Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Cities, Culture and Creativity

You will examine a range of local and global case studies, considering the importance of communities to the cultural and creative development of the urban environment. You will: Reflect on how urban images and identities are constructed and reconstructed, by whom and for what purpose; critically examine how cultural policy fits with in broader strategies for re-imagining and regenerating cities; explore concepts such as city marketing, place identity, place brand and branding; gain essential skills in research design, project management and relevant major quantitative and qualitative research methods. The overall aim of the programme is to produce postgraduates who can play key roles in the development of approaches to the study and application of knowledge in the fields of creativity and culture in urban environments. You will 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 upon and communicate your research findings, knowledge and understanding throughout the course. 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. The course will be delivered via a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and field visits. Internships and placement opportunities across a range of cultural and creative industries in Liverpool will also be available. The curriculum is designed to advance your understanding and knowledge of cities, culture and creativity, and to move towards the self-directed learning required by the dissertation module. All modules draw on the extensive expertise available the University.

Course modules

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

Assessment methods

The opportunity to demonstrate initiative and original work is offered throughout the programme. Assessment requires student-led investigation and they will be expected to generate assignment titles, case studies and examples for critical evaluation. Assessments will vary according to the module being studied but may include essays, presentations, workshops, reports and video essays.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 13,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 4,625 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 26 per Credit (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
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