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Terence Lim

MA in Tourism & Cultural Policy

  • Length
    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Department
    Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Funding available
Terence Lim

Course overview

This is a trans-disciplinary Masters that builds expertise in understanding the role played by the cultural sector (arts, theatres, heritage etc) in developing and managing tourism and hospitality as major engines of growth, regeneration and job creation in the 21st century.

The programme offers the possibility of engagement with the study of the cultural sector in developing and managing tourism and hospitality.

Cultural policies designed to support the arts sectors to enhance high value added tourism and to increase lengths of stay and repeat visits are increasingly being adopted by governments worldwide with the support of the tourism and hospitality sector.

This degree applies to those wishing to work in the arts and tourism sectors or perhaps in galleries and theatres associated with the hospitality sector. It is also for art practitioners and cultural professionals who wish to develop careers involving cultural tourism, cultural policy, culture-led regeneration and destination, city and country branding. It is also relevant to work in NGOs or the cultural policy arms of government and intra-governmental organisations and consultancies.

Specialists from academia and industry

The MA is run by the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) and is designed for students from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. It is taught by specialists from academia and industry, ensuring a high level synthesis of practice based knowledge and cutting edge research. Both the staff and student body at ICCE have extensive international experience, enhancing peer-to-peer learning and providing an excellent base for networking and gaining contacts worldwide.

Study in London

Studying the role of culture in tourism in a London setting is a unique experience, providing access to some of the world’s most renowned culture and event led regeneration projects that include the legacy of the London Olympics and many other major projects. ICCE also has links with an extensive network of organisations, businesses, policy advisors, consultancies and cultural practitioners that provide exceptional research and study opportunities, such as Creative England, Tourism Concern and visitbritain.org.

Tailor your interests

The Masters is flexible and you can tailor your interests by choosing options from other departments across the College, including Anthropology, Sociology, the Centre for Cultural Studies, Politics, English and Comparative Literature, Educational Studies, Media and Communications, Computing and the Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance.

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Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact ICCE

Modules & structure

 

 

 

Core modules Module title Credits
  Cultural Policy and Practice 30 credits
  Cultural and Creative Tourism 30 credits
  Culture, Tourism and Regeneration 30 credits
  ICCE Dissertation 60 Credits

Option modules

Module title Credits
  Tourism in Asia 30 credits
  Contemporary Issues in Cultural Policy 30 credits
  Cultural Relations and Diplomacy I: Foundations 30 credits
  Cultural Relations and Diplomacy II: Explorations 30 credits
  Entrepreneurial Modelling 30 credits
  Enterprising Leadership: An Introduction to the Discourse of Contemporary Leadership, Enterprise, and Innovation Theory 30 credits
  Interpretation, Education and Communication in the Art Museum 30 credits
  Museums and Galleries as Creative Entrepreneurs 30 credits
  Museums and Galleries as Creative Entrepreneurs – Communicating Culture 30 credits
Option modules available from other departments

In addition to the option modules available within ICCE, you can also opt to take 30 CAT modules from other departments within Goldsmiths.

Anthropology

  • Anthropological Perspectives on Tourism (15 credits)
  • Critical Voices in Development (30 credits)
  • Anthropology and Cultural Politics (30 credits)
  • Anthropology of Art (30 credits)
  • Social Anthropology of the Caribbean (30 credits)

Sociology

  • Cultural Policy and City Branding (30 credits)
  • Urban Field Encounters (30 credits)
  • Race, Gender and Justice (30 credits)

Politics

  • The Politics of Knowledge: Debates in the Human Science (15 credits)
  • Visualising Asia: Body, Gender, Politics (30 credits)
  • Theories of International Relations (30 credits)

Centre for Cultural Studies

  • Globalization: Policy, Politics, Critique (30 credits

English and Comparative Literature

      • English in a Multilingual World (30 credits)
      • Language and Ideology in Written Discourse (30 credits)
      • Analysing Discourse and Identity in Spoken Interaction (30 credits)
      • Intercultural Discourse and Communication (30 credits)
      • Textual, Linguistic, and Cultural Encounters: Literature Across Boundaries (30 credits)

