and Department of Creative Arts at Edge Hill University. You will learn from specialists in the fields of cultural and critical theory, media and film studies, and the performing and creative arts.

ICE provides the gateway for researchers within the University to collaborate with external partners across the cultural industries and the creative and digital economy in the North West of England, as well as across the UK and internationally.

You will also be taught by professionals from the fields of filmmaking and international creative enterprise who have many years of experience working in the cultural industries.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

You may also be able to join the programme without a degree if you have appropriate professional qualifications or experience and can demonstrate this in a submitted portfolio.

An interview forms part of the selection process.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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Creative EdgeInternational Creative Enterprise students are based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for the Department of English and Creative Arts.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory.

The building also features a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces, as well as social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

Where you'll study

Creative Edge


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


for the course

UK Part-Time

£50 per credit

for 180 credits



for the course

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

When you graduate from our International Creative Enterprise Masters, you’ll be well placed to work in the cultural industries, such as theatre, film and TV, museums, galleries, publishing and the music industry. Or perhaps you’ll choose to become an entrepreneur.

Our graduates could apply their skills to rewarding roles in:

  • creative entrepreneurship
  • film and media production
  • arts management and policy
  • museums and galleries administration
  • theatre management and creative practice
  • music industry
  • festival organisation
  • independent arts organisation

Or you might choose further study and research in creative enterprise or critical approaches to culture.

Download our course leaflet