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Business Management in the Creative Industries MSc

Study in the historic Great Hall of Leicester Castle, originally built in 1150 and currently undergoing a £4.2 million refurbishment.

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Overview

Reasons to study Business Management in the Creative Industries at DMU:

The creative industries are one the fastest growing areas of international business, offering great opportunities for interesting careers. Creative workers and leaders exhibit different skills and approaches to other business sectors, and individuals with creative talent require business management skills to develop as professionals in the creative industries. The Business Management in the Creative Industries MSc is uniquely positioned to help students learn how to respond to these evolving challenges.

This business management degree combines specific creative practice and skills with a rigorous business management education customised for the creative industries. Students are supported in developing their professional potential through coaching, whilst gaining valuable industry contacts, executive work placements, and the professional skill sets required to excel in the creative industries.

The programme benefits from the location of being a short walk away from Leicester’s Cultural Quarter and technology parks, and from close working relationships with creative organisations. Local creative workers and companies co-teach on the programme and offer creative industry mentoring and executive placements to boost your employability in the field.

Based at De Montfort University, there are opportunities to develop wider technical skills through access to specialist areas in the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities and the Institute of Creative Technologies. There are also ways for you to tailor your university experience to your interests such as opportunities to get involved with our #DMUglobal international experience programmes and the university’s volunteering programmes.

The course offers a range of benefits including:

  • Option to pursue an Executive Company Project or Creative Research Project
  • Be taught by academics with experience across many segments of the creative industries
  • Inspirational setting headquartered in the historic Great Hall of Leicester Castle
  • Regular talks by inspiring visionary entrepreneurs and successful leaders
  • Peer support from a small, exceptionally talented tutor group
  • Modules that have been developed in partnership with creative organisations, with the objective of providing students with key skills needed to lead and succeed in today’s creative industries
  • Opportunities to work with industry professionals through our collaboration with Leicester’s Curve theatre
  • Access to the postgraduate wing of the £35million Hugh Aston Building
  • Access to a 24/7 high-tech library with a choice of learning environments and to amenities such as the QEII Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre
  • Mentoring and support from academics in the forefront of their fields
  • Emphasis on the development of business-relevant cultural awareness
  • Valuable links to Leicester’s Curve Theatre, Leicester Comedy Festival, Creative Leicestershire, Horus Music,  Colab Creation and Inspirate Arts,
  • Opportunities to participate in business breakfast events 

 

 

Scholarships:
At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor’s Sports Scholarship
Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

International Scholarships
Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

 

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s):
Sept: N1N271
Jan: N1N272

Start dates: 
September 2017 (12 months) or January 2018 (15 months)

Location of study: Leicester Castle Business School

Fees and funding: £12,500

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Twitter: @leicscastlebs

 

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Programme code(s):
Sept: N1N271
Jan: N1N272

Start dates: 
September 2017 (12 months) or January 2018 (15 months)

Location of study: Leicester Castle Business School

Fees and funding: £16,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Twitter: @leicscastlebs

 

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

You should hold a good honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in any subject.

 

English Language requirements

Applicants are required to have gained an IELTS score of 6.0 or a Cambridge Proficiency Certificate grade B or above.

Exemptions from providing evidence of English language proficiency may arise if an applicant has gained an undergraduate degree from a UK university, or gained their undergraduate degree from a non-UK but English language medium recognised university, or completed a UK professional body programme of study.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours

 

Course modules

  • Business of the Creative Industry Company provides students with an overview of the creative industries and their contribution to the creative economy. It will examine how creative businesses operate, how they can thrive, and what factors are important for driving their success. On completion of the module, students will be able to understand the key drivers to building and managing a successful creative business.
  • Business Across Cultures explores the applications of theory to practice, with a focus on dimensions of culture in organisations. You will analyse real business experiences and scenarios drawing on the input of business leaders with extensive intercultural experience in international corporations.
  • Strategic Management explores strategic management concepts and frameworks with key theoretical approaches to challenge convention in the field. You will learn about perspectives on strategy, performance objectives, strategic innovation and managing strategic change.
  • Knowing and Developing Yourself for Professional Practice introduces the student to personal development planning, and in reflecting upon oneself as a basis for development leadership and talent management.
  • Business of the Creative Industries Environment provides students with an overview of the creative industries and their contribution to the creative economy. It will explore the relationship between creativity, business, and key operating environments. On completion of the module, students will be able to understand the key drivers to building an environment conducive to thriving creative business activities.
  • Leadersip and Culture in Organisational Contexts introduces students to the leadership, management, and talent development issues faced by organisations. It aims to develop the critical people management skills and knowledge considered to be necessary for existing and aspiring managers to nurture talent effectively. Attention is paid to key features of the internal and external operating environments which shape leadership practice.