Educational Studies

  • Spaces of Practice (in association with the Whitechapel, Showroom Galleries and the South London Gallery) (30 credits)
  • Culture, Language and Identity in Education (30 credits)
  • Race, culture and Education (30 credits)

Media & Communications

  • The Structure of Contemporary Political Communications (15 or 30 credits)
  • The city and Consumer Culture (30 credits)
  • Media Audiences & Media Geographies (30 credits)
  • Promotional Culture (15 or 30 credits)
  • Media & Culture in the Middle East (30 credits)

Computing

  • Critical Social Media Practices (15 credits)

Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance

  • Mandarin (various levels, 15 credits each level)

 

Institute of Management Studies

  • Consumer Behavior (15 credits)
  • Innovation Case Studies (15 credits)
  • Psychology of Marketing and Advertising (15 credits)

Psychology

  • Social Psychology of Social Problems: Intergroup Perspective (15 credits)

 

Download the programme specification, relating to the 2017-18 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Department

We engage directly with external partners from the creative industries,
and make use of our home in the heart of this thriving global city

Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

The creative industries and cultural sector are continuing to grow at a rapid rate. In the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICCE) we specialise in preparing our students to understand, manage and innovate in these fascinating areas.

Many of our programmes are taught in partnership with international, regional and local cultural organisations, giving you the opportunity to gain direct experience of professional practice.

Find out more about the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship.

Student profiles

Rachael David

" The Entrepreneurial Modelling course I took as part of my degree helped me develop my business planning skills which I use daily when producing project business plans and fundraising strategies."

I currently work as a Regeneration Projects Officer supporting the development of multi-million pound culture-led regeneration projects at the London Borough of Bromley. These projects involve the development of a new museum involving a £3million capital scheme, £1.94m Heritage Lottery Fund application and development of the museum's collections. I also am supporting the delivery of a scheme of capital projects and the development of £20m regeneration masterplan for a historic park in South East London.

Studying MA Tourism & Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths gave me the foundation I needed to begin my career as I gained an understanding of how governments on a national, regional and local level invest in culture to make areas better to live, work and study in. The Entrepreneurial Modelling course I took as part of my degree helped me develop my business planning skills which I use daily when producing project business plans and fundraising strategies. 

Mathilde Merchez

"I believe the MA Cultural Policy and Tourism is excellent for students of all backgrounds; it approaches many different subjects and aims at giving insight in a plethora of countries' strategies and cultural projects."

I was born in France but grew up in the United States for my father's job. I attended an international school when I returned to France and after graduating in 2009 I decided to study in London to continue being immersed in an international environment. I did my BA at the London College of Communications (University of the Arts) in Media and Cultural studies. I took a module in Travelling Cultures which I greatly enjoyed as I love travelling and meeting people from all over the world, as well as learning about another nation's heritage.

This led me to enrol in the MA Cultural Policy and Tourism at Goldsmiths which I started in September 2014; this was a wonderful experience. Goldsmiths is a friendly and welcoming environment where all students can find their place. The tourism MA enhanced my desire to work in a environment where communication, travel and culture intermingle. Working on the dissertation with my friends was a very interesting process as everyone wrote about what they were passionate about, and I truly retrieved each person's identity in their work. I wrote about the authenticity of food tourism in Rome, which then led me to get an internship (followed by a permanent position as sales executive) at Bellini Travel, a travel agency specialising in bespoke holidays all over Italy.

I believe the MA Cultural Policy and Tourism is excellent for students of all backgrounds; it approaches many different subjects and aims at giving insight in a plethora of countries' strategies and cultural projects.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Scholarships

Students may apply for or ask to be considered for The Harprit Sekhon Scholarship in the Creative and Cultural Industries. This consists of one award of £1,000.

Find out more about applying for these scholarships

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