Marketing for the Creative Industries

MSc, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you are interested in marketing for the creative industries that support and manage artistic endeavours or you already work within a creative organisation.

Course Description

Our innovative MSc Marketing for the Creative Industries will offer an insight into marketing in the context of the creative industries, relating to organisations that focus on creative areas such as art, fashion, music, film, graphic design, dramatic arts and digital design. You will be taught by lecturers who have worked and published in the field of cultural and creative marketing and the course reflects contemporary developments in research and practice in marketing in creative organisations.

Connections will also be made with the research and industry community in creative and cultural field, via visiting speakers and live projects.

The course content reflects a growing trend towards a synergy between the arts and marketing in businesses, particularly in the UK. In addition to studying traditional and digital marketing theory and practice, you will learn the importance of social and environmental sustainability for businesses. You will gain teamwork, planning and organisation skills to prepare you for roles in organisations within the creative industries in both the public and private sector. You will also develop analytical skills to help interpret marketing theory in the context of the creative industries, enabling you to undertake projects as marketing consultants and advisors, through live projects with practitioners from both local and national organisations.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
School of Business

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Why Leicester?

We are a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and hold a Small Chartered Business Award in recognition of our role in helping to kick-start British enterprise.

Our multi-disciplinary approach to management draws on anthropology, cultural studies, economics, sociology, politics and psychology – as well as traditional management theories.

We are a proud signatory to PRME – the Principles for Responsible Management Education, organised by the United Nations and business schools worldwide.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Semester one covers the principles of marketing theory and practice, establishing a solid base for marketing application and addressing issues in contemporary marketing. In the Creative Marketing module you will learn how to identify major theoretical approaches to branding, consumer behaviour and consumption in relation to the creative industries.

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Creative Marketing 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

In semester two you will focus on marketing research practices and methods in preparation for your dissertation. Your second core module will involve the the discussion of the important of studying marketing planning and communications for the formulation and implementation of marketing strategies within the creative industries.

  • Research Methods for Marketing
  • Strategies for Creative Marketing and Innovation

Plus a 15,000 word dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of methods, including seminars, lectures, group work, case study analysis and guided reading.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who has a pastoral role and can offer support and advice.

Additionally you will benefit from workshops, visiting speakers and industry visits. There is the option of field-work sessions carried out locally and in at least one other city chosen each year.

Your work will be assessed through assignments and examinations, plus a 15,000-word dissertation.

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Entry Requirements

A good UK honours degree or its equivalent; or a postgraduate diploma from a recognised institution; or a relevant graduate level professional qualification.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Career Opportunities

Our Business, Management and Human Resource courses have been developed with the professional in mind and offer many opportunities for career enhancement. Our courses are both intellectually stimulating and relevant to career needs, a fact endorsed by over 20,000 School of Business graduates from about 100 countries.

By taking the MSc Marketing for the Creative Industries, you will acquire academic and professional knowledge in the areas of marketing, consumer behaviour, marketing research, innovation, branding and communications, which will enhance your professional development and career prospects.


Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Marketing for the Creative Industries MSc 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Marketing for the Creative Industries
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year

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