And a choice of two elective modules:

  • Research Methods provides an introduction to designing and delivering research in the creative industries, and assists students in developing practical techniques in conducting interviews and questionnaires, and undertaking qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Cultural Policy and Planning introduces students to cultural policy; the theory and practical applications of cultural policy and planning, and impact on aspects of economic development, social inclusion, and place promotion.
  • The Business of the Performing Arts will provide an understanding of the business models that support the performing arts, focusing on theatre, music and musical theatre. You will analyse the conditions necessary for a performing arts business to succeed and evaluate the sustainability of performing arts organisations.
  • Creative Technologies focuses on leading digital technologies and impact on the creative industries, providing an understanding of current possibilities and what may be possible in the future. This module will explore the context of digital cultures, convergence and pervasive media, interactive technologies, audiences, collaborative practice and commissioning and curating digital work.
  • Managing Business Web Presence provides students with a practical knowledge of web design, including knowledge of initiation of web design, and the design and use of web sites in the business environment. Students will have the opportunity to work with a company in building a portfolio as a solution to an existing web problem, and leading to a proposal for a commercial web offering.

Either

  • Executive Company Project offers an opportunity to complete a practical management project in the workplace, so you can link theory to practice and develop practical skills for leadership. You will research a management issue provided by a sponsoring organisation, supported by both academic and work-based supervisors, while engaging with the business world.

Or

  • Creative Research Project provides the opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills acquired from the taught course in the creation, development and realisation of a negotiated creative research project. Typically, students develop either a prototype for a new commercialisation project, or develop activity such as an exhibition or crowdsourcing campaign.

 

De Montfort University reserves the right to revise, review or withdraw any of the content at any time without prior notice, including (but not limited to) courses, fees, funding and events.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test.

Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week. We expect you to undertake at least 15 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

Teaching contact hours

This is a full-time course and in total you should be prepared to devote approximately 38 hours a week to your studies. You will typically have up to 14 hours contact hours of teaching most weeks for semester 1 and 2. Teaching is through a mix of lecturers, tutorials, seminars and lab sessions and the breakdown of these activities is shown in each module description.

In addition each module provides a 2 hour surgery each week available for individual consultation with the lecturer. You may also have some scheduled meetings with your programme leader, personal tutor, and/or careers throughout the year to discuss your academic progress and personal development.

Self-directed study: In order to prepare for, and assimilate, the work in lectures and seminars you will be expected to make regular use of our on-line resources, participate in classroom discussions including on our virtual learning environment (VLE) and engage in personal study, revision and reflection for approximately 24 hours per work during semester 1 and 2.

In semester 3, you will undertake independent research for your dissertation (or executive company project), and again should typically allow around 38 hours per week for this. You will be allocated a dedicated academic supervisor to support you, who you will be able to contact on a regular basis.

Facilities and features

Leicester Castle

The programme is based in the Great Hall of what was once Leicester Castle. Originally built in approximately 1150, and then extensively rebuilt in approximately 1523, the Great Hall has recently undergone a restoration project. Based in Leicester’s historical Castle Quarter adjacent to the university, the Great Hall will provide a prestigious and inspirational setting for students who have the passion and talent to change the business world. 

Students will also be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million. Facilities include break-out spaces for group work; quiet study zones for individual work, high-spec IT labs and a café. Learning will be supported by access to DMU’s excellent facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate careers

A degree in Business Management in the Creative Industries MSc will open up a wide range of career opportunities for you as you develop a broad base of skills that are in great demand with global employers.

The course is invaluable for those students graduating from a business field now looking to move into the creative industries area, as well as students from creative disciplines who want to develop their business and professional skills to advance their career into management roles within the creative industries, such as:

  • Advertising, PR and marketing

 

  • Design management

  • Performing arts

  • Festivals and events

  • Digital and media sectors

Having developed some experience into the industry, this course combines your creative practice and management skills and develops your professional skills. It supports you in developing your professional potential, whilst gaining valuable industry links.

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Fees and finance

We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. Find out more about fees, funding and scholarship opportunities.

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Meet us in your country

We frequently travel the world to meet talented and ambitious students where we offer guidance about your application and can often offer places straight away to suitably qualifies students. Find out more.

 
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