To become a successful manager in the creative and cultural industries, you need to understand the sector – from management theory to applied specialist skills to utilise in the field. Our MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management draws on the research, knowledge and workplace experience of a talented team of academics, who offer an excellent understanding of the business demands of managing creative enterprises and cultural organisations in the modern world.
Study mode: Full time
On this MSc you will learn the essential knowledge and critical skills you need to become a successful manager in the cultural and creative sector. You may also have the option to undertake an organisational project, giving you real-world work experience within a company.
The city makes this programme unique. Sheffield is a timely and exciting place to specialise in the creative and cultural industries thanks to its internationally renowned museums and galleries, thriving music scene, and the best regional theatre complex outside London. Regularly hosting high-profile exhibitions from prominent London galleries such as the V&A (the Victoria & Albert Museum), sending its theatrical productions to the West End and boasting a vibrant design and digital quarter, Sheffield students engage with the culture and become part of it themselves.
Students are encouraged to make use of Sheffield’s strong creative and cultural brands such as Museums Sheffield, Electric Works, Workstation, and Sheffield Theatres. Study visits to culture industry providers are an integral part of this programme; volunteering placements in the sector may also be available.
The MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management is taught full-time over 12 months with two semesters, followed by a dissertation, through a combination of lectures, seminars, case studies, group work for collaborative learning and web-based discussion groups.
Students are assessed through individual assignments, group projects, examinations and a dissertation.
Academics on the Creative and Cultural Industries programme also offer PhD supervision, should you choose to continue your studies in the sector. Click here to read about our research interests, and here for a list of Sheffield University Management School research degree students, which includes current PhD research students on the creative and cultural industries.
Optional modules (choose four)
The example course structure listed above may be subject to change in future years. The content and assessment methods on our courses are reviewed annually to make sure they're up-to-date and relevant.
Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.
In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.
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Careers and employability
At Sheffield University Management School, we are committed to focusing on employability and our postgraduate students’ future career prospects. We have two specialist careers advisors in the School, dedicated to providing full-time career support throughout your programme.
You will have many opportunities during your course to engage in personal and professional development. Our programmes are designed to enable you to acquire the transferable skills essential for employment: communication, organisation, the ability to deal with complex issues creatively and systematically; and the conceptual understanding required to evaluate current scholarship and research techniques.
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Tuition fees for 2018-19 are:
GBP 11,650 for EU Students
This programme recommends that students attend at least one of two organised field visits. Travel and accommodation are paid for by the Management School. Students are required to pay for any food and drink and will also provide a £50 deposit, returnable after the trip.
You may incur fees for late registration, re-examination and re-submission. Click here to find out more.
There are a number of scholarships which students may be eligible for, visit the following links for more information:
Chiara Dalla Libera, MSc Creative and Cultural Industries Management (Italy)
What were you doing before you started your course? I graduated in Spanish and English language and literature in Italy in 2008. Afterwards I travelled around Europe for two years thanks to the Erasmus Mundus Programme: I completed my MA in "Crossways in Cultural Narratives" in 2010, a joint interdisciplinary degree in European studies issued by the Universities of Siantago de Compostela, Sheffield and Nova Lisboa. Afterwards I stayed in Lisbon where I worked for five years as account manager in a private aviation company and as administative assistant as the University of Nova Lisboa.
Why did you choose to study your course? Why Sheffield University Management School? I was looking for a career change and when I read the description of the MSc CCI I realised it was exactly what I was looking for. Moreover, I had already studied at the University of Sheffield for a semester with the Erasmus Mundus programme and I had a very good experience. The fact that my MSc is in the Management School was an additional reason: it was important to me that the course had high chances of employability and I wanted a business oriented attitude and knowledge.
What do you like most about the city and why? You can have it all: a vibrant cultural life, a high quality university experience, a buzzing Student Union, lush parks, easy access to the other major British cities and so on. Sheffield is big enough to have lots of cultural venues, but small enough to be friendly and with everything at walking distance.
How do you feel the Management School has helped increase your employability? I've already had my CV and cover letter checked by the Employability Hub as well as attending various networking events, workshops and courses for the 'Employability Passport' as I would like to do a company-based dissertation project. There are countless opportunities to boost your CV and to increase your employability; you just have to take part!
How to apply
You are a recent graduate with a good degree in any subject, or a professional looking to move your career forward in the creative and cultural sectors. Alternatively, you could come directly from a cultural discipline such as dance, art or music and be seeking to extend your career prospects.
You will have a good upper second-class honours degree (2.1) or an approved professional qualification. For overseas students, Sheffield University Management School’s standard English requirement is IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6 in each part). For detailed information on our English language requirements, click here.
Staged application process
Applications to this course are assessed using our staged admissions process.
You can find information about the process on our staged admissions web page:
Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.
If you have any enquiries about your suitability, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team: