Cities, Culture and Creativity

Cities, Culture and Creativity MA

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £4,625
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £25.75 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: Full-time £13,250, Part-time £6,625

Course type



Liverpool Screen School

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

An exciting new cross-disciplinary MA, which studies contemporary UK and international cities from socio-economic, cultural, theoretical and practical perspectives.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Innovative, multidisciplinary programme taught by expert academics
  • Links with leading arts, cultural and creative organisations locally, nationally and internationally
  • Excellent pastoral and academic support
  • Taught in Liverpool, one of the leading arts and cultural centres outside of London (European Capital of Culture in 2008, UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Liverpool's cultural programme is world renowned and the potential to keep telling our story in new ways is a driver both for local engagement and tourism. To do this we need new ideas, fresh thinking and great imagination. By working with LJMU we hope to nurture and develop talent for the future good of the city.

Claire McColgan MBE, Director of Culture, Liverpool City Council

Since starting the course, I have learnt in depth about cultural policy and its place in urban development, and the importance of grassroots community projects in invigorating and democratising the arts sector, as well as training in research methods.

Laura Parsons, Development Officer at Tate Liverpool. 

Introduction to the School

The Liverpool Screen School offers you a warm and friendly environment founded on a strong commitment to nurturing and supporting creativity while offering excellent learning resources and first-class student support.  

International expertise

You will be taught by professional, experienced and enthusiastic academic staff with extensive and current practical industry experience.

The School is part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme and the Journalism teaching team has a growing international reputation and has in the past won contracts with the British Council to liaise with universities abroad. The team is involved in a range of international projects and is developing links with various countries. The department also has close links with local and national news organisations, including the BBC and ITV.

Staff have all worked in the industry with years of experience in print, radio, television and online journalism. Many of them have an excellent record of research and publications in Journalism and International Relations.

Liverpool is a truly international city with a thriving journalism industry. The city has one of the country's largest and most successful evening newspapers (the Liverpool Echo). Merseyside also has a flourishing local newspaper and magazine industry. There are several television companies in Liverpool such as the BBC and Granada TV. Lime Pictures (formerly Mersey TV), creators of Brookside and Hollyoaks as well as numerous other TV programmes are located in the city.

Top class facilities

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, located in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The Redmonds Building is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - making for a rich blend of student learning experiences.

As well as broadcast studios, news rooms and media production suites, you will have access to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and the ground floor Starbucks cafe.

The Redmonds Building is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Based in Liverpool, one of the UK's most high-profile and fascinating cities, which has been the scene of many innovative cultural programmes and urban regeneration initiatives, the degree focusses on the relationships between cities, culture and creativity.

Partners on this programme include the Institute of Cultural Capital (ICC), the Liverpool Business School and the School of Humanities and Social Science. You will be exposed to leading cities research such as the recently launched report, Beatles heritage in Liverpool and its economic and cultural sector impact, published by the ICC, EIUA and The University of Liverpool.

This degree will provide you with a broad programme of intellectual and academic perspectives on urban development, cultural distinctiveness and the way this is mediated by key institutions, social groupings and different representations of cities.  You will hear from a range of high profile speakers, not only from LJMU's vibrant academic community, but also from elsewhere in the commercial, cultural and policy making sectors. Our regular guest speakers will elaborate on many of the programme's key themes.  The core teaching team includes Dr Andrew Sherlock, Dr Gerwyn Jones (EIUA), Sue Potts (ICC) and Dr Jan Evans (Liverpool Business School).

Programme outline and structure

Through the course of your studies you will consider the importance of creative communities and leadership to the cultural and creative development of the urban environment.

You will gain an understanding of key urban theories, trends, policies and dynamics by drawing upon a range of contemporary local and global case studies to illustrate debates and policy responses. You will reflect on how urban images and identities are constructed and reconstructed, by whom and for what purpose, focusing on concepts such as city marketing, place identity, place brand and branding.   

The programme will enable you to play a key role in developing approaches to study and knowledge application in the fields of creativity and culture in urban environment. Another aim of the programme is to develop graduates who have essential skills in research design, project management and relevant major quantitative and qualitative research methods.  To examine how cultural policy fits with broader strategies for re-imagining and regenerating cities, you will use key skills to research and critically engage with the theories, principles, debates and intellectual paradigms that underpin the study of cities, culture and creativity. You will be expected to critically reflect on and communicate your research findings, knowledge and understanding throughout the degree.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study.

  • Understanding Cities: Theory, Culture and Social Change

Critically evaluate and understand the main contemporary debates about cities' economic and social importance and wellbeing

  • Research Methods: Cities, Culture and Creativity

Understand the respective strengths and shortcomings of different aspects of research design

  • Creative Communities

Evaluate and critically analyse the contribution of creative communities to culture led regeneration, social impact and health and wellbeing

  • Re-imagining Cities: Using Cultural Policy and Place Marketing

Understand and evaluate the role and contribution of cultural planning and projects to re-imagining cities and the positive and more problematic aspects of such relationships

  • Dissertation

Design and apply appropriate research methodologies to develop a dissertation in a complex and specialised area. You will be assessed on how well you communicate the results of your research project

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Our expert academics have designed your assessed work to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development as a research postgraduate.

You will be able to demonstrate your initiative and original work throughout the programme. Assessment requires self-led investigation and you will be expected to generate assignment titles, case studies and examples for critical evaluation.  The course will be delivered via a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and field visits. Internships and placement opportunities will also be available across a range of cultural and creative industries in Liverpool.

Assessments will vary according to the module being studied but may include essays, presentations, workshops, reports and video essays. The programme offers high levels of academic and pastoral support and you will be encouraged to become an independent learner, able to engage with a critical community and develop future policy, practice and innovation in culture and/or creativity as it relates to the urban environment.

Staff research interests

This course has been designed by specialist academics to bring you a unique learning experience in this highly intertextual area of postgraduate study.

We pride ourselves on our continued commitment to designing postgraduate courses around our research excellence and current market needs.

In the 2014 REF, 81% of research submitted in the area of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies at LJMU was recognised internationally or considered internationally excellent. 

This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the forefront of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

Entry requirements (Home)

Applications to study a Masters level qualification will normally be considered in the light of your ability to meet the following criteria:

  • 2:1 or above first degree in a related subject
  • One reference

The above should demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark upon the programme (including the required linguistic competence) and to complete the programme within the time limits.

Non-standard applicants are welcomed.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications and must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, via an IELTS test with a score of 6.5 (Minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 Visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of Visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a Visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Application and selection

You will be required to submit a completed LJMU online application form, together with your academic transcript or equivalent and an academic reference.

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

Learning to understand the development of urban environments symbolically and within the configuration of space, you will be able to interpret place-making for a wide variety of purposes.

For those who prefer a holistic approach to understanding cities - including social, economic, cultural and local historians, geographers, art historians, planning specialists, media practitioners, film-makers and journalists - this programme will inform your practice and deepen the range of your output.

Career opportunities for graduates include positions in: culture, heritage and creative industries within urban environments, museums, community and voluntary sectors, cultural centres, city councils, festival organisation, charities, regeneration projects, marketing and communications, public relations, arts and cultural bodies, administration, management, funding management and monitoring, teaching, research and academia.

The programme has an institutional tie with FACT, as well as the Philharmonic, Liverpool Biennial, the Everyman Theatre and Tate Liverpool and these relationships offer insights into contemporary practice as well as work-related learning opportunities.

Such hands-on experience is vital for your future professional success and this programme offers a range of placement and internship opportunities with community-based organisations and creative industries.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